Excerpts from and links to our reviews over the years.
“‘Odes’ remains a luminous work deserving a place of honor.”
For the venerable Anna Sokolow, who would have been 100 this year — she made it to 90 — art wasn’t an understated or passive act, but something meant to be a reflection and a comment on contemporary life.
Sokolow Ensemble artistic director, with the assistance of company members Samantha Geracht and Lauren Naslund, staged Anna Sokolow’s Rooms and From the Diaries of Franz Kafka on students at the Boston Conservatory, which they performed in February 2010. From Marcia Siegel’s review: “For today’s young dancers, who are focused on technical skills, vintage material like … Continue reading Review: Rooms and Kafka performed by Boston Conservatory students
By Jennifer Dunning: “[Anna Sokolow] is lucky that longtime company members are knowledgeable and passionate enough to try to keep her work alive. And so it was possible, in a performance by Jim May’s Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble on Sunday night at the Merce Cunningham Studio, to savor how fresh her dance can look today.” Read … Continue reading New York Times Review: Spring 2008 at the Cunningham Studio
“Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble keeps Anna Sokolow’s legacy, described by critic Walter Sorell as ‘theater danced and danced theater,’ alive. For this program, artistic director Jim May restaged Sokolow’s quintessential dance-theater piece Magritte, Magritte (1970), which hasn’t been performed for more than 20 years; the evening also showcased the U.S. premieres of two 2004 works inspired … Continue reading Dance Magazine Review: Dance Theatre Workshop 2006
“The coupling of the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and le concert impromptu in Ship of Fools may be one of the best things to happen to Franco-American relations in a long, long time. The dance and music give birth to an eclectic night of entertainment, enhancement, and celebration. Eight pieces choreographed by Anna Sokolow based … Continue reading Review: Dance Theater Workshop 2006
“The Sokolow Theater / Dance Ensemble performed with gravitas and nuance at St. Mark’s Church last Sunday November 14th. The show consisted of two distinct sections: the heart-wrenching, jaw-droppingly brilliant Rooms, and a potpourri of repertory miscellany. Rooms (1955) depicts the isolation and desperation of urban existence, and I believe, is the first composition in … Continue reading Review: DanceSpace 2004
Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble presents THE SOUL OF JAZZ A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rooms Works of Anna Sokolow with Jazz Music Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery Thursday-Sunday, October 28-31 2004 @ 8:30 PM “World-renowned choreographer Anna Sokolow felt that combining the arts to express the complexity of humanity was a natural … Continue reading Review: The Soul of Jazz 2004