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Archives for March 2005

. . . and while I know a woman who learned Greek at ninety there are nevertheless some skills, like ballet dancing and gum chewing, which can only be mastered by the very young. -- Jean Kerr, Penny Candy Now that my hair is white, and my years of life ahead are growing fewer, I think that the pains I have taken over dancing have not really been pains, and I must study harder, much harder. -- Onoe Kikugoro VI (familiarly called Rokudaime), in Ben Bruce Blakeney, "Rokudaime," Contemporary Japan, 18 When people grow old they must be dull. … [Read more...]

Seeing Things

began life as my ArtsJournal blog, maintained from 2003 through 2005. In 2006 it became the viewing site for the writing on dance that I continue to do elsewhere . . . … [Read more...]

Tobi Tobias

lives in New York City, where she writes about dance and other things worth looking at. … [Read more...]

My Books

I have written "Obsessed by Dress," a meditation on fashion or--more broadly--clothes, and over two dozen books for children. You can find out more about these diversions from journalism by clicking on (what else?) … [Read more...]

Shannon Hummel/Cora; Dancemopolitan

Hummel's Elsewhere is enormously sophisticated on several levels, from the nuanced gradations of feeling expressed to stage pictures that remain beautifully calibrated whether the figures are still or running amok. . . . Packed into Joe's Pub for Dancemopolitan, we're craning our necks to ogle the tiny corner platform that serves as a stage for the cabaret show of postmodern dance. Village Voice 3/29/05 … [Read more...]


Matthew Bourne: Play Without Words / BAM Harvey Theater, NYC / March 15 – April 3, 2005 Matthew Bourne, who has relentlessly been creating new takes on golden holies (Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Cinderella, and—the one that made it to Broadway—Swan Lake), insists in interviews that his work, if it’s dance at all, is for people who don’t like dancing. Yet a number of well-known dance critics, both American and British, have been dancing around it, clapping their hands, and Bourne has won enough awards to require a dedicated trophy room. Now … [Read more...]

Royal Ballet School

My bets for a glorious future are on Joseph Caley, a fresh-faced and courageous high flier who might be the hero of a child's adventure story--prodigious in his skills, ingenuous in his beauty. Village Voice 3/15/05 … [Read more...]


Glamour: Fashion, Film, Fantasy / The Museum at FIT, NYC / February 15 - April 16, 2005 Camille; directed by George Cukor; starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, and Lionel Barrymore; gowns by Adrian; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1936 Any theory that may lie behind Glamour: Fashion, Film, Fantasy, the current FIT exhibition curated by Valerie Steele and Fred Dennis, pales in face of its simple, captivating reality. It’s essentially a huge room peopled by row upon row of mannequins wearing gowns that, like the movies and the stars they’re associated … [Read more...]


Paul Taylor Dance Company / City Center, NYC / March 1-20, 2005 Celebrating its 50th anniversary with a tour to the full 50 United States, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is playing three weeks in New York City, its hometown. The repertoire encompasses a host of golden (and silver) oldies and a pair of new works. Newish, anyway; both had their premieres out of town. Klezmerbluegrass honors an even more venerable anniversary than Taylor can lay claim to. The piece was commissioned by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture to celebrate 350 … [Read more...]

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