Walter’s World: Purelements: An Evolution in Dance

By Walter Rutledge The November 4th and 5th concert of Purelements: An Evolution in Dance lived up to the company moniker. The choreography and the company are an ever-evolving experience in concert dance and dance theatre. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Purelements: An Evolution in Dance to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

By Walter Rutledge

In 1981 two crews met for battle at a community center in a Brooklyn housing project. The crews were not battling with guns and knives these crews weapon of choice was break dance moves and hip-hop bravado. Continue Reading →

Movement-Based Meditation: Shaking Spirit Waves in Harlem

By Yolande Brener

When I read about Kierra Foster-Ba’s dance class “without any set choreography and without the self-consciousness of caring what you look like” I was skeptical that many people would be unguarded enough to dance without prescribed movements. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center- Thirty5-In-5 (day four)

By Walter Rutledge

The Wednesday June 22nd performance of the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center’s Thirty5-in-5 dance series was a very special evening of dance.

Two legends Talley Beatty and Thelma Hill were remembered. The legacy of their lives and work were introduced to an entirely new generation dance enthusiasts. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Tearing Down the Walls

By Walter Rutledge

Tearing Down the Walls is a new musical by Daniel Beaty. The production began a limited run at The Riverside Theatre on May 12th and will run until May 29th. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: PARADIGM

By Walter Rutledge

Creativity is the original magic. At first it was the way to explain the unknown, but soon evolved into a social necessity enriching the mundane and sublunary.Republics have come and gone, dynasties dissolved, but the greatness of these civilizations remains in the art they have left behind.

Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: The Intimate Art of Choreography

By Walter Rutledge

The curtain rises, the music begins and the lighting illuminates the space directly in front of us. Within seconds movement begins to soothe the rush of anticipation. Be it a group, duet or solo the number of people is not important; there in the dark the human form carves away the negative space, the nothingness, to create a conversation. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Preview nathantrice/RITUALS

By Walter Rutledge

March is Women’s History Month, how appropriate to present a dance work that focuses on the social, political, emotional and psychological experiences of women. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: An Evening With Ben Vereen

By Walter Rutledge

February 18, 2011 marked the return of theatrical icon Ben Vereen to the New York stage. The one night only performance was presented to a sold out crowd at Time Square’s landmark theatrical venue Town Hall. An Evening with Ben Vereen was a resounding testament to both the man and his artistic legacy.

Continue Reading →

Movement-Based Meditation: Shaking Spirit Waves in Harlem

By Yolande Brener

When I read about Kierra Foster-Ba’s dance class “without any set choreography and without the self-consciousness of caring what you look like” I was skeptical that many people would be unguarded enough to dance without prescribed movements. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: The Dance Gallery Festival

By Walter Rutledge

One of the many obstacles an emerging artist faces is visibility. The philosophical riddle, “If a tree falls in the forest but nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” addresses the differences of the observed and unobserved worlds. The Dance Gallery Festival provided visibility in a professional venue for sixteen emerging and established dancer makers.

Continue Reading →