Dance

“Monchichi” is a Modern Dance Marvel

Saturday, May 27, 2017
by Peter Ingle
“Monchichi” is a Modern Dance Marvel

HONJI WANG AND SÉBASTIEN RAMIREZ bring new meaning to the expression, “body language.” In what can only be described as phenomenal, their dancing in “Monchichi” explores the full range and minutest intricacies of physical movement through a combination of strength, agility, grace, and acrobatic ingenuity. At times, they verge on a new language of “movement... Read »

The Splendor of “NY City Ballet Moves”

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
by Eliza Ingle
The Splendor of “NY City Ballet Moves”

WHEN YOU SEE the New York City Ballet for the first time in a long time, or even for the first time, you are immediately aware of the excellence these dancers have attained through impeccable training, which has honed every inch of their bodies to nearly impossible levels of terpsichorean perfection. New York City Ballet... Read »

Twist of Fate

Monday, October 12, 2015
by Eliza Ingle
Twist of Fate

KUDOS to the collective creative minds of Ballet Evolution and their recent production of French Twist performed over the weekend at the Sottile Theatre. The full length ballet, choreographed by the young and talented Jonathan Tabbert, is a well conceived and skillfully performed work. Tabbert was joined by ballet master Stephen Gabriel, as well as... Read »

Quintessential Brown Dancing

Sunday, May 31, 2015
by Eliza Ingle
Quintessential Brown Dancing

THERE WERE EMPTY SEATS DURING “Proscenium Dances,” Trisha Brown’s retrospective concert, and I knew it was because the dancing was not something that grabbed the audience’s attention, pulling them into an emotional state. “Proscenium” is more of a meditational wash where movements come and go without being anchored to any specific narrative or idea—an example of abstract dance.... Read »

Araminta Wraith Shines in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Monday, May 25, 2015
by Peter Ingle
Araminta Wraith Shines in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

THE SCOTTISH BALLET’S PRODUCTION of A Streetcar Named Desire deserves more than a good review. It needs a bright light shone on what may be one of the most compelling examples of storytelling to appear in the ballet world in a long time. The last thing similar to it was Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn dancing... Read »

“Streetcar” Renders Emotion Through Movement

Saturday, May 23, 2015
by Eliza Ingle
“Streetcar” Renders Emotion Through Movement

THE IMAGE OF EVE MUTSO dancing Blanche Duboise begins and ends the Scottish Ballet’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Spoleto Festival USA. She moves under a hanging light bulb with moth-like quickness, reaching and fluttering in a fatal attraction where what she desires most is self-destructive. Mutso’s Blanche is breathtaking as the classic... Read »

A Magical Evening of Tango

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
by Peter Ingle
A Magical Evening of Tango

TANGO BUENOS AIRES brought its magic and magnetism to the Sottile Theatre on Monday night in one of the city’s finest displays of artistry this year. It was the fourth out of five events in the Charleston Concert Association’s 2014-2015 season, and it was a huge success. The show, entitled “the Song of Eva Perón,”... Read »

Ballet Evolution Takes On the Creation Story

Saturday, February 28, 2015
by Eliza Ingle
Ballet Evolution Takes On the Creation Story

THE COLLABORATIVE LOVECHILD of Charleston Dance Institute, Chamber Music Charleston, and UNED!TED debuted its first production under the collective name “Ballet Evolution” at the Sottile Theatre to an appreciative crowd eager to see beautiful dancing, live music, and original work—all of which were delivered. The program included three works, two of lighter fare and... Read »

Falling For Dance: What’s Happening in October

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
by Eliza Ingle
Falling For Dance: What’s Happening in October

THE FALL DANCE SEASON kicks off this month with quite a few interesting events. There are more things ahead, and CharlestonToday.net will keep you up to date. ~   ~   ~ Annex Dance Company presents A is for Annex on October 14th at 6 pm in a studio setting at Dance Moves of Charleston,... Read »

American Dance Festival: the Legacy of Dance

Sunday, August 3, 2014
by Eliza Ingle
American Dance Festival: the Legacy of Dance

I RECENTLY MADE a pilgrimage to the American Dance Festival (ADF), an 81 year-old, six-week dance immersion at Duke University. It began in 1933 on the campus of Bennington College in Vermont under the tutelage of modern dance pioneers Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Jose Limon—to name just a few. In 1977 the festival moved... Read »

The State of Dance and Dance Writing

Saturday, June 21, 2014
by Eliza Ingle
The State of Dance and Dance Writing

I RECENTLY VISITED two different but culturally rich cities with the objective to  watch, write, and talk about dance. In Philadelphia I attended the Dance Critics Association Conference for a weekend of panels, discussions, and presentations by dance writers, scholars, performers, and choreographers. It’s mission since 1973 has been: The Dance Critics Association consists of... Read »

The Spell of Spoleto

Friday, June 6, 2014
by Eliza Ingle
The Spell of Spoleto

THE PAST DAYS have been filled with so many cultural offerings. It has been stolen luxury to put normal life on hold and float from one event to another experiencing the artistic energy that is so vibrant this time of year. Firebird, presented by the new Charleston City Ballet—established by Michael and Olga Wise—used the choreography of Olga and... Read »

Dorrance No Ordinary Hoofer

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
by Eliza Ingle
Dorrance No Ordinary Hoofer

MICHELLE DORRANCE and her group of eight tap dancers are performing two shows at the Emmett Robinson Theatre. I caught Delta To Dusk on June 2 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Dorrance has been praised for having a fresh perspective on one of the oldest American dance forms that usually adheres to its lineage and traditions, but... Read »

Dancers Usher in Spoleto

Monday, May 26, 2014
by Eliza Ingle
Dancers Usher in Spoleto

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO is a contemporary dance company that has la crème de la crème of today’s dancers presenting works by world renowned choreographers. The dancers are all inclusive of their art form: they are not only technically proficient, but intelligent with an understanding of timing, humor, and expression. In Gnawa by Spanish choreographer Nacho... Read »

A Local Perspective on Dance

Friday, May 23, 2014
by Eliza Ingle
A Local Perspective on Dance

THERE IS A BUZZ IN THE AIR as Spoleto opens and you can feel an energy shift in people’s schedules as the cultural landscape opens up to new work and ideas. There are other faces on the streets that look different from the usual tourists because they are instead opera singers, costume designers, and choreographers—the... Read »

An Inspiring Collaboration

Monday, December 16, 2013
by Peter Ingle
An Inspiring Collaboration

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL ballet just set a noteworthy precedent. Three separate arts organizations in town came together this past weekend in a spirit of collaboration that exceeded expectations, delighted audiences, and showed what is possible. Laura Ball (Uned!ted) and Jonathan Tabbert (Charleston Dance Institute) got together several months ago and conceived the vision... Read »

Going ‘Nuts’ Again for Christmas Ballet

Monday, December 2, 2013
by Eliza Ingle
Going ‘Nuts’ Again for Christmas Ballet

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN when mice go to battle, candy and snow dance their hearts out, and a Nutcracker Prince steals the heart of a little girl and takes her on a magical journey. Since its inception in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Nutcracker has been savored by balletomanes around the... Read »

The Impeccable Shanghai Ballet

Thursday, October 24, 2013
by Eliza Ingle
The Impeccable Shanghai Ballet

THE CHARLESTON CONCERT ASSOCIATION opened its season with The Shanghai Ballet’s full scale production of the classic, folk-styled The Butterfly Lovers to a full house at the Sottile Theatre. The performance by the 33-year-old company was as much a display of perfect craftsmanship as any Chinese art form. The vibrant and intricate costumes, the... Read »

Annex Performs in “Full Circle”

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
by Eliza Ingle
Annex Performs in “Full Circle”

THERE IS A MAGIC MOMENT when dance becomes poetry, which happened during Annex Dance Company’s “Full Circle” concert at the wonderfully refreshing performance space at Wolf Street Theatre. Artistic Director Kristin Alexander choreographed seven pieces connected by the theme that no matter how far we move from our beginnings, we usually end up close... Read »

NY City Ballet Video

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
by ChasToday
NY City Ballet Video

“He taught America how to dance…” How George Balanchine Created New York City Ballet a video by the New York City Ballet A beautifully filmed and narrated (by Peter Martins) video about this master choreographer of the twentieth century. Recommended in full screen ~   ~   ~ »

“Hunchback” Delivers Praiseworthy Performance

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
“Hunchback” Delivers Praiseworthy Performance

IN A PRODUCTION that would have made its namesake very proud, The Robert Ivey Ballet performed an impressive The Hunchback of Notre Dame that used students, friends, and professionals in the full- length story ballet choreographed by Olga Wise who, along with Michael Wise, is the artistic director of the company. Performed in two acts,... Read »

Traces of Delight

Saturday, June 9, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
Traces of Delight

THE MEMBERS of the 7 Fingers troupe from Montreal are surely the most likeable group at Spoleto this year performing in their show Traces, which is a delightful blend of acrobatics, dance, and circus arts with an urban flare. The urban flare accounts for the skateboarding and street dance that gets mixed into this... Read »

Looking Through the Cracks of the Unusual

Thursday, June 7, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
Looking Through the Cracks of the Unusual

A CRACK IN EVERYTHING by husband and wife team Zoe/Juniper does indeed break apart our perceptions of space, time, and reality with a performance that magically blends video and movement. And though the artists are not the first to work this way, they handle this experience in a most inventive and unusual way which... Read »

Cedar Lake Features a Mix of Choreography

Monday, June 4, 2012
by Deanna McBrearty
Cedar Lake Features a Mix of Choreography

CEDAR LAKE Contemporary Ballet took grand gestures in stride at Spoleto Festival 2012, and invited us into their abstract terrain. The company graced us with a stellar program of enticing works by established choreographers: Hofesh Shechter’s “Violet Kid,” Angelin Prelijocaj’s revised 1995 work, “Annonciation,”  and Crystal Pite’s “Grace Engine.” “Violet Kid” opened the evening’s... Read »

“Radio Show” Tunes In

Sunday, June 3, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
“Radio Show” Tunes In

KYLE ABRAHAM’s evening-length work, The Radio Show, is an intimate examination of loss of both a personal and cultural kind. One on hand, the dance draws from Abraham’s own father’s loss of speech and memory due to Alzheimer’s. On the other hand, it is inspired by the loss of a Pittsburgh urban radio station:... Read »

Alvin Ailey Dancers Still Revelatory

Saturday, May 26, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
Alvin Ailey Dancers Still Revelatory

WATCHING the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform Friday night at the Gaillard Auditorium, two things became immediately apparent: one is the generosity of spirit these magnificent dancers employ; the other is how much the audience is so willing to love them in whatever they do. The opening program (it will be a different... Read »

A Conversation with Robert Battle

Sunday, May 20, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
A Conversation with Robert Battle

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE is returning to Spoleto Festival for the fourth time, this year under the leadership of Robert Battle who called himself “the new guy” in a recent phone interview. He has held the coveted position for just a year. The company was founded 54 years ago by Alvin Ailey who... Read »

Spoleto Blooming: What Dance is Coming?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
Spoleto Blooming: What Dance is Coming?

AS MAY UNFOLDS, the relief of the end of school approaches, graduations sprinkle through the weeks, and the respite of summer looms, we lucky Charlestonians have the added perk of welcoming the Spoleto Festival. It is not too early to make plans to see a terrific array of theatre, music, and dance which will... Read »

Royal Winnipeg Wins With Moulin Rouge

Thursday, March 22, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Royal Winnipeg Wins With Moulin Rouge

THIS THOROUGHLY SATISFYING production is like no other ballet that you will see with its combination of light entertainment, pantomime, “ballet theatre” (with operatic elements), and pure classical dancing—with some contemporary spice thrown in for pizzazz. Couple all this with well-cast soloists, a strong corps de ballet, seamless choreography, stirring music (29 pieces), and... Read »

A NYCB Ballerina in our Midst

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
A NYCB Ballerina in our Midst

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON has many stars within its faculty ranks, and this year in the Department of Theatre (where there is a brand new Dance Major offered), a former New York City Ballet dancer, Deanna McBrearty, is teaching the skill and artistry of classical ballet. Beginning  ballet as a young girl in her... Read »

A Varied CBT Program at the Sottile

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
by Peter Ingle
A Varied CBT Program at the Sottile

THREE SHORT BALLETS: one traditional, one modern, one adapted from a romantic comedy—and all of them nice to watch when Charleston Ballet Theatre performed last weekend at the Sottile. Who says different dance genres can’t coexist? Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have fine dancing, smart choreography, and a Russian-born principal whose every gesture and... Read »

Complexions Dancers Shine

Monday, January 16, 2012
by Eliza Ingle
Complexions Dancers Shine

CHARLESTON CONCERT ASSOCIATION presented the second dance offering of their season on Saturday night at the Gaillard with the dynamic Complexions Contemporary Ballet, perhaps in a bold effort to appeal to a younger audience. However, a less than half full theatre was an unfortunate reminder of how hard it is to get people to the... Read »

Cunningham’s Last Stand

Thursday, December 29, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Cunningham’s Last Stand

A FEW WEEKS AGO I made a pilgrimage to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to see the second to last performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Like me, many of you might think traveling to Brooklyn is on the same adventure level as traveling to Tasmania, but it can be easily reached... Read »

Charleston Arts’ Sad Loss

Monday, July 18, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Charleston Arts’ Sad Loss

THE LOWCOUNTRY LOST one of its brightest stars on July 15th when Robert Ivey passed away leaving behind a long lineage of actors, singers, dancers, and fans who had been inspired, mentored, and directed by the legendary man for more than 30 years. I first met Mr. Ivey 20 years ago when I sent... Read »

Final Dance at Noon by Annex Dance Company

Monday, June 13, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Final Dance at Noon by Annex Dance Company

THE FINAL DANCE AT NOON—before Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto slip through our fingers—was performed by Charleston’s newest modern dance company, Annex Dance Company, in a concert entitled Encounter which used 9 dancers and a collection of music as well as spoken poetry in a well balanced and intriguing hour-long work. The theme of the... Read »

Artistic Collaborations

Monday, June 13, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Artistic Collaborations

THE WORD DANCE THEATRE’s original production of Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin is based on the love affair between one of the leading French Romantic female writers and the French composer, Frederic Chopin. The other part of the story is how Chopin’s 24 Preludes were interpreted by Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance... Read »

Ivey’s Dance at Noon

Monday, June 13, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Ivey’s Dance at Noon

OVER THE PAST MANY YEARS, whenever I see the Robert Ivey Ballet Theatre perform, I am always struck by the vibrant young dancers with commitment in their eyes and love for their art form apparent in their energy-fueled dancing. At the end of the Dance at Noon concert performed on Friday at the Footlight... Read »

A Dancer’s Story

Thursday, June 9, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
A Dancer’s Story

“IT IS WHEN MOVEMENT starts to be awkward that it becomes interesting.” This is how Cédric Andrieux explains his experience with Merce Cunningham whose company he was with for eight years. The statement could also describe Andrieux’s one-man and self-titled show at the Emmett Robinson Theatre where, for a little over an hour, the... Read »

Circa Exceeds Extraordinary

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
by Carol Furtwangler
Circa Exceeds Extraordinary

THE OPENING of “Circa” Tuesday night at Memminger Auditorium, the packed house discovered that there are no elephants, lions, tigers, or bears, oh my. You will not see any scantily clad ladies riding bareback. No popcorn, no sawdust… So how can this be a circus? It isn’t, at least not in the traditional sense.... Read »

Young Culture Vultures

Sunday, June 5, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Young Culture Vultures

AS I SAT BESIDE my eight-year-old daughter and watched the Charleston Ballet Theatre’s production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, I thought, thank goodness there is something besides the Nutcracker geared towards her age group. This is a wonderful production that uses the spoken story and songs recorded from the original and updated... Read »

Shen’s Way

Saturday, June 4, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Shen’s Way

ART IS AT ITS BEST when it transports the viewer to another place, and in the case of Shen Wei Dance Arts’ performance, it is specifically the places of Tibet, Cambodia, and China that the dance takes us to. In Re- (Parts I, II, and III), choreographer Shen Wei created a three-part evening length... Read »

Striking Performance by Corella Ballet

Saturday, May 28, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Striking Performance by Corella Ballet

THE CORELLA BALLET’s performance at the Gaillard Auditorium Friday night was one of those Spoleto moments where artistry and virtuosity aligned in exquisite perfection. The flawless execution by the dancer under the direction of Angel Corella showed a company beautiful to behold as well as a program that displayed the magnitude of the art... Read »

When the Old Becomes New

Saturday, May 28, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
When the Old Becomes New

IN THE PREVIEW performance of Khmeropedies l& ll that began Spoleto Festival’s 35th season at the Emmett Robinson Theatre, the idea of dance as a tradition was seen as a tenuous thing. Passing it down is tricky, as the human memory is faulty and specifics may vanish in the blip of a generation; and... Read »

A Little Spoleto Magic

Friday, May 27, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
A Little Spoleto Magic

ONE OF THE WAYS that Spoleto will be observing what would be the 100th birthday of Gian Carlo Menotti, the festival’s founder, is by presenting one of his operas, The Medium, at the Dock Street Theatre. First performed in 1946, it is the story of a phony psychic who claims to contact the dead... Read »

Talking to CBT’s Jill Eathorne Bahr

Saturday, May 21, 2011
by ChasToday
Talking to CBT’s Jill Eathorne Bahr

Charleston Ballet Theatreʼs Jill Eathorne Bahr talks about Piccolo Spoleto and the companyʼs upcoming 25th Anniversary season CT: There is such a variety in your offerings this season at Piccolo Spoleto. How did you decide which dance performances would fit well together in such a tight season? JEB: Music is often the creative inspiration... Read »

The Gods Must Be Crazy About “Xanadu”!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
by Duffy Lewis
The Gods Must Be Crazy About “Xanadu”!

WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED that a live version of the 1980 movie “Xanadu” was being produced on Broadway, it seemed the demise of American theatre had arrived. Conventional wisdom cannot explain how an insipid movie with a schmaltzy plot about a roller disco could inspire such a clever parody, but the creators of “Xanadu” did... Read »

Spoleto 2011 Dance Preview

Monday, May 2, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Spoleto 2011 Dance Preview

NOW THAT THE COLOR-FILLED CARPET of Spring has been rolled out and the Royals have been married off, Spoleto Festival USA is ready to spread its wings in Charleston for 17 fun-filled days (beginning May 27). The lineup for this 35th year looks particularly exciting with 152 performances and performers from all corners of... Read »

Collaborations: A Dance Concert

Friday, April 8, 2011
by ChasToday
Collaborations: A Dance Concert

Submitted to the Creative Writing Corner by Gabrielle Schecker BACK IN MARCH, I attended the College of Charleston Department of Theatre’s annual dance concert, Collaborations. At first, I couldn’t make a connection between the title and the program. When the lights dimmed and the curtains opened, I concentrated on the dancers, the songs, the... Read »

Collaborations at College of Charleston

Saturday, March 12, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Collaborations at College of Charleston

WE EXPECT ONE ARTIST to produce one work of art, but what if several artists combine their visions in a work of art? Generally something unexpected occurs, especially for the originators themselves. Such an approach to the creative process is an exciting phenomenon that many artists aren’t willing to share, but at the College... Read »

The Beauty and Inspiration of Dance

Thursday, March 10, 2011
by Peter Ingle
The Beauty and Inspiration of Dance

SOME IN THE Gaillard audience for this Charleston Concert Association production on Monday night were surprised to see two Russian National Ballet Theatre events on the program rather than the one advertised—Romeo and Juliet. Fortunately, however, surprise did not lead to disappointment. First up was the delicate Chopiniana, a 1907 work by choreographer Mikhail... Read »

The Grand Prix of Dance

Monday, February 28, 2011
by Peter Ingle
The Grand Prix of Dance

A GRAND PRIX nowadays is thought of as a sporting event and, in the case of race cars, a fast one. For Ballet Grand Prix, which performed last week at the Gaillard, the concepts of ‘sporting’ and ‘fast’ certainly applied. Some 30 dancers raced through 22 pieces in 90 minutes with no breaks other... Read »

CBT Takes Screen to Stage

Friday, February 25, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
CBT Takes Screen to Stage

IN CHARLESTON BALLET’s performance, “The Golden Oscar,” two choreographers (Stephen Gabriel and Jonathan Tabbert) took nine movies from recent years and translated them from the screen to the stage. The dances were a distillation of the films, going straight to the human condition and using the vocabulary of movement to speak what actors, cameramen,... Read »

Ballet’s Strange Bird

Sunday, January 9, 2011
by Eliza Ingle
Ballet’s Strange Bird

DARREN ARONOFSKY’s film, the ballet psycho-thriller “Black Swan” starring Natalie Portman, has received a love/hate reaction, much like the feeling I have with ballet in general. My head spins at the thought of the premise of the story: a ballet dancer, ostensibly with New York City Ballet (they are at Lincoln Center, though they... Read »

Apollo’s Angels

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Apollo’s Angels

BENEATH THE PATINA of ballet lies a deeper story that you usually don’t think about when you watch a performance of La Bayadère or Swan Lake or Romeo and Juliet. This new history of ballet, written by a former ballerina, provides unique insight into a multilayered world of choreographers, composers, dancers, and impresarios. But what... Read »

Another Nut to Crack

Saturday, December 25, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Another Nut to Crack

NO, THERE IS NO mistake: CharlestonToday is posting another piece on the Nutcracker. In New York City this year there were more than three adaptations of Petipa’s pearl, and dance writer Alastair Macaulay went cross country seeing as many Nutcrackers as he could stomach—so you see, a lot of ink has already been spent... Read »

Cracking the Nut of Ballet

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Cracking the Nut of Ballet

MY FAVORITE piece of choreography in this year’s Nutcracker by Charleston Ballet Theatre was surprisingly simple. At one moment, as the Nutcracker (Jonathan Tabbert) and Maria (Jennifer Muller) stood next to each other at the back corner of the stage, they began to move diagonally toward the audience. As they did, he wrapped his... Read »

Nutcracker Brings it All Home

Friday, December 17, 2010
by A.C. Benedict
Nutcracker Brings it All Home

THE HOLIDAYS are not complete without the requisite performance of the timeless classic The Nutcracker, seemingly performed in every city throughout the world in some size shape or form for decades and decades. The question then begs: how do you keep it fresh? How do you keep it relevant? Charleston Ballet Theatre manages to... Read »

A Lot of Love

Sunday, December 5, 2010
by Peter Ingle
A Lot of Love

IT’S ALWAYS SAD to see the duck go. Especially when she dances so well. And what a jump!—see the photos below. And then to see the wolf with all those orange feathers in his mouth. It was one of many cute touches in this simple, charming ballet of Peter and The Wolf at the... Read »

Paul Taylor Dance Company Delivers

Thursday, November 4, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Paul Taylor Dance Company Delivers

The Charleston Concert Association hosted a packed house last night at the Gaillard for a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company whose 80-year-old choreographer continues to be a cultural bandleader. Watching these dancers perform made you aware of Taylor’s ability to move beautiful bodies on stage, his irreverent sense of humor, and his curious... Read »

Paul Taylor to Town

Friday, October 29, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Paul Taylor to Town

PAUL TAYLOR, just 80 this summer, is considered the greatest living choreographer. Part of this has to do with the sheer scope of his work. The other part is the success his company continues to have. There is the music, too; always a point of inspiration for Taylor whose taste varies greatly—so then do... Read »

Appreciating Alice

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
by Lindsay Koob
Appreciating Alice

I’VE NEVER CLAIMED to be a dance geek—but I’ve always loved quality ballet. What’s not to like? Who can resist the sight of beautifully conditioned bodies as they stretch the limits of human mobility while interpreting great music through universally understood body language? And you don’t have to be a dance geek to “get”... Read »

Choreography for Dance and Life

Thursday, September 16, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Choreography for Dance and Life

TWICE A WEEK I meet to teach the art of choreography to a small group of mature, interested (for now), and interesting students. For me, a self-professed dance geek, being able to watch and analyze dance while searching for meaning and breaking down the craft with college students is one of the great pleasures... Read »

A New Season for Dance

Monday, August 30, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
A New Season for Dance

COME SEPTEMBER, a promise of something new returns, including a tap on the cultural reset button after a hot lazy summer. Although arts organizations still struggle with depleted budgets, staff, and incentive, our commitment to supporting them must not waver as they are the essential lifeline not only for our society, but for the... Read »

Turning Movement into Words

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Turning Movement into Words

RECENTLY I have been writing about dance more than actively dancing, and since this blog is a platform on which to bounce my opinion to the small readership I have, I thought to take the first long day of summer to do so. This was the first Spoleto where my fellow dancers in Anonymity... Read »

Oyster and Giselle

Sunday, June 13, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Oyster and Giselle

SPOLETO’S LAST ACT. The final two dance offerings for Spoleto Festival USA were about as different as they could be, showing the wonderful contrast that the festival organizers are so adept at presenting, as well as the range that dance covers, from a 200-year-old classic to something completely new. In Oyster, the talents of... Read »

Expression Sung and Danced

Saturday, June 12, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Expression Sung and Danced

I HAVE ALWAYS meant to attend the Westminster Choir’s annual Spoleto performance, but have not gotten to it until this year. In the beautiful and acoustically brilliant setting of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, this group of young singers from Rider University in Princeton New Jersey delivered beyond my expectations.... Read »

Dance: Noon and Night

Sunday, June 6, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Dance: Noon and Night

ONE LAYER of Lucinda Childs’ DANCE is the eleven dancers who spill across the stage with movement that is like a live feed of entrances and exits in head-spinning sequences that are contained in constant parameters, and propelled by the pulsating flurry of the Philip Glass score which is experienced behind the final layer... Read »

Gallim Dance: What’s Modern Today?

Sunday, May 30, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Gallim Dance: What’s Modern Today?

TODAY’S MODERN DANCERS are not dealing with the emotional palate of yesterday. Their responses to the world deal with an ever-changing sense of psychology, technology, and culture. The form of modern dance is at its best when the perspective is fresh, the movement is original, and the performers are invested—which was true of the... Read »

On Stage with George Gershwin

Thursday, May 27, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
On Stage with George Gershwin

ROBERT IVEY first came to Charleston in 1976 when Gian Carlo Menotti asked him to choreograph an opera for the first Spoleto Festival in 1976. “I was in Italy performing with the Ballet of Sweden and was one of the only Americans at the Festival,” says Ivey, who today is the charismatic director of... Read »

Challenges of Choreography

Saturday, May 15, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Challenges of Choreography

THE MUSIC of standard (classical) ballet is instrumental. And because there are no words to get in the way—of the choreographer, the dancers, or the audience—expression through movement, and its interpretation, are free to span a wide spectrum, and to take their time doing it. Things get tougher for everyone, though, when there are... Read »

The Magic of Dance

Thursday, May 13, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
The Magic of Dance

THIS WEEKEND don’t miss The Little Mermaid presented by the Charleston Ballet at the Black Box Theatre on King Street. It’s part of their Children Series and kids will love it. There’s also a special twist to this production. The familiar musical numbers of “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea” will be brought... Read »

A Trock of Our Own

Thursday, May 6, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
A Trock of Our Own

SOME OF YOU may remember watching a young African American dynamo dancing with the Robert Ivey Ballet 20 years ago. His technique was nearing perfection for a teenage boy, his stage presence was assured, and his energy was unstoppable. His name was Bobby Carter and he is returning home as one of the headliners... Read »

The Little Festival with a Big Punch

Monday, May 3, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
The Little Festival with a Big Punch

AS SPRING BLEEDS into summer, don’t forget the other frolic that kicks off in tandem with Spoleto USA. While the “big” one toots its horn about being an international festival, Piccolo Spoleto boasts the continuous discovery of homegrown talent—artists, writers, and performers from Charleston and around the southeast. Ellen Dresler Moryl launched Piccolo Spoleto... Read »

The Spoletians are Coming!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
The Spoletians are Coming!

SPRINGTIME in Charleston is as close to perfection as it gets, unless of course your allergies make you miserable, the tourist traffic throws you into a rage, or the Blue Angel’s air show leaves you with an earache. But for me it means that the Spoleto Arts Festival is right around the corner and,... Read »

Breathing Life into Balanchine

Thursday, February 11, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Breathing Life into Balanchine

THE GHOST OF THE BELOVED ballet master, George Balanchine, comes to Charleston this weekend as CBT presents Masterpieces of Dance at the Sottile Theatre on Saturday, Feb 13 at 7:30 PM. They will be breathing life into one of Balanchine’s first big successes, Serenade, as well as Rubies. Rubies is new to the CBT... Read »

A New York Travelogue

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
A New York Travelogue

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT climbing the steps to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the upper east side of the great island of Manhattan. You never know if you might run into someone you know or if you will anonymously slide into to the great house of art where anything is possible. I had... Read »

School of the Arts now State-of-the-Art

Friday, January 15, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
School of the Arts now State-of-the-Art

WALKING PAST the cistern at the College of Charleston, I am struck by the sense of time and place at one of our country’s oldest colleges. Spanish moss hangs from grand oaks that frame the columns and fading pink walls of colonial architecture. It is a scene of southern tradition and charm. As I... Read »

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
by Eliza Ingle
The Gift That Keeps on Giving

ONE THING that is as sure as the setting sun, whether it makes you run and hide or immediately purchase overpriced tickets, is the Christmas ballet darling, The Nutcracker. For close to 100 years, audiences young and old have experienced the magic of this production with  super-sized Christmas trees, dancing candy canes , icy... Read »

A Stunning Display of Dance

Thursday, October 29, 2009
by Eliza Ingle
A Stunning Display of Dance

WITNESSING the dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company execute a contraction and release—the essential element of Martha Graham’s lifelong work—is as stunning a human movement as there is. To see the beginning of the movement come from the center of the torso and then cascade to the rest of the body like moving... Read »

Ready for Some Dancing?

Thursday, September 17, 2009
by Eliza Ingle
Ready for Some Dancing?

AFTER A LONG, HOT SUMMER and with the promise of Fall in the air, comes a new season for cultural awakening. Some great performances will grace our stages in the next several months. Highlights include an entertaining lineup by the Charleston Ballet Theatre as well as three renowned dance companies sponsored by the Charleston... Read »

Remembering Merce Cunningham

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
by Eliza Ingle
Remembering Merce Cunningham

AT THE END of July, Merce Cunningham died at the age of 90 after seven decades as a dancer and visionary choreographer. “Merce,” as he was affectionately referred to, performed with the Martha Graham and Paul Taylor dance companies. Along with them, he became a pioneer for modern dance, but he was also an... Read »

Watching Dance

Friday, August 7, 2009
by Eliza Ingle
Watching Dance

Of all the art forms, dance is the oldest. Before people could speak, they could dance. It was how early men and women comprehended the world around them—how they imagined their gods were controlling Nature and circumstances. As language and music developed, dance gradually became more structured and compartmentalized: such as how a tribe... Read »

Backstage with the Bolshoi

Friday, August 7, 2009
by Peter Ingle
Backstage with the Bolshoi

Last weekend, we drove to Chapel Hill, N.C. to see an excellent production of Swan Lake by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, one of the world’s top ballet companies. The theater (Memorial Hall on the UNC campus) was beautiful, the stage set was sumptuous, and the costumes were dazzling. The dancers, of course, were exquisite with... Read »

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