Posts tagged ‘choreography’

March 29, 2011

Femme Fatale: Britney Spears “live” on Good Morning America

To promote the release of her new CD Femme Fatale today, earlier in the week Britney Spears  performed 3 songs in front of a live audience in San Francisco. “Good Morning America” devoted its entire second hour this morning to the pre-taped  live concert event.

“Pre-taped live concert event” pretty much describes all of Britney’s work, so it wasn’t particularly odd to see on live morning television.

No, the oddity here was Ms Spears’ lethargic attitude, which regrettably brought to mind the fried chicken/Dunkin Donuts/rehab addicted Britney at the MTV Awards a few years back.

The choreography generally had the energy and complexity of a chair aerobics class at a senior center though at it’s peak it did mimic the artistry one sees at the finale of a 70’s themed performance at a respite center for the developmentally disabled.

As for her “solos,” Ms Spears stood almost in a haze, bending over or rocking back and forth from side to side, often gyrating her neck in order to whip her hair into motion, thus appropriating the entire  repetoire of a dancer with a C section at a Gentlemen’s Club around 2pm on any given weekday.

Despite all of this, there was some good news to report. If one thinks about it, counter-intuitive as it may be, it is quite heartening to hear her declare on her new single that she plans to keep on dancing “Till the World Ends.

She could use the practice.


March 4, 2011

Twyla Tharp brings her creative rebellion to Hubbard Street Dance Company with world premiere

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton has announced the return of choreographic legend Twyla Tharp to launch the company’s 2011-12 season.  Hubbard Street has commissioned Tharp to create a new work for the company, which will debut during the company’s Fall Series engagement at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, October 13-16, 2011.

“I had the great pleasure of working with Twyla back in the eighties as a dancer,” recalls Edgerton.  “Recently I reunited with her in the capacity of director and choreographer and it has been a fascinating reunion – she is fascinating.  Twyla had such a significant history with Hubbard Street and I felt it was important that our current dancers experience her with the motivation of looking forward.

I approached her with the idea of a project that would represent her rebellious nature, which in the sixties and the onset of her career is what brought her choreography to prominence. Consequently, we are embarking on a new creation by Twyla that demonstrates her wonderful sense of creative rebellion.”

“When Glenn and I met we discussed many ideas,” notes Tharp. “When he asked me for a new work, I thought to myself, ‘Great, I’ve always enjoyed the vitality of Hubbard Street dancers and I have a long-term relationship with the company.’ I look forward to working with the new dancers and creating, what I believe, will be a very special dance – one that will challenge me as well as them.”

Hubbard Street’s audiences last saw Tharp’s work performed in 1995 with the World Premiere of I Remember Clifford.  Other works once produced by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago were Fait Accompli in 1995, Nine Sinatra Songs in 1992, The Golden Section and Baker’s Dozen in 1991 and 2007, The Fugue and Sue’s Leg.

Tharp will be honored with  a Spotlight Award, presented to her by Hubbard Street Founder Lou Conte, for her creative vision and unique role in American choreography and her history with the company.

The Spotlight Awards will be given at Hubbard Street’s annual Spotlight Ball on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue.

In the meantime you should check out the Spring Series which will feature two never-before-seen works from preeminent Israeli choreographers Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal from Tel Aviv’s Batsheva Dance Company.

For more information about HSDC’s 2011-12 season and subscriptions packages, call the Hubbard Street Ticket Office at 312-850-9744 or visit hubbardstreetdance.com