Legend has it that Bertolt Brecht's world was turned upside down by a Chinese opera star. The European playwright, who felt that physicality had more integrity than speech, met a revelation of the body's true mutability in the person Mei Lan-Fang. To Brecht's amazement, Mei could use pure movement to
Butoh is always intense. It is the dance of darkness after all. But in the work of the second-generation Butoh company, Sankai Juku, there is a peaceful element, more otherworldly than visceral. Even their name, which means "studio by the mountain and the sea," implies serenity and calm. Their wor
Emboldening classical ballet, the Dance Theater of Harlem takes up the old and gives it an articulate, contemporary spin. The group sharpens the edge of the familiar with a bit of bombast, but always with impeccable classical precision.
Arthur Mitchell founded the DTH in 1969, inspired to create
It has been said that no photograph ever captured the mysterious allure of Vaslav Nijinsky. The cameras of his time were too slow to capture the spectacular height of his leap, and static images could never depict the sensuality of his dancing. Both men and women were drawn to his powerfully expressi