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Dancing at the Speed of the Internet

by Hrag Vartanian on December 4, 2014

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MIAMI BEACH — There’s the whiff of grand ambition in MEEM 4 MIAMI, which is artist Ryan McNamara’s new version of his award-winning commission for the Performa 13 performance art biennial.

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In his newest live documentary, The Measure of All Things, filmmaker Sam Green ponders why we’re obsessed with the extremes of accomplishment, no matter how obscure or mundane they actually are.

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Laudicieia Calixto and Rita Oliveira enter the space of the Abrons Arts Center’s Experimental Theater and find themselves in a somewhat familiar scene: a slightly cluttered apartment, littered with fancy gowns, full-length mirror, desk, phone, assorted wigs.

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Perhaps there are a few whose steely hearts do not melt at the sight of a child in a tutu performing her first solo or, as the curtain rises, a lone grade-schooler pretending to be a tree. But 600 Highwaymen (writer/directors Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) figures no one can resist five prepubescent thespians, and they’re probably right.

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An Abolitionist’s Work, in Present Tense

by Tara Sheena on October 28, 2014

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John Brown is so much more than historical matter or biographical trope in Moss’s world; he is an ideological framework, able to produce a compelling, albeit densely layered, performance work.

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A not-so-minor detail was left out of a recent New York Times review of Robert Wilson’s reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): The sonnets were the gayest thing the Bard ever wrote.

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Nine o’clock: the stage lights dim and a spotlight illuminates a stuffed “hero” sandwich the size of a small sofa. The opening melody of Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero” — hit theme song from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome — fills BAM’s Fishman Space.

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Performing the Rituals of Rebellion

by Tara Sheena on October 16, 2014

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In our increasingly digital world, live performance still manages to bring us together, away from the keyboard, for a period of time, however brief. Attending a performance is a kind of ritualistic act, which I have been thinking about since witnessing DEBUT, a new performance work by choreographer Emily Terndrup and filmmaker Derrick Belcham.

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Dancing Through the Question of Freedom

by Emma Wiseman on October 10, 2014

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“The Watershed” remains skeptical about the nature of freedom in what creator Kyle Abraham terms a “poly-phobic society.”

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Turning Manifestos into Music

by Megan N. Liberty on October 8, 2014

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The premiere live performance of conceptual artist Charles Gaines’s “Manifestos 2” (2013) at the Museum of Modern Art on September 27 was nothing short of synesthetic.

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