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Emily Johnson / Catalyst program note

The Dance Center last presented Emily Johnson in 2010, with her work The Thank-You Bar, and we are honored to work with many partners in tonight’s production of Then A Cunning Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing At Stars. This art feels necessary; it feels like we are...

Urban Bush Women program note

Hair & Other Stories uses hair as a lens for a number of investigations, such as how does our hair influence how we walk through life? The company’s work quickly brings me to another question: how can we have an honest-to-god conversation about race in this fraught...

Ananya Dance Theatre program note

A dance company can create dance performances, of course. But it can also do other kinds of things. A dance company can create a space for advancing social justice. A dance company can foster transformative relationships. A dance company can craft a space for...

Spectrum / Donald Byrd program note

The work that you’ll see tonight, Rambunctious Iteration #3 – The Immigrants, is the third part of a series called Rambunctious: A Festival of Music and Dance.  The first iteration premiered in 2014 and used string quartets by American composers.  The second work...

Still mourning

“In his lecture at UArts, Faustin [Linyekula] challenged us… ‘to reimagine who we are with a full awareness of the ruins around and inside us.’” Lauren Bakst, quoting Faustin Linyekula “Somehow Ewing has created a collection that is at once formally spectacular and...

Tere O’Connor program note

Pretend you are free from a narrative. By entering this theater, you have liberated yourself. For the next 70 minutes, you can swim in someone else’s brain, and Tere O’Connor’s brain is a fascinating place. A few signposts on this non-narrative journey: Tere is in...

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