"Gnawa,""Herman Schmerman (Pas de Deux,)""D-Man in the Waters (Part I,)" "Bend in the Road: New Orleans"
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Damian Woetzel, New York City Ballet
Fall for Dance Festival
Central Park New York, NY
September 14, 2013
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2014 by Martha Sherman
If there was a theme for the opening program of the 2014 New York Fall for Dance Festival, it was wit and grit -- from both the performers and the audience. Each of four companies danced a work tinged with humor, some of it saucy, some gently sentimental. An injury, though, forced an unexpected change in the program, and a Saturday night downpour cancelled the open air Delacorte performance, but the audience –- which had waited for free tickets for hours on Saturday morning –- came back in droves for the Sunday rain date.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in "Gnawa." Photo © Tammy Shell.