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Archives for March 2012

Occupy Lincoln Center

Paul Taylor Dance Company / David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC /  March 13 – April 1, 2012 What dance company director could resist the opportunity of playing the grand-scale Lincoln Center house formerly known as the New York State Theater, even if his or her usual venue were the now handsomely refurbished City Center?  Not even Paul Taylor, who has firm, if sometimes oddball, principles. The Paul Taylor Dance Company seized the opportunity to perform there for three weeks and the people in charge of such things shrank the space and … [Read more...]

Glimpses #2: Susan Marshall

To the Reader:  This is the second in a projected series of brief pieces that I’ll be posting on SEEING THINGS along with my longer essays—and, of course, on Facebook. Susan Marshall—a thinking person’s choreographer for sure—gave a weekend of performances in 92 Y’s Stripped/Dressed series, curated by Doug Varone.  She transformed the dour, dance-history laden Buttenwieser Hall into a do-it-yourself Spiegeltent, a mobile cabaret-dance hall, in which she first talked about the origins of her Sawdust Palace, created for such a setting, and … [Read more...]


Martha Graham Dance Company / Joyce Theater, NYC, and City Center, NYC / March 13 – 18, 2012 Martha Graham, performing Lamentation (courtesy YouTube) Everything that lives must die, as a colleague explained gently to her very young daughter, when the child was wrestling for the first time with the idea of death.  The idea is also applicable to even the most glorious dance institutions, such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, on view for a week at the Joyce Theater. I saw the first of the two ordinary repertory programs offered.  It … [Read more...]

Glimpses #1: Boris Eifman’s “Rodin”

To the Reader:  This is the first in a projected series of brief pieces that I’ll be posting on SEEING THINGS along with my longer essays. Believe it or not, I thought Boris Eifman's Rodin (holding forth at the City Center) better than the earlier works we've been subject to here in New York.  The Eifmanesque absurdities, portentousness, pretentiousness, and lowbrow concepts of "Life" remain; they are a given—a mirror of the man's soul, as E himself might put it.  As for his dated sexual politics, they’re a shame for the neighbors.  Still, … [Read more...]

“This Is the Sound of Your Heart Hitting the Floor”

Crystal Pite / Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM / Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC / February 13 and 24, 2012 The Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite and her Germany-based troupe, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM, remain well worth watching, as their recent New York showing of The You Show demonstrated. Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu in Crystal Pite’s The You Show Photo:  Julieta Cervantes The two Pite works that I’d seen before, including Dark Matters, throbbed with intent, offering the viewer a rich cache of meaning though they operated literally only some of … [Read more...]


Mark Morris Dance Group / BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY / March 1-3, 2012 The only information I have to offer about the world premiere of Mark Morris’ A Choral Fantasy is descriptive.  The relatively brief, high-spirited piece is set to Beethoven’s Fantasia in C Minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80. Amber Star Merkens in Mark Morris’ A Choral Fantasy Photo:  Julieta Cervantes The dance opens with a single tall, lean figure taking the stage and, after a few bold, vigorous movements, flying off to leave the space … [Read more...]

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