Partial Reviews

November 22nd, 2014

Well, sorry everyone. It’s been a while since I donned my critic’s cap (at least in this context) and followed through on writing about the many amazing works being shown in this town. I noticed I’d abandoned a few so I thought I’d just throw out what I had and move on. Hope you enjoy this truncated

Kate Weare Company, Bright Land…August 13, 2010

Oh, what an evening–two great pieces, one great friend, and The Joyce.  Good old Joyce…the not-too-uncomfortable seats packed snugly together, voluptuous red curtain

Laura Peterson Choreography, Everyone…June 23, 2010

A hot HOT day in lower Manhattan.  Under the beating sun, 28 performers flowed, ran, tumbled and danced amid the glare of concrete, windows and astro turf in Laura Peterson’s new work, everyone.

Large, outdoor space

Many performers



The Forsythe Company, Decreation…October 16, 2009

I’ve been chomping at the bit to see something by William Forsythe live, and last night I got my chance at BAM’s Next Wave Festival.  Good thing I brought my bit too, because Decreation provided a serious chomp.  Sitting in the balcony, we had a clear view of the enormous stage, with an enormous circular table covered in white and a video screen.  The enormous cast of dancers entered briskly, most sitting in chairs set behind narrow black columns on the periphery.  Two headed for the video screen and one rolled out a large video camera.  A woman began to relay a caricatured version of both sides of a tense conversation, presumably between two lovers.  Her exaggerated, distorted voice and gestures found inverted echos in two women performing slow, contorted movements out in the greater space.

The large, dense work evolved from there, using as a base differing iterations of this same spoken argument–at times shockingly fierce and at others deftly poignant–spoken (or screamed) by various members of the cast.

The performers were totally immersed, whether executing jolting, spit-fire movement phrases or uttering gutteral croaks into a microphone.  And the aforementioned camera played a captivating role as well, capturing real time footage and images which appeared on the aforementioned screen, at times edited or manipulated in various ways.

Jamais Vu, a Dietz Marchant WIP…September 12, 2009

The elevator was slow in coming, which gave us the chance to dwell near a quirky wall mural in the DUMBO waterfront warehouse.  My husband and I, on our first date in…a while, savored the moments of adult company and finally entered the elevator.  We were delighted to emerge upon the bustling and cheery 9th floor of 10 Jay Street, home of Music-Theatre Group.  Bypassing the packed bar in favor of an early seat, we had a lovely opportunity to absorb the setting: a somewhat shallow but wide studio space with seemingly infinite height.  A dining table and chairs at one end, a scaffolding on the other, two steely tarps arced in the middle and a pile of glittery tinsel at center.  At the far end behind the table, the high wall was filled with words and thought maps in chalk–what I assumed to be various process tools and explorations of the work in progress.


Yep, that’s it. I know–lame.

CLAY Family Show

January 18th, 2014

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We’re delighted to welcome families with children to our 3pm matinee on Saturday Feb. 22. While not a “kids show” per se, we wanted to offer the opportunity for families to come and experience something different together. The 65-minute show is recommended for ages 4 and up; there are a few heavy or intense moments in the piece, so we ask that parents use discretion in bringing their younger ones.

Kids are kids, and we’re not going to be uptight about that. However, for a child who needs a break or is getting especially squirmy, drawing materials and a children’s area will be available for your use. These areas are unsupervised, so we ask that a parent or caregiver accompany the child. (You’ll still be able to hear the great music!)

Please email Elizabeth Dishman directly if you have any questions:

Many thanks, we hope to see you!!


Requiem Familiaris Soundtrack on sale!

July 13th, 2012

Feast your ears on Evan Mazunik and Angelo Spagnolo‘s gorgeous, savvy and fascinating collaboration.  What a joy to create the dance to the tunes of these sounding boards…

Performed by In One Wind…..Engineered by Jonathan Altschuler…..Produced by Coriolis Dance Inc.

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Soundtrack CD…$15 + $3 s/h

Check, aaaand……check

April 27th, 2012

Welp, we did it.  What a beautiful show, I’m still savoring the experience.  Especially with the help of these great photos by Mark Choi:

Niko's opening solo, with Janna on camera and Xan on dishes

Niko's fabulous opening solo, with Janna on camera and Xan on dishes

Tensions mount...

Tensions mount...

Love to the sister

Love to the sister

Hold it...

Hold it...left to right Niko, Janna, Xan and Alex





She is so into me...

She is so into me...

Just act normal...

Just act normal...

The amazing duo

The amazing duo

Manly duet

Manly duet

Tickle Fight

Tickle Fight



This is how I always feel when baking...

I always dance while baking...



Xan's gorgeous solo

Xan's gorgeous solo



Alex's gorgeous solo

Alex's gorgeous solo

One of my favorite moments...

One of my favorite moments...



More Circling

More Circling





Janna and Xan's gorgeous duet

Janna and Xan's gorgeous duet

Giving in

Giving in

All's well that ends well

Ends well, all

Benefit Party Sunday, April 29th

April 21st, 2012

On Sunday, April 29th we will host a Benefit Party to help us bring the grand yet intimate visions of Requiem Familiaris out into the world…

reachSunday, April 29th
1:30 – 4pm
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
334 S. 5th St.
In Williamsburg on the corner of S. 5th and Rodney near the Marcy Ave JMZ and the Metropolitan/Lorimer G/L. Enter through the side door on S. 5th.
Admission: Suggested Donation $20 – $200,000.
Gifts of all shapes and sizes are tax-deductible and deeply meaningful.

Delicious appetizers and desserts provided by Allison Person’s Sweet and Savory Brooklyn.
Cocktails will be available for an extra donation of $5 each.

Special thank you gifts…
$1-99 = Listing in the program + Elizabeth’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe
$100 = The above + 1 ticket to the show + VIP seating + a signed program
$150 = The above + Invitation for 2 to rehearsal and dessert with the dancers
$200+ = The above + CD of the soundtrack for Requiem Familiaris, composed by Evan Mazunik and Angelo Spagnolo, performed by In One Wind

Enter to win:
–1 hour private yoga session
–1 hour professional massage

PLUS…the highest donor gets to name the characters of Requiem Familiaris!  (They are currently being called Daughter, Father, Son and Mother…)
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We need to raise $7000 to complete this ambitious project, and would be thrilled and grateful to receive your help…
$10 pays for one hour of rehearsal time…$50 buys all our props…$150 pays for our publicity materials …$300 buys our set and costumes…$500 pays for one day of recording our gorgeous, gorgeous music (Really, it’s so beautiful and amazing–CDs will be available for purchase)…$1400 pays for our entire theater rental…And the list goes on…

Requiem Familiaris Kids Program

April 10th, 2012

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We’re very excited to offer a Dance and Theater program for kids ages 2-12 during the 4:30pm showing of Requiem Familiaris.  Led by dancer Molly Knochel and actor Ryan Reid, and assisted by several additional caregivers, the program will run concurrently with the final performance, so kids can enjoy a fantastic arts experience while parents go see the show.  Details below…

Who: Children ages 2-12; $5 per child.  Space is limited to 20 children; please email to reserve a spot and arrive at 4:15pm.

What: Molly Knochel and Ryan Reid, along with their able assistants, will lead children in movement and acting games to give a taste of these arts in a fun, structured environment.  An allergy-free, non-sugar snack will be provided.

When: Show and Kids Program begin at 4:30pm; Parents or caregivers are asked to arrive at 4:15pm to get children settled before heading to the theater just down the hall, and to pick them up immediately following the performance (estimated running time: 75 minutes).

Where: Triskelion Arts, Studio X—118 N. 11th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn between Berry and Wythe

Why: Because this dance is about family…

How: What if my child needs me during the performance? Please put your phone on vibrate and an assistant will text if you need to come get your child.

Questions and reservations–Please email

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Pardon our Progress, 7 This week

March 30th, 2012

It’s officially 7 weeks and counting til Requiem opens, which means that EVERYTHING is due right now: postcard design, music recordings, press release, fundraising efforts and, oh yeah, I’m supposed to be completing the creation of this dance from the authentic and sensitive bowels of my artistic soul.

It can drive a girl mad, but HERE’S a clip from some great duets we made at rehearsal this week…reminds me to enjoy, and breathe…….

Pardon our Progress, 6 Recording the soundtrack…

March 22nd, 2012

We had an amazing two days at Seaside Lounge recording over an hour of music for Requiem for This.  Evan Mazunik led the two 10-hour marathons, wrangling the audio delights coming from In One Wind‘s Angelo Spagnolo (who co-composed the music…), Max Jaffe, Rob Lundberg, Steven Lugerner,  and Mallory Glaser.

I’ll save the actual tunes for the show, but I wanted to give you a mini tour of the studio…HERE

May 17-19!!

Pardon our Progress 5, fyi

March 9th, 2012

Just came across this title brainstorm from six months ago…aww, like finding that list of baby names tucked away in a pregnancy book.

Requiem Familiaris
(This) Requiem (is for the Living)
Requiem for This


Pardon our Progress 4, the Band

March 2nd, 2012

A glorious 4 hours rehearsing with In One Wind!!  This living room was packed with dizzying skill, beauty and the artist’s soul…as evidenced by the hearts scribbled in my notebook in an effort not to gush embarrassingly…


So I’ll gush here instead.  🙂

Evan Mazunik: these mighty forearms coax out the most lovely and nuanced phrases you ever heard.


Angelo Spagnolo: magnanimous melodies careen via hairpin turns into startling discoveries. Fierce and full of care.


Mallory Glaser: a bright beauty…her silvery, slippery voice floats, sneaks, vaults into the air.


Max Jaffe: full body rhythm…infinite articulations driving, scattering, painting, splashing color everywhere.



Steven Lugerner: beguiling, bravado, brash, he’ll eat you up and spit you out better than ever.  Oh, and pick a reed, any reed…this guy can do it, and I mean DO.


And Rob Lundberg: assuming in the most unassuming way. Deeply vibrant…expansive resonance from this tall, gentle hero.


Not to mention the decor…