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2007 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Sweeping It Clean

    published October 30, 2007

    Not many New York dance performances begin with the sound of frogs, stray birdcalls, and the swish of grass brooms against the floor. But the 26... More >>

  • American Ballet Theatre, Up Close

    published October 23, 2007

    Every spring, American Ballet Theatre displays its world-class dancers at the vast Metropolitan Opera House, primarily in tutu-and-tiara... More >>

  • Eiko and Koma Pity the Earth

    published October 23, 2007

    The Japan Society's ongoing celebration, "Turning Japanese," included a three-week mini-festival, "Kazuo Ohno 101," in which butoh artists honored... More >>

  • Dancing Opera

    published October 23, 2007

    James Sewell danced for six years with Eliot Feld’s company on the stage of the Joyce. That may have been when he got the idea that a ballet... More >>

  • Throw That Ball!

    published October 23, 2007

    Say you’re a choreographer born to a theatrical family, with a funky dance background and a thing for sports. How do you feed all that into a... More >>

  • A BAM Audience Yells and Screams

    published October 16, 2007

    What brought BAM audience members to their feet and made them yell and scream? Was it Nacho Duato’s choreography, or the Compañia... More >>

  • Enter, Morphoses

    published October 16, 2007

    The buzz surrounding the New York debut of Christopher Wheeldon's new company, Morphoses, drew a large opening-night crowd. Wheeldon's mission... More >>

  • Hands Across Many Seas

    published October 9, 2007

    Words by Willem de Kooning, "Reality is a slipping glimpse," gave Margaret Jenkins a title for her recent, enthralling piece. During the prologue... More >>

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    published October 9, 2007

    Once I knew something about the parallels between Buddhist thought and contemporary physics, but I never could have imagined a dance like Donna... More >>

  • True Love Triumphs, Gently in Cambodian Classical Dance

    published October 9, 2007

    It is startling to consider the violence and cruelty of Pol Pot’s Killing Fields in relation to the tranquility and harmony of... More >>

  • High on Speed

    published October 2, 2007

    The public’s thirst for cross-cultural artistic cocktails seems on the rise, and choreographers are responding in increasingly daring ways.... More >>

  • Writing on Air: Wild Cursive

    published October 2, 2007

    To Western eyes, Chinese calligraphy appears precise, complex, guarded, and infused with meanings within meanings. The style known as Kuang... More >>

  • FranceOff! The Lower East Side takes on la France

    published October 2, 2007

    "Crossing the Line," a fall festival presented by the French Institute/Alliance Française, introduces cutting-edge French arts to New York... More >>

  • Baroque Dance Experts Play Games with Tradition

    published September 25, 2007

    Slipping inside the body and into the psyche of an 18th-century dancer requires not only scholarship but finely honed intuition. Even those who... More >>

  • The Price Is Right

    published September 25, 2007

    When cultural institutions bemoan the graying of their audiences, they surely realize that increasingly hefty ticket prices may be a factor.... More >>

  • Earth Movers

    published September 25, 2007

    Build a wooden frame and fill it with dirt and water. Stir. Tamp down hard. Let dry. Keep this up and you'll have a rammed earth house. Tere... More >>

  • Letting It All Go

    published September 18, 2007

    “During the regime.” “After the regime.” I heard these expressions a lot during a 2004 gathering of critics from Eastern... More >>

  • The Amazing Adventures of Clay

    published September 18, 2007

    The Frenchman and -woman sipping wine at the reception are perplexed and disappointed. They came to the New York premiere of Paso Doble... More >>

  • Past Present

    published September 18, 2007

    Dancers and choreographers tend to be unconcerned with what came before them; they live in a sweaty present of creative ferment, occasionally... More >>

  • Graham Redux

    published September 11, 2007

    In 1930, Martha Graham sat on a stool and, with jutting knees and elbows, strained against the tube of stretch jersey that encased her, as if it... More >>

  • Blown Apart

    published September 11, 2007

    In the Oz books, Dorothy and her chums often encounter tribes with curious habits. Cautiously, a traveler whispers something like, "They... More >>

  • Digitized Ruptures

    published September 4, 2007

    I'm guessing that a lot of you wouldn't know about this competition: the Prix Ars Electronica CyberArts. Am I right? I mention it because Troika... More >>

  • Ripeness Is All

    published September 4, 2007

    As usual, Dancenow NYC opened the fall season at Dance Theater Workshop with a message of inclusiveness. This year's "40Up" programs featured... More >>

  • Changing Places

    published August 28, 2007

    Some site-specific pieces forever transform the landscape they inhabit. For years, I couldn't pass a parking lot between West Broadway and Wooster... More >>

  • Looky Here

    published August 14, 2007

    A title like Looky opens little doors in the mind: "looky" as in "Here comes cookie," or as in some cocky kid's "Looky what I got!" When... More >>

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