“For musicality and fine structuring, few people currently choreographing in the New York
dance scene can compare with Lydia Johnson. There is thought, passion and tenderness in her work, and a depth of musical
resonance that is very satisfying to behold.”
Philip Gardner, Oberon’s Grove
Read what everyone is saying about Lydia Johnson Dance. Click on
each link below to read the most recent press:
- New York 2018
- “ Its subtlety, its musicality, its ability to tell a story through dance without conjuring one up (that's left up to you), puts her choreography near the top of what I have seen recently. In fact, now I'd like to see her entire oeuvre.” BWW Dance World 2018
- New York Live Arts 2017
- “Johnson is a craftsman and a poet; her works, which stress the ensemble and attend closely to the music, have an ebb and flow in addition to a strong emotional current.” — The New Yorker
- “... the Company dancers displayed the strength, technical accomplishment, emotional commitment, and ever-appealing individuality of face and form that sets them in a unique place on the Gotham dancescape.” — Oberon’s Grove
- NY 2017
- “As the complexity increases, the dancers explode into a canon of similar movements.” — The Dance Enthusiast
- NY 2016
- “Meanwhile, watching Sarah and Blake's performance in Giving Way summoned up many memories of their dancing, both in performance and in the studio. The waves of affection from audience and colleagues as they took their bows together was both genuine and richly deserved.” — Oberon’s Grove
- “Known for her sophisticated musicality, Ms. Johnson returns to the Ailey Citigroup Theater with her small and adept ballet company.” — The New York Times
- “Johnson’s main distinction as a choreographer of tasteful contemporary ballet is her close attention to music...” — The New Yorker
- NY 2015
- “The four pieces on the program all showed uncommon skill at matching ballet movement to music, both at the large scale of structure and in small, felicitous details.” — The New York Times
- “In a Gotham dance scene that is abundantly rich in dance and dancers, Lydia Johnson and her troupe bring integrity, sincerity, and a human connection to their performances, presenting work that reaches the receptive viewer on a personal level.” — Oberon’s Grove
- “...this ballet-based, contem- porary-inflected company is musically incisive and nuanced. Johnson's tastes are eclectic and this performance had music ranging from Bach and Mozart to modern jazz.” — Danceviewtimes
- NY 2014
- “At Lydia Johnson Dance, a particular kind of dancer-devotion develops over the course of the rehearsal period, perhaps because the dancers are given choreography and music so very worthy of their efforts.” — Oberon’s Grove
- Salon Articles
- A gallery of images from the Salon event of January 25, 2015 — Oberon’s Grove
- “Lydia's choreography continues to impress as a unique fusion of ballet and contemporary dance; her intense focus on musicality has set her creations in high profile among the vast number of danceworks being made here in Gotham year after year.” — Oberon’s Grove
- “Lydia Johnson Dance opened their studio doors today for friends and supporters of the Company as LJD's phenomenal ballet mistress Deborah Wingert taught a Company class and then spent some time coaching the dancers in works to be presented ” — Oberon’s Grove
- “Lydia has created a string of masterpieces that resonate deeply with dance-lovers who set a high value on the music being danced to.” — Oberon’s Grove
- Deborah Wingert and LJD Dance Salon, March 23, 2014. As covered by Oberon’s Grove.
- Oberon’s Grove: November, 2013 Studio Showing.
- Company Class taught by Deborah Wingert, from Oberon’s Grove.
- 2013 New York Season
- Oberon’s Grove’s story about Deborah Wingert, LJD Ballet Mistress, coaching the company, April 24, 2013.
- “Simply from watching a few minutes of ensemble work from the new Schubert, it's evident this is going to be one of Lydia's most memorable works...” Oberon’s Grove on the Open Rehearsal of March, 2013.
- “Lydia draws upon the composer's kaleidoscopic range of musical dialects which can zoom from the ethereal to earthy in the twinkling of an eye.” Oberon’s Grove on the Manhattan Movement and Arts event of November, 2012.
- Philip Gardner at Oberon's Grove reviews the June 2012 Peridance program. Read parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 here.
- NYC Dance Stuff's review of the June 2012 Peridance performance.
- Philip Gardner on the new Golijiv work and on "Falling Out" at Peridance, February 26, 2012.
- Mary Cargill's review from danceviewtimes.
- “We saw an early rehearsal of this piece in October where — though still early in the developmental process — it already seemed destined to hit my list of top ten danceworks of the 21st century.” Philip Gardner on a new work to music of Osvaldo Golijov, with a lovely photo gallery.
- “Lydia's work is demanding both physically and emotionally, and it must be as rewarding to dance as it is to watch.” Philip Gardner on the LJD 2011 New York Season.
- “:Simple, tasteful, unhurried—these are the adjectives that best characterize Johnson’s chamber ballets.” The New Yorker, 2011
- “Lydia had an almost-full house and her dancers, who have looked so good in rehearsal, upped the level tonight with some really committed, passionate and — in the Dean Martin piece — witty dancing. Lydia's troupe boasts unique personalities who function smoothly as a team but who constantly remind us of their individuality.” Philip Gardner, Oberon's Grove
- In The Studio With Lydia Johnson Part One, Two and Three. There are many great company photos here!
- Lydia Johnson Dance Inspired by Classical, But Doesn't Stop There, a great review from the Newark Star-Ledger.
- Philip Gardner highlights LJD's upcoming New York season, with rehearsal photos by Kokyat.
- “Lydia had an almost-full house and her dancers, who have looked so good in rehearsal, upped the level tonight with some really committed, passionate and — in the Dean Martin piece — witty dancing. Lydia’s troupe boasts unique personalities who function smoothly as a team but who constantly remind us of their individuality.” Philip Gardner, Oberon’s Grove
- “A creator of modest, handsome, ballet-based dances, Johnson offers a slow-build première set to music by Henryk Górecki...” Read more from The New Yorker.
- Philip Gardner, Oberon's Grove Lydia Johnson became overnight one of my favorite contemporary choreographers...her dancers took the floor and within seconds I knew I had found something I loved.
Backstage Magazine Mixing the weighty floor work and freewheeling torso actions of modern dance with the angular leg positions and ornamental port de bras of ballet, Lydia Johnson has created a tasty cocktail of dance vocabulary that looks markedly original and feels very naturally blended...
Newark Star-Ledger The sign on the empty lot said: "Coming Soon: South Orange Performing Arts Center." Choreographer Lydia Johnson, who has lived in South Orange for 16 years, used to pass it on her way to the train station. Two or three times a week, the struggling dance maker...
The New York Times The dances presented by Lydia Johnson and her company on Saturday night at the Theater of the Riverside Church stood out for their simplicity and quiet depth of abstracted feeling...
The New York Times Ms. Johnson's choreographic voice is an individual one that often makes poetic art of movement that might otherwise be described as somewhat gawky, in dances with a distinctive simplicity and eloquent abstraction...
The New York Times Lydia Johnson is a true original whose choreography repays close attention. The new and recent dances she presented on Friday night at the Dicapo Opera Theater were fascinating in the way they isolated and reworked components of classical ballet technique...
The New York Times a tantalizingly distinctive modern-dance
choreographer who does things like making dances from flowing phrases of awkward
movement and slight discordancies...
Backstage Magazine Though grounded in balletic lines,
Johnson's movement vocabulary luxuriates in the stretching of body parts and the flow from one deliberately sculpted shape to the next. Her choreography is unhurried, sensual, full of feeling, and even in its perkier moments, retains a sense of peaceful pacing...
The New Yorker In a dramatic ensemble piece set to Hindemith, duetting couples interlock with machine precision; the women move with balletic grace, and the men tenderly cradle their partners’ heads...
Attitude Magazine Lydia Johnson says she founded her company in 1999, after "mothering her 3 children full-time." Her 2006 New York Season at the Ailey Citicorp Theater reflects her maternal experience...
Press Quotes on Early Work
Still photographs throughout the site by Julie Lemberger (© Julie Lemberger, 2004–2009) and Kokyat (© Kokyat, 2009), as noted.
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