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2007 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Lincoln Center Festival

    published July 24, 2007

    No hordes of soldier acrobats somersault through Shen Wei's presentation of Second Visit to the Emperor. This 18th-century Chinese opera,... More >>

  • Rock and Roll Circus

    published July 17, 2007

    Since its founding 36 years ago by four Dartmouth jocks bitten by the dance bug, Pilobolus has brought out the schizophrenia lurking in critics.... More >>

  • Traces of Genius

    published July 17, 2007

    In the revelatory exhibit at Lincoln Center on Merce Cunningham, there's a photograph taken by Radford Bascombe of a duet in Cunningham's 1956... More >>

  • Victory!

    published July 10, 2007

    Almost any work by Doug Varone unleashes a maelstrom of dancing. If those in his company weren't so richly human, so vulnerable, you'd imagine... More >>

  • Madcap Cabaret

    published July 10, 2007

    The imported Belgian Spiegeltent that graces Bard's campus for the college's annual SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival has probably seen... More >>

  • Try a Little Tenderness

    published July 3, 2007

    When James Kudelka voyages into narrative territory (think big ballets like The Contract and Cinderella), he frequently stumbles,... More >>

  • Forget Botox

    published July 3, 2007

    Glen Rumsey's little virtue could be about extreme makeovers, being fabulous, or gender breakdown. Maybe all of the above. This bright,... More >>

  • Voices from the Past

    published June 26, 2007

    An entertainment at the court of Louis XIV was meant to dazzle the spectators and to celebrate the king's power and accomplishments. If he could... More >>

  • Flamenco Fire

    published June 26, 2007

    Eight p.m., and it's still 90 degrees outside of Theatre 80. Air conditioning cools the interior—that is, until the red velvet curtain opens,... More >>

  • Raising the Flag

    published June 26, 2007

    "He's wrapping himself in the flag," we say scornfully of a politician who invokes patriotism to stifle dissent. Alexandra Beller literally wraps... More >>

  • It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane!

    published June 19, 2007

    It’s like Halloween. Come as your favorite hero or villain. That’s more or less the directive Stephen Petronio gave former members of... More >>

  • On Tap

    published June 19, 2007

    Two years ago, Savion Glover tapped while an 11-person orchestra played Vivaldi and other famous dead composers, then induced the classical... More >>

  • Pillow Talk

    published June 19, 2007

    If Ted Shawn's ghost dropped in on Jacob's Pillow during its 75th anniversary season, he might execute a manly jump for joy. Roaming the 163... More >>

  • En garde!

    published June 12, 2007

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  • Violent Repetition

    published June 12, 2007

    Ohad Naharin doesn't just choreograph pieces; he molds them to dancers' bodies and injects them under the skin of their souls. In adapting his... More >>

  • Bleeding Heart

    published June 12, 2007

    Oscar Wilde's plays bristle with epigrammatic wit, but many of his short stories, despite dollops of irony, are unashamedly romantic. "The... More >>

  • Give the Girl a Break

    published June 5, 2007

    Poor Sleeping Beauty. Since the premiere of Marius Petipa's ballet in 1890, the girl has gone through so many new palaces, wardrobes, and plastic... More >>

  • The Labor Party

    published June 5, 2007

    A city construction site throbs with enigmatic activity. Erecting a building is the obvious mission, but you can't always discern specific aims... More >>

  • Steppin' Out

    published June 5, 2007

    No matter how many dark pieces Daniel Gwirtzman has turned out since starting to choreograph in 1995, he's clearly a not-so-secret jazz baby who's... More >>

  • Creature Comforts

    published May 29, 2007

    During the intermission that splits Momix's anthology of highlights from over 25 years of work, I start imagining the company's creative process.... More >>

  • Wolfgang Pluck

    published May 29, 2007

    Whether or not the prodigious Mozart composed his "Piano Trio in E-flat Major, KV 498" while playing skittles, as he's said to have done, the very... More >>

  • The Hip Crowd

    published May 15, 2007

    I defy any female to walk out of a theater after seeing the Urban Bush Women perform and not feel her hips swinging more than usual as she strides... More >>

  • A Sunset Feast

    published May 15, 2007

    People come and go during Sara Rudner's four-hour Dancing-On-View (Preview/Hindsight), but most spectators don't budge. Someone mentions... More >>

  • DVD Suicide Note and an Exit

    published May 8, 2007

    It’s not often I get a suicide note on a DVD. I pop it into the player, and here sit choreographers Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, side... More >>

  • Beat It Out!

    published May 8, 2007

    David Parker’s bright new Hour Upon the Stage pokes amiable fun at what it means to be in the spotlight, but it also reminds us that... More >>

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