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Dear Readers, I will be working in Copenhagen NOV 17 through NOV 30 and not posting on SEEING THINGS until my return. Meanwhile, please continue to send your Comments on the pieces already posted, especially recent reviews and all of the PERSONAL INDULGENCES essays; I will post your Comments as soon as I can. tt … [Read more...]

Morphoses Falters

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company / City Center, New York City / October 29 - November 1, 2009 Christopher Wheeldon's Rhapsody Fantaisie Photo: Erin Baiano Three years ago, when Christopher Wheeldon left the security of his position as Resident Choreographer at the New York City Ballet to form his own small company, Morphoses, his head was full of extravagant dreams about making classical ballet new for the 21st century. He even fulfilled some of them. But the economic downturn has thwarted his progress. Ballet companies, no matter how modest … [Read more...]

Wiseman’s Lens on Dance

Frederick Wiseman's La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris / Film Forum, NYC / November 4-17, 2009 The Paris Opera, as seen in Frederick Wiseman's La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet Courtesy of Zipporah Films The ticket line at Greenwich Village's Film Forum November 4-17 for Frederick Wiseman's latest grand-scale documentary, La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, will surely contain as many dance fans as film buffs. And I suspect the local dance crowd will enjoy the movie more. It offers extensive, if necessarily fragmented, … [Read more...]

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