Company E at the John F. Kennedy Center by Luella Christopher

GENERATIONS: POLAND – FOUR GENERATIONS OF DANCE AND MUSIC John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, D.C. March 16-18, 2016 By Luella Christopher, Ph.D. Quirky, somber, provocative and epic. These terms describe, respectively, the four works – “Who Let the Dogs Out?”, “Dirge”, “Didi and Gogo”, and “Air” – presented by Company / … More Company E at the John F. Kennedy Center by Luella Christopher

Jonah Bokaer at ADI by Luella Christopher

MEMORABLE MOTIONLESSNESS: WHY PATTERNS/RECESS BY JONAH BOKAER American Dance Institute Rockville, Md. 20850 February 26-27, 2016 By Luella Christopher, Ph.D. Jonah Bokaer is a revolutionary choreographer in the best possible way. As relayed to New York Social Diary on July 18, 2008, the many titles of Bokaer’s pieces over the last decade deal with subtraction … More Jonah Bokaer at ADI by Luella Christopher

The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Warner Theatre by ddespair

The Washington Ballet The Nutcracker The Warner Theatre 12.26.2015 by ddespair Preface Let me start out by saying, every Christmas, I have listened to 97.1 WASH-FM every year since the dawn of time. Like clockwork, they invariable hawk The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker. But here’s where it gets interesting. They famously tag the presentation with “George … More The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Warner Theatre by ddespair

Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company at ADI by Luella Christopher

“CUSTODIANS OF BEAUTY”: WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO UNDERSTAND By Luella Christopher, Ph,D. Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company American Dance Institute Rockville, Md. November 20, 2015 Mental somersaults. A day after watching “Custodians of Beauty”, I’m still doing them. This is exactly what Pavel Zustiak wants: enticement of the audience, both figuratively and literally, into … More Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company at ADI by Luella Christopher

Christopher K. Morgan & Artists at ADI by Luella Christopher

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: TREASURES FROM CHRISTOPHER MORGAN’S HAWAIIAN TROVE AND OTHER STAPLES FROM THE COMPANY REPERTORY By Luella Christopher, Ph.D. Christopher K. Morgan & Artists American Dance Institute Rockville, Md. October 9 and 10, 2015 Christopher Morgan’s Hawaiian heritage bubbled vigorously to the surface in his company’s 5th Anniversary Gala mounted at American Dance Institute … More Christopher K. Morgan & Artists at ADI by Luella Christopher

Dance Theatre of Harlem at Sidney Harman Hall by Luella Christopher

EXCULPATORY AND EROTIC: SHOCKERS AND SIZZLERS DOMINATE HARLEM DANCE THEATRE’S VISIT TO D.C. By Luella Christopher, Ph.D. Dance Theatre of Harlem Sidney Harman Hall Washington, D.C. October 10, 2015 The much anticipated return to the nation’s capital of New York-based Dance Theatre of Harlem generated the same level of excitement transpiring outside the hall on … More Dance Theatre of Harlem at Sidney Harman Hall by Luella Christopher