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1998 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Christmas Candy

    published December 29, 1998

    We know this world pierced by beams of smoky light and besieged by crashes of electronic music. Its denizens are beautiful, fierce, and obsessed... More >>

  • Taking It Apart

    published December 22, 1998

    Seeing the ballets William Forsythe has contributed to various American companies is no substitute for watching the dancers in his own Ballett... More >>

  • Listen Up!

    published December 15, 1998

    The flamenco dancer duels with the floor. The Irish step dancer gives it an airy bit of slap and tickle. The tap dancer teases sounds out of it,... More >>

  • Going Gold

    published December 8, 1998

    On October 11, 1948, Lincoln Kirstein's Ballet Society (two years old and boasting 800 subscribers) became the New York City Ballet. During its... More >>

  • Rich and Strange

    published December 1, 1998

    Two men smooth their hands over each other's bodies. They slide into an embrace, interlocking as formally as the twin halves of a yin/yang symbol.... More >>

  • Solid Gold

    published November 24, 1998

    Garth Fagan doesn't need to think about creating positive images of African Americans onstage; his dance style itself is empowering. The glorious... More >>

  • Lion's Share

    published November 17, 1998

    One night, The Lion King's dance captain, Aubrey Lynch II, felt his troops were getting a bit lackadaisical. "Thirty to 50 years ago," he... More >>

  • Feel the Burn

    published November 3, 1998

    Sometimes the quietest images sear the mind. As Incidents, the first of Ronald K. Brown's three programs, begins, a woman (Torya Beard)... More >>

  • In-flight Ballet

    published October 27, 1998

    And you thought 19th-century ballet scenarios were illogical! If your mind doesn't instantly turn to crème caramel at the sight of... More >>

  • Dream On

    published October 20, 1998

    Think of Bill T. Jones, and chances are you think of an angry man. In some of his politically charged pieces, even beauty seems to pose an enraged... More >>

  • Pared Down

    published October 13, 1998

    Do that again and I'll scream,'' says the mother. Hooked on repetition, the child is startled. Faced with extreme repetitiveness in music or... More >>

  • Millennial Rites

    published October 13, 1998

    The Italian restaurant clatters with the din of New York at lunch. Director Vasilios Calitsis has stamped out a cigarette at the door and is now... More >>

  • Showing Soul

    published October 6, 1998

    When the members of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company hit the stage in excerpts from Talley Beatty's 1960 Come and Get the Beauty of It Hot and... More >>

  • Beyond Human

    published September 29, 1998

    Horses have a long history as dancers. A Renaissance prince with gold in his coffers and a major celebration looming could always commission a... More >>

  • Cooking in Chelsea

    published September 22, 1998

    At a little before 10 a.m., Elise Bernhardt, executive director of the Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film, and Literature,... More >>

  • Writ in Water

    published August 25, 1998

    If you thought you'd missed Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique, you'd be wrong; its run has been extended until the end of the year (maybe... More >>

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