Chutzpah! Festival

The Chutzpah! Festival coninues: on March 8th Sidra Bell Dance and Gallim Dance of New York presented a double-bill performance. Though vastly different in style, neither Sidra's Bell's “Anthology” nor Gallim Dance's “I Can See Myself in Your Pupil” overtly showed their conceptual underpinnings. Both companies focused on the purely physical rather than intellectual. Sidra Bell Dance explored polarities, representing the body as sultry and mechanical, while Gallim Dance shook things up with a wild, free-for-all performance.

Sidra Bell Dance presented, “ Anthology,” which focused on musculature, emphasizing strength so that bodies seemed charged with energy as they...

Gallim Dance

It’s not fair.  My recent tour of Vancouver’s Cultural Olympiad/VIDF/Chutzpah Festival enhanced dance scene began with the spectacular work of Marie Chouinard, who proved herself to be the gold medalist, the MVP and the world champion of clever choreography and gorgeous staging.  What could possibly come after such an audacious entry in the contemporary dance category?  Chouinard’s dancing shoes are hard to fill.  

That’s what I thought last week before the rest of my tour really got under way, and I am happy to say, that although Chouinard remains top dog in my view, some of the...

Aszure Barton