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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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Hixon Dance: False Prophets

  Hixon Dance: False Prophets

Hixon Dance continues its 10th Anniversary season with a new evening-length work called False Prophets, on April 13 and 14, 2018 at 8pm at The McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. The work features choreography and direction by Sarah Hixon. In it she examines how personal identity can be resistance against the dehumanization of, “the machine.” […]

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Acclaimed Choreographer Jan Martens Returns to the Wexner Center with US Premiere of Rule of Three

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Acclaimed Choreographer Jan Martens Returns to the Wexner Center with US Premiere of Rule of Three

Belgian choreographer Jan Martens astonished audiences and racked up awards, including the North Brabant Prize of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Charlotte Köhlerprijs, with his unmistakable language. Martens welds furious virtuosity to an intense emotional material. His last trip to Columbus brought two fascinating works: his group piece Dog Days are Over and the […]

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Dance Preview: Rosas – A Love Supreme on October 3

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: Rosas – A Love Supreme on October 3

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is one of the few pieces of art I can think of that are undisputed masterpieces. I’ve known people who have literally no other jazz records who treasure those four movements. Even people with just a passing familiarity with jazz recognize those first notes immediately – most of us can […]

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