Ignition! By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

This concert was a lot to digest for a little old writer like myself, but in a good way. There was so much I liked, by way of movement vocabulary, image and theme, that it was hard for me to process and put onto paper. I’ll tell you what, folks; I am becoming a very big fan of the redefining process–or metamorphosis–Atlanta Ballet is currently experiencing. I think they are making really good choices in the work and choreographers that they commission. I like an edgy company and artistic director John McFall is taking risks and driving them to the lip of a canyon. Continue reading Ignition! By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

Brooks and Company Dance: Shorts 6 By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

So far, I’ve been very lucky to see some big international dance companies float through town. It has been a treat, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. However, the real reason I joined the staff at The Back Stage Beat, was to also get in sync with the heartbeat of Atlanta dance. This week I got the chance to do just that. Continue reading Brooks and Company Dance: Shorts 6 By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

Beauty, Beast and Puppets! By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

I was thrilled in my college and early professional years when, along with children’s theater, puppetry became part of mainstream entertainment. Remember small and brilliant films like Being John Malkovich directed by Spike Jonze, and Heavenly Creatures by Peter Jackson? … Continue reading Beauty, Beast and Puppets! By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

Doug Varone By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully

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I am proud to say that I am a self-proclaimed performance junkie.  From TV to movies to theater, I love to watch performers perfecting their craft and making interesting and creative choices to get their point across.  Convey a message, create a mood and evoke an emotion.  The genre of art that really tugs at my heart-strings, the one I have the most affection for and opinion about, is modern dance.  I’ve seen too many good modern choreographers fall by the wayside and lose themselves to convention.  I get it though, “…it’s hard out here for a…” modern dancer and a girl’s gotta eat.

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STOMP Review By Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully 

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The Smash hit STOMP hits the Fabulous Fox Theater March 2nd – 6th.  This production, originally created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNichols, is comprised of performers (dancers and musicians) who use movement along with everyday objects to create mesmerizing rhythms and breathtaking choreography.  The objects include brooms, trash cans, lighters, sinks, trash bags and sand to name a few.   It is a super cool show, appropriate for audience members of all ages.

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