offoffoff dance



Site links
  • Contact us

    Get our newsletter:
    Search the site:

    Dance section
  • Dance main page
  • Dance archive

    Current dance

  • 277DanceProject: This is Heaven to Me
  • A.W.A.R.D. Stars
  • Aaron McGloin: Lamina
  • Aaron McGloin: Native
  • Akiko Furukawa: Room 702
  • Alley of the Dolls [this is not a Sequel]
  • Anchors and Ties
  • Antonio Ramos: Almodovar Dystopia
  • Aretha Aoki and Benjamin Kimitch
  • BAADass Women Festival
  • Banana Peel Dance: Dinner Party
  • The Barnard Project 2010
  • Batsheva: Hora
  • Belinda McGuire
  • Bennyroyce Royon: Chronos Project
  • Bloom: City
  • Body Collider: Bare Knuckle High Fashion
  • Brian Brooks
  • Brian Brooks Moving Company 2012
  • Bryn Cohn: Skin
  • Burr Johnson
  • Chavasse Dance and Performance
  • Chris Schlichting: Stripetease
  • ChristinaNoel and the Creature
  • Chunky Move: Faker
  • Chunky Move: Mortal Engine
  • Cool NY 2011
  • Cool NY 2012
  • Current Sessions: 03Savings
  • The Current Sessions: Volume 1
  • Da-on Dance: Thirst
  • Dance Apocalypse: Solos
  • Dance Gallery 2013
  • Dance Gallery 2015
  • Dance Gallery Festival
  • Dance Gallery Festival 2012
  • Dance Now 2015
  • Dance Now 2019
  • Dance Sampler 2
  • DanceNow 2011
  • DanceNow 2011 Two
  • Dancenow 2012
  • DanceNow 2013
  • DanceNow 2014
  • DanceNow 2016
  • DanceNow 2017
  • DanceNow 2018
  • Daniel Gwirtzman: The Oracle
  • DaOn Dance: Root
  • David Appel and Daniela Hoff: Take Root
  • The Dinner Party: A Whodunnit Cabaret
  • Donnell Oakley Magnificent Marginal
  • Donnell Oakley: Sure
  • DorothyAnnieMaria
  • Doug Varone and Dancers 2017
  • Dumbo Dance 2010
  • Dumbo Dance 2011
  • Dumbo Dance Festival 2012
  • Faye Driscoll: Thank You for Coming
  • Faye Driscoll: There is so much mad in me
  • Faye Driscoll: You r Me
  • Festival Twenty Ten
  • Festival Twenty Ten Too
  • FLICfest 2012
  • FLICfest 2013
  • Fresh Tracks 2010
  • Fresh Tracks 2011
  • Gallim: Sit, Kneel, Stand
  • Gerald Casel: Fluster and Plot
  • Gotham Dance Sampler 1
  • Green Space:
    Take Root

  • Gwen Gussman: Nourishment
  • HATCHed WAX: two to view
  • Heather Olson: Shy Showoff
  • Hilary Easton: The Constructors
  • Hurricane Party
  • Hyperbolic!
  • Jeanine Durning: To Being
  • Jenni Hong:
  • Jody Oberfelder: The Soldier's Tale
  • John Jasperse: Canyon
  • Jonah Bokaer: Rules of the Game
  • Jonathan Pratt
  • Julian Barnett: Sound Memory
  • Julie Bour: Why Now?
  • Katie Workum: Black Lakes
  • Katie Workum: Fruitlands
  • Katie Workum: Herkimer Diamonds
  • Katy Orthwein and Aaron McGloin
  • Keigwin and Wolcott: Places Please
  • Keigwin+Company 2012
  • kerPlunk and Friends
  • Kidd Pivot: Dark Matters
  • Kota Yamazaki: Rays of Space
  • Kyle Abraham: Heartbreaks and Homies
  • Larry Keigwin: Exit
  • Lincoln Center Kenan Fellows
  • lmno3:BANGS
  • Lucy Guerin: Structure and Sadness
  • Lucy Guerin: Untrained
  • Magda and Chelsea: The Vulgar Early Works
  • Mari Meade and Companies
  • Mari Meade and Gierre Godley
  • Mari Meade and Teresa Fellion
  • Mari Meade: Not My Home
  • Mark Dendy: Labyrinth
  • Mark Dendy: NYny Astor Place
  • martha clarke: angel reapers
  • Martha Graham Company 2016
  • The Median Movement: JACK Rally
  • The Median Movement: X
  • Mei Yamanaka Works: Sunflower
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Miguel Gutierrez: And lose the name of action
  • Mina Nishimura
  • MokdessiWagner and Kawamura
  • Nathan Trice: Recognizing Women Project
  • Neta Dance: 2280 Pints!
  • newsteps 2013
  • newsteps 2014
  • Newsteps 2017
  • Newsteps 2018
  • newsteps 2019
  • Nicole Wolcott: 100 Beginnings
  • Nicole Wolcott: Paper Pieces
  • NLD: The Whiz
  • Only Human: Christine Bonansea
  • Ori Flomin: First Move
  • Oui Danse: French Amour
  • Patricia Noworol Dance: Circuits
  • Perforations Festival
  • Performance Mix 2013
  • Performance Mix 2017
  • Performance Mix Festival 2010
  • Performance Mix Festival 2018
  • Petronio 2012
  • Petronio: Underland
  • Pina Bausch: Vollmond
  • ponydance: Anybody Waitin?
  • The Principles of Uncertainty
  • Project RUIN
  • Purchase Company 2013
  • Ralph Lemon: How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?
  • Raw Directions 2012
  • Raw Directions 2013
  • Relative Soul: Two Takes
  • Richard Move: Martha 1963
  • RoseAnne Spradlin: beginning of something
  • Sam Kim: Sister to a Fiend
  • Sarah Skaggs Dance: The New Ecstatic
  • Sarah Skaggs: Roving 911 Memorial
  • Shamel Pitts: Black Velvet
  • Shannon Gillen & Guests: Clap for the Wolfman
  • Shannon Gillen: A Colored Image of the Sun
  • Shen Wei Dance Arts
  • small apple co.
  • Splice: Japan
  • Stephen Petronio 2014
  • Stephen Petronio 2015
  • Stephen Petronio 2016
  • Stephen Petronio: LLD 430
  • Strange Love: Episode 5
  • Take Dance
  • Take Root: Angharad Davies and Amber Sloan
  • Take Root: Mei Yamanaka and Angel Chinn
  • Tere OConnor: Bleed
  • TheCraft
  • This One Goes Out To You
  • Tiffany Mills Company
  • Tiffany Mills: After the Feast
  • Tiffany Mills: The Blue Room
  • Triskelion Collaborations
  • Two at Abrons
  • Two at Dixon Place
  • Tykulsker Cora
  • tykulskerdean
  • Valerie Green/Dance Entropy
  • Valerie Green: Impermanent Landscape
  • Vim Vigor: Forever
  • Walter Dundervill: Candy Mountain
  • Wave Rising 2011
  • William Forsythe at BAM
  • William Forsythe: Decreation
  • Women in Motion 2012
  • Wrought Iron Fog
  • Yoshiko Chuma and Rebecca Lazier
  • Zvidance: Dabke+Coupling
  • ZviDance: Zoom


    Complete archive, 1999-present

    2018-2019 reviews:


      Lorene Bouboushian in Fresh Tracks 2011
      Photo by Ian Douglas
      Lorene Bouboushian
    Not a Lot Happening

    The first Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts


    The first Fresh Tracks presented at New York Live Arts was a bit underwhelming. Each choreographer had obvious movement or performance strengths. But each, Lorene Bouboushian excepted, presented a piece that left the question "Is that it?"

    Hadar Ahuvia brought out that pre-iPod rehearsal staple, a small boombox, to give herself a dance class and to muse about movement, in Class/icism. Ahuvia is a lovely mover who keeps a bland or blank face most of the time. Her stop-and-start piece here plays with hesitancy and controlled falling. There is a slight buildup as the piece progresses, as if she is upping the ante on herself each time the next musical selection begins. The end result feels like a solo sketch for a group piece. It is not hard to watch but also leaves little lasting impression.

    Choreography by: niv Acosta, Hadar Ahuvia, Aretha Aoki, Lorene Bouboushian, Yanghee Lee, Saśl Ulerio.
    Dancers: Hadar Ahuvia
    Aretha Aoki, with Vanessa Anspaugh, Kristina Dobosz and Line Haddad
    Lorene Bouboushian
    Yanghee Lee
    niv Acosta, with Cason Bolton, Joey Kipp and Yessenia Acosta
    Saśl Ulerio, with Mei Yamanaka
    Music by: Alla Reznick (Ahuvia), Ryan MacDonald (Aoki), Jung Min A, Jon Hopkins (Lee), Alice Smith (Acosta).
    Lighting design by: Vincent Vigilante.
    New York Live Arts
    December 7-10, 2011

    Aretha Aoki's The Turning of Events somehow manages to feel similar to the preceding, even though it is quite different and has Aoki partnering with Vanessa Anspaugh much of the time. Aoki is captivating by herself, giving silence and subtle movements life. She has a beautiful, calm base and the ability to move quick and smooth at any moment, always a good combination. Again, though there is a slight buildup, and two ballet/dancey-dance characters make occasional odd appearances, there is no overall feeling of purpose or intent, and nothing really sticks or strikes.

    Lorene Bouboushian gives us another good combination — disturbing and hilarious — with The White Lady guts flail gluttonous fail, and she leaves us with plenty to digest. Gradually and skillfully, she introduces verbalizations and grunts, and skewering self-analysis, until she is in full swing with a chanted/church-testifying take on the White Lady who lives in a Black neighborhood. "White Lady is spiritual but she's not religious" is a typical nugget, hilarious in context and with Bouboushian's passionate delivery. She plays with self-exposure and vulnerability in real, risky ways and ends the piece without pants, nude from the waist down rather than the almost-trendy and much safer waist-up way. There is no anticipating what will come next with Bouboushian, who consistently surprises us before we even realize we are being surprised. The combination of little shocks and perfect timing works wonders. This is someone who has us utterly sold by the end.

    Aretha Aoki in Fresh Tracks 2011
    Photo by Ian Douglas
    Aretha Aoki

    Yanghee Lee puts disturbing and intense together in Dusk, and the result is predictably uncomfortable. Lee practically glowers at us as she strips pages from a large sketchpad with printed words that punctuate her story of coming to grips, or not, with her father and her past. This is an angry poem, but it is a poem, and it leaves plenty of holes for us to fill in or fall into. The movement, though fairly minimal, is strong as well, but Lee's combination of thick clothing and anger keep us at bay and don't let us in at all, a very different sort of self-exposure than what came before.

      Mei Yamanaka in Fresh Tracks 2011
      Photo by Ian Douglas
      Mei Yamanaka
    Niv Acosta breaks the tension with singing and lip-synching, and Dance Electro, in denzel again, a meandering but mostly pleasant amalgamation. Acosta is transgender, but his Dominican mother is clearly female and sings a charming a capella song in the midst of the piece, the sort of leisurely non sequitur that typifies denzel again. Cason Bolton, Jr. shows the fusion of vogue, disco and hip-hop that is apparently called Dance Electro, and Joey Kipp has fun with facial expressions and lip-synching in the group singalong toward the end.

    Saśl Ulerio, another Dominican, wraps up the show with an ocean in between, pairing here with the always-interesting Mei Yamanaka. Is the ocean between the two, or between perception and reality? Nothing is really clear, but there are visually and emotionally arresting moments, especially at the end, as a seated Ulerio breaks a bottle with his bare hands and then leaves Yamanaka in a bikini onstage, tiptoeing and stumbling on the broken glass.

    DECEMBER 19, 2011

    Post a comment on "Fresh Tracks 2011"