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Published: August 20, 2013
Category: profile

Kyle Abraham at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

PillowNotes

by Rachel Straus

The PillowNotes series comprises essays commissioned from our Scholars-in-Residence and others to provide audiences with a broader context for viewing dance.

Like the cinematically abrupt scene changes in T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, Kyle Abraham’s shifting dance portals in Pavement foster a dreamlike landscape. In his newest work, Abraham employs paradoxical moods and images that []

Published: May 28, 2012
Category: review

Cedar Lake Ballet’s Strange Programming Choice

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet opened its two-week Joyce Theater season on May 15 with a triple bill, featuring two new-ish works about unremitting struggle, performed by a cadre of fierce young dancers. In addition to their shared urban existential anguish, Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid (2011) and Crystal Pite’s Grace []