Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center Series Begins Monday

By Walter Rutledge


The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) will present their annual Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival June 23, 24, and 25; 7:30pm at the Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. This year the performances will showcase the works of ten choreographers in a unique program of dance solos. The series is aptly entitled Dancing the Single Life. Continue reading

Ailey Returns To Lincoln Center Today

By Walter Rutledge


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for 15 performances beginning, Wednesday, June 11.  Continue reading

Dance Theatre of Harlem New York Season 2014 (Review)

By Walter Rutledge


 The Dance Theatre of Harlem held their New York season at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27. Two very ambitious programs were offered featuring works by five choreographers. The season, which had something for everyone, could best be described as uneven. Continue reading

Kymera Dance 2014 New York Season

By Walter Rutledge


Kymera Dance began their 2014 New York season on Sunday, May 25 at the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium, JCC in Manhattan. The season featured two world premieres by commissioned artist Amy Hall Garner and Artistic Director William Isaac. The performance was a well-balanced and artistically succinct program, which successfully conveyed both choreographers’ intents and individual styles. Continue reading

Dudley Williams: The Consummate Artist

By Walter Rutledge


In 2004 I had the first opportunity to work with Dudley Williams. It was shortly before he retired from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after his 40-year association with the company, which included being a muse to founder Alvin Ailey. Now ten years later I have worked with him every time an opportunity presented itself.  This spring season I have the distinct honor to work with Dudley on two different projects. Continue reading

Sidra Bell Dance New York Will Premiere garment This Week

By Walter Rutledge


Sidra Bell Dance New York will premiere garment during the second week of their New York season Thursday, May 15 through Sunday, May 18 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave at 25th Street. This is the second New York premiere by choreographer and Artistic Director Sidra Bell during the company’s New York season. Tickets are $25 and are available at


On Monday, May 12, we sat down with Sidra to discuss a wide range of topics. These included a conversation about her new work garment, her choreographic process, and her artistic vision. If you haven’t experienced the art of Sidra Bell and the artistry of Sidra Bell Dance New York this week will be an excellent opportunity. For our readership outside of New York Out and About NYC Magazine will stream the performance live on Sunday, May 18 at 7pm.




NEWSTEPS a choreographer’s series at Chen Dance Center

By Walter Rutledge


The Chen Dance Center presented NEWSTEPS a choreographer’s series for three performances Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10. Fives emerging choreographers were selected to present new works; each choreographer was given rehearsal space and feedback from the selection panel. The extremely audience friendly one-hour performance was presented in the center’s intimate theater; which provided an ideal environment for the budding dance makers to present their work. Continue reading

11/29/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Rudolf Nureyev and Zizi Jeanmaire: Le Jeune Homme et La Mort by Roland Petit (1966)


Le Jeune Homme et La Mort was choreographed by Roland Petit  choreographed in 1946 to Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582, with a one-act libretto by Jean Cocteau. It tells the story of a Young Man driven to suicide by his faithless lover. Sets were by George Wakhevitch and costumes variously reported as being by Karinska or Cocteau. Continue reading