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2004 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Projecting Homeland

    published August 17, 2004

    All the world loves a hunk. And it helps when hunks have passion, commitment, and wit as strong as their abs. The audience in Jacob's Pillow's... More >>

  • From Japan With Blood and Ceremony

    published July 20, 2004

    Kabuki began as popular theater, reaching its heyday in late 17th-century Edo (Tokyo). Compared to courtly and refined Noh drama, its tales about... More >>

  • Perennial Beauties and Fresh Tracks

    published July 20, 2004

    I'm not putting down the classics of the genre when I say that many story ballets, as produced, are clunky, hollow excuses for virtuoso turns.... More >>

  • Bella Lewitzky, 1916–2004

    published July 20, 2004

    I studied with Bella Lewitzky one summer in Los Angeles when I was a teenager. Lester Horton, whose phenomenal leading dancer she'd been, was... More >>

  • What Price Youth?

    published July 13, 2004

    Jacob's Pillow is a summer garden of dance. People listen to talks on balconies and porches, visit exhibits in a barn, peer at classes, picnic... More >>

  • The Tender Touch

    published July 6, 2004

    Ashton Celebration Metropolitan Opera House 212.721.6500 Through Saturday "And they were all sweet and kind and English,"... More >>

  • How to Be Terribly Popular

    published June 29, 2004

    Overheard on the subway platform after a performance of Boris Eifman's new Musagète: "Well, you see, Balanchine married three women,... More >>

  • It's All Choreography

    published June 22, 2004

    I'm standing in a curtained booth in University Settlement's old gym throwing punches at one of several George Bush inflatables. No surprise; it... More >>

  • Climbing and Cornering

    published June 15, 2004

    Every day, we navigate the public spaces of New York—bucking the tide, swimming with it, eel-ing around obstacles. "Dancing in the Streets,"... More >>

  • Within You and Without You

    published June 8, 2004

    The Swan Lake that Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov put before the St. Petersburg public in 1895 clearly defined inside and outside. "Inside"... More >>

  • Men and Their Music

    published June 8, 2004

    Music holds Mark Morris in a tight embrace. He investigates every cranny of a score. The choreography for his stunning new All Fours... More >>

  • Matters of Life and Death

    published June 1, 2004

    It's a cool evening in the St. Mark's churchyard; a breeze stirs the leaves on the old sycamores. Behind me in the semicircle of folding chairs, a... More >>

  • Does Plot Matter?

    published May 25, 2004

    Raymonda may be the only story ballet without much story. Criticism of its slight scenario was bruited about St. Petersburg even before... More >>

  • Tribal Peacefare

    published May 18, 2004

    British audiences know they'll get no sex and violence from Richard Alston. No steamy narratives either. Dancers will not stare balefully at them.... More >>

  • Layers Within Layers

    published May 11, 2004

    The prankish title of Christopher Wheeldon's new Shambards is, like the ballet itself, enigmatic—a pentimento through which we glimpse... More >>

  • Life in the Shadows

    published May 4, 2004

    Noémie Lafrance's site-specific Descent, which led spectators down a narrow oval stairwell in the City Court Building's clock tower,... More >>

  • Budapest Journal Continued

    published May 4, 2004

    As I intimated in last week's Voice (Here and Over There), contemporary... More >>

  • Here and Over There

    published April 27, 2004

    You could ache with pleasure just watching a team of eight young men stitch precise athletics onto the foreground or background of George... More >>

  • Variety Shows

    published April 20, 2004

    You might have expected the North Carolina Dance Theater to bring its Balanchine program to the Joyce. The company is, after all, directed by... More >>

  • Terrifying Transformation

    published April 13, 2004

    Martha Graham once wrote Jerome Robbins that he, like her, could surely liken artistic creation to the plight of Odin in the Icelandic sagas, who... More >>

  • Hell and Heaven

    published April 6, 2004

    You peer out through the blinds. Outside your window, two people meet, seem about to speak, become aware of something happening down the block,... More >>

  • Dial Up The Future?

    published March 30, 2004

    Once upon a time, you could apply adjectives like "sensual," even "voluptuous," to Wally Cardona's dancing, although there was always a tigerish... More >>

  • Joyride To Noirville

    published March 23, 2004

    Stephen Petronio is the incredible collapsing man. During the 1980s, when he was dancing in Trisha Brown's company and starting to show his own... More >>

  • A Man Dances and Everything is There: Skill, Smarts, Spirit

    published March 23, 2004

    If there were prizes for wiliness in dancing, David Zambrano would win them all. He looks deft enough to slip through cracks, dive into keyholes,... More >>

  • Venturing Out

    published March 16, 2004

    A principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, Peter Boal also teaches full-time at the School of American Ballet and has adventured into... More >>

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