watch Friday, June 7th, 2013

Paul Taylor is the last living pioneer of America’s modern dance. Learning under the likes of Martha Graham, Taylor creates extraordinary modern works of art through dance. At an age many would say is “past his prime,” Taylor continues to create masterpieces that tackle society’s toughest issues (sexuality, spirituality, war, etc.). All the while, he runs the company like a family and understands not only the movement, but the soul of each of his dancers – although they deal with tough situations, they have the support of one another as well as Taylor to get them through each dance. Taylor challenges his dancers not only mentally but physically, with the athleticism in his choreography.

Nothing about Taylor’s work is “conventional.” After creating his first dance in 1954, he began to shock audiences. “In the 1950s, when his work was so cutting-edge that it could send confused audience members flocking to the exits….In the ’60s he shocked the cognoscenti by setting his trailblazing movement to music composed 200 years earlier, and inflamed the establishment by lampooning America’s most treasured icons. In the ’70s he put incest center stage and revealed the beast lurking just below humans’ sophisticated veneer. In the ’80s he looked unflinchingly at marital rape and intimacy among men at war. In the ’90s he warned against religious zealotry and blind conformity to authority. In the first decade of the new millennium he has condemned American imperialism, poked fun at feminism and looked death square in the face” ( And amongst all this controversy, Taylor continues to find humor in his work as well. Some of his best pieces are his funniest.

Taylor is also conscious of taking dance to the world. Not only does he perform in his company’s hometown of New York City, but he takes Taylor 2, his second company, all over the world to perform to those less fortunate who may not be exposed to such great art.

Taylor has now created 135 pieces performed by his 16 member company and 6 member Taylor 2. Taylor has set his pieces to every type of sound including silence; barbershop quartets, ragtime, reggae, rock n’ roll, even sound effects such as a hailing loon. “While he has covered a breathtaking range of topics, recurring themes have included the natural world and man’s place within it; love and sexuality in every gender combination; life, death and what may follow; and iconic moments in the history of the nation” (


Купить закладки гашиш в Кингисеппе Martha Graham’s Choreography

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Martha Graham is a pioneer of modern dance. Through unique movement, Graham created and performed dance throughout her life and formed her own dance company in New York city in 1926. Graham danced well into her 60s and choreographed for her company until her death in 1991. Graham’s impact on dance as well as art is immense and every dancer should at least view her pieces to understand the world of dance better.

Like many choreographers with companies, Martha Graham’s works have been archived and are not viewable online so as to protect the recreation of pieces without permission. While this may seem tedious to us in the age of computers and YouTube, it is brilliant so that the original choreography is not misinterpreted and, thus, taught in an altered state. By archiving the footage in libraries, Graham’s works are protected, but still available for those who truly wish to study her. Also, it allows for students or members of the Graham company to be those to interpret and recreate her original pieces without altering the story and motivation behind the movement, along with preserving the movement itself. “Until the Martha Graham Archives is open to the public, researchers and students may also find materials on Martha Graham at the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the New York Public Library of Performing Arts and at the Library of Congress.” - ( Brenda Bufalino

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Brenda Bufalino is a master of tap dance, so much that she even perfected the tap shoe with her own line! Bufalino performs, lectures and teaches all over the world. She has been a guest soloist in places such as Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Smithsonian Institute and the Kennedy Center.

Coming up in the renaissance of jazz and tap dance, Bufalino tapped her way to the top. She has made a name as an author, actress, producer, director, vocalist and performance artist, though best known for her phenomenal tapping ability.

Bufalino has appeared in off-Broadway hits such as “The Courtroom” and even produced and directed an award winning documentary, “Great Feats of Feet: Portraits of the Jazz Tap Dancer,” starring Charles “Honi” Coles and the Copasetics.

In 1986, Bufalino combined her choreographic concepts with her counter-rhythm style to develop the American Tap Dance Orchestra, who have performed for PBS, at the Apollo Theatre, in NYC and internationally.

Bufalino has been awarded numerous National Endowment Fellowships and is an NYFA Fellow. She has been honored in the tap community with the Flobert Award and the Tapestry Award.

The tap world would not be the same if it weren’t for Brenda Bufalino!



метадон свойства Bill T. Jones

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Bill T. Jones was born on February 15, 1952 in upstate New York. He began his dance training at SUNY (State University of New York) at Binghamton under an athletic scholarship. After college, he lived in Amsterdam, then moved back to meet his partner, Arnie Zane. The 2 choreographed and performed together until they formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, allowing them an outlet for their amazing choreography. Their pieces were long, modern and they encouraged gay-friendly pieces.

Jones, a tall, strong dancer, pioneered mixed-media choreography often encorporating video, text and autobiographical material as in “Blauvelt Mountain” (1980), “Valley Cottage” (1981), and the first part of a trilogy, “Monkey Run Road” (1979), performing both on stage and on film. Jones and Zane were recognized for their “post-modern” choreography and continued on to create pieces such as “’Secret Pastures, Freedom of Information,’ and ‘Social Intercourse,’ [that] were visually and spatially altered by contemporary sets, costumes, and body paintings (”

“In 1983, Jones was commissioned to create the fast-paced, all-male "Fever Swamp" for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, followed by "How to Walk an Elephant," in 1985 (” Zane died in 1988 from AIDS, but Jones continued choreograph and perform. He moved into the world of opera and musical theatre as well in shows such as “New Year.”

“In 1986 Jones and Zane received a Bessie Award, and in 1991 Jones was recognized as an "innovative master" with the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award. In June of 1994, Jones was awarded a MacArthur fellowship “(”

Jones and Zane’s choreography inspired many and opened up the world of dance to understanding the gay community. Jones still is a pioneer of dance in today’s dance world.


Bob Fosse’s Musicals

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Bob Fosse’s first choreographed musical was Pajama Game in 1954. Pajama Game was “an overnight success and showcased his trademark choreographic style: sexually suggestive forward hip-thrusts; the vaudeville humor of hunched shoulders and turned-in feet; the amazing, mime-like articulation of hands. He often dressed his dancers in black and put them in white gloves and derbies, recalling the image of Charlie Chaplin. He incorporated all the tricks of vaudeville that he had learned -- pratfalls, slights-of-hand, double takes (” Pajama Game won Mr. Fosse his first of many Tony Award for Best Choreographer.

He continued on to create Damn Yankees, starring Gwen Verdon. Damn Yankees included more classic dances as well as his edgy choreography in scenes such as “Whatever Lola Wants.” Mr. Fosse continued on to marry Verdon, a beloved Broadway star. Because of tension with his producers and directors who were timid to produce his edgy choreography, he decided to become the director himself.

In his 1969 film, Sweet Charity, which pioneered filming techniques of dance, instead of an overhead or front on view, he began to play with cuts in and out of the dance as well as different angles. These techniques were used by many future directors and filmographers.

In 1972, Fosse directed Cabaret, which won 8 Academy Awards. He also directed Pippin in 1972, winning 5 Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Direction and Choreography.

Mr. Fosse then put together the variety show Liza With a Z for NBC, a show about Liza Minnelli. With this, Fosse became the first person to win 3 entertainment awards in the different ceremonies of stage, film and television. He went on to create Chicago in 1975 and Dancin’ in 1978.

Fosse then created his semiautobiographical film All That Jazz in 1979. In this film he included his heart attack that he suffered during the rehearsals for Chicago. Fosse continued on to create other, less successful films such as Lenny and Star 80. Fosse died on September 23rd, 1987 from a massive heart attack.

Fosse worked with famous dancers, actors and directors such as Liza Minnelli, Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Jerry Orbach, George Abbott and Jerome Robbins, and many more; he was a magnet for fame. He was driven, a pioneer and unique. Bob Fosse created musicals and movies never imagined and long before his time. He created an era of sexual freedom and exploration, much of what society was longing for at the time. Bob Fosse still lives on today in dance classes and revivals of his shows.