Favorite Dance Performances Of 2019 From The Washington Post’s Sarah L. Kaufman

Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland – Audience Reactions | The Kennedy Center

Washington Post Dance Critic Sarah L. Kaufman shares her “favorite dance performances” of 2019. Many of these performances took place at The Kennedy Center. Here are some selections including comments from Kaufman:

“Strong storytelling defined my favorite dance performances this year. The events took vastly different forms but offered a great deal to think about.”

Mark Morris on Pepperland | The Kennedy Center

“Created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’…With sympathy and poignancy (and wit), ‘Pepperland’ zeroes in specifically on the lonely heart. But there’s more going on, including an occasional touch of fascism…This darkness anchors the piece in our age of anxiety; it feels timeless and current all at once.”

Dance Theatre of Harlem & Miami City Ballet: Pam Tanowitz’s “Gustave Le Gray No. 1”

“This series celebrated female artistry in a profound way, with two female-led companies — Dance Theater of Harlem and Miami City Ballet — performing works by female choreographers, in collaboration with female composers and musicians…the world premiere by Pam Tanowitz was the hands-down highlight.”

Behind the Scenes of “Lazarus” | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Kennedy Center

“Of special note was the first full-length piece by Rennie Harris, ‘Lazarus.’ It thrusts the audience into painful territory — the black experience in the South, during and after the Great Depression. You may walk away from it, but it continues to reverberate inside you for some time. I found myself unable to forget the deeply affecting portraits of violated yet resilient bodies that Harris creates.”

Matthew Bourne on “Cinderella” at The Kennedy Center

“Bourne’s excellent dancers imbue their characters with subtle, expressive mannerisms that tell us about their backgrounds and points of view. These details and the updated time frame enhance the tale’s moral and spiritual ideas…This production makes the case that ordinary human kindness is the strongest magic of all.”

For More: “Storytelling is the key ingredient in the year’s best dance works

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