Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Local dance companies delve into challenges of artform.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Jennifer Noyer For the Journal

COMMENTARY

*The year's performances reflect innovative subject matter and courageous new choreography

While Santa Fe Stages and the Popejoy Ovation Series continued to bring exciting, nationally recognized dance groups to New Mexico during 2000, several new small companies and collaborative dance alliances appeared in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, determined to explore artistic content and form.

Traditionally more conservative ballet companies broadened their range of productions, trying out new choreography with old classics, or, in the case of the Caracas Ballet's Vicente Nebrada, using classical dance technique to explore highly innovative subject matter.

It was this new enthusiasm and courage on the part of choreographers and dancers, braving the cold winds of financial insecurity, that was perhaps the distinctive quality of the past year.

Jill Pribyl started the year with an assortment of dancers from across the country in a studio performance at 500 2nd Avenue's Performance Space. Her witty and subtle "Selatrop," inspired by a study trip to Senegal, West Africa, appeared later in the year at various sites in the city. …

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