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Criticals, Dance, Gay, Music, Short Cuts, Theater

Of Reliquaries and Retrospects

The mournful qualities of fall—all those dying leaves whose color mimics that of dried blood—complement the inaugural season at New York LiveArts, the still-young merger between Dance Theater Workshop and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Dance Company.  With evergreen works by Jones and John Kelly being remounted, how intriguing that so far the theater unfolding in the…

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Current Affairs, Dance, Music, My back pages

Gladys Horton, lead singer of the Marvelettes, 1945-2011

Link: See them sing “Don’t Mess with Bill.” the-marvelettes-don-mess-with-1vwvs_2ey2h_.html They-Were-Great-Once Dept: the day Gladys Horton cajoled a few girlfriends into starting a singing group ultimately called the Marvelettes, they couldn’t have foreseen how happy they’d make a bunch of black kids growing up in Ohio.  Their snappy, sexy melodies propelled a street-corner symphony heard around the…

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Criticals, Dance, Film, Theater

Winter Storms on the Great White Way

Published in Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine, Winter 2011 2010 ends as the country strives to dig itself out of snowstorms that clobbered both the Eastern and Western regions of our nation.  The weather feels an apt metaphor for a multiplicity of woes beyond airport delays and unplowed streets—think, for instance, of the snow job visited…

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Criticals, Dance

Swan Lake’s Great Escape

Published Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine Winter 2011 After a bravura Broadway run in 1998, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns to New York’s City Center this fall.  Amazing how little things have changed since this revisionist take on Petipa’s classic ushered in a new era of dance theater.   Then as now, our political times were in…

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Criticals, Dance

A Sensual World

Published in Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine Winter 2011 Watching the late Pina Bausch’s torrential Vollmond made me marvel at the theater’s ability to mirror life.  The show, part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, arrived in New York at the end of what could accurately be described as The Week of the Monsoon. …

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Criticals, Dance

Under Moneyed Clouds An Artist Unfurls

Published Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine Fall 2010 The gods of Wall Street beamed from halcyon skies during the last performance of Paul-André Fortier’s mesmerizing Solo: 30X30.  It was another matter on the ground, as it took more than the charms of an agile Canadian to reach those overachievers who plowed past Fortier’s temporary domain at…

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Criticals, Dance, Film, Music

Traffic Patterns

Published Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine Summer 2010 In the late Eric Rohmer’s Love in the Afternoon, the film’s hero, Frederic, rhapsodizes about the city: “I love the city.  The suburbs and the provinces depress me.  Despite the crush and the noise, I never tire of plunging into the crowd; I love the crowd as I…

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Criticals, Dance, Music

In a Mellow Tone

Published Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine Winter 2010 It’s rare that one art form forces you to take the measure of another, but such was the case during the February engagement of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company at the Joyce Theater.  It was a question of jazz: Lubovitch presented an evening of pieces set to works…

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Criticals, Dance, Technology

Dancing in 3G

Published Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine Spring 2010 It’s the new inevitable.  A cellphone rings at the theater/a meeting/a museum/a formal dinner/fill in the inappropriate place.  The shattered mood is further scrambled by the offender’s mad dash to silence it, followed by contrite apologies, or the opposite: I’ve witnessed instances where people actually took the call…

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