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Compagnie Käfig, the hugely popular French hip-hop group, returned to Jacob’s Pillow last week with a repeat of the sold-out program it presented last year. Choreographer Mourad Merzouki collaborated with Brazilian troupe Companhia Urbana de Dança. Merzouki’s background in circus and martial arts blend with Brazilian capoeira and samba rhythms, all mixed with a sinuous hip hop that would look at home on a streetcorner in the Bronx.

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Like the Lark, Ascending

Dance Theatre of Harlem

In a recent interview, Dance Theatre of Harlem artistic director Virginia Johnson said that when she held auditions for the company, newly restarted this year after a nine-year hiatus, very few African-American dancers showed up. Even in 2013, after DTH’s 40-plus year history of training young dancers of color for ballet, there are very few dancing in principal roles in major companies. So she turned to the DTH school, which never stopped operating, and its junior troupe. She was then faced with shaping a mostly young and inexperienced group of dancers into a top international company.

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So Near, So Varied, More Dance Than Ever This Summer

Photo of Martha Graham Company dancer by John Deane
 
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So Near, So Varied, More Dance Than Ever This Summer

The Dance Scene

Summer in the Berkshires means it’s time to review the dance scene. Whatever your preference — classical ballet, edgy urban dance, big names or undiscovered treasure — there are more companies and performances here in the Berkshires than ever before.
 

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So Near, So Varied, More Dance Than Ever This Summer

The Dance Scene

Summer in the Berkshires means it’s time to review the dance scene. Whatever your preference — classical ballet, edgy urban dance, big names or undiscovered treasure — there are more companies and performances here in the Berkshires than ever before.

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At the Ballet . . .

Quincy Childs, 17, and Thel Moore, 15, rehearse “Boyce Suite,”a pas de deux choreographed by Helen Heineman, to be performed by The Nutmeg Ballet at The Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in Torrington, CT, Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m.The program showcases both contemporary and classical ballet with trainees of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory and cameo appearances by the Torrington School of Ballet. For tickets and information, call 860-489-7180.

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The Dance Scene

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Buglisi Dance Theater performed new and old works last weekend at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY. Jacqulyn Buglisi’s choreography rings with the drama and theatricality of Martha Graham: vibrating hands, the uplifted legs, knees bent and turned slightly in, swift and daring moves eating up the stage. Beautiful dancers, along with gorgeous lighting and costuming, plus Buglisi’s showmanship make for affecting, and sometimes over-the-top performances. Next at Kaatsbaan: The Ellen Sinopoly Dance Company, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 845-757-5106.

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A Dance Company With Style, Power, Oddity

Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, one of the oldest companies in North America, made a rare appearance in the eastern United States last weekend at Jacob’s Pillow, presenting three modern ballets that showcased their superb dancers and elegant style.

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A Première and a Summing up

Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

Two terrific companies performed at Jacob’s Pillow last week, one brand new, led by an up-and-coming young choreographer; the other three decades old and led by a legendary artist. Both created engrossing experiences and offered a lot to ponder.
Jessica Lang Dance made its debut last week, with five pieces that showcased her tensile, powerful style and visual imagination.
In the only piece that didn’t use props and set pieces, “Solo Bach,” Kanje Segawa was alternately light and airy, and sharply angular, dancing gloriously to a single violin.

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Dance at Norfolk

John Curtis-Michael and Nettie Capasso are among the “Dog-Eared Dancers” who will be performing for a third year running on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in a free performance at Norfolk’s Music Shed at the Battell Stoeckel Estate, routes 44 and 272.
They will be joined by Juliette Soucie and Chandan Sikund. Two new pieces are on the program and two dances they presented last year: “Laura Goes to the Ball,” and “Fading Light.”
For information, call Anita Holmes at 860-542-6967, or Juliette Souci, 917-561-6023.

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