The Alexandroff Ensemble’s Red Army Choir accompanies the evening’s most powerful dance with (Dance Visions NY's) “Varshavianca.” … When it was over, the woman on my right said incredulously to her companion, 'I’m crying' So was I. It's too bad that persistent but tragic advance did not end the program.
Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat (From Isadora in the 21st Century program at the 92nd St Y with several Duncan dance companies)
This past October’s Danse Macabre event (10/30/2016), featuring Dance Visions NY, under the direction of Beth Jucovy, was a superb example of the integration of the arts and community which is manifest at Cedarmere, indoors and out. Ms. Jucovy is a greatly accomplished dancer and choreographer, who enthusiastically embraces the challenges of adapting her work and that of Isadora Duncan to whatever scale and material conditions exist. Her professionalism, and that of her entire company, makes for a joyful collaborative experience which strongly communicates to audiences. Cedarmere is still resonating from this mutually collective engagement, and will continue proudly and with keen interest to sponsor Dance Visions NY in its unique site-specific, multi-media intersections of place and performance.
Paul Baserman, Events Chair for The Friends of Cedarmere
Dance Visions NY transported everyone in Hempstead House back to the turn of the last century, when Isadora Duncan created new ways for dancers to move, new ways of telling stories through dance, new ways of interpreting femininity.I've seen many dance performances throughout my whole life, and this was one of the most enchanting experiences ever. Our thanks to choreographer Beth Jucovy - she preserves the legendary choreographer's [Isadora Duncan] work and creates her own extraordinary pieces with Isadora's inspiration.
Beth Horn, 7/16, Managing Director, Sands Point Preserve
...when danced with clarity, musicality, and conviction, as they were at this performance,(the works) are touching and exhilarating...Jucovy filled the unornamented movements with quiet intensity...(the dancers) bounded like racing does until falling to Earth after an excess of ecstasy.
Joseph Mazo, Newsday
Jucovy revives a lost art... (she) is an authority on Isadora Duncan's dances. (The dances) looked authentic and interesting.
Dora Sowden, Jerusalem Post
The opening "Three Graces" was impressively performed by Beth Jucovy, Julie Finch, and Adrienne Ramm. To Chopins' Preludes and Waltzes Jucovy and Ramm brought ardor, Jucovy being particularly lyrical in her soft balance, and gently jumped ballons. ...she danced with evident zest in Hortense Kooluris' Nell Gwyn Suite... Ramm had the look of the famous Walkowitz pen and ink drawings of Isadora in motion. She projected a joyousness in the simple skips, swirls and runs that effectively invoked the Duncan spirit.
Hillary Ostlere, Chelsea Clinton News
Through The Portals.... Beth Jucovy's choreography was inspired. Colors blending, separating, merging, twirling--having been a painter most of my life, it was as if I was watching paintings being created and dissolving and coming together again... I I could watch Through the Portals over and over...
Thank you so much for the incredible performance of ColorSong Universe and Other Works at the Jericho Library on October 12th, 2014. The patrons were raving about the program. One woman said “The program was so special I could feel the colors come to life
Phylis Cox; Program Director Jericho Public Library
The program was just amazing. What creativity all around! The joy of seeing art in motion, music in motion was phenomenal. The event was beautiful, colorful, eventful, expansive
A great Dance troupe called Dance Visions who re-created performances by Dance pioneers like Isadora Duncan. A complete smashing, sensual success.
A program worth seeing is Dance Visions latest presentation of Color Song. Beth Jucovy’s choreograpy captures the magic of Susan Cohens book!
Marylyn Tobin Varraile, Composer/Song writer, Musical Theater Director
Thank you so much for the great performance. You, all your dancers, the pianists, all the performers were just wonderful! Congratulations!
Edie Kalickstein,Program Director, Long Beach Library
The [Colorsong] book comes alive with imagination, creativity and lots of wonderful choreography
With the soothing sounds of the cascading waters of the Bethesda Fountain, the slow-moving ripples of the Central Park Lake and the nearly cloudless blue sky, Duncan herself must have given her blessing to the event.
... Always so professional and innovative this particular program was even more beautiful. ... (Blurred Boundaries) touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I saw a few tears in the audience as well. The multi-media portion was exquisite and different....Shirley Romaine's narration brings it all together. The dancers are exceptional.
Phylis Cox, PR/ programming coordinator, Jericho Library
Regarding Summer Residency: performing "Dreamscape" at Long Island Children's Museum:
... the choreography was very accessible and often fun and playful/ the movement was beautiful and physically impressive. The pieces included many elements of dance... the dancers were of high caliber. They all had tremendous fun ,,, which certainly translated to the audience...
Jim Packard, Theater Manager Long Island Children's Museum
You did it again! Thank you so much for the beautiful performance at Jericho yesterday..., Your latest show, Dances of Nature/Dances of Interactions, was just incredible. The staging, costumes, choreography and precision of movement was just such a pleasure to watch... I love to hear the comments of the audience...."I'm so glad I came", "I was so surprised at how professional the dancing was", "Will you have them back again?". It makes me smile. It's always a wonderful day when you perform here.
Phylis Cox, PR/ programming coordinator, Jericho Library
The audience loved it!
Edie Kalickstein, Program Director, Long Beach Library
Regarding Summer Residency: performing Dances of Nature and dances of Interactions at Long Island Children's Museum:
... a wonderful collaboration… this Summer we worked [with Beth Jucovy and her dancers] on two wonderful programs which entailed more than 8 performances in 2 months. They were able to bring quality performances for a young audience and their parents and grandparents and introduced these people to artistic concepts, creation and interpretation of Modern Dance.
Jim Packard, Long Island Children’s Museum
I understand you got “rave “after “rave.” Thank you for the splendid program. You SOAR! A patron left a note saying “I found the Duncan program… mind boggling, wonderful, beautiful, upliftingingly rewarding
Edie Kalickstein, Program Director, Long Beach Library
OUTSTANDING! Some of the high school students came by my office to tell me that your program A world of Jazz was one of the nicest performances FOTAs(Friends of the Arts) brought to HVS…. THANK YOU
Jill Carroll, Principal, Henry Viscardi School
…Splendid performance of A World of Dance…you manage to educate us about modern dance – as you entertain. We come away from your programs wanting to see more – feeling enriched and so glad we came.
Edie Kalickstein, Program Director, Long Beach
I was even more impressed (if possible) than the last time you performed here. A World of Dance was exquisite. Everything was perfect...the music, choreography and the dancers. The company outdid themselves….… Not a person left…The patrons were delighted and so complimentary. One woman said “We don’t even have to go to Manhattan."
Phyllis L. Cox Programming, Jericho Public Library
I think you amazed our audience. they couldn't stop talking to me for several ays afterwards. I was amazed at how smoothly it all went. We never had so much going on in one performance... with something in it for everyone. I commend you for such an undertaking.
Nadine Connors, cultural programs. Hewlett Woodmere Public Library
The dancing was beautiful, the material interesting, and the connection with the audience immediate and palpable. It was clear form the children's faces and reactions that they were absorbed and fascinated by what they saw. the audience participation was done in a very meaningful way.
Toby Glickman, United Nations International school, Queens
Wonderful performance of Visionaries, Revolutionaries and Mavericks. Our audience clearly enjoyed... despite the bad weather nearly 200 people, young and old, attended.
Elizabeth Olesh, Port Washington Library Program Director
A beautifully performed program.
Philip Jackson, Queens Museum of Art
The audience was moved to tears by the performance, truly a beautiful experience for all.
Mary Jane Bolin, Nassau BOCES
I am proud to be associated with a program supporting such talent and beauty.
Joan Savary, NGA coordinator
Your program "Isadora" was truly divine... enchanting dancers, splendid musicians, enormously gifted Shirley romaine... our audience was totally charmed by all of you.
Aviva Crown, Cultural Programming specialist, Plainview Bethpage Library
From classical ballet to a diverse sampling of distinctive modern, mixed with a dollop of jazz... residents were treated to Dance with a capital D...The most amazing thing about this performance was the versatility of the dancers...The audience loved the finale- Passages which was fun and crescendoed into an upbeat hats-in-the-air ending. The program (Dance old and New ... the Spirit and the Passion) was a grand introduction (to dance).
Arlrne Saiki, Great Neck Record
From performances with Downtown Ballet Company
Beth Rosenbluth (Jucovy) was the poignant antagonized protagonist to the life (about the piece "Julia de Burgos")
Bill Zakariasen, Daily News
Beth Jucovy was outstanding in a drama of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos
Byron Belt, Long Island Press
Particularly good were Mecedes Lois, a Spanish dancer and Beth Jucovy, who had the title role.
Bob Micklin, Newsday
Everyone's heart was in the right place at the R. F. Kennedy Theater for children, where the Downtown Ballet Company opened a run...
Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times
The dancers possess plenty of spirit and good humor which communicated well with the children in the audience.
Bill Zakarisen, Daily News
From performances with Ameridance International
...especially outstanding was Beth Jucovy, who possesses a dancing musicality and is a pleasure to watch.
Eva Fisher, Munich Mercur
The New Yorker, Beth Jucovy, shows in her solo 'I Hear a Symphony' illusions in grace and charm.
Hiel, South West Tagespost, Graz, Austria
From performances with Andrew Jannetti and Dancers
(About Nightshades)...a short but serene work that accented sustained balance well as exquisite nuance by the dancers ...( with Beth Jucovy)
Jennie Schulman, Backstage
(About the dancers) They are each expressive and strong as individual soloists and ensemble members... He's got a great team of dancers.
From Isadora Duncan dance concerts, including Beth Jucovy and Adrienne Ramm
Moments of great beauty- fluid bodies in silk tunics, fervent skippings and lovely supple arms.
Deborah Jowitt, the Village Voice
Highly successful... joyous, wonderfully wild nymphs.
Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times
A rewarding program that touched the heart...showed remarkable grace in the nearly impossible haunting evocations they sustained...enthralling program.
Robert Kimball, New York Post
Full of delightful moments... These were wonderful images...like splendid Amazons asserting their power with spectacular leaps and bold stances... seemed to epitimize the spirit of Duncan, a fierce boldness of spirit and passionate surrendor to the senses.
Pikula, Dance Magazine
The choreography looked beautiful. These dances possess great choreographic integrity. Everything in them is emotionally and formally clear... when dancers marched exultantly they appeared to be gathering forces of light... one sensed the tides of the seas... Duncan possessed great formal powers. Her choreography still has impact... a celebration of hope.
Jack Anderson, The New York Times
(the five dancers) were as impressive as an entire corps de ballet,their kinetic flow recalling the simple yet miraculous rhythms of human breath... There several effective solos. In the 'Scriabin Etudes' Ms. Jucovy was tender as a mother, Ms. Ramm was impressive in Duncan,s portrait of a Revolutionary.
Jack Anderson, The New York Times
Joy, in the subtlest gradations, from tranquilty to abandon... the love and harmony of Duncan's work was everywhere present.
Marion Sawyer, Chelsea Clinton News
Memories of Isadora slid across the live action like transparencies across a screen.
Stephanie Woodward, Village Voice
Great Neck Community Education, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck, 11020, Call 56 441 4949 for more info or to register.
Classes for Adults! Classical Creative Dance/Isadora Dance- Wednesdays at 1:30, Ballet for Adults- Thursdays 1:00, Body-Conditioning- the Nickolaus Technique, Fridays at 11:30. and Jazz Dance, Fridays at 1:15- 2:30
For more information and Registration: 516 441 4949.
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On this 140th birth year of Isadora Duncan, this program highlights her Frederic Chopin repertory and her revolutionary and rarely seen dances, The Russian Workers Songs. Original Jucovy works, inspired by the Duncan aesthetic which include classical, contemporary and jazz works. The program ends with 'Trilogy" to the music of Grace Slick, David Bowie and The Beatles. For venue info call: 516 869 7637 516-869-7637 or see www.clarkbotanic.org.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.Ticket Info
Highlights of this culminating program of our Summer series included Isadora Duncan masterpieces that celebrate the resiliency and triumph of the human spirit: the company's acclaimed staging of Duncan's "Russian Workers Songs" and the heroic Allegro Molto Vivace section of the Tchaikovsky Symphony "Pathetique." In addition Duncan's Chopin dances celebrating nature, favorites from Gluck repertory with themes of Greek mythology and Beth Jucovy's original work, "Rejuvenation" were featured. These dances were presented outdoors in the natural setting of the UUCSR beautiful estate. Hosted by actress Shirley Romaine with live music. . This project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.
Myths "a la mode" In a program complementing Cedarmere’s remarkable grounds, this program begins with dancers at Cedarmere’s various outdoor landmarks who will emerge from the environments as visitors walk through the estate area. The evening will continue indoors in the Living Room, with ancient Greece as the theme- with dancers "warming up" to Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies played live. The program concludes outdoors with dancers gathering from Cedarmere’s grounds to the music of Faure’s Prométhée and lastly large symphonic Greek mythology based dances on the lawn overlooking Long Island Sound. Complementary ice cream and yoghurt is offered. For tickets and venue information, see www.friendsofcedarmere.org
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.
Sands Point Preserve honored the legendary choreographer Isadora Duncan’s aesthetic and body of work which were created in the early 20th century – the same era in which the Guggenheim Estate was formed. The company of seventeen dancers performed a combination of Duncan’s works as well as site specific contemporary works at Hempstead House- around the fountain, in the Winter Living Room - and outdoors in the Rose Garden. Highlights included revivals of rarely seen, timeless Duncan repertory and original works chosen and tailored for this unique environment.
“What mattered in Isadora’s Hellenic dances was not the Greek themes or the gauzy costumes, but the uninhibited vitality, the sense of glorious nakedness.”This program is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M.Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
– Lewis Mumford, Cultural Critic, 1905
We were honored to be part of this exciting celebration of choreographers who have presented works for the 92nd St Fridays at Noon series with a section from my work: Rejuvenation with dancers Louisa Armstrong, Vanessa Ferranti and Forrest Hersey. Celebrating 30 Years!
In celebration of Duncan’s 140th birthday, on inauguration day: Deborah Jowitt had this to say: "The Alexandroff Ensemble’s Choir accompanies the evening’s most powerful dance with (Dance Visions NY's) “Varshavianca,” whose opening lines could be translated into English as “Let us boldly raise our banner,/ Even though a storm of hostile elements howls./ Even though sinister forces oppress us today,/ Even though our tomorrow is uncertain.
... But they march on until everyone, one at a time, has taken up the banner and crumpled to the ground. Then, slowly, one person revives, and they rise, indomitable to march again. When it was over, the woman on my right said incredulously to her companion, 'I’m crying' So was I."
Deborah Jowitt, http://www.artsjournal.com/dancebeat/?s=Beth+jucovy