Noree Performing Arts: Three Korean Dancers, two of whom are CMAs, Sook Kim and Eun Sung Lee; and Yoon Lee, develop a cross cultural approach in "Playscape".

The event happened on October 16th.  It included:  An introduction with Traditional Korean dance and drumming; Classic ballet; New music composition for piano and recorded piano; Live chamber music accompaniment to contemporary Korean dance. Modern/contemporary dance; New composition with live Japanese classical instrument, opera and movement with traditional costumes; Contemporary Korean mask dance…

The blend of the evening worked beautifully.  There was: the excitement and energy of the Korean style, with colorful costuming and vibrant energy; unusual rhythms that make you attentive and alert to the complexity of subtle movement; live instruments and unique compositions awakened sensitivity to less familiar music.  This, contrasted with a Japanese operatic theme, with ancient traditional costumes, beautiful sung in English. Then a classic ballet, making one aware of that tradition in the context of world dance.  A Proust narrative, danced with subtle movement to bring the text alive visually, settled in well with other pieces in a modern dance tradition.

A film about Playscape addressed each piece, the composer or choreographer, and dancers. It offered its own artistic approach to bring the individuals into the moment, making a real connection to the audience. 

It makes me wonder about the consistence of most performances, one company, one musical or dance tradition, and wonder if it might be enlightening to cross cultures, styles, and arts, more frequently and more fully. 

Congratulations to Noree for opening this door. 

Ellen Goldman

October 18, 2015


A Fabulous Year! CMA Preeti Vasudevan, LIMS 2015 DPA Award, is invited as Artist in Residence at NYU

Preeti Vasudevan is an exponent of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) creating new provocative contemporary works from the Indian tradition, and is the first Indian choreographer to be invited as an Artist in Residence at New York Live Arts to research and develop a new commissioned work for 2017. As an educator, Vasudevan’s educational website, Dancing for the Gods, has been developed to build a cultural bridge through creative Indian dance and used in NYC Public Schools. At CBA, Vasudevan will work with a ballet dancer to develop a series of movement studies (etudes) deconstructing and re-combining specific elements of both ballet and Bharatanatyam forms. A solo performance will showcase sections of the work and the project will be documented in detail using Laban Motif Notation, providing a resource for choreographers and dance scholars interested in the ways in which a new dance idiom can emerge from an open encounter between ballet and a non-Western classical form.