Long Time No Blog!

Okay, so between Thanksgiving and getting our February issue out the door for you guys, I haven't blogged in more than two weeks! MOG! Which means it's time for an update, whether it's my official "day" or not. (For the record, you're supposed to hear from me on Tuesdays... I'll try to be better!) 

As I mentioned above, we are prepping February 2008, and I think it's another awesome issue! The focus is on modern dance, and even if you've never taken a modern class or seen a modern company perform, there are stories in here that are going to inspire you and whet your appetite to find out more. So who's on the cover? I'll give you a hint... the story is about the second company of one of NYC's most popular modern companies. That's all you get, until the issue hits your mailbox! 

As for what I've been up to outside of the office, I promised to tell you about the Batsheva performance I went to... and it was every bit as fabulous as I expected! There were some sections of the piece--which was actually three separate pieces presented as one evening, in the same costumes--that were so simple and yet incredibly stunning. For instance, at one point all of the dancers stood in a line and raised and lowered their arms, up in one count and down again in two counts, in an elaborate canon to a Bach score. The unpredictability of who would move next kept your eyes shifting constantly, and when someone finally inserted a new move into the pattern, it was so powerful. After the show, Dance Magazine editor Wendy Perron did a Q&A with Ohad Naharin, and Abby and I stuck around to hear what he had to say about his work. It's always great to hear firsthand from the choreographer what his goals were in creating a certain piece, and Ohad didn't disappoint--even if he didn't always want to answer the questions he was asked! 

Tonight, I'm headed to Brooklyn to see a relatively new company directed by a choreographer I have known since high school! Mark Lamb, now director of Mark Lamb Dance, headed up a modern troupe in my hometown in Tennessee, and I've always enjoyed his choreography. He also was one of the first people to introduce me to contact improvisation! Now, we're both up here in NYC, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what he's been up to recently. 

Catch you guys next week! 
Kat :) 
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