Irene Hsiao

Hubbard Street at 40: Summer Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 8-11 June 2017

A human lives 70 years, a dancer 40, if he or she is lucky. A dance company lives anywhere from a season to some centuries, but 40 is a ripe … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Hard Problem at Court Theatre, 9 March-9 April 2017

Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem has closed at Court Theatre after a run that was evidently greeted with more enthusiasm than its London premiere, during which, director Charles Newell baldly … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, 10-12 March 2017 at the Epic Center, Kalamazoo

(photos by Christopher Stevenson) Kalamazoo is a lovely place to come back to, the kind of town where people seem to know your name and the streets look much the … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bill T. Jones at the DuSable Museum, Art AIDS America Chicago, 27 January 2017

I saw Bill T. Jones Friday night. I saw him closer up than I’ve ever seen him, close enough to look into the hollows of his cheeks in a face … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI, 18-20 March 2016

[N.B. I pitched an article about RADfest to Dance Magazine, mLive, REVUE, CriticalDance, the Detroit Free Press, and Dance Studio Life, but none of them would buy it (if by … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hamburg Ballet, Othello and Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler at the Harris Theater, 23-27 February 2016

Madness is a constant hissing in the ear, internal voices that squabble raucously, ruthlessly, that excoriate the self from its core out, leaving only a shell that you fanatically guard … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

San Francisco Ballet Program 1 at the War Memorial Opera House, Jan. 24-Feb. 5, 2016

Surrealist painter René Magritte developed an iconography of ordinary objects—anonymous men in bowler hats, apples hovering in the interval between the eye and its aim, pipes and pillars that smirk … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment