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A Charmed Life?

Tiler Peck and Gonzolo Garcia in “Polyphonia” Photo:  Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet:  All-Wheeldon program / David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / January 28, 2012 He started out as a prodigy.  He got better and better at what he was good at:  the architectural organization of a dance; the seamless incorporation of non-traditional dance movements into the classical matrix he had inherited; a deep understanding of the partnership of dance and music. Born in England in 1973, Christopher Wheeldon began studying dance at 8, entered the Royal Ballet School at 11, and graduated into the company … [Read more...]

Weegee / Cunningham

Weegee, "With Bomb," 1940. ©Weegee/International Center of Photography

Weegee:  “Murder Is My Business” / ICP, NYC / through September 2; Bill Cunningham:  “On the Street” / weekly in the New York Times online Is it too strange that, seeing the latest Weegee exhibition (subject:  violence), I thought of Bill Cunningham (subject:  fashion)? Weegee (the moniker Arthur Fellig gave himself) was, as you may well know, the mid-twentieth-century tabloid photographer who turned his genre into an art form.  A retrospective, accurately titled “Murder is My Business,” is at ICP through September 2.  Cunningham’s “On … [Read more...]

The Boss: Personal Indulgences No. 21

Just when the Seventies were starting, I looked up from my overlapping worlds of academia, motherhood, and housewifery and decided I wanted to write about dancing. Having managed to publish two pieces—both, fairly accidentally, about Twyla Tharp's early ventures—in little-read journals, I proceeded, with the faith of the innocent, to disperse these samples among the bigger guns, offering them my services. Bill Como, Dance magazine's editor in chief, as a staff member told me later, rescued my maiden efforts from the pile of unsolicited … [Read more...]

One Last Time

old_4430_2_Merce Cunningham - Mark Seligerrpn

Merce Cunningham Dance Company / Park Avenue Armory, NYC / December 29-31, 2011 A Merce Cunningham Event, as the choreographer described it in a program note, is a performance of about 90 minutes, without intermission, “consist[ing] of complete dances, excerpts of dances from the repertory, and often new sequences for the particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening at the same time to allow not so much an evening of dances as the experience of dance.” In the course of his career, … [Read more...]

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