Contributor: Courtney Escoyne
Collaboration in Progress
NEW YORK CIT Y Jodi Melnick’s movement sequences seem to
unspool with the same inspired flow that marks improvisation, albeit
with a conscientious attention to composition. For the culminating
showing of her Works & Process residency at the Guggenheim
Museum, the postmodern dancer-choreographer will be joined
by New York City Ballet dancers Sara Mearns, Jared Angle and
Gretchen Smith. An unusual group, but one with precedent:
Melnick and Mearns both appeared in a 2015 program at Danspace
Project. For this new work in progress, dance and spoken text will
be woven together with a moderated discussion with writer and
former New York Times dance critic Claudia La Rocco. Nov. 13–14.
Tapping Into Their Roots
Nov. 12–13, 19–20. danceplace.org.
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Baakari Wilder—
those three names are enough to get any tap lover smiling. The hoofers are joining forces at
DC’s Dance Place for a new collaboration called Branches from the Same Tree, showcasing
the individual approaches each has cultivated for life as a tap dancer. The performance
is part of Metro Tap Roots, Nov. 5–6, an event celebrating the city’s rich tap history. Also
on the venue’s dance card this month: What’s Going On, Dance Place’s first full-length
production in which choreographers Vincent E. Thomas, Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia
Soumah use Marvin Gaye’s music to examine contemporary social issues.
A Colorful Creator
SAN FRANCISCO A founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance
Company, the late Remy Charlip wore many hats: dancer, graphic
designer, choreographer, costume designer, children’s book writer
and illustrator. This month, Rainbow Logic: Arm in Arm with Remy
Charlip will celebrate the artist’s life and work. The trans-disciplinary
performance includes dance, puppetry, live drawing, video projection
and original text and music. Nov. 4–20. eyezen.org.
Colin Creveling and Paul
Loper portray younger and
older versions of Charlip.