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2005 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Heels and Toes

    published December 20, 2005

    Savion Glover's thrilling new show is called Visions of a Bible. Not the Bible, a bible. Although Lori Ann Hunter's rich... More >>

  • Fresh Blood

    published December 20, 2005

    Heading a repertory company is a challenge. Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Ailey company, must balance the rep between old and new,... More >>

  • Shifting Labyrinth

    published December 20, 2005

    In a dialogue between Wally Cardona and David Gordon, printed in the BAM program for Cardona's Everywhere, the choreographer used the... More >>

  • Kisses, Squeals, and Musical Floors

    published December 13, 2005

    A man stands facing us while a woman kisses him. A head mic amplifies the smacking of her lips, her mms of relish as she attacks his... More >>

  • Same Old New

    published December 13, 2005

    I've been writing about the Ailey company every December for years. Looking back over those reviews, I see that, whether the new choreography is... More >>

  • Lines, Lines, Lines

    published December 13, 2005

    Jody Oberfelder is 52?!. Hard to believe, but here she is—a small, robust, radiant athlete—chalking groups of five lines plus two on the... More >>

  • Three Perspectives

    published December 6, 2005

    I'm lying on a clear plastic inflatable mattress, gazing up at a ceiling of Mylar panels that waveringly reflect the scene below: six rows of four... More >>

  • No Way Apocalypse

    published December 6, 2005

    Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland met when they were dancing in the Pilobolus spin-off company, Momix (Hampton had previously been a Pilobolite).... More >>

  • Small Magic

    published December 6, 2005

    Waiting for Monica Bill Barnes's Hollywood Endings to begin, Iredefine footlights. We who share a front-row, four-person couch at Dixon... More >>

  • Wandering

    published December 6, 2005

    When Sasha Waltz & Guests last appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2002, the dancers blasted through Waltz's 2000 K , the first... More >>

  • Cracking the Shell

    published November 29, 2005

    Watching Miguel Gutierrez's reckless, smart, and passionate Difficult Bodies and Retrospective Exhibitionist, I wonder if he and his... More >>

  • Molten Ballet

    published November 29, 2005

    In 1981, Karole Armitage—after two years dancing with the Geneva Ballet and five in Merce Cunningham's company—choreographed Drastic... More >>

  • Life Squad

    published November 22, 2005

    Watching one of Ohad Naharin's dances for Israel's Batsheva, I often see a tension between group conformity and individual expression. Perhaps... More >>

  • Glistening Feet

    published November 22, 2005

    Shock and awe are terms more tastefully and accurately applied to the emotions many New Yorkers felt on certain May nights in... More >>

  • Wild Girl Grown Up

    published November 22, 2005

    I first encountered Sally Silvers's work in 1981, a year after she arrived in New York. She and Lisa Kraus, who couldn't have been more different,... More >>

  • Makeovers

    published November 15, 2005

    Igor Stravinsky wrote what George Balanchine called "musique dansante" —music that drives the feet to move. Perhaps that's why even... More >>

  • Shuffling Pages

    published November 8, 2005

    Reading a novel is usually a linear journey; we come upon scenes, move on. In her Book Dances, Melissa Briggs intensifies this illusion by... More >>

  • Channeling the Sixties

    published November 8, 2005

    Would it be appropriate to call Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker sensational? Probably not. Yet the stunning 75-minute solo the Belgian choreographer... More >>

  • Of Various Princesses

    published November 1, 2005

    What is it with the "Sleeping Beauty"story? Why would being left off the guest list for a royal christening engender such rage in a fairy... More >>

  • In the Heights

    published October 25, 2005

    During this marvelously rewarding ABT season, two very different masterworks share a program, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Antony... More >>

  • Fields of Battle

    published October 25, 2005

    Butoh performances affect my nervous system. Either my pulse slows or my skin begins to itch. I leave curiously uplifted or go home and have... More >>

  • Does My Answer Match Your Question?

    published October 18, 2005

    March 10, 1980 One of the many vital things about the dance upheaval of the '60s was the choreographers began to think about... More >>

  • Past Perfect Treasures

    published October 18, 2005

    American Ballet Theatre devotes its spring seasons at the Met mainly to big ballets—19th-century classics, more recent charmers like... More >>

  • Eye Appeal

    published October 18, 2005

    David Parsons's dance company has performed on all but one of the world's continents, and that omission is not his fault or the fault of Columbia... More >>

  • Of Sylphs and Princess Ballerinas

    published October 18, 2005

    On January 11, 1940, the company originally known as Ballet Theatre began the first performance of its first season with a 1909 classic: Les... More >>

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