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    All Grown Up

    Damn! The kids in Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech do look smart this season. In fact, it's time to stop thinking of them as kids just because they come up through Feld's free Ballet Tech School. The company members are no younger than many other ballet danc...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 20, 1999
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    Tiny Town

    Are economic woes or just a lack of inspiration responsible for the four flawed solos in this spring's "Fresh Tracks" six-item bill? Of the lot, only Michael Cecconi's challenging duet with Stephanie Liapis genuinely succeeds; Omar Rahim's ambitious ...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on April 20, 1999
  • Rock of Ages


    Rock of Ages

    In Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie's hero was born at the inception of India's independence. Ormus Cama, the expatriate protagonist of Rushdie's sprawling, omnivorous, and millennial The Ground Beneath Her Feet, is exactly the same age as another ...

    by Jonathan Lethem on April 20, 1999
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    Document Zippo

    Part artist's book, part deconstruction of various icky obsessions, L.A. Ruocco's Document Zippo deserves a spot on that short, groaty shelf devoted to the literature of abjection. From the first chaptera meditation on the narrator's stained underwe...

    by C. Carr on April 20, 1999
  • A Zone of Her Own


    A Zone of Her Own

    In her 3-D video, Nirvana (199697), Mariko Mori flies through the air with the greatest of easeright at you. Decked out in pseudo-Shinto, Star Wars high-priestess drag, Mori floats over a glimmering landscape like a holographic Madonna, moving her ...

    by Jerry Saltz on April 20, 1999
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    Seeing Eye

    No doubt, visual experiences that introduce new concepts or enhance perception Renaissance paintings' linear perspective, pointillism's benday dot forays, and constructivism's dimensionless renderingsadapt the brain's cognitive capabilities. Giv...

    by Sue Spaid on April 20, 1999
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    Love Child

    Enrico Labayen, whose Labayen Dance/SF performs at Columbia's Miller Theater Wednesday through Saturday, has always been in a hurry. At 13, the Manila-born dancer-choreographer couldn't wait to get away from home. Dropping out of school and leaving 1...

    by Rita Felciano on April 20, 1999
  • Nam de Plume


    Nam de Plume

    Worlds succumb to shell shock, just as people do, in The Dragon Hunt, the first story collection by Vietnamese writer Tran Vu to appear in English. From the hallucinatory title novella, a meditation on guilt and self-destruction in his native land, t...

    by Celia Wren on April 20, 1999
  • Czech Marks


    Czech Marks

    Ah, Kafkaland that world of nameless crimes, faceless bureaucrats, loose women, doomed men, dust, and decay. Synaesthetic Theatre, an ambitious clutch of recent NYU Experimental Theatre Wing grads, journey to those paranoiac shores with Rot (Surf Re...

    on April 20, 1999
  • Domestic Affairs


    Domestic Affairs

    It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment in An Enemy of the People when Thomas Stockman crosses the line between standing up for principle and falling prey to obsession, between serving the people and separating himself from them, between defending dem...

    by Alisa Solomon on April 20, 1999
  • Literary Illusions


    Literary Illusions

    We've conquered the federal budget deficit, at least temporarily, but no one's doing anything to stop the vast aesthetic shortfall accruing in our public entertainments. For instance, take Dream True, a handsome and neatly made work with many likable...

    by Michael Feingold on April 20, 1999
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    Body of Crime II

    Theodora Skipitares has never made puppet shows. Instead she fashions living sculptures, using actors and handmade figurines to create animated historical performances. Her new multimedia installation, Body of Crime II, occupies La MaMa's Annex sp...

    by Pamela Renner on April 20, 1999
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    Annie Sprinkle Fire

    In a fire on her houseboat last week, performance artist Annie Sprinkle lost her home, her cats, and her life's work, including archives, wardrobe, and drafts of books-in-progress. She was out of town at the time and is uninsured. Donations of any s...

    by C.Carr on April 20, 1999
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    Moving Men - Two Downtown Choreographers Switch Tactics

    A few years ago, Tere O'Connor made dances in which irritable, off-kilter dancing pocked with curious gestures conveyed all he wanted to say, while Doug Elkins danced with tongue in cheek and spoke when he felt like it. Now O'Connor's writing dialogu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on April 13, 1999
  • Hocus-Pocus



    Like some tacky aunt showing up at an elegant ball, Alan Hollinghurst's unfortunate third novel, The Spell, seems out of place and unwelcome among its relatives. Hollinghurst's career began with the bang of a witty and compelling debut, The Swimming-...

    by James Hannaham on April 13, 1999
  • Dirty Pictures


    Dirty Pictures

    It would be hard to find two plays further from each other on the theatrical spectrum than The Censor and The Exact Center of the Universe. The first, debuting here after taking Fringe prizes in London, aims to defy its audience's assumptions and sho...

    by Francine Russo on April 13, 1999
  • Getting Real


    Getting Real

    Elizabeth Peyton is still in love. But it's a different kind of love, and she wants you to know it. This is the subject, and the subtext, of her fourth solo show, which is more disjointed than previous exhibitions. Mingled among Peyton's jewel-colore...

    by Jerry Saltz on April 13, 1999
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    Buena Vista

    It's been some time since landscape photography could lay any claim to pictorial magnificence or inspirational grandeur. These days, it tends to the mundane and the idiosyncratic, annexing the outside world to the private realm and investing it wit...

    by Vince Aletti on April 13, 1999
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    Wordstock - A Dispatch From the People's Poetry Gathering

    Really, they were gathering the gatherings. When New York nonprofits City Lore and Poets House decided to organize last weekend's People's Poetry Gathering, they gave it a name that already had two strong associations. Since '85, the Cowboy Poetry Ga...

    by Evelyn McDonnell on April 13, 1999
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    An Interview With Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

    Evelyn McDonnell: What do you think of the idea of the People's Poetry Gathering? Robert Pinsky: The emphasis on vocality appeals to me very much. Poetry is a bodily art for me, or it is nothing. How do you answer critics who charge that things ...

    by Evelyn McDonnell on April 13, 1999
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