Pilobolus Dance Theatre (Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., closes Aug. 7). These are hard times for the much-loved modern dance troupe, which is coming to grips with the recent death of Jonathan Wolken, one of its founding members. Yet there can be no better way to celebrate Wolken’s life than to pay a visit to Pilobolus’ annual summer season at the Joyce Theater. The company is performing three mixed bills, the first of which features the New York premiere of Hapless Hooligan in “Still Moving,” a collaboration with Art Spiegelman. No matter which one you see, you’ll be entranced (TT).
Archives for July 17, 2010
Brooke Berman, No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments (Harmony, $23). The author of Hunting and Gathering came to Manhattan at the age of eighteen in the hopes of someday becoming a full-time professional playwright. Talented, inexperienced, naïve, and broke, she spent the next twenty years sharing microscopically small apartments, sleeping on futons, bouncing from roommate to roommate and gradually finding herself along the way. Now she’s written a memoir of her formative years, and it’s a lovely piece of work, at once charming and deeply felt. No Place Like Home is one of the best books I’ve read about how young artists make their way–or not–in an unforgiving world (TT).