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2006 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Swan Diva

    published December 26, 2006

    The invisible pre-performance announcer orders us to turn off our cell phones in an extravagant Russian accent, adding that the ballerinas of Les... More >>

  • Swimming Alone Together

    published December 26, 2006

    In this digital age, video projections allied with live performance can astonish you with their complexity and their magic. Still, two-dimensional... More >>

  • Turkish Delight

    published December 19, 2006

    Women in summery evening gowns and high-heeled slippers stroll proudly across the stage, each flanked by two crouching men who make her skirt... More >>

  • Dancing on the Edge

    published December 12, 2006

    Dancers live to be challenged, but they also like to do what they do best. In works new to the Ailey company this season, you can see the... More >>

  • Watch Out, Julie!

    published December 12, 2006

    Stand in the middle of a crowded room and remark, "the hills are alive. . . ." Watch what happens. After a brief pause, people will start to... More >>

  • Motion Sickness

    published December 5, 2006

    Bill T. Jones rarely makes works that are just about dancing. These days, his social-moral-political conscience is rampant, and he's full of... More >>

  • What Is Man?

    published December 5, 2006

    This is the season during which, across the U.S, people gather to applaud a ballet that clothes a possibly Freudian dream affair between a... More >>

  • Cool Copycats

    published December 5, 2006

    The title of Koosil-ja's new Dance Without Bodies riffs off Body Without Organs, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattarri's 1960s study on... More >>

  • Bridal Party

    published November 28, 2006

    Angelin Preljocaj is no Johnny One Note. The ballets he's made for his company (based in Aix-en-Provence) and other groups range from dark dramas... More >>

  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    published November 28, 2006

    It isn't often that you turn around in your theater seat to scan the audience and find that everyone's dressed alike. When the performers in Luis... More >>

  • Turn Off the Set!

    published November 28, 2006

    Is television expanding our horizons? Johannes Wieland thinks not. The message of his disturbing and seductive progressive coma is that the... More >>

  • Dancing With the Real Stars

    published November 21, 2006

    Stars of stage and screen rarely make speeches at New York City Ballet galas, nor are flashy pas de deux the rule. The emphasis is on the... More >>

  • Elemental Women

    published November 21, 2006

    It's been far too long since I last saw a work by Ellis Wood. My goodness, she's been busy; her performances at various New York venues, at... More >>

  • Shock Treatment

    published November 21, 2006

    When is a dance not a dance? If you add enough spoken dialogue, does it become a play? How much energetic movement does it take to turn a play... More >>

  • Going Underground

    published November 14, 2006

    In the most cryptic moment of David Dorfman's overwhelming and challenging Underground, Jennifer Nugent says to Karl Rogers, "I don't know... More >>

  • Whose Space Is Whose?

    published November 14, 2006

    I'm sitting beside a friend on one of the carpeted risers that run around three sides of St. Mark's Church. We're leaning back against the eastern... More >>

  • Here's to Life

    published November 14, 2006

    Doris Humphrey wanted to acknowledge the innate nobility of humankind in the dances she made right up to her death in 1958. Out of chaos could... More >>

  • Pilgrim's Progress

    published November 7, 2006

    A journey to enlightenment may be fraught with distractions, perils, and temptations. In her Pilgrimage, the Korean choreographer Sin-cha... More >>

  • In Memoriam

    published November 7, 2006

    All who knew and loved Shields Remine must have been amazed as well as deeply grieved by the news of his sudden death during the latter part of... More >>

  • Disparate Worlds

    published November 7, 2006

    I don't lose sleep pondering the diversity of the New York dance scene, but the subject does seep into my brain at times. In the vaulted white... More >>

  • What's on the Table

    published October 31, 2006

    Ballet Hispanico is a force in arts and culture. The company, founded in 1970 by Tina Ramirez to give dance training and performing experiences to... More >>

  • Tightrope Walk

    published October 31, 2006

    Those who've followed Twyla Tharp's career from the get-go honor not only her brilliance but the fact that she constantly challenges herself. As... More >>

  • Vanishing Acts

    published October 31, 2006

    You can't step twice into the same river, wrote Heracleitus, "for fresh waters are ever flowing in upon you." Memories, images, and written words ... More >>

  • Take Me With You

    published October 24, 2006

    Watching a work by Doug Varone, I think, "These are my people." So, I suspect, do many in the audience. The members of his company are superb... More >>

  • Anything Can Go

    published October 24, 2006

    Chez Bushwick, the performance cooperative established in 2002 in the Brooklyn loft shared by two choreographer-performers, Jonah Bokaer and... More >>

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