Elad Lassry Takes His Genre-Bending Antics to the Kitchen’s Black Box Theater

Elad Lassry, 'Untitled (Presence 2005),' 2012. Performance views from the presentation at The Hayworth, Los Angeles, March 2, 2012. (Photo: Fredrik Nilson courtesy David Kordansky Gallery.)

“He’s always used Jerome Robbins as a reference,” said art dealer David Kordansky to a small gathering of people gathered outside the entrance to the Kitchen in Chelsea last night. Mr. Kordansky was giving this impromptu sidewalk chat after the performance that occurred in conjunction with artist Elad Lassry’s solo exhibition “Untitled (Presence).” “His first film was based on Balanchine’s Agon.”

The performance last night, which involved 10 dancers from the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, was the third and last to be staged at the Kitchen with the exhibition. And while the show involved dancers doing dance-like gestures that sometimes felt familiar, it wasn’t exactly a dance. And not everyone knew what to expect. Read More


Performa to Examine the Art World’s Fascination With Dance

Sarah Michelson, "Devotion," 2011. Photo: Paula Court. (Courtesy

On Sept. 17, Performa will present “Why Dance in the Art World?” The event explores the “history and future of the art world’s interest in dance.” Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, will introduce the topic, followed by a panel discussion with choreographer Ralph Lemon, Artforum‘s David Velasco, MoMA curator Jenny Schlenzka, moderated by Performa’s founder, RoseLee Goldberg. Read More


After The End Of Merce

Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Last Thursday, on the first night of the last performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Park Avenue Armory, an overzealous staffer sounded more like a ringmaster as he handed out programs.

“We have three stages! Six balconies for you to go on! You can walk around! It’s a very interactive show!” Read More


From the Top! Photographer Elad Lassry Plans Debut as Choreographer

Detail of Elad Lassry's 35-mm film "Untitled (Ghost)" (2011). (David Kordansky Gallery)

A quick glance over Israeli artist Elad Lassry’s work of the past few years suggests that dance has become more than a passing fascination for him. In a short film included in the Museum of Modern Art’s 2010 “New Photography” show, Mr. Lassry cast actor Eric Stoltz as a choreographer, and his contribution to the Venice Biennale this summer was a mysterious, haunting film of dancers, including a translucent woman, silently, steadfastly performing. Read More


Tomorrow Is Merce Cunningham Day

Courtesy Park Avenue Armory

“Merce Cunningham Day” is happening in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared that Nov. 18 will be dedicated to the choreographer, who died in 2009. He and his company, which is now in its last weeks, after decades of innovation in dance, were based out of New York for 70 years. Read More