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DIYdancer Interviews, conversations, previews, and criticism, by dancers for dancers: http://www.mag.diydancer.com On twitter @diydancer On instagram @diydancermag
Movers and shakers making connections and starting critical conversations about dance, art, culture, politics, and business.

Candice Thompson, Stephanie Wolf, and Nicole Cerutti founded DIYdancer (Dd) in September 2010. The three worked together at LOLAstretch Dancewear, a company Thompson started and ran for five years. Building out annual calendars and directing photo shoots for the dancewear line, Thompson, Wolf, and Cerutti discovered they worked well together. They also found a commonality in their diverse artistic interests and desire to push conversations about dance into a more critical light. Dd began as a digital platform for thoughtful dance criticism and journalism. An initial goal was to broaden the context of dance in order to understand its cross-relevance to the rest of the world. It was less about advocacy, and more about challenging the status quo of how we talk and write about dance.

Mission: {DIYdancer} brings together dancers, artists, collaborators, and friends to empower the arts community from the inside out. Through an online forum and critical response, the site aims to build awareness, facilitate conversation, and inspire curiosity. {Dd} strives to broaden the context of dance in order to understand its cross-relevance to the outside world—pushing the boundaries and blurring the lines.

“While all of the pieces in @fullradiusdance’s 25th MAD Festival were captivating and had unique themes, Corian Elli...
05/16/2019

“While all of the pieces in @fullradiusdance’s 25th MAD Festival were captivating and had unique themes, Corian Ellisor’s ‘My People,’ performed by Ellisor and Alejandro Abarca, was the work that gave me goosebumps and made me think deeply about the different ways movement can be used to encourage political change.

Opening the work, Abarca moved fluidly across the stage without ever letting his limbs lift from the ground, fully embodying the smooth voice of Mahalia Jackson singing the classic “Summertime.” When Ellisor took over the solo work, growing from his casual lying position on the ground, he shifted versions of Abarca’s movements to the vertical space. He maintained the slow, almost casual, energy of the opening, before joining Abarca for a more intricate duet with jumps, rolls, and lots of sustained inversions. Dancing side by side in blue and red jumpsuits, the duo had a maturity that comes from a longtime dance partnership like Ellisor and Abarca’s. They are longtime friends and collaborators, and both came to Atlanta after meeting at the University of Houston. Although their movement qualities are quite different, with Abarca shining in effortless floorwork and Ellisor captivating with expansive gestures, their textures blend together powerfully. After the tranquil voice of Jackson slowed and stopped, a recording of a newscaster jolted the space with a new sense of urgency. The recording spoke of teenage boys being detained at the Mexican border and described families who were separated after trying to enter the United States. Ellisor and Abarca’s heavy breathing added to the soundscore, enhancing the struggle and anguish displayed with the choreography. The recording brought in a harsh reality and dissolved the fantasy world of smooth jazz, but Ellisor and Abarca continued to move together, supporting one another. The piece concluded with Abarca and Ellisor embracing each other, which seemed both a hopeful gesture and a desperate attempt to hold onto loved ones.” @sydneyburrows1 #criticaldraft #changedemandsmovement

📷: @jmehopper @ Atlanta, Georgia

We celebrated the Merce Cunningham Centennial year and covered one of 2019's marquee events: 'Night of 100 Solos' with a...
05/04/2019
Night of 100 Drawings – { DIYdancer } Magazine

We celebrated the Merce Cunningham Centennial year and covered one of 2019's marquee events: 'Night of 100 Solos' with a conversation from LA, NYC, and London with new contributor Oluwaseun Samuel Olayiwola in London, longtime contributor Annie Coggan in Brooklyn, and our creative director Lara Wilson in Los Angeles.

Plus Annie Coggan was so inspired she made 100 one-of-a-kind watercolor drawings in response! There are about 90 left in this online gallery for sale and each one ships FREE in a simple white frame for $100 thru this Sunday evening. 30% of the proceeds from each artwork sold will be donated back to the Merce Trust the organization responsible for this collaborative and historic evening.

https://diydancer.com/night-of-100-drawings/

Currently loading 100 watercolor drawings by @anniecoggan of @mercetrust #nightof100solos on our site for your viewing (...
04/25/2019

Currently loading 100 watercolor drawings by @anniecoggan of @mercetrust #nightof100solos on our site for your viewing (and purchasing) pleasure. More details on our art sale and conversation with @itsamule @larawlsntown @anniecoggan about the show in our newsletter. Sign up now (in our bio) and stay tuned for it’s arrival in your 📨 tomorrow morning 🙌

In progress: @anniecoggan captures #nightof100solos with 100 drawings! Yes, 💯 ✍️ 😲While she is nailing it, you...
04/21/2019

In progress: @anniecoggan captures #nightof100solos with 100 drawings! Yes, 💯 ✍️ 😲

While she is nailing it, you can support our unique coverage of dance, the development of our third print issue and podcast, by becoming a @patreon subscriber —> our bio. And if you think you may want to own one of these, framed, keep an 👁 out for our art sale next week (30% profits going to @mercetrust 💋)!

“...you can’t describe a dance without talking about the dancers.” So said Merce (in conversation with Jacqueline ...
04/08/2019

“...you can’t describe a dance without talking about the dancers.”

So said Merce (in conversation with Jacqueline Lesschaeve in the book ‘The Dancer and the Dance’), and so this week we are going to feature a few of the dancers performing in Night of 💯 Solos on 4/16. Look forward to our full coverage of the @mercetrust event with contributors @larawlsntown in LA @cap_ucla , @anniecoggan in NYC @bam_brooklyn , and @itsamule in London @barbicancentre.

This month we will be covering all things Merce Cunningham in honor of this year’s Centennial Celebration. Look forwar...
04/01/2019

This month we will be covering all things Merce Cunningham in honor of this year’s Centennial Celebration. Look forward to bits of history, archival photos, previews, critical conversations, illustrations, and stories from the pioneer, the work, and all that followed and fanned out from his lineage.

📷 of our guiding talisman, our logo embroidered by contributor @withmrose on Merce patterned @libertylondon fabric

“When I first thought of making a dance about boundaries, it was very much in service of personal reasons: for self-pr...
03/25/2019

“When I first thought of making a dance about boundaries, it was very much in service of personal reasons: for self-preservation and to create space and time in my life for the things I want to do and accomplish. What immediately became apparent was the relevance this idea had to our craft. At first I thought about the edges of our physical frames and about attempting to find the limits of our staminas and ranges of motion. I considered boundaries in this way, like endpoints at the extremes of different spectrums. But I soon corrected that line of thinking, figuring instead that a boundary is actually a dividing line somewhere in the middle of two extremes, a point where something shifts and becomes something else.”

Our creative superhero @larawlsntown on her latest dance work for @theassemblydance, premiering in its first iteration 3/29 + 3/30 @highwaysps

READ more about ‘HOW TO MAKE A DANCE ABOUT MAKING BOUNDARIES’ in our story today. Link in bio for show tix ✌️

📷: Megan Guise @ Highways Performance Space

TRIBUTE | “Just by doing. By being. And encouraging us to do the same, Deborah has inspired so many dancers, thinkers,...
03/20/2019

TRIBUTE |

“Just by doing. By being. And encouraging us to do the same, Deborah has inspired so many dancers, thinkers, and artists. I’m grateful I have a moment...in words and movement, to thank her.”

@djauniversal on the legendary Deborah Jowitt (who graced the pages of our very first print mag).

You can read the rest of Djassi’s tribute in our story today and see her perform, along with many others, in honor of her mentor in From the Horse’s Mouth, 3/21, 3/22, + 3/24 @14streety

Link in bio for tix + Issue 01 @ 14th Street Y

"The role of art is to be the voice of the people." @morganlugo_ captures Juliet Burnett in @cote_cour — while we jott...
03/08/2019

"The role of art is to be the voice of the people." @morganlugo_ captures Juliet Burnett in @cote_cour — while we jotted down a few of her words — for our latest #StudioSessions post. @ Antwerp, Belgium

Dance plus cellular memories c/o @sl_a_ng + @_samlore_ 📷💥: @whitneybrownephotography
02/26/2019

Dance plus cellular memories c/o @sl_a_ng + @_samlore_

📷💥: @whitneybrownephotography

ON OUR RADAR: #Merce100 will be here soon + in the meantime we’re enjoying some paraphernalia like this 1997 photograp...
02/21/2019

ON OUR RADAR: #Merce100 will be here soon + in the meantime we’re enjoying some paraphernalia like this 1997 photograph of ‘Scenario’ by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders 🗄

"It’s been cold in Michigan and having @marleegrace’s presence, along with the magical musical accompaniment of @fio...
02/05/2019

"It’s been cold in Michigan and having @marleegrace’s presence, along with the magical musical accompaniment of @fionadickinson, brought a shift to the grayness that’s been saturating most of my waking hours in this state. Immediately, something opened." Read more about @schmuhlface's experience during Open Improvisation with Grace and Dickinson at @danceintheannex in Grand Rapids after the link in our bio. Heads up: it may make you want to make. 📸 by Artpeers / @erinthomaswilson @ Grand Rapids, Michigan

“And it was thrilling to be in a familiar space with such new norms. The performers seemed empowered by the vocalizati...
02/02/2019

“And it was thrilling to be in a familiar space with such new norms. The performers seemed empowered by the vocalizations coming out of the audience, and when the bows turned into a dance party, it was a natural conclusion to this fully-engaging experience.” From @sydneyburrows1’s latest #criticaldraft, this time in response to Komansé Dance Theater’s ‘Skid’ by @raiannacbrown at @georgiatech’s #ferstcenterforthearts. Read now via the link in our bio! 📸: @kemigriffin

Illustrated review of @ndtdance’s #ndt2 by our visual contributor @anniecoggan up now on the site! Link: bio
01/24/2019

Illustrated review of @ndtdance’s #ndt2 by our visual contributor @anniecoggan up now on the site! Link: bio

“But by all means, keep moving.” Dance plus motivation today courtesy of @abraham.in.motion in honor of our great te...
01/21/2019

“But by all means, keep moving.” Dance plus motivation today courtesy of @abraham.in.motion in honor of our great teacher, #MLK

"Akua Noni Parker (@onlyupward) is one of a handful of female dancers known for transitioning from a classical ballet ca...
01/02/2019

"Akua Noni Parker (@onlyupward) is one of a handful of female dancers known for transitioning from a classical ballet career to a vibrant modern dance career, performing for over a decade with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). I had the pleasure of meeting Parker at the Ailey studios just days before the iconic company's 60th anniversary season at City Center. Below are some snippets from our expansive conversation where we caught up like old friends about her beginnings in dance, ballet vs. modern, being a black woman in the dance world and how this vegan model is also crafting a retirement plan as a ballet mistress and chef." Our newest writer, Djassi DaCosta Johnson (@djauniversal), writes the latest Studio Sessions, our ongoing dive into photographer @jimlafferty’s archives, up now on the site. @ Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

“I feel like I am now doing what I want and what I believe in, and I’m slowly letting go of ideas from my past that ...
12/17/2018

“I feel like I am now doing what I want and what I believe in, and I’m slowly letting go of ideas from my past that people said I should be focusing upon as a professional dancer. Wellness includes the sloughing off of these ideas and coming into my own as a performer, choreographer, film maker, and teaching artist.” Thryn Saxon

📸: Jim Laffertylafferty 🖋: Jill Homan Randall

https://diydancer.com/portfolio-posts/studio-sessions-thryn-saxon/

@ New York, New York

ON OUR RADAR | BOSTON: “How do we accurately measure the shape of our desire?,” ask collaborators @bobbiejenesmith a...
12/14/2018

ON OUR RADAR | BOSTON: “How do we accurately measure the shape of our desire?,” ask collaborators @bobbiejenesmith and #keirgogwilt. The title of their work, ‘With Care,’ refers back to the etymology of that word, “accuracy,” which Bobbi’s movements are built to exude. Playing tonight through the weekend in Cambridge, MA at American Repertory Theater in the Run AMOC! Festival. #getinsidedance 📸: Matthew Placek @ American Repertory Theater

There’s still time to sneak our newest issue under the tree or into a stocking! Enjoy Christmas morning reads when you...
12/11/2018

There’s still time to sneak our newest issue under the tree or into a stocking! Enjoy Christmas morning reads when you order by Dec. 18 at 11:59pm PST. We can’t wait for the dance lovers and the dance curious in your life to unwrap us 🎄

ON OUR RADAR | NYC: Twyla Tharp’s ‘Minimalism and Me’ playing now at @thejoycetheater. 📸: David Levene for @gua...
12/09/2018

ON OUR RADAR | NYC: Twyla Tharp’s ‘Minimalism and Me’ playing now at @thejoycetheater. 📸: David Levene for @guardian

Dance plus design inspiration c/o @jgchoreo and @lorrinbrubaker, bound and captured by @rubberlegz ⠀📸: @wewolf.work...
11/10/2018

Dance plus design inspiration c/o @jgchoreo and @lorrinbrubaker, bound and captured by @rubberlegz ⠀
📸: @wewolf.works #prayforLA 😥

Curious to know more about our cover artist @suzie_rz? We were too—follow 🔗 in bio to enjoy a #friyay read.📷: th...
11/09/2018

Curious to know more about our cover artist @suzie_rz? We were too—follow 🔗 in bio to enjoy a #friyay read.

📷: the inimitable @jimlafferty for #issue02 #howto #studiosessions

10/28/2018

ON OUR RADAR | BOSTON: @william_forsythe_’s intimate screendance, “Alignigung,” is revealed as a gray wall turns white. "William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects" opens Weds, Oct. 31 at @icaboston. 📽️ @curator_on_the_run

READ: @sydneyburrows1 on ATL’s @watersheddance, link in bio 📸: Jeff Cravotta
09/05/2018

READ: @sydneyburrows1 on ATL’s @watersheddance, link in bio 📸: Jeff Cravotta

Ever wonder how The Rockettes change formations so seamlessly? Learn more about the art of precision dancing with former...
06/10/2018

Ever wonder how The Rockettes change formations so seamlessly? Learn more about the art of precision dancing with former #Rockette Mary Six Rupert, written by @kb1moves (link 👉 bio) Pictured: Russell Markert & The Rockettes in 1935 ( MSG Entertainment)

HEY LA! Beach Dances are happening this week at @annenbergcommunitybeachhouse, you probably want to check them out (esp....
06/06/2018

HEY LA! Beach Dances are happening this week at @annenbergcommunitybeachhouse, you probably want to check them out (esp. after @carlondance's captivating residency there last summer) (which you can check out in our archives!). See their work △▽△▽ [four triangles] June 9-10 under the ☀️.
With:
Choreographer and director @jaycarlon
Dancers @samuelwentz
@shaunaydavis
@kimiskimiskim
@raymondejiofor
Musicians @kevinyokota
Sound artist @rufusdumont
Costume design @artelcs

"It’s a sensorial shift for dancers to enter virtual reality, one that has changed their relationship with their bodie...
06/04/2018
In the Dance Lab With Martha Graham

"It’s a sensorial shift for dancers to enter virtual reality, one that has changed their relationship with their bodies and with their dancing. 'You become so absorbed in your world that it’s almost freer,' Ms. Dalley-Smith said. 'You’re not so self-conscious; you’re not thinking or just feeling about what’s coming next. You’re fed by this world.'"

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/25/arts/dance/google-martha-graham-dance-company.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdance&action=click&contentCollection=dance®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront

There were hits and misses, and a spirit of exploration, as the Graham company tried out new technologies during a two-week Google residency.

ON OUR RADAR: @christensewell's movement installation, "Ajna," will be part of the evening-length collaborative art even...
06/01/2018

ON OUR RADAR: @christensewell's movement installation, "Ajna," will be part of the evening-length collaborative art event of the same name at @bluemarkstudios this Sunday, June 3rd. ATL, you can see a preview of the movement TONIGHT at @tlangdance's West End Dance Lab!

ON OUR RADAR: @marthagrahamdance legend #ChristineDakin performs tonight in "Modern Rebels," a program by @sokolowtheatr...
05/29/2018

ON OUR RADAR: @marthagrahamdance legend #ChristineDakin performs tonight in "Modern Rebels," a program by @sokolowtheatredance presented by @thetanknyc. *As always, if you're going, share with us your reactions*
Photo: Peter C. Cook

READ: Find out what @sydneyburrows1 felt and thought of watching @sundaymorningat7's "disco ballet," "sanctuaries and fo...
05/28/2018

READ: Find out what @sydneyburrows1 felt and thought of watching @sundaymorningat7's "disco ballet," "sanctuaries and fortresses."
Photo: Alan Kimara Dixon Link: you know where

READ: Our new Berlin-based writer @cohenry 👏 raises 👏 pivotal 👏 questions about art making and personal experie...
05/27/2018

READ: Our new Berlin-based writer @cohenry 👏 raises 👏 pivotal 👏 questions about art making and personal experience. All attendant to, but not necessarily in critique of, #IanKaler's 50-min. performance work, #LIVFE. Check it and join the conversation via link in our bio🕴🏻

ON OUR RADAR: @terminusmbt premieres "The Vertical" at @serenbefarms *this* weekend! ATL peeps better make sure you've g...
05/26/2018

ON OUR RADAR: @terminusmbt premieres "The Vertical" at @serenbefarms *this* weekend! ATL peeps better make sure you've got your tix! Meanwhile, we'll be covering the work in a slightly different format this time... #cough #podcast #cough

"I wasn’t surprised by the dancers’ strength and skill – seamlessness and control are something I’ve come to exp...
05/23/2018

"I wasn’t surprised by the dancers’ strength and skill – seamlessness and control are something I’ve come to expect from @pilobolus – but I was floored nonetheless." @alej_iannone writes. Link in bio! 📸: Ian Douglas

PREVIEW: @sydneyburrows1 captures what's to come at "EnCore: Dance on Film" this Friday in Decatur, GA. Pictured is a st...
05/21/2018

PREVIEW: @sydneyburrows1 captures what's to come at "EnCore: Dance on Film" this Friday in Decatur, GA. Pictured is a still from filmmaker @lulo_rivero. We want to know your fave dance film/film fest—name it below! 🎥

So excited to have @withmrose following @gallimdanceco at the @metbreuer where "(C)arbon" premiered last night 🕊 Phot...
05/19/2018

So excited to have @withmrose following @gallimdanceco at the @metbreuer where "(C)arbon" premiered last night 🕊 Photo by Sasha Arutyunova

So excited to have @withmrose following @gallimdanceco at the @metmuseum where "(C)arbon" was performed last night 🕊
05/19/2018

So excited to have @withmrose following @gallimdanceco at the @metmuseum where "(C)arbon" was performed last night 🕊

ON THE CALENDAR: @sundaymorningat7's (Anicka Austin's) "sanctuaries and fortresses"—our ATL-based writer @sydneyburrow...
05/17/2018

ON THE CALENDAR: @sundaymorningat7's (Anicka Austin's) "sanctuaries and fortresses"—our ATL-based writer @sydneyburrows1 will be there tonight! 📸 thanks to @joshcleve_media

READ: Our latest piece from @kb1moves covers @zoescofield's @jacobspillow residency. If you aren't in the Berkshires, th...
05/16/2018

READ: Our latest piece from @kb1moves covers @zoescofield's @jacobspillow residency. If you aren't in the Berkshires, this is the next best thing! Get there via the link in our bio. 🤓

PREVIEW: { Dd } contributor and producer @alej_iannone's @sparkletheatricals presents "The Room With Closets" May 17 thr...
05/15/2018

PREVIEW: { Dd } contributor and producer @alej_iannone's @sparkletheatricals presents "The Room With Closets" May 17 thru 26 at @southerntheater in Minneapolis. @clthomps writes, "Iannone first read her father’s book when it was published in 2004. “When he gave me a copy, I read it on Metro North and remember loving it immediately,” says Iannone. “He thought it would be a cool movie, but I thought it would be a fun stage show.” Iannone followed through on her vision and eventually wrote a grant to create this work, and then sought rights from the publisher." Keep reading via the link in our bio. Video stills by Owen Royce. @ The Southern Theater

ON OUR RADAR: "Nick Mauss: Transmissions," which closes today at the @whitneymuseum. If you saw it, don't keep your reac...
05/15/2018

ON OUR RADAR: "Nick Mauss: Transmissions," which closes today at the @whitneymuseum. If you saw it, don't keep your reactions to yourself! Put them down here. 👇💬#dancepluseverything #danceconversations
Photo: Paula Court

Don't forget our dance matriarchs, the choreographers and teachers that have helped build our world. Today @alvinailey r...
05/13/2018

Don't forget our dance matriarchs, the choreographers and teachers that have helped build our world. Today @alvinailey reminds us of that stong female presence with #jawolewillajozollar's "Shelter" at @njpac. Happy Mother's Day!

Throwing it back to LMNO3 Deborah Lohse Cori Marquis + Donnell Oakley and their show More Like Your Mom on this Mom's Da...
05/13/2018
{ Dd } Preview: Deborah Lohse on How LMnO3 Became More Like Your Mom

Throwing it back to LMNO3 Deborah Lohse Cori Marquis + Donnell Oakley and their show More Like Your Mom on this Mom's Day. Love and tributes to you and yours

{ Dd } Preview: Deborah Lohse on How LMnO3 Became More Like Your Mom By Candice Thompson Posted May 11, 2017 In Dd Exclusive, Uncategorized { Dd } Preview: Deborah Lohse on How LMnO3 Became More Like Your Mom2017-05-112017-05-11http://mag.diydancer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ddlogo-e14885...

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