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‘Blue Roses Falling’ shows Big Muddy’s digital diversity—just when it’s (almost) time to get back to live

ST. LOUIS —The return to live shows is on the horizon for the Big Muddy Dance Company, which has made the most of a global…

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Whiffs of nostalgia and currency run through digital RAD Fest

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — In an all-digital format, the 12th edition of the Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) brought tastes of this splendid festival to an…

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Dancing with a stranger on Zoom was something I didn’t think I needed until I was doing it: Nichole Canuso’s ‘Being/With’

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — To describe what happened last Tuesday evening feels a little like a betrayal of trust. I was one of two audience members…

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Film review: ‘TFW No GF’ mines quasi-empathy for bored and ignored millennial trolls

TFW No GF was released on Valentine’s Day. As a cruel joke? Or in ironic solidarity with the film’s subjects? Both, I hope. Alex Lee…

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Big Muddy’s winter mixed-rep a smorgasbord of dance flavors

ST. LOUIS — The show must go on, as they say. Though this mantra has been questioned throughout the past year, as a raging pandemic,…

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Big Muddy’s ‘Lemp Legends’ leans into St. Louis folklore—and pandemic dance making

ST. LOUIS—When the Big Muddy Dance Company made Lemp Legends for the Edison Theatre in 2018, I would bet, dollars to donuts, they expected to…

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Rebecca Rego channels Lucia Berlin in new album, ‘Songs for Cleaning Women, Part 1’

CHICAGO—So far, Eighth Blackbird’s attempts at live-streaming a virtual concert series from their production house in Horner Park have not gone well. The series—called Chicago…

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When life imitates art: George Floyd, RBG and ‘We’re Gonna Die’

CHICAGO—Ten minutes before the scheduled virtual opening of Theatre Y’s “We’re Gonna Die,” I heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. I didn’t want to go,…

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Moving is important. What if we took the hint, and actually paused?

NORMAL, Ill.—My feed is filled with virtual dance classes and obituaries. As COVID-19 continues to tear through this country and redefine ways of life, indefinitely,…

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Beyond ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ new film takes a deeper dive on Petipa

Icarus Films—the independent film producer that has created documentaries on Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch and Trisha Brown—has a new dance film making its way to…

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