Saturday, December 29, 2018

InfiniteBody Honor Roll 2018

Eva Yaa Asantewaa
InfiniteBody Honor Roll 2018

Michael B. Jordan (left) and Chadwick Boseman
face off as rivals for power in The Black Panther.
(courtesy of Marvel Studios)
Two marvelous stars--
Alex Borstein (left) and Rachel Brosnahan--
of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
(courtesy of Amazon Studios)
Alice Sheppard (above as "Andromeda")
and Laurel Lawson ("Venus")
duet in DESCENT.
(photo: Rain Embuscado)


Acclaimed hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris
accepted the challenge of crafting a two-act dance, Lazarus,
for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in record time
in celebration of the beloved troupe's 60th Anniversary.
(photo: Paul Kolnik)


The year 2018 started off with me nursing the flare-up of an old back injury, avoiding subfreezing climes and a "bomb cyclone" and going stir-crazy while catching up to these excellent streams:

@The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime (premiered 2017)

@One Mississippi, Amazon Prime (premiered 2015)

@Six Feet Under, Amazon Prime (premiered 2001)

@Scandal, Netflix (premiered 2012)

I was grateful to finally heal and make it out to my first live show of the year: @Panorama by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò with actors of the Great Jones Repertory Company at La MaMa, December 29, 2017-January 21, 2018

@Caleb Teicher & Company at American Dance Platform, The Joyce Theater, January 9 and 14

@Mugen Noh Othello, directed by Satoshi Miyagi, for The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival at Japan Society, January 11-14

@8th Annual Bronx Artists Now: Showcase & Conversation, produced by Jane Gabriels for Pepatián, January 12


Thomas F. DeFrantz
(photo: SLIPPAGE/Shonda Corbett)

@White Privilege, a lecture performance by Thomas F. Defrantz/Slippage with Sonicscape by Quran Karriem, American Realness festival, Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, January 15

@We Wait In The Darkness by Rosy Simas, American Realness Festival, Abrons Arts Center, January 13-15

@THIS by Adrienne Truscott, American Realness Festival, Abrons Arts Center, January 14-16

@Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Split Britches, The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival at La Mama, January 4-21

@The Post (film), directed by Steven Spielberg (20th Century Fox/Dreamworks), released 2017


Left: Choreographer David Thomson with Paul Hamilton
in he his own mythical beast(photo: Maria Baranova)

@he his own mythical beast by David Thomson at Performance Space New York, January 31-February 4

@Reflecting Rhythms: Kazunori Kumagai and Kaoru Watanabe at Asia Society, February 2

@Come Ye finale by Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE at The Joyce Theater, February 6-11

@"Everything you have is yours?" by Hadar Ahuvia at 14th Street Y, February 8-10




@The Black Panther (film), directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios), released February 16, 2018

@In a Rhythm by Bebe Miller Company in The Making Room: Bebe Miller Company & Susan Rethorst at New York Live Arts, February 21-24

@Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 28 through May 28

@Rosalie by Marion Spencer at Work Up 4.1, Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, March 2-3

@Okay, I'm Gunna Start Now by Evelyn Lillian Sánchez Narvaez at Work Up 4.1, Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, March 2-3

@Eurythmics in the Southern Burn by Jonathan González in The Dossier Charrette: A Series of Working Dance Essays, part of Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) at Danspace Project, March 8-10

@leaning by Angie Pittman in The Dossier Charrette: A Series of Working Dance Essays, part of Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) at Danspace Project, March 8-10

@Oba Queen King Baba--Excerpt One by Ni'Ja Whitson in A Shared Evening: Keely Garfield Dance, Same As Sister and Ni'Ja Whitson, part of Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) at Danspace Project, March 15-17

@The Exciting Event... by Same As Sister, part of Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) at Danspace Project, March 15-17

@DESCENT by Alice Sheppard, New York Live Arts, March 22-24

@...they stood shaking while others began to shout by Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, part of Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) at Danspace Project, March 22-24

Dance artist Gesel Mason
(photo: Enoch Chan)

@No Boundaries/Dancing The Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers by Gesel Mason Performance Projects at The Billie Holiday Theatre, April 6-7

@We live this (film), directed by James Burns (2016), at Moving Body-Moving Image: A Dance on Screen Festival, Barnard College, April 7

@Six Solos (film), directed by Simon Fildes with choreography by Sang Jijia (2016), at Moving Body-Moving Image: A Dance on Screen Festival, Barnard College, April 7

@Shamar Wayne Watt in The Dark Swan's Last Breath of Life by Nora Chipaumire at The Rubin Museum of Art, April 18

@(re)Source, an investigation-in-process (showing) by Maria Bauman, MBDance, at BAX, April 27-28

@Indumba by Fana Tshabalala, performed by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater at BAM Fisher, April 28 and 29

Kyle Abraham solos in INDY at The Joyce Theater
(photo: Steven Schreiber)

@A.I.M. (Kyle Abraham) season at The Joyce Theater, May 1-6

@Sen Koro la (work-in-progress) by Lacina Coulibaly at e-moves at Harlem Stage, May 2-5

@Living Our Legacies, featuring Maria Bauman and work by J. Bouey with Wendell Gray II, Shelby "Shellz" Fenton, Alethea Pace and Jason Samuels Smith, curated by Rashida Bumbray, at Dancing While Black 5th Anniversary, at BAAD!, May 4

@Dear White People (Season 2), Netflix, streaming from May 4

@The Story of Tap: 20th Anniversary, hosted by Hank Smith, with Derick Grant, Jason Samuels Smith and Ayako Shirasaki at Dixon Place, May 16

@Untitled (NYC 2018) (showing) by Keith Hennessy at Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, May 21

@Raising the Bar at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, May 25

@to ascend past numbness and witness birth. showing of a "process-memoir" by Johnnie Cruise Mercer at Jack Crystal Theater, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, May 31-June 1

@Rennie Harris: Funkedified at The New Victory Theater, May 31-June 10

@Four Questions (featuring Regie Cabico, Gary Champi, Aviva Jaye, Ni'Ja Whitson and Shannon Matesky), curated by Shannon Matesky for La MaMa's Squirts at La MaMa Downstairs, June 10


Rachel Bloom as Rebecca,
titular lead character in Netflix's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

@Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Netflix (premiered 2015)

@THEM by Chris Cochrane, Dennis Cooper and Ishmael Houston-Jones at Performance Space New York, June 21-28

@garment (Director's Choice) by Sidra Bell at New York Live Arts, June 28-30, July 1

@Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury at Soho Rep, June 2-July 22

@Tap City's Rhythm in Motion at Symphony Space, July 11

@50 Years of Dance Theatre of Harlem: Experiencing History on Pointe and in Color panel at New York Public Library of the Performing Arts, August 4

@Hot to Trot (film), directed by Gail Freedman (Hot to Trot Productions, LLC; distributed by First Run Films), August 24

@Homeland, The CURRENT SESSIONS at wild project, August 18-19



Top: Members of Move(NYC) Young Professionals
(photo: Matthew Karas)
Below: Move(NYC) executive team
left to right: Niya Nicholson, Nigel Campbell and Chanel DaSilva
(photo: Lelund Thompson)

@Move(NYC) Young Professionals Program Summer Finale Showcase, August 25-26

@Magdalena by Gabri Christa at Theaterlab, September 12-22

@Pino-Latino: The Intersection of the Latino and Asian Cultures, featuring Ballet Hispanico in works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Bennyroyce Royon at Fridays@Noon at 92Y Harkness Dance Center, September 14

@Elena Rose Light and Evelyn Lillian Sánchez Narvaez in By Association: Elena Rose Light, Pallavi Sen, Bully Fae Collins at Abrons Arts Center, September 20-22

@A Memorial and Celebration of the Life of Sam Miller (1952-2018) at Danspace Project, September 15

@What Remains by Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls at Danspace Project, September 25, 27-29

@Ten by Deborah Hay in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done at Museum of Modern Art, October 4-6

@Y by RoseAnne Spradlin at New York Live Arts, September 27-29, October 4-6

@another piece apart by Jennifer Nugent & Paul Matteson at New York Live Arts, October 10-13

@Emily Coates & Josiah McElheny/Emmanuéle Phuon/A Shared Evening of New Work at Danspace Project, November 8-10

Musician, vocalist and actor Rhiannon Giddens
(photo: David McClister)

@Sisters Present (Rhiannon Giddens Residency) at Symphony Space, November 17

@DoublePlus: Kayla Hamilton + Jerron Herman at Gibney, November 29-December 1

@Skeleton Architecture: An Evening of Performance at Danspace Project, December 8

@Lock 'em Up by DANCENOISE at New York Live Arts, December 12-15

@BBB by Fana Fraser, DoublePlus at Gibney, December 13-15

@Lazarus by Rennie Harris for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center, November 28-December 30

@Soles of Duende at Dixon Place, December 7-21

@A Star is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper (Warner Bros.), released October 5, 2018

@Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Participant Media and Esperanto Medio; Netflix), released November 21, 2018


#StillTheBoss.
And those of us without the $$$ for Broadway got to see why.
Thank you, Netflix!

@Springsteen on Broadway, directed by Thom Zimny (Netflix), released December 15, 2018

@If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins (Annapurna Pictures), released December 25, 2018


Okay, that's my honor roll for 2018! 
What's on yours?


--Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody

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