Matt Hanson

Matt Hanson Matt Alexander Hanson lives and writes in New York City and Istanbul, where he is a regular contributor to the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah and freelancer for international magazines such as 212, The Carton, Yes! among many others in his twelve years publishing criticism, journalism, fiction, poetry, art, photography and research as a former resident of Egypt, Canada, Mexico and Peru. He is currently publishing a travelogue, anthology and novel based on his work in the northwestern Greek city of Ioannina.


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BWW Review: AIDA Gushes at The Metropolitan OperaBWW Review: AIDA Gushes at The Metropolitan Opera
Posted: Apr. 4, 2017


BWW Review: MODERN DANCE THEATER ISTANBUL MINI-FEST Liberates at Fulya SanatBWW Review: MODERN DANCE THEATER ISTANBUL MINI-FEST Liberates at Fulya Sanat
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


BWW Review: STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY Ascends at The JoyceBWW Review: STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY Ascends at The Joyce
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


BWW Review: MODERN DANCE THEATER ISTANBUL MINI-FEST Liberates at Fulya SanatBWW Review: MODERN DANCE THEATER ISTANBUL MINI-FEST Liberates at Fulya Sanat
June 12, 2017

A rare event at Fulya Sanat, home of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet's Modern Dance Theater Istanbul (MDTist), is the Mini-Fest, last produced for the stage in 2014, it returned 23-24 May last week with two technique classes, three workshops, a special show and six performances of new choreography.

BWW Review: AIDA Gushes at The Metropolitan OperaBWW Review: AIDA Gushes at The Metropolitan Opera
April 4, 2017

There is a fragile eeriness to the opening measures of Aida (1871), as the composition by Verdi continues to draw all ears forward, especially as magnetically conducted by Daniele Rustioni for the 1,158th performance of the classic at The Metropolitan Opera.

BWW Review: STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY Ascends at The JoyceBWW Review: STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY Ascends at The Joyce
April 3, 2017

Some people have many ideas. And then, some ideas have many people. The origin story of modernism, of the contemporary, of the moment in dance, is an idea that has possessed and inspired the greatest creative minds in history.

BWW Review: ROMEO & JULIET Ennobles at MetOperaBWW Review: ROMEO & JULIET Ennobles at MetOpera
July 5, 2016

Sir Kenneth MacMillan silenced the Bard to the wordless storytelling of corporeal movement. His three-act Romeo & Juliet remounted at MetOpera this June 20-25, ennobled by three decades in American Ballet Theatre repertory.

BWW Review: THE JUDAS KISS Seduces at BAMBWW Review: THE JUDAS KISS Seduces at BAM
June 21, 2016

Fade in. Orgasm. Poem. Fade out. There is comedy. There is tragedy. And then there is the story of how Oscar Wilde was duped for his lust over an English Lord.

BWW Review: ERWIN SCHULHOFF RETROSPECTIVE Swings at Center for Jewish HistoryBWW Review: ERWIN SCHULHOFF RETROSPECTIVE Swings at Center for Jewish History
June 16, 2016

Recently honored as a Lower East Side Community Hero, pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe walked onstage on the evening of May 25th 2016 at the Center for Jewish History in NYC. She is the founder and artistic director of Downtown Chamber Players and the recipient of the 2015 Clara Lemlich Award. And she did not speak a word. Her fingers recited history in Tango, Charleston, Waltz, Foxtrot, Blues, Maxixe.

BWW Review: ZORN Conducts at YIVOBWW Review: ZORN Conducts at YIVO
June 6, 2016

One century ago, 200,000 New Yorkers mourned in the streets, representing the best-attended funeral procession in the history of the city to date. This May, the global Jewish community remembered Sholem Aleichem, for his centenarian yortsayt (Yiddish for "death anniversary").

BWW Review: PETER MURPHY Strips at Le Poisson RougeBWW Review: PETER MURPHY Strips at Le Poisson Rouge
May 31, 2016

In old England, life revolved around the pub, the brothel, and the stage. At times the bar scene feels like all three. That ambiance is in full color with the Stripped tour, the latest from the raging musical iconoclast Peter Murphy.

BWW Interview: WENDY OSSERMAN Celebrates 40 SeasonsBWW Interview: WENDY OSSERMAN Celebrates 40 Seasons
March 31, 2016

Wendy Osserman spoke to BWW on the phone from New York. Osserman is a bright, youthful 74-year-old, reflecting on a life that exemplifies her peerless character as a fixture of downtown New York dance since the late '60s. Her light-hearted, joyful voice touched on themes ranging from her first memories dancing as a child in front of the mirror, to producing a dance festival on the Greek island of Paros while considering the current crisis of human movement in Greece. The Wendy Osserman Dance Company will perform two world premieres at the Theater for the New City from April 20-23, featuring her new solo work, 'Timed' alongside her classic, 'Udjat' inspired by ancient Egyptian motifs. With a comfortable modesty, she speaks to overcoming the challenges of being a woman in the dance world and of the irresistibility of her continuing aspirations as the leader of a company signature that she has fostered for the last four decades.

BWW Review: JOHN IRVING Grips at 92nd Street YBWW Review: JOHN IRVING Grips at 92nd Street Y
November 18, 2015

John Irving is the epitome of the modern American storyteller. His ability to render the passage of time in prose fiction is peerless--a testament to his success as the author of 13 novels spanning more than four decades. His 14th novel, Avenue of Mysteries, named after the street in Mexico City that famously leads pilgrims to the Lady of Guadalupe, is chock-full of that singular knack for dark humor that has made Irving a household name.

BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF PRIMO LEVI Hallows at 92YBWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF PRIMO LEVI Hallows at 92Y
November 19, 2015

Momentous is a strong word, yet not so strong as carbon, the sixth element in the Periodic Table of Elements, inspiring the literary masterpiece known by the scandalous title, as its author Primo Levi confesses, The Periodic Table. Named in 2006 by the Royal Institution of Great Britain as the best science book ever written, Levi outcompeted Charles Darwin, James Watson, Richard Dawkins, Oliver Sacks and Bertolt Brecht, to name only a few.

BWW Review: THE EXALTED Reflects at BAMBWW Review: THE EXALTED Reflects at BAM
November 18, 2015

The Exalted, written by the celebrated poet and performer Carl Hancock Rux is told in the spirit of German expressionism, centering on the anarchist German-Jewish writer Carl Einstein, today considered a founding voice in the evolution of seminal Modernist art movements.

BWW Review: MARTIN HALPERN CHAMBER OPERAS Dream at Shetler StudiosBWW Review: MARTIN HALPERN CHAMBER OPERAS Dream at Shetler Studios
November 19, 2015

The best part of living in New York is that some of our most radically creative artists are performing. Unadorned studio spaces such as Shetler Studios on West 54th Street in midtown Manhattan host exclusive gatherings, where all of the high pomp of the fine arts strips down in an air of charming modesty.

BWW Review: STEVEN ISSERLIS & ROBERT LEVIN Entrance at Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumBWW Review: STEVEN ISSERLIS & ROBERT LEVIN Entrance at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
November 19, 2015

In the memory of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin proved faultless, performing the first of two all-Beethoven programs at Boston's prestigious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

BWW Review: KAUSHIKI CHAKRABORTY'S SAKHI Graces at Zankel HallBWW Review: KAUSHIKI CHAKRABORTY'S SAKHI Graces at Zankel Hall
November 18, 2015

The classical music of India encompasses all of the subtle and blaring complexities of modern life in continuity with millennia of cultural tradition. The rhythmic nuance of vocalization, in unison with ancient instruments, truthfully dramatizes the frenetic synchronism of contemporary street life from Delhi to New York.

BWW Review: INDONESIA PUSAKA Rejoices at Weil Recital HallBWW Review: INDONESIA PUSAKA Rejoices at Weil Recital Hall
November 18, 2015

Indonesia Pusaka is a largely Jakarta-based ensemble comprised of eight folk dancers and twelve classical pianists. In Javanese, pusaka means "heritage". For the first-ever performance of Indonesia Pusaka at Carnegie Hall, the riotous Indonesian composer Jaya Suprana sat himself onstage. Regally adorned in gold-enmeshed robes to mirror the priceless Carnegie Hall decor, the ingenious Indonesian voice of classical music composition turned bellies upside down with laughter.

BWW Review: BRAD MEHLDAU Improvises at Zankel HallBWW Review: BRAD MEHLDAU Improvises at Zankel Hall
November 18, 2015

After nearly 300 years, with all of the epochal invention and revolutionary soundscapes to emerge from Western music, Bach is still heard with increasing relevance. Brad Mehldau, known foremost as an improviser, is the first jazz artist to serve as Carnegie Hall's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair. He has gone further, describing Bach as "radical" even today.

THE JOHN SCOFIELD & JOE LOVANO QUARTET Burn at Blue NoteTHE JOHN SCOFIELD & JOE LOVANO QUARTET Burn at Blue Note
November 18, 2015

Jazz education is America's oral history, and the composers of jazz, contemporary and classic, are as the wise, sagely men and women who have carried the sacred knowledge of the people since time immemorial.

BWW Review: GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN Arouses at Abron Arts CenterBWW Review: GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN Arouses at Abron Arts Center
November 10, 2015

In 2013, the book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt was published under the genre, Crime. For his research, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning, Occupy Wall Street Journal newspaperman Chris Hedges walked the sacrifice zones of West Virginia. He chronicled the brutally honest, grassroots American reality of people versus capitalism in hard-bitten, fastidious prose while listening to multigenerational landowners and land defenders like Larry Gibson.

BWW Review: SATELLITE COLLECTIVE Whirls at BAMBWW Review: SATELLITE COLLECTIVE Whirls at BAM
October 21, 2015

She is the young woman counting rhythms silently, whispering mysteriously and distantly on the metro ride home after work. He is the young man moving to a different rhythm behind the cashier, his head bobbing like a life raft on the high seas, far from land. They are the emerging artists, the millennial, contemporary, twenty-something generation of up-and-coming thinkers, movers, shakers, dreamers, drifters and lovers.



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