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:


      L-R: Saya Harada, Ben Wolk, Mika Yanagihara, Hannah Emerson, Keven Chu in 277DanceProject: This is Heaven to Me
      Photo by Jaqlin Medlock
      L-R: Saya Harada, Ben Wolk, Mika Yanagihara, Hannah Emerson, Keven Chu
    Heaven as a Funny Place Full of Love

    277DanceProject's This is Heaven to Me at Dixon Place


    The joy of watching a piece that clicks leaves a glow when the show is over. 277DanceProject's This Is Heaven to Me fit the new Dixon Place space perfectly — a rare feat — and clicked all the way through, in a well paced fantasy-comedy about the perils and pitfalls of romance and romantic innocence.

    So much of This is Heaven to Me feels familiar and seen-before, but this never feels wrong. Things open in a cafe of small tables, for example, in cinematic "takes", with small twists and different characters being featured while a couple does a tango-ish duet. Leisurely timing and lingering looks imply history and intrigue.

    Choreography by: Nicole Phillippidis.
    Dancers: Jordan Gehley, Kevin Chu, Stacey Cervellino, Alissa Clarke, Hannah Emerson, Saya Harada, Olgierd Minkiewicz, Nicole Phillippidis, Ben Wolk, Mika Yanagihara .
    Music by: Dave Barbour, Wilfurd Burns, Gordon Jenking, Gertrude Lawrence, Yann Tierson, Alva Noto.
    Sound design by: Johnny Philips.
    Set design by: Peter Zaharatos.
    Costumes by: Marianna Tsartolia.
    Lighting design by: Rob Lariviere.
    Co-creator: Stacey Cervellino.
    Dixon Place
    January 24-27, 2013

    This is dance fleshed out on a theater skeleton, and the two elements meld beautifully. The dialogue — all questions — between Olgierd Minkiewicz and Stacey Cervellino, that has him asking her to dance and her jumping them ahead through dating and marriage and divorce, is masterful and hilarious, for example. Cervellino and choreographer Nicole Philippidis are listed as co-creators, and Cervellino and Kevin Chu are duly noted as members of Actors Equity Association, but the entire ensemble looks good both acting and dancing.

    The melange of dance and theater, with elements of cinema — a young couple in front of a simple projection of a foreign city, and Mika Yanagihara's solo in front of a dreamier video projection of herself dancing — allow otherwise awkward breaks in action to feel fine here; the staging relaxes us into accepting and looking forward to whatever comes next. And a bit of a French theme, often as shorthand for romance or romantic fantasy, is equal parts silly and natural.

    Jordan Gehley, Stacey Cervellino, Saya Harada, Ben Wolk, Nicole Phillippidis, Hannah Emerson, Olgierd Minkiewicz, Mika Yanagihara, Kevin Chu in 277DanceProject: This is Heaven to Me
    Photo by Jaqlin Medlock
    Jordan Gehley, Stacey Cervellino, Saya Harada, Ben Wolk, Nicole Phillippidis, Hannah Emerson, Olgierd Minkiewicz, Mika Yanagihara, Kevin Chu

    Philippidis and Cervellino have a lot of fun with the games people play to get attention from the opposite sex and to keep things interesting as couples. Two full-cast sections of broad farce — one with everyone in very high, very pink heels and another with the classic mix of cad and cat behavior, people flitting off after the next attractive newcomer and an unending succession of uneven triangles and unexpected partnerings — follow smaller hijinx among couples and small groups. As in any successful humor, loss and darkness lurk throughout.

    The late arrival of a true innocent, played sweetly by Alissa Smith, may be a central element in the cat/cad scene, or may be not; the beauty of This Is Heaven to Me is that no one thing, good or bad, gets special attention in this look at love. Innocence is here both to be celebrated and lost, and life is to be reveled in.

    JANUARY 31, 2013

    Post a comment on "277DanceProject: This is Heaven to Me"