Brendan Drake

Brendan Drake Brendan Drake is a Brooklyn based freelance choreographer, dancer and occasional writer. He creates work under the umbrella of his group Brendan Drake Choreography which has been produced at Movement Research, Dixon Place, The Wild Project and others. His first full length work entitled Last B@#$% Standing, premiered at Triskelion Arts Center as part of their Split Bill Commissioning Program. Brendan holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts.


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BWW Review: Excavating the Complexities of Collaboration in Joanna Kotze's 'Find Yourself Here' at Baryshnikov Arts CenterBWW Review: Excavating the Complexities of Collaboration in Joanna Kotze's 'Find Yourself Here' at Baryshnikov Arts Center
October 1, 2015

Collaborations in Dance often operate on the following formula: Choreographer and designated visual, film and/or sound artist decide to collaborate. They meet, they discuss, they agree on a concept, they work independently for several months. The resulting piece is a dance with supported sound and visuals , and we don't see collaboration. It becomes just about the dance, not about crossing disciplines or being inspired by one another. This disconnect is symptomatic of an increasingly insular and bland dance community.

BWW Reviews: ZviDance Takes on Escher, Bacon and Rothko at NYLABWW Reviews: ZviDance Takes on Escher, Bacon and Rothko at NYLA
July 7, 2015

Friday at New York Live Arts reintroduced audiences to the virtuosity and individuality that sets Zvi Gotheiner's company apart from many of his contemporaries.

BWW Reviews: Junk Ensemble at La Ma Ma Moves FestivalBWW Reviews: Junk Ensemble at La Ma Ma Moves Festival
June 5, 2015

Wolf Heads, Ostrich Feathers and Ukelele strumming dancers invaded the cavernous Ellen Stewert Theater for Dublin based Junk Ensembles US premier of 'Dusk Ahead'

BWW Reviews: Neil Greenberg Goes Back and Forward with THISBWW Reviews: Neil Greenberg Goes Back and Forward with THIS
December 22, 2014

Last weekend New York Live Arts hosted the premier of Neil Greenberg's This, a full length work taking inspiration from Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation.

BWW Reviews: Bill T Jones and Kathleen Chalfant Link Chance Composition and Shared Histories in New Version of STORY TIMEBWW Reviews: Bill T Jones and Kathleen Chalfant Link Chance Composition and Shared Histories in New Version of STORY TIME
November 24, 2014

Friday night at New York Live Arts saw the premier of Bill T Jones' Story Time #36 Kathleen Chalfant - Amble or Career. The work paired the always enigmatic Jones with Tony nominated actress Kathleen Chalfant in 70 minutes of shared histories and dance.

BWW Reviews: Lyon Opera Ballet Offers a Mobil Sculpture as Glimpse of the End of the WorldBWW Reviews: Lyon Opera Ballet Offers a Mobil Sculpture as Glimpse of the End of the World
May 21, 2014

Last weekend, The Brooklyn Academy of Music saw the return of the Lyon Opera Ballet and the American premier of Christian Rizzo's Ni Fleurs, Ni Ford-Mustang. While commissioning works by contemporary choreographers is now a staple with ballet companies (particularly in Europe), Lyon Opera Ballet has developed a bit of a vanguard reputation in championing "modern ballet." Since its inception in 1969, the Company has commissioned works by American choreographers Bill T Jones, Susan Marshall, William Forsythe, and Trisha Brown as well as avant-garde European artists Alain Buffard, Maguy Marin and Jerome Bell, just to name a few.

BWW Reviews: Beth Gill Channels Trisha Browns 'Newerk' for 'New Work'BWW Reviews: Beth Gill Channels Trisha Browns 'Newerk' for 'New Work'
March 25, 2014

Beth Gill pays homage to and the landscape of the American Southwest and Trisha Brown's "Newark" (1987) for her newest creation "New Work for the Desert" which made its premiere this weekend at New York Live Arts.

BWW Reviews: ITE FESTIVAL Serves up a little Darkness at the Shetler StudiosBWW Reviews: ITE FESTIVAL Serves up a little Darkness at the Shetler Studios
March 21, 2014

The plight of the urban dweller appeared to be the theme of choice at the ITE Dance Festival's Friday night performance at Shetler Studios' Theatre 54.