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2005 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Euridice Returns (Again)

    published October 11, 2005

    Isadora Duncan found the legend of Orpheus and Euridice apt for dancing, and challenged music from Christophe Willibald von Gluck's opera Orfeo... More >>

  • Out of the West

    published October 11, 2005

    "Refreshing!", said the veteran modern dancer heading up the Joyce aisle after ODC/San Francisco's intermission. We nodded agreement. Then I... More >>

  • Going On

    published October 11, 2005

    Bebe Miller's dances are lovely enigmas. Meanings surface in them like silver fish glinting through water and slipping away. She structures her... More >>

  • Dance History 101Z

    published October 4, 2005

    The Bentfoote family has a long if not exactly illustrious history in American dance. Kriota Willberg's tribute to downtown hopeful Susan... More >>

  • Life Mix and Remix

    published October 4, 2005

    Not many choreographers would tackle the music Igor Stravinsky wrote for the 24-year-old George Balanchine's masterpiece Apollon... More >>

  • Saith What Lord?

    published September 27, 2005

    We sit and watch white words scroll down dark screens. They describe in several languages a society laid out according to Enlightenment... More >>

  • Escape Me Never

    published September 27, 2005

    What's the difference between an escape artist and a prisoner serving a sentence? One can emerge from confinement at will; the other may never be... More >>

  • Soul Dancing

    published September 27, 2005

    The dancers of the 35-year-old Philadanco are a beautiful lot—strong, limber, passionate, up for anything. Choreographers tend to want to... More >>

  • With the Birds

    published September 20, 2005

    I wish I didn't have to think of Jennifer Monson's Flight of Mind as the culmination of Bird Brain, a five-year project during which she... More >>

  • A Star Dances

    published September 20, 2005

    The title of Tamar Rogoff's solo dance for Claire Danes, Christina Olson: American Model, is cannily ironic. Olson was no Christy... More >>

  • Swimming In It

    published September 13, 2005

    Picture this: It's an August day in 1936 Brooklyn. The McCarren Park Pool is finally finished. Pay your 25 cents, pass under the Moorish arch into... More >>

  • Golden Oldies

    published September 6, 2005

    In honor of Dance Theater Workshop's 40th anniversary, DancenOw/NYC's Robin Staff revived her "40Up" series for the first evening of the... More >>

  • September Songs

    published September 6, 2005

    DancenOw's second program at DTW featured 13 works by young choreographers (not all 20-somethings). Disclosure: Five turned out to be former... More >>

  • Summer Visitors

    published August 30, 2005

    On line to get into the Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob's Pillow, the woman studied her ticket. "I hope," she told her family, "that we're close enough... More >>

  • Damaged Goods

    published August 2, 2005

    For centuries, dancers have defined in movement their culture's idea of beauty—either in terms of physical perfection or spiritual... More >>

  • Follow That Movement!

    published August 2, 2005

    Stockholm/59° North is a small ensemble of formidable dancers. An arm of the Royal Swedish Ballet, it was founded in 1997 by Madeleine Onne to... More >>

  • Original Virtue

    published August 2, 2005

    The news that Aszure Barton trained and/or performed with the National Ballet of Canada, Jir Kyli and Maurice Béjart; danced with Les... More >>

  • Opening the Tomb

    published July 26, 2005

    When the dramatic Italian ballerina Virginia Zucchi played the heroine in Marius Petipa's The Pharaoh's Daughter, 23 years after the... More >>

  • Hot-Shot Formalist

    published July 19, 2005

    At the very end of Ben Munisteri's 2004 Turbine Mines, Danica Hoviak and Jeremy Smith dance together. That's something deeper than... More >>

  • Through Eastern Eyes

    published July 19, 2005

    Shen Wei usually approaches dance with a painter's eye. In Near the Terrace, Part I (2000, but new to New York), he channels Belgian... More >>

  • Sea Life and Strange Fruit

    published July 12, 2005

    When Merce Cunningham's magnificent Ocean had its New York premiere on a circular stage erected in Damrosch Park in 1996, street noises,... More >>

  • History on the Move

    published July 5, 2005

    "The sound of your taps is like the sound of your voice: a signature." This sentence in Brenda Bufalino's book Tapping the Source: Tap Dance... More >>

  • Color and Light

    published June 28, 2005

    Jody Sperling calls her enterprise Time Lapse Dance because some of her solos riff off the fin-de-siècle artistry of Loië Fuller, the... More >>

  • Shape-Shifting

    published June 28, 2005

    A dance performance rarely begins with the leading lady apparently dead. But this is Eiko of Eiko and Koma, and she can lie supine and immobile on... More >>

  • Dancing Bournonville, Part II

    published June 21, 2005

    When more than 100 dance writers and practitioners descend on a small city like Copenhagen—running into one another at the Bournonville... More >>

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