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One More for the Road

Come Fly Away / Marquis Theatre, NYC / New York premiere March 25, 2010 Given Twyla Tharp's incisive intelligence and no-holds-barred manner, you'd never expect her to fall for the sentimental, beguiling songs of Frank Sinatra, but she has, over and over again. Come Fly Away, which opened at the Marquis Theatre March 25 after three weeks of previews, is the latest result. Considering Tharp's investment in the show--the talent, the time, the cultivation of backers (the cost of such entertainments is astronomical), the grueling effort to get it … [Read more...]

The Afterlife

Limón Dance Company / Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC / February 9 -10, 2010 Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble: Anna Sokolow Birthday Tribute / 92nd Street Y, NYC / February 14, 2010 Limón Dance Company / 92nd Street Y, NYC / March 5-7, 2010 Can dance history exist without dancing? How can we make the choreography we treasure survive? Much of the history of the art exists in words written about dancing. Even at its most evocative or detailed, such evidence preserves dance at several removes. With passing time, the ways of recollecting what is, … [Read more...]

Still Thriving

Paul Taylor Dance Company / City Center, NYC / February 24 - March 14, 2010 Paul Taylor's Also Playing--one of the pair of new dances featured in his company's February 24 - March 14 season at City Center--is "dedicated to all Vaudevillians, especially those who went on no matter what." The man knows what he's talking about. In 1974, Taylor, himself a unique and fabulous dancer, collapsed on stage from chronic illness and exhaustion, ending his performing career. A year later, however, he created Esplanade, a work of sheer perfection that … [Read more...]

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