Life & Arts
Beyond 'Nutcracker': A world of Austin dance
By Michael Barnes
American-Statesman Arts Critic
Friday, December 1, 2000
"The Nutcracker" is not the only dance in town during December.
In the coming days, six Austin dance groups promise cultural
insights unrelated to the holiday season.
Today at 6:30 p.m., Sally Jacques dignifies World AIDS Day with
"Body Count," her annual meditative performance, this year
staged at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. An honor roll of local
artists -- among them Anuradha Naimpally, Tina Marsh, Bryan Green,
Laura Cannon and Jason Amato -- contribute their skills. Call
Also this evening at 8, Realm Dance Project inaugurates "Using
the F-Work: A Commentary on Feminism" at Flatbed Press, 2832 E.
Martin Luther King Blvd. This movement-oriented look at feminism and
femininity runs through Dec. 9. Call 476-8157.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance recalls the
many dance styles of the island through "Parrandiando 2000"
at the Peter Center, Concordia University, 3400 N. Interstsate 35.
New costumes give greater scope to this fine folk dance group. Call
Sunday at 8p.m., Kinesis Dance Theatre Systems collaborates with
the Kevin McCorrmick Ensemble for "Out of the Grid" at the
Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. Longtime Austin
dance leader Toni Bravo returns to the spotlight to explore grace
and oneness with the universe. Call 345-0370.
Johnson/Long Dance Company revives "Atlas of the Universe"
at Hyde Park Theatre, Dec. 7-17. This mix of monologues and intimate
dances ruminates on mortality, technology, human nature and outer
space. Call 467-0740.
And Dec. 8-10, Ballet East Dance Theatre digs into its collective
roots with "Made in Texas," also at the Doughtery Arts
Center. Dance-makers Melissa Villarreal, Toni Bravo, Andrea Beckham
and Rodolfo Mendez tend to their visions of Texana. Call 454-TIXS.
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The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance group performs various
island dance styles, Saturday at Concordia University.