After-School Organization Plans ‘Tuned In’ Concert

The Wooden Floor, an arts-based youth development organization in Santa Ana, California, that is celebrated for its pioneering dance-making, will showcase new contemporary dance works at its 29th annual concert, “Tuned In,” at the Irvine [CA] Barclay Theatre, May 31 to June 2.

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Dances for a Small Stage Sets Up Show at the Shadbolt Centre

British Columbia’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts will begin its 2011-2012 Live at the ’Bolt season with a bang as the popular contemporary performance series, Dances for a Small Stage, takes over the venue’s atrium, September 23 and 24.

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Taiwan Contemporary Dance Company Returns to Chicago

One of Asia’s most important contemporary dance companies, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, will perform artistic director Lin Hwai-min’s newest work, Water Stains on the Wall, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, on October 28 and 29 at 8pm.

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Craig Black Jr. Wins Scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow

Twenty-one-year-old Craig Black Jr. has been named the eight recipient of the Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence, the major annual scholarship of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, where Black is a participant in the Contemporary Program.

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New Bedford Ballet Presents ‘A Fusion of Dance’

New Bedford Ballet will present a blend of classical and contemporary dance in its summer performance, A Fusion of Dance, August 5 at 5:30 and 7pm and August 6 at 2 and 3:30pm, at the NBB Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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Cuban Troupe to Present ‘MalSon’ at Jacob’s Pillow

DanzAbierta, one of Cuba’s leading contemporary dance companies, will present MalSon—described as “a love letter to Havana” by its choreographer, Spanish-born Susana Pous—from July 13 to 17 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Jane Comfort Brings Works of Thought and Theatre to the Pillow

Jane Comfort and Company, a contemporary dance-theatre group that pushes the intersection of dance, music, theatrically, and language, performs at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival June 29 to July 3. Using a wide range of theatrical elements, Comfort challenges the boundaries of dance and theatre in her newest work Beauty, which . . .

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Tero Saarinen Shows Finnish Dance Works at SummerScape

The ninth annual Bard SummerScape festival opens on July 7 at 8pm with the first of four performances by Tero Saarinen Company, comprising a triple bill of the Finnish choreographer’s finest dances: Westward Ho! (1996), Wavelengths (2000), and HUNT (2002).

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Beyond Definition

“What is contemporary dance?” An equally important question is: “How does one train to become a contemporary dancer?” We’ve rounded up some of today’s hottest contemporary dancers and choreographers and asked them to share their thoughts on this dance style that refuses to be defined.

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How Do You Define Contemporary Dance?

You’ve heard what Desmond Richardson, Jillian Meyers, Nicholas Leichter, William Wingfield, and other big names think about the nature and characteristics of contemporary dance. But we wanted to find out what teachers and choreographers in the Dance Studio Life circle had to say.

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U.S. Debut for Göteborg Ballet

Göteborg Ballet, a Swedish contemporary dance company, makes its American debut August 18–22 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, with 3xBoléro, a full-length production of three diverse works, each inspired by Maurice Ravel’s classic score, “Boléro.”

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The Modern Male

The world of contemporary dance is luring boys like never before, glamorized by movies and TV shows like High School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance, and Glee. Guys who are taking modern classes are doing it because studios are making it part of their overall package, and they’re making it attractive.

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Yin Mei Returns to Jacob’s Pillow

New York-based choreographer Yin Mei returns to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, from August 4 to 8 with City of Paper, an evening-length contemporary dance-theater work that merges movement, paper and ink, and video projections with live and recorded music.

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Inside a Dancemaker’s Mind

For more than 20 years, choreographer Doug Varone has carved a career path that is as full of unexpected twists and turns as his remarkable dances are. A tap dancer by training, he instead became a contemporary dance choreographer. Though he is unable to read music, he nevertheless enjoys regular commissions from leading opera companies. Now a widely respected, prolific choreographer, he struggled at first to define his own movement vocabulary. These surprising facts were revealed during a conversation on April 6 with critic Deborah Jowitt as part of the “Breaking Ground” lecture series presented by New York’s 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center. The evening yielded valuable insights about Varone’s choreographic process as well as his unique journey.

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