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Preview: Wex Presents Acclaimed Choreographer & Writer Miguel Gutierrez’s “This Bridge Called My Ass”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Wex Presents Acclaimed Choreographer & Writer Miguel Gutierrez’s “This Bridge Called My Ass”

The Wexner Center for the Arts resumes its performing arts season with one of the most intriguing mixes of dance, music, and text you’re likely to see anywhere. NYC-based choreographer Miguel Gutierrez uses a variety of tools, intellectual rigor, and abstraction to get to the most visceral of ideas. As he says on his website, […]

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Dance Preview: The Wexner Center Presents World Premiere of FluxFlow’s ‘Ursula’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: The Wexner Center Presents World Premiere of FluxFlow’s ‘Ursula’

One of the most heartening changes with the new Wexner Center regime has been a rejuvenated interest in local artists. They bring the 2019 performing arts season to a close with Ursula – a brand new commission from Clintonville’s FluxFlow Dance Company, founded by Columbus native Russell Lepley and his partner Filippo Pelacchi. FluxFlow rapidly […]

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Dance Preview: North American Premiere of Radouan Mriziga’s ‘7’ Comes to Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: North American Premiere of Radouan Mriziga’s ‘7’ Comes to Wexner Center

The Wexner Center for the Arts has cultivated relationships with cutting-edge dance and theatre artists from around the world throughout its 30-year history. That trend continues this weekend as they present the North American premiere tour of Marrakech-born and Brussels-based choreographer Raduoan Mriziga’s 7. Mriziga studied in Tunisia and France before making his way to […]

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Wexner Presents World Premiere of Ann Carlson’s The Symphonic Body/Food

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Wexner Presents World Premiere of Ann Carlson’s The Symphonic Body/Food

The Wexner Center for the Arts caps a stunning performing arts season with a return appearance by choreographer Ann Carlson. Carlson brings The Symphonic Body/Food, the newest iteration in Carlson’s Symphonic Body series and the product of her latest Artist’s Residency Award. I spoke to Carlson by phone from New Jersey where she was premiering […]

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Wexner Audiences Take a Tour of the 20th Century Through Dance with “Paramodernities”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Wexner Audiences Take a Tour of the 20th Century Through Dance with “Paramodernities”

Wexner Center audiences got their first taste of acclaimed New York-based dancer Netta Yerushalmy in Joanna Kotze’s antic, beautiful IT HAPPENED IT HAD HAPPENED IT IS HAPPENING IT WILL HAPPEN in February 2018. Yerushalmy returns to Columbus this weekend with one of the most intriguing choreographic projects in recent memory: Paramodernities. Yerushalmy’s website calls Paramodernities […]

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“The body goes through incantations of itself” | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Brings Seancers to the Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford “The body goes through incantations of itself” | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Brings Seancers to the Wexner Center

The Wexner Center closes out the 2018 performing arts schedule on a high note with Séancers, a righteous, provocative piece from Detroit-born poet and performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Kosoko’s work exemplifies the blend of artistic disciplines with globally-minded thought, connections to local scenes, and an intensely personal point of view that’s the best of […]

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“There’s truth in this break” André Zachery Brings Untamed Space to the Wexner

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford “There’s truth in this break” André Zachery Brings Untamed Space to the Wexner

Some of the most exciting art the Wexner Center has brought to Columbus over the years has been from the realm of modern dance. Going back to Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe to more recent cutting-edge works from Faye Driscoll, Pavel Zustiak, and Joanna Kotze, it’s been an eye-opening ride for myself and many others […]

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