Tracing the Superhero Costume in Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Born Again

  Since the inception of the superhero genre in comics in the late 1930s, the powerful, crime-fighting protagonists have worn special costumes that distinguish them from other characters. Often the portrayal of the costume in these comics parallels other themes within their narratives: Superman bears an alien symbol on his chest that recalls his origins […]

Taking a look at Duo

I have been looking at the work of William Forsythe, and identifying some of the threads in his body of work. Specifically, with the help of Norah Zuniga-Shaw, we have identified a few lenses through which to examine any piece, and I chose to look at Duo, a duet that premiered in 1996. Within this piece, […]

Dance@30FPS Film Festival

Last month at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Filmmaker Mitchell Rose curated an evening of dance film shorts entitled Dance@30FPS. Audiences were treated to an eclectic collection of eight films, representing a diverse range of approaches to the genre. Two films stood out for taking on nearly opposite approaches to dancing for […]

Balanchine’s Serenade: The Ascension of a New Romantic Ballet

With Serenade (1934), George Balanchine presents a new vision of a romantic ballet—one that honors the influences of Marius Petipa yet strips away the representational elements of narrative and character, and brings dance and music to the forefront. Throughout the ballet, there is a tension between Petipa’s precedent and Balanchine’s new vision that is played […]

“Fame” with Lady Bear and Carlos Venturo

An amazing Trannyshack moment! It was so great to collaborate with Carlos Venturo to make Lady Bear’s vision of fame via ‘sunset boulevard’. My favorite section is the partnering, mostly because Carlos really knows how to make that physicality show off the ideas, and because he has so much experience with social dances. He saw […]

Attention and Perspective in Intermedia Performance

This past semester, I took a great class on Intermedia Performance. The focus of the class was composition, and intermedia was defined as moving images with moving bodies. From the very beginning of this class I was interested in the problem of attention in intermedia works. I felt like I had seen a number of […]

Spirals with the Body/A Circle in the Space

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Violin Phase from 1982 is an elegant dance that masterfully compliments the music of the same name composed by Steve Reich in 1967. Employing measured repetition and rigorous spatial design, De Keersmaeker offers her audience an exhilarating performance that matches and enhances the power of the music. Reich’s score and De […]