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New Dances at Juilliard

All four choreographers—Janis Brenner, Susan Marshall, Ronald K. Brown, and Robert Battle—displayed an astute understanding of the newcomers' formidable gifts and limited experience plus well-nigh palpable affection and respect for the rising generation. Village Voice 12/20/04 … [Read more...]

Himiko Minato & Dancers

A tense, haunted figure, Minato plays a tormented pilgrim in a dark forest, involved with lethal human threats as well as a portentously symbolic rope hanging from above. Village Voice 12/20/04 … [Read more...]

OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Merce Cunningham Dance Company / Joyce Theater, NYC / December 14 – 19, 2004 “Presented without intermission, each Event consists of complete dances, excerpts of dances from the repertory, and often new sequences arranged for the particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening at the same time—to allow not so much an evening of dances as the experience of dance.” The shortest and best way to describe a Merce Cunningham Event is in the choreographer’s own words. A series of eight Events took place … [Read more...]

Margot Fonteyn: A Life, by Meredith Daneman

Daneman’s sensibilities, thinking, and writing style are insufficiently sophisticated for the task of making Fonteyn live on paper. I suspect only a poet would be equal to it. Village Voice 12/14/04 … [Read more...]

THE FRENCH HAVE A SCHOOL FOR IT

Demonstrations of the École de Danse of the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris (School of the Paris Opera Ballet) / Opéra National de Paris: Palais Garnier, Paris / December 5, 2004 The Paris Opera Ballet School, founded by Louis XIV in 1713—it’s the world’s oldest academy for producing classical dancers—is now located in a utilitarian complex specifically built for it in Nanterre, on the bleak outskirts of the City of Light. But for more than a century it was located in the bowels of the lavish Palais Garnier, at the hub of urban … [Read more...]

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