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THARP’S DYLAN CIRCUS RETURNS HER TO AN OLDER STYLE OF DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 31, 2006. Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- ``The Times They Are A-Changin''' is Twyla Tharp's second attempt to revolutionize the Broadway musical. She has merely succeeded in turning some two dozen Bob Dylan songs into a gaudily illustrated songbook. Tharp, undeniably one of the great choreographers of our era, was somewhat more successful with her animation of Billy Joel hits, the 2002 ``Movin' Out.'' But even there her concept and staging skills were inferior to her … [Read more...]

IN `ANDALUZ,’ BALLET SHOWS EXOTIC, SAVVY SIDES: NYC DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 30, 2006. Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- A dozen Ballet Hispanico dancers, rehearsing in their studio for their new season at the Joyce, tomorrow through Nov. 12, disguise bodies trained for svelteness and power in the motley rags common to the practice room. Hair is left any which way. Makeup is minimal to absent. Faces turn into blank masks as the dancers concentrate on balance, stretch, speed and seamless lyricism. But a striking, fanciful series of color portraits … [Read more...]

TWO FRESH VARONE MASTERPIECES EMBODY LOSS AND JOY OF COUPLING

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 25, 2006. Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Doug Varone is the first figure you see in his new ``Lux,'' dancing a solo of cushioned footfalls and whirling arms against an inky backdrop with a rising moon. His brief incantation summons up seven members of his company, dressed like him in black tunics and flaring pants as if they were members of a cult that aspires to ecstasy. Twenty years after founding Doug Varone and Dancers, the 50-year-old choreographer, more or less … [Read more...]

VERONIKA PART, ABT’S UNSUNG RUSSIAN STAR; `EMBRACE': N.Y. DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 23, 2006. Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- George Balanchine's ``Symphonie Concertante'' features a pair of leading women, but when American Ballet Theatre's Veronika Part dances one of the roles, she's the only one you see. She'll appear in the ballet on Oct. 25, midway through the company's fall season at the City Center. On Oct. 28, she can be seen in the soulful adagio duet from Act II of ``Swan Lake,'' another assignment perfectly matched to her gifts. The gravity, … [Read more...]

NO BITE IN BAM’S `DOGS,’ GARTH FAGAN DANCE KICKS AND THRUMS

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 19, 2006. Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Interviewed just before the premiere of her ambitious new work, ``Dogs,'' Sarah Michelson promised to transform the prestigious site she was using -- BAM's Harvey Theater. She also announced that this piece would be dance-centered, in contrast to her usual mode of conceptual or performance art. None of this turned out to be true. Thought by many who patrol the cutting edge of dance to be of first importance in the field, … [Read more...]

MOZART AND SINATRA, DE MILLE AND THARP SPARK ABT’S NEW SEASON

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 17, 2006. Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- A visitor to American Ballet Theatre's rehearsal quarters during the company's run-up to its City Center fall season is greeted with a startling sight. Women spin across the space so fast that the pink satin of their pointe shoes registers as a blur. Men maneuver women through lifts that resemble satellite launchings or catch them as they plunge toward the floor, head first. Arms and legs lash the air. Fingers twitch as if … [Read more...]

BETONTANC SHOCKS WITH LURID, PHYSICAL DOSTOYEVSKY: N.Y. DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 16, 2006. Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Intimate is the word for Slovenia- based Betontanc's ``Wrestling Dostoyevsky,'' at the Danspace Project Thursday through Saturday. The audience is seated just inches from the performers on all four sides, breathing the same few cubic feet of air. That air fills with tense, raw emotion in the chamber-scaled troupe's ``physical theater'' take on the Russian novelist's ``Crime and Punishment.'' The performers speak, loudly and … [Read more...]

MERCE CUNNINGHAM’S IPOD TRICKS FALL FLAT; HIP-HOP BODIES FLY

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 11, 2006. Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Merce Cunningham wants you to bring your iPod to his new ``eyeSpace.'' If you happen to be one of the choreographer's admirers who sees no need to own one, you may borrow the gear for free at the Joyce Theater door. With it, you can access ``International Cloud Atlas,'' Mikel Rouse's score for the dance and shuffle its components as you please. The noise-scape is completed by two musicians at computers, filling the theater with … [Read more...]

BALLET PHENOM SYLVIE GUILLEM RIVETS THE EYE IN POIGNANT `PUSH’

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 12, 2006. Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- At first glance, they're an odd couple, classical-dance superstar Sylvie Guillem and the down-to-earth contemporary dancer and choreographer Russell Maliphant. Though they hardly speak the same dance language, they've teamed up for ``Push,'' a two-person show that won raves in London last year and opened last night at New York's City Center. What they have in common is curiosity and daring. Guillem is a highly celebrated … [Read more...]

PRIMA BALLERINA SYLVIE GUILLEM, 41, STILL HOLDS THE SPOTLIGHT

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 9, 2006. Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Apart from a favored few, classical dancers die young -- at least their technical prowess does. Following the example of Mikhail Baryshnikov, the 41-year-old, Paris-bred, London-based ballerina Sylvie Guillem is seeking out alternative kinds of dance in which to be riveting. The superstar has teamed with the contemporary dancer and choreographer Russell Maliphant for a show called ``PUSH.'' The program of three solos and a long … [Read more...]

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