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2002 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Opening Doors

    published December 31, 2002

    Promises, promises! Not all the props mentioned in the press release for Yoshiko Chuma's AGITPROPS: The Recycling Project appeared at La... More >>

  • Crack That Nut, Girl

    published December 24, 2002

    After seeing three versions of The Nutcracker in one week—George Balanchine's great spectacle for the New York City Ballet (at Lincoln... More >>

  • Tangled Tales

    published December 17, 2002

    The members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater pounce on choreography with the zeal of vampires offered a feast of blood, but a lot more... More >>

  • Marrying the Arts

    published December 10, 2002

    "I arrived a stranger,/a stranger I depart." The winter wanderer of Wilhelm Müller's poem cycle Winterreise is not just mourning a... More >>

  • Living Dolls

    published December 3, 2002

    We're used to the sight of virtual bodies hurtling through desperate video games. Cathy Weis works at the other end of the technology spectrum.... More >>

  • Think Pink, Feel Pain

    published November 26, 2002

    Since when did minimalism come in bubblegum pink, jump high, and strut its stuff? Yet one of the giddy pleasures of Brian Brooks's... More >>

  • Presenting 'The Body'

    published November 19, 2002

    Now that the human body has been OK'd as a component of discourse by scholars in a variety of disciplines, along comes a dance maker to... More >>

  • Gathering Moss

    published November 12, 2002

    Dance is ephemeral, as we all know. And it suggests more than it tells. Some choreographers are committed to exploring that... More >>

  • Slow Down!

    published November 5, 2002

    Ever since running and aerobics became popular more than 25 years ago, I've pondered whether people take them up for health alone, or to be able... More >>

  • Showcasing Heroes

    published October 29, 2002

    The night after I saw Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out, I wished I were back in the Richard Rodgers Theater watching it all over again, to be... More >>

  • Hold Me Together

    published October 22, 2002

    Ever since Stephen Petronio formed his own company in 1984, he has choreographed as if working on shifting ground. His dancers sketch an erect... More >>

  • From Farther Shores

    published October 15, 2002

    When Willam Christensen took over the five-year-old San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1938, he thought big, staging the first complete American... More >>

  • Spirits Rising

    published October 8, 2002

    Walk out onto the terrace that adjoins the gorgeous third-floor studios at Dance Theater Workshop's new Doris Duke Performance Center. Look north.... More >>

  • Irons in the Fire

    published August 13, 2002

    Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström's stunning Fragile premiered on September 12, 2001. Even had it not borne the weight of the... More >>

  • Looking Back With Love

    published August 6, 2002

    The audience rose to its feet at the end of each of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's Lincoln Center Festival performances at New York State... More >>

  • People in Black

    published July 30, 2002

    Earlier in the century, opera-house ballet companies had a reputation for stodginess. Their choreographers and dancers juggled Carmen and... More >>

  • Nuts in May

    published May 21, 2002

    The single evening at City Center was entitled "Indisputably Martha Graham." As the legal battle over who actually owns Graham's works winds down,... More >>

  • Run With It

    published May 14, 2002

    New York City Ballet's spring gala celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company's Diamond Project. At this tribute to fundraising fervor,... More >>

  • Strange Partners

    published May 7, 2002

    Butoh does not always conform to its reputation as a "dance of darkness." Akira Kasai, making his New York debut with Pollen Revolution at... More >>

  • Worlds Away

    published April 30, 2002

    In case you hadn't noticed, the dancers in Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech (at the Joyce through Sunday) are all grown-up. And they've been joined by... More >>

  • Corn Oryx Pear Fish

    published April 23, 2002

    In precise, rhythmic unison, two expressionless men in black trousers and tailcoats partner working vacuum cleaners—hoisting them, spinning... More >>

  • Women at Risk

    published April 23, 2002

    If Diana Szeinblum's stunning Secreto y Malibú, one of Dance Theater Workshop's Around Town presentations at the Duke, were the... More >>

  • What's the Story?

    published April 16, 2002

    The hard-boiled sleuth has "a cleft in his chin that women wanted to touch." One of the women in question possesses "legs like freshly sharpened... More >>

  • Transforming Spirits

    published April 9, 2002

    Eliot Feld celebrated American spirit and diversity at the opening gala of his Ballet Tech's Joyce season (through May 5). Two of his school's... More >>

  • Counterculture Riffs

    published April 2, 2002

    Boris Eifman is a culture hero—a Jew and a renegade who, 25 years ago, founded in St. Petersburg an independent dance company, undaunted by... More >>

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