Catherine Cabeen on “What is Contemporary Dance?”

Well this is your last night to catch the indomitable Catherine Cabeen and Company at the Joyce Soho (8pm). I went opening night and was mesmerized, presently I am working a review- soon to come, but in the meantime I thought I would bring you more of our conversation. I asked Catherine what she thought contemporary dance was, as we as a community are striving to understand and codify it as all other eras in dance have been before it. I found her answer fitting to her personal philosophy and definitely one aspect of the various types of contemporary work being presented. This led us to the discussion about how competition dance has influenced both the next generation of dancers and choreographers, in addition to the reality of the necessity of work having to have a level of marketability in order for artist to survive.

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