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2006 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Take a Bite

    published July 18, 2006

    "Ninety-nine percent fat-free," murmured my friend. He didn't intend a compliment. But while Pilobolus's low-cal choreography rarely nourishes the... More >>

  • Investigating Race

    published July 18, 2006

    San Francisco choreographer Robert Moses calls his company Kin. That's apt. While his works often tackle his concerns as an African American, his... More >>

  • Divide and Re-form

    published July 18, 2006

    Ohad Naharin's stunning Anaphaza, performed at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2003, took its name from a stage in mitosis in which daughter... More >>

  • Moving to Live

    published July 11, 2006

    "Real men"—ordinary, non-professional guys—don't dance? Not true and never has been, though shyness and uptightness definitely figure in... More >>

  • On the Fly

    published July 11, 2006

    Gravity-defying circus acts rarely induce chuckles. Funny is what clowns are for. In the work of Streb Extreme Action, daredeviltry—... More >>

  • Keeping the Twilight Aglow

    published July 11, 2006

    Back in the 1930s, the Silver Belles graced the stage of the Apollo Theater and other Harlem clubs lining 125th Street. The chorus line of 16... More >>

  • Virtuosity Redefined

    published July 4, 2006

    The curtain rises on a mostly dark stage. Two women, their backs to the audience, travel along an avenue of light with tiny sidesteps, swinging... More >>

  • In Memoriam: Sophie Maslow (1911-2006)

    published July 4, 2006

    Sophie Maslow, who died last month at 95, opened my eyes to a number of important things when I was a young dancer, coming from a cloistered... More >>

  • Heartfelt Balanchine

    published July 4, 2006

    There's a moment in George Balanchine's La Source, as performed by the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at Jacob's Pillow's Ted Shawn Theatre, when... More >>

  • Music as Tempest

    published July 4, 2006

    During the last century, contemporary choreographers began to challenge the traditional bond between music and dance. Israeli Emanuel Gat is... More >>

  • Quantum Leaps

    published July 4, 2006

    'That," says the little girl, "looks like a hamster wheel." Right, except that it's 12 feet in diameter, and spins two feet off the floor. Soon... More >>

  • Game Plan Aborted

    published June 27, 2006

    Kimberly Bartosik's arresting new Home in the Neon Heat intensifies her preoccupation with how light, sound, and movement transform space... More >>

  • Teeth and Claws

    published June 27, 2006

    During the last section of Aszure Barton's riveting Lascilo Perdere (2005), the audience in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre starts to fidget.... More >>

  • Worlds Apart

    published June 20, 2006

    Jorma Elo's new Slice to Sharp looks like a ballet he might have choreographed to throw a pursuing devil off his artistic track. It's that... More >>

  • Out and In

    published June 20, 2006

    Douglas Dunn is no snob. He's choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet and shown work in just about every downtown New York venue (he'll play... More >>

  • What Does It All Mean?

    published June 20, 2006

    As experienced choreographers know, sometimes a dance gets away from you, tacitly announcing in every rehearsal, "To hell with these fancy ideas;... More >>

  • Making Music Dance

    published June 13, 2006

    Only a choreographer who's also a composer with adventurous tastes in music could come up with a program like Christopher Caines's... More >>

  • Heelbeats, Heartbeats

    published June 13, 2006

    It would take more than a fog of cigarette smoke and a glass in my hand to make Theater 80 feel like a café in Seville. But I can manage... More >>

  • Fairy-Tale Skirmish

    published June 6, 2006

    Cinderella has danced at many balls in many ballets. I never thought I'd see the fairy tale revamped as a scrimmage in which the stepsisters... More >>

  • Harmonious Worlds

    published June 6, 2006

    Some dancers move as if their bones and joints were flexible wires, driven by a ticking inner power source. Others respond to invisible... More >>

  • Departing Earth

    published May 30, 2006

    Like all the so-called Gnostic Gospels, the "Acts of John," in which Jesus leads his disciples in a ritual dance, never made it into the... More >>

  • Point Taken

    published May 30, 2006

    If pointe shoes as we know them today had emerged full blown from the brain of some imaginative ballet master, we might call them preposterous and... More >>

  • Hang There

    published May 30, 2006

    Balletmakers spent centuries perfecting an approach to gravity—ignoring it the way one ignores a bad smell or aspiring to transcend it. Eliot... More >>

  • Fantastic Visions

    published May 23, 2006

    In Christopher Williams's world, the macabre and the beautiful wander hand in hand down byways of myth, legend, and history. He peoples St. Mark's... More >>

  • Living Art

    published May 23, 2006

    Many painters work alone, standing before an easel. Among the revelations in Eiko and Koma's bewitching Cambodian Stories, An Offering of... More >>

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