Latest Bryan Rourke Stories

2011-02-08 08:00:00

Hibernating, it turns out, is much more complicated than one might think. Research published in the latest issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology illustrates a complex series of changes that occur in grizzly bears' hearts as they hibernate. The changes guard against complications that could arise from greatly reduced activity. A grizzly hibernates five to six months of the year. During that time, its heart rate slows drastically from around 84 beats per minute when active...

2008-09-30 15:00:36

By Bryan Rourke PROVIDENCE -- The modern meets the classic: Up Close on Hope. Festival Ballet Providence opened its 31st season last weekend with its Up Close series showcasing varied shorter dances in its Hope Street studio. This particular show, which continues three more weekends, involves nine pieces by eight choreographers. And overall the production is quite good. Perhaps the surprise of the program is that the best dance is the oldest and the most formal, a 59-year-old classical...

2008-09-14 15:00:17

By Bryan Rourke Autumn delivers dance, lots of it. Over the next couple of months, you can see local, national and international companies perform ballet and modern, jazz and tap, Flamenco and African dance on stages around Rhode Island. Here, listed by venue or company, are some of the best offerings of the season. Festival Ballet Providence The company begins its 31st season on Sept. 27 with its Up Close on Hope series, which features an array of shorter dances of different...

2008-07-25 15:00:47

By Bryan Rourke PROVIDENCE -- Multiple personas prevail in Painting/Eating, a duo of solos at Brown. The third and final summer offering of the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium is a pair of one-woman shows, which are two of a kind: the creators are the performers, and the performers play many roles. Both shows -- The Kitchen Painting and You're Eating God -- are clever in creation and construction. And both are impressive in their presentation of myriad characters. But only one really...

Word of the Day
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin