JACK ANDERSON, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“... Ms. Wolfgruber, a former Lar Lubovitch dancer, stood, knees pressed together and feet splayed, uncurling her torso in wonderfully delicate undulations to a Schubert piano sonata, performed live by Colin Huggins – not a bad way to enter this world.”
BURT SUPREE, THE VILLAGE VOICE
"When Wallie Wolfgruber began choreographing a new work for SUNY Brockport’s upcoming modern dance showcase, she thought first about creating an appealing duet.
But then she saw those awful images. The time was last spring, and CBS news had just broadcast the first photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
“ After I saw those pictures, I couldn’t go back into the studio and make a pretty dance,” says Wolfgruber, assistant professor of dance at the State University of New York College at Brockport. “ I had to create something that responded to that atrocity.”
So Wolfgruber created American Blessings, a dance that will receive its world premiere Thursday night at Hartwell Dance Theater...Arranged for nine dancers, American Blessings is a dark work, but one that offers a few surprises. For instance, it’s danced to Johann Sebastian Bach’s luminous Goldberg Variations instead of something gloomy, like Barber’s ubiquitous Adagio for Strings."
JOHN PITCHER, DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE
“As the festival slogan promised, I did find my new artistic crush which came in the form of Wallie Wolfgruber, choreographer and performer of Fürchtet Euch Nicht. Wolfgruber’s poise and grace as a dancer as well as her boldness as choreographer produced an emotional and sensual dance."
DEBORAH JOWITT, VILLAGE VOICE
"The very witty take on Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden "A Match Made in Heaven" then pairs the lovely Wallie Wolfgruber with Goldhuber, both wearing hilarious nude bodysuits. There is nothing remotely subtle in this piece, which makes it all the better. The obviously fake 12-foot snake and enormous candy-red apple lead the hapless couple to the sin of the big city and ultimately a fatal struggle over a rifle. Wolfgruber is such a pleasure to watch move, another excellent foil to Goldhuber's limited physicality."
A Dance Festival For Short Attention Spans (Sara G. Levin, The Villager)
THE LISTINGS | September 1 - September 7; DANCENOW/NYC (The New York Times)
Golden Oldies (Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice)
Purchase Dance Company Opens First Full New York City Season (Harrison Patch)