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    Reading Dancing

    Ann Daly's Critical Gestures: Writings on Dance and Culture (Wesleyan University Press, 2002, $19.95) contains essays and reviews originally published from 1985 to 2001 in sources ranging from The Village Voice to The New York Times, High Performance...

    on January 7, 2003
  • What's Opera Now, Doc? - While Broadway Lives the Puccinian Past, William Bolcom Gives the Met a New 'View'


    What's Opera Now, Doc? - While Broadway Lives the Puccinian Past, William Bolcom Gives the Met a New 'View'

    It's a topsy-turvy world: Puccini's La Boheme, sung in Italian with supertitles, is on Broadway. William Bolcom's A View From the Bridge, a new opera based on Arthur Miller's play, has been uptown at the Met. Both have been much applauded, and their ...

    by Michael Feingold on January 7, 2003
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    The Supreme

    In retrospect the '60s seem like a time when half the population was not only in pursuit of their own private holy grail but when many felt the magic talisman firmly within their grasppolitically, pharmaceutically, and, most certainly, musically. Mu...

    by Greg Tate on December 31, 2002
  • Opening Doors - Over and Under, Around and Through, Go the Generations


    Opening Doors - Over and Under, Around and Through, Go the Generations

    Promises, promises! Not all the props mentioned in the press release for Yoshiko Chuma's AGITPROPS: The Recycling Project appeared at La MaMa's Club. Collaborating with four far-out younger choreographers and/or performers (Taryn Griggs, Karinne Keit...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 31, 2002
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    Skin Deep

    I must admit a bias against dances that fuse ballet's extensions, kicks, jumps, and swift turns with jazzy, funky moves, sexy costumes, and pumped-up musicand have nothing else to say. It's worse if the performersthough damn flawless in techniques...

    on December 31, 2002
  • Is This It?


    Is This It?

    "I was envious of fair realism," writes Barbara Guest in her poem "An Emphasis Falls on Reality." The line expresses a rarely acknowledged trait of avant-garde writing: its nostalgia, its desire to look like normal writingwhich is not (how could it ...

    by Aaron Kunin on December 31, 2002
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    Of War in the Coeur d'Afrique

    What if they fought a war and nobody cared? The week of September 11, 2001, Nightline planned to air a five-part series on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zare. On September 10, an ABC promo summed up the Euro-Ame...

    by Danial Adkison on December 31, 2002
  • Tunesmithery



    Tommy Tune is still tall, which is reassuring in a world that changes as fast as ours. He can still dance pretty well, too, for someone who says he's about to turn 64. I'd take this claim with a grain of salt, though, since certain other ostensible f...

    by Michael Feingold on December 31, 2002
  • The Impresario - Boo Froebel Sets the Scene for Edgy Performance


    The Impresario - Boo Froebel Sets the Scene for Edgy Performance

    Just when local bars seemed to have run out of ways to reinvent the martini, the folks at Williamsburg's Galapagos Art Space, a lively watering hole and performance venue, came up with a stunning new twist. One evening last month, a blond bombshell w...

    by Christopher Reardon on December 31, 2002
  • History Drawing


    History Drawing

    All art is political, not just art that "overtly deals with politics," as one celebrity curator recently defined it. In fact, much of the work we currently call political is political in subject matter only. Its message is ardent, if obvious, but its...

    by Jerry Saltz on December 24, 2002
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    Water Bearer

    At the end of the 19th century, the reclusive independent scholar James Reuel Smith went on a private mission to document the endangered natural springs and wells of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Inspired by Smith's archives at the New-York Historic...

    by Karen Rosenberg on December 24, 2002
  • Crack That Nut, Girl - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!


    Crack That Nut, Girl - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

    After seeing three versions of The Nutcracker in one weekGeorge Balanchine's great spectacle for the New York City Ballet (at Lincoln Center through January 5), Mark Morris's tart/sweet The Hard Nut at BAM, and Francis Patrelle's kid-fest, The Yorkv...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 24, 2002
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    Seussing It Out

    I went to the latest installment of "Newsteps," a dance series for emerging choreographers (Mulberry Street Theater, November), with the familiar hope that such a program might harbor a fledgling Martha Graham or Twyla Tharp. Taken as a whole, the ei...

    by Tobi Tobias on December 24, 2002
  • The Dreamlife of Shoppers - Studying Consumer Affairs


    The Dreamlife of Shoppers - Studying Consumer Affairs

    As you drift through the aisles at Bloomingdale's, do you ever stop to think what you're doing there? Brushing against strangers' coats, lost in the hum of overheard conversations and the ambient mist of perfume, you browse, fondle, and purchase obje...

    by Joy Press on December 24, 2002
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    Heir India

    Amitava Kumar begins his new book of essays with the inevitable question about contemporary Indian literature: "Is there any reason why, when it comes to any fiction in English, there should be an obsession with the issue of its Indianness?" Of cours...

    by Jyoti Thottam on December 24, 2002
  • Homeland Insecurity


    Homeland Insecurity

    As every adult boy and girl knows, the holidays mean domestic drama. Returning home for even the briefest of visits plunges you automatically into a role that's at once most familiar and most strange. For some the homecoming is a kind of sentimental ...

    by Charles McNulty on December 24, 2002
  • Your Cheatin' Heart


    Your Cheatin' Heart

    Sirens bawl outside and an eerily familiar white dust coats windows and clothing. But despite these not-so-incidental touches, The Mercy Seatset on September 12, 2001is more a conventional relationship play than topical drama. Playwright and direct...

    by Tom Sellar on December 24, 2002
  • The Art of Dining


    The Art of Dining

    When the hostess in Dinner at Eight says she's planning to bring her dinner guests to the theater afterward, she isn't talking about a late movie. She means that after an hour or two at table, they'll head west to Broadway and troop in late for the c...

    by Michael Feingold on December 24, 2002
  • Wild Card


    Wild Card

    In her too-controlling but still dear press release, Dana Schutz, 26, writes that for her first solo exhibition she's painted a "fictional man from observation." Whether this means she actually studied or just imagined him, I don't know. Regardless, ...

    by Jerry Saltz on December 17, 2002
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    Making It Big

    In the early 1970s, the Pop and performance artist Alex Hay left New York City for the rural mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. It was a curious move for an artist so involved in avant-garde dance and Happenings circles: Hay was a regular in Merce Cunni...

    by Karen Rosenberg on December 17, 2002
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Piece of His Heart: Bert Berns Is a Name You Need to Know

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Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

"People should take Gertrude seriously," declares the queen, speaking of herself in the third person. Howard Barker's 2002 rendering of Hamlet defends the title character (Hamlet's mother), by rethinking her… More >>

Gimme Fallout Shelter: Atomic is an Epic Meltdown of a Musical

A musical about the Manhattan Project? Bring on the dancing physicists and chorus girls in lab coats. Belt out those odes to fissure. Enrich our hearts with uranium! Atomic is… More >>

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If you think those people in The Birds had it bad, just wait till you meet Frank, the nebbishy hero of Robin Frohardt's puppet play The Pigeoning. Now running at… More >>

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Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation

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Performed in a Lounge, Play/Date Will Attempt to Set the Bar for Immersive Theater

At first glance, Fat Baby looks like any other Lower East Side bar on a weeknight. A woman waits for someone while texting impatiently. A guy on a stool engages… More >>