07/15/15 7:57am
07/15/2015 7:57 AM |
photo via Jason Andrew and Julia Gleich

Norte Maar’s arts activities in recent months have included dance performances, book releases, readings and a number of group exhibitions—including a gargantuan installational feat in Manhattan, at the double-hangar-like 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery—so one could forgive its directors for taking it easy for a while. But they don’t really seem to know how to do that, so they’re not. Instead, they’re planning new iterations of annual productions with which local audiences are already familiar, as well as new programming that will spread their activities around from upstate New York to various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and perhaps also to the Motor City. In the midst of all this, they’ve also just moved their home base of operation from Bushwick to Cypress Hills. We checked in with the non-profit’s directors Jason Andrew and Julia Gleich to see what they have in store for us in the coming weeks and months. Also, we figured we’d do them a favor and make them just a little bit busier, since ever-increasing activity truly is their trademark praxis.


04/22/15 6:18am
04/22/2015 6:18 AM |
Photo courtesy of Gleich Dances and Norte Maar

The Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Contemporary ballet performances, so variably rooted in and thus replete with bursts of movement, expressive floridity and polyphonically mediated dynamism, seem particularly well suited for springtime entertainment. So it was a rather properly timed delight to have occasion to take in CounterPointe3—a collaborative suite of newly choreographed pieces presented by Norte Maar and Brooklyn Ballet, at The Actors Fund Center—on a recent Sunday afternoon. The weather that day, mid-60s and sunny, just happened to be definitively vernal. The pieces overall were definitively superb. (more…)