The Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet performing Arab Line. (Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times)
Cedar Lake Dance, the well-funded dance company on 26th Street in the former Annie Leibovitz studios, hasn't always received stellar reviews for its choreographic choices. While I hope they find some younger, underknown choreographers to work with, I have to say I am thrilled with what happened when they brought Ohad Naharin in for a residency with the company's dancers. If you didn't know it, you would think these dances had been working with him for years. It was one of my favorite evenings of dance in some time, and the music ranging from Arvo Pärt to Vivaldi to John Zorn is great fun too.
It runs through July 1. If you go, do NOT spend intermission away from the stage. The night we attended, Jon Bond performed a sexy and funny solo during that time. Go here to buy tickets.
- New York Times review (where I got the photo)
- Brooklyn Rail interview with Ohad Naharin
- A 2005 column from Dance Insider about the morality of a well-funded dance company whose funds come from Wal-Mart
- My blog post from 2002 about Naharin's Virus at BAM