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Give Me Gaga

No art is automatically relevant. I’ve said before that good dances are about bodies, but never meant that all dances about bodies are good.

Limbo En Route to the Afterlife

Three rows of seminar-goers in folding chairs—nearly forty Sunday afternoon attendees—are waiting for the man with the West Indian walk to speak. Instead, with a slow nod to his drummer, Euston James asks them to get up and limbo.

West Side Story Revival Hits Broadway

Riff, Bernardo, Anita, Tony. The Sharks and the Jets. Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty. Maria. We know the names, we know the songs, we love the dancing.

Done Into Pictures: A New Graphic Biography Celebrates Isadora Duncan’s Feminism

Spring is finally here, and with it, loose clothing, sandals, and frolicking in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A nice time to channel the memory of Isadora Duncan, barefoot “Mother of Modern Dance,” champion of free love and unbound expression, and yes, dress reformer.

Choir Praxis: On Daria Fain’s and Robert Kocik’s Phoneme Choir Movement Research Festival, Judson Memorial Church, May 4, 2009

A phoneme is the smallest sound unit by which we distinguish one word from another. There are more phonemes (upwards of 40 in English) than letters of the alphabet because some letters represent two or more sounds

Think Punk, Think Again: Karole Armitage Celebrates 30 Years in New York

Karole Armitage, whom Vanity Fair famously dubbed “the punk ballerina” in 1986, is now in the thirty-sixth year of her plethoric career, still conscientiously smashing together the aesthetics of political and social rebellion with the techniques of classical ballet.

In Search of Duende in New York

During ten days this February, flamenco artists born and bred in Andalusia, Spain, filled several concert halls throughout New York for the Ninth Annual Flamenco Festival. New Yorkers could once more get a taste of flamenco straight from the source, from the heart of its very existence, from where it continues to live, breathe and evolve on a daily basis.

Deborah Slater and LAVA Offer Different Visions of Inspiration and Realization

This March saw the New York premiere of The Desire Line, from San Francisco-based Deborah Slater Dance Theater. Inspired by the subtle tensions in Alan Feltus’s paintings, depicting subjects—often in pairs—caught in quiet moments, The Desire Line expands these tableax into high intensity dance dramas.


The Brooklyn Rail

APRIL 2009

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