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ZviDance Toasts Pioneer With Sexiness, Melodrama

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on March 15, 2007. March 15 (Bloomberg) -- It's nearly impossible to describe the work of Zvi Gotheiner -- an Israeli choreographer based in New York for two decades -- without resorting to the word ``lush.'' ``Earthy'' and ``robust'' leap to mind as well. ``Gertrud,'' given its world premiere last night at the Ailey Citigroup Theater by Gotheiner's 12-member company, ZviDance, has a goodly share of those qualities, and yet it misses its mark. The piece is a tribute to … [Read more...]

Paul Taylor Turns `Loss’ to Vivid Scenes of Grief

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on March 5, 2007. March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Intense and wiry, Paul Taylor's senior dancer, Lisa Viola, emerges from a circling ensemble dressed in white Sunday-best practice clothes for a solo of strange stymied gestures. She flings herself into backbends as if turning herself inside out, staggers forward on her knees in a stuttering rhythm, clasps her hands in prayer and wrings them like a person deranged by grief. Taylor, whose company is performing at the New York's City … [Read more...]

Forsythe Brings Mideast Violence to Modern Dance Stage at BAM

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on March 1, 2007. March 1 (Bloomberg) -- A woman with a blunt peasant's face steps out from a raggedy, 13-dancer line-up. ``This is `Composition Number 1,' in which my son was arrested,'' she announces before leaving the stage. Then all hell breaks loose. The remaining dozen dancers enact a street melee seemingly initiated by a horrible onslaught from above. In a silence broken only by the grunts, gasps and stifled cries that accompany bodies fleeing, grappling and … [Read more...]

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