In honor of International Dance Day, here is a collection of reviews at our Arts Partners, written exclusively by teen writers. Help us celebrate young writers, dancers, choreographers, and venues alike by reading and sharing this article with your network, and thank you to all of the dancers worldwide for sharing your art with us!
TeenTix Newsroom review of "Dark Matters" via On the Boards.TV
"The piece pays homage to the Frankenstein-horror sub genre through a dramatic tale of a creator and his puppet, sprinkling in sometimes out-of-place bits of humor before diving fully into themes of manipulation and connection, which can be seen throughout the entire piece, from the loose, puppet-like motion of the dancers to the music." Click here to read the full review, written by TeenTix Newsroom Writer Lucia McLaren.
Teen Reviews of the Hiplet Ballerinas at Edmonds Center for the Arts
The TeenTix Press Corps partnered with Edmonds Center for the Arts to host a Dance Journalism workshop around the performance of the Hiplet Ballerinas, February 20, 2020. Taught by multimedia journalist and dance artist, Imana Gunawan, the workshop covered the basics of dance criticism and how to approach writing a dance review. Click here to read the reviews!
Teen Reviews of Grupo Corpo at Meany Center for the Performing Arts
The TeenTix Press Corps hosted a pop-up Dance Criticism workshop at Grupo Corpo’s performance at Meany Center, February 22, 2020. Taught by dance artist, writer, and teacher, Kaitlin McCarthy, the workshop covered the basics of dance criticism and how to approach writing a dance review. Click here to read the reviews!
Review of Showing Out at the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas
Showing Out’s purpose is to showcase black choreographers from around the Pacific Northwest that often don't get a spotlight for their work. Each raw, original performance could have had a multitude of meanings. Through each performance, I found myself uncomfortable, intrigued, and at times lost. Click here to read the full review, written by TeenTix Newsroom Writer Leuel Bekele.
Review of XPRESS by Whim W'Him
"The most visually stunning of each of the pieces, Wevers kept the dancers in near-constant motion. Interspersed between calmer moments and solos, all eight dancers periodically ran across the stage throughout the piece, creating intricate and cohesive tableaus." Click here to read the full review, written by Teen Editor Lily Williamson.
Review of Strange Fruit by Spectrum Dance Theater
"Throughout the dance, the mob tormented and committed acts of violence against Calliste and Dooley. All of this was expressed through various movements, creating a very potent language of dance. One scene that stuck with me was when the white mob walked through the group of black people, who writhed and shrunk to the floor. The mob disregarded their very existence yet inflicted them such a deep pain." Click here to read the full review, written by TeenTix Newsroom Writer Eleanor Chang-Stucki.
Review of Director's Choice at Pacific Northwest Ballet
"The minimalism of the neoclassical ballet is a perfect conductive line for the different technical aspects. The lights and the dancers communicate the stories and emotions instead of extravagant or pompous costumes, cumbersome set design, or too-perfect lines in the movements. All this makes us as audience members focus more on the feeling of self-recognition as if to say ''This is me!"' Click here to read the full review, written by Elisabetta Pierazzi, during TeenTix’s Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive.
Review of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work
"Going into CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and felt slightly intimidated. While I’m not entirely new to dance, having seen performances like the Nutcracker, I still classify myself as a dance newbie; I’m unfamiliar with the movements and lingo. However, I was pleasantly surprised to witness an event curated for people like me, with the purpose of presenting “accessible, creative work from artists that want to share their stories.” Click here to read the review, written by Teen Editor Huma Ali.