"Jaw-dropping spectacle…this production, with its high theatricality, low comedy, subtle musical accompaniment, choral interludes and lush designs, can almost be regarded as a festival in itself." -The New York Times
Read more about this limited engagement production of Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree), at Lincoln Center Festival through Saturday. (Photo: Sara Krulwich/New York Times)
The New York Times profiles choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker ahead of her company’s Lincoln Center Festival performances (July 8-16). “She was one of the first to perform something in between dance and expressionistic theater,” said Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Modern in London.
For two weeks each summer, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing draws thousands of dancers to its outdoor dance floor at Damrosch Park. Now in its 26th season, the series attracts dancers of all stripes: young, old, amateur, professional. They tend to have one thing in common: a fussiness, or a passion, when it comes to shoes. Sometimes footwear choice is a matter of tradition. (Think of cowboy boots for Cajun or lightweight sneakers for acrobatic swing dancing.) In many cases, it’s a matter of comfort, personal style or the material of the dance floor.
Bill Bragin, director of public programming at Lincoln Center, had a variety of dancers test different types of shoes on different materials when Damrosch Park got a floor upgrade three years ago. Female tango dancers in stiletto pumps are “much more aware of whether there’s a seam between the tiles,” Mr. Bragin said. “What’s that experience like? You want to maintain that sexy grace.”
Mr. Bragin has been struck by the variety of shoes displayed on the dance floor. “Some people dress to impress,” he said. “Some people choose shoes that are going to be comfortable and perform well. The people who do it best are those who are able to do both at the same time.”
The New York Times profiles five regulars at the annual summer festival. Read more to learn and see what they wear and why: http://nyti.ms/1pTk0E9
(Voon Chew favors vintage shoes for the Lindy hop. Credit Jacob Blickenstaff for The New York Times)