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Guest of Summer

It's summer, the lazy season, and dancing, which never rests, has taken to outdoor venues. The full article appeared in Voice of Dance (http://www.voiceofdance.org) on July 30, 2008. To read it, click here. … [Read more...]

Dancing `Czar’ Finds Lull in Crazy-Quilt of Chaos

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on July 19, 2008. Helen Pickett as Agnes, top, and Jim De Block as Mr. Pnut take part in the Royal Ballet of Flanders production of "Impressing the Czar" on Nov. 22, 2005. The ballet, created by William Forsythe in 1988, will be performed by the Royal Ballet of Flanders at the Rose Theater in New York as part of the Lincoln Center Festival through July 20, 2008. Photographer: Johan Persson/Royal Ballet of Flanders via Bloomberg News July 19 (Bloomberg) -- Imagine an … [Read more...]

Undertow

Noche Flamenca Theater 80, 80 St. Mark's Place, NYC / July 9-August 12, 2008 Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca. Photo courtesy Noche Flamenca. The cast members work as a team to provide mounting excitement, but Soledad Barrio is still the one who takes you to places you might never have reached without her, emotional states that bare the toughest truths about human existence. The full article appeared in Voice of Dance (http://www.voiceofdance.org) on July 15, 2008. To read it, click here. … [Read more...]

Mark Morris Rethinks Prokofiev’s `Romeo’ as Lusty, Gender Bending, Not Tragic

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on July 7, 2008. Noah Vinson and Maile Okamura dance during a rehearsal of Mark Morris' "Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare," in New York, on June 11, 2008. Photographer: Johan Henckens/Mark Morris Dance Group via Bloomberg News July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Leave it to Mark Morris to create a ``Romeo and Juliet'' danced to Prokofiev that features no balcony, no crypt, no pointe work, plenty of passion and violence, yet no final tragedy. The lovers simply move on … [Read more...]

Partial View

Compagnie Maguy Marin: Umwelt Joyce Theater, NYC / June 17-22, 2008 Compagnie Maguy Marin in Maguy Marin's Umwelt. Photo by Ganet. Commentators claim that Marin, inspired by Samuel Beckett, considers the actions banal and underlines that quality by reiterating them obsessively. I suspect she has a trick card up her sleeve. They certainly don't look banal to me; I think they take on an epic radiance. I'd guess that Marin is observing the everyday world and saying "Wow! Just look at that!" The full article appeared in Voice of Dance … [Read more...]

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