Reviews for Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company Performances

Review: These Events are Fortunate by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Review: These Events are Fortunate by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

by David Glen Robinson
Published on June 05, 2023

This company's dancers, with only a few spoken lines for humorous effect, were luscious to watch. All have mastered modern dance technique and the quick-firing energy of movement that created surprising moments throughout the show.

These Events Are Fortunate is a rather vague title for a time of life at the entryway to summer filled with hope and excitement just one week after Memorial Day. But the title raises a question—what events? —that the audience tries to answer while watching the performances of the highly skilled, trained, athletic, and attractive dancers of the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (KDHDC). As the website program notes: “Hamrick has created a world where …

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Review: Dance on Film by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Review: Dance on Film by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

by David Glen Robinson
Published on March 29, 2023

Dance on Film 2023 provided an evening of well-made and often intriguing films of immense diversity and much good humor.

  The long-running Dance on Film series of the Austin Dance Festival presented yet another strong set of dance films, not merely cameras pointed at dance stages or rehearsal floors, but dances imagined and performed for the camera. In these dances cinematography is very much a partner of choreography. That quality opens the dance world to cinema's near-infinite variety of sets and settings, lighting designs, soundtracks, and costumes.     A brief interview with Ilana …

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Review: We're Here by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Review: We're Here by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

by David Glen Robinson
Published on December 14, 2022

WE'RE HERE was yet another gemlike dance event given to the world by the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company. They are indeed here, and we wish fervently for them to stay.

We’re Here was the December 2022 offering of the Austin-based Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, headquartered at Café Dance in west Austin. Ever-innovative, Dunn Hamrick the choreographer  and her company formulated a visual guide for the aid and assistance of audience members. It was a rebuslike mural or map of symbols (hiking boot, cloud, microwave, etc.) taking us from the beginning to the end of the show. So we wouldn’t forget, the hardcopy map covered …

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Review #2 of 2: Austin Dance Festival by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Review #2 of 2: Austin Dance Festival by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

by David Glen Robinson
Published on July 25, 2022

In his dozen short examples of dance on film, or "film dance," ll the tools of videography and cinematography come into play, including screenplays and scripts written in or before pre-production.

  Part II   As promised, the writings and review of Austin Dance Festival 2022 for CTXLive come in two parts, largely due to the volume of artistic material presented at the festival. The event filled the Rollins Studio Theatre stage and screens at the Long Center in Austin for four days, July 14-17, 2022. The material covered here is from Dance on Film, Thursday, July 14, 2022. An added benefit of the Dance on …

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Review #1 of 2: Austin Dance Festival 2022

Review #1 of 2: Austin Dance Festival 2022

by David Glen Robinson
Published on July 19, 2022

Kathy Dunn Hamrick brings the festival back.

  Austin Dance Festival 2022 Produced by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company at The Long Center's Rollins Studio Theatre July 14 – 17, 2022   Part I   The Austin Dance Festival 2022 has taken place at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center. The event was very much an expanded version over what came before, with performance showcases and film taking place over four days. The 2022 edition may have been the largest ever, with three …

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Review: The Magnificent Conjuring of You and Me by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Review: The Magnificent Conjuring of You and Me by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

by David Glen Robinson
Published on May 29, 2022

Kathy Dunn Hamrick has carved out a niche for herself of high-energy, high skill, athletic contemporary dance. her audiences appreciate every new and surprising turn the company takes within it.

  Kathy Dunn Hamrick speaks the language of movement better than most. This was stated about her in regard to last December’s In Situ dance performance, also at Café Dance. In that performance, stemming from the title, the movement addressed place and places—all familiar places—transformed by the pandemic. They were recognized anew in a process of metamorphosis, dancers hatching literally from bubble-wrap cocoons and finding new life after the dark restrictions of our collective confinement. …

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