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2008 Stories by Deborah Jowitt

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  • Spirit of Uganda: Bright Youth

    published March 25, 2008

    In 1994, a group called the Children of Uganda charmed U.S. audiences. Many of those original children, like Peter Kasule, the troupe's... More >>

  • Kansas City Ballet: Happy Fiftieth!

    published March 18, 2008

    Founded in 1957 by Tatiana Dokoudovska, taken over and galvanized by Todd Bolender (a founding member of the New York City Ballet) in 1980,... More >>

  • Jonah Bokaer: The Real You

    published March 18, 2008

    Have you ever caught a sudden glimpse of yourself in a mirror and thought, Who is that person? You expected someone younger or somehow... More >>

  • Brian Brooks Moving Company: Worth Repeating

    published March 18, 2008

    If I told you that a man and a woman, shoulder to shoulder, sidestep to the right, hips swaying, to a throaty song by Peaches, walk back to... More >>

  • LeeSaar/The Company: Turf Wars

    published March 11, 2008

    “Out of Israel” is the title that the ongoing 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival has given to the program shared by Netta... More >>

  • Keely Garfield: Hiding in Plain Sight

    published March 11, 2008

    When enigmas are falling like light snow, it’s best to sit back and savor them unworriedly. I repeat the title of Keely Garfield’s... More >>

  • Paul Taylor Dance Company: The Dream Catcher

    published March 11, 2008

    Many of Paul Taylor's pieces strike me as dreams, among them the golden fantasy . . . Byzantium, the nightmarish Big Bertha, and... More >>

  • The H. Purcell Show: King Arthur

    published March 11, 2008

    John Dryden's libretto for Henry Purcell's "Dramatick Opera," King Arthur, recounts the mythical monarch's battle for control of ancient... More >>

  • Yanira Castro + Company: Dream, Baby, Dream

    published March 4, 2008

    Watch out! Luke Miller’s coming through, and there’s no telling when he might start flashing those long legs around. I see Heather Olson... More >>

  • Russian Diva Power

    published March 4, 2008

    Great ballerinas tend to flower, dance till they're ready to drop, then fade away into teaching or domesticity. So it's admirable when two... More >>

  • Nrityagram's Praarambha: Will Krishna Come?

    published February 26, 2008

    In Orissa, on India's east coast, temple carvings show deities entwined in elaborate erotic poses. Odissi, the dance form that once enlivened... More >>

  • Chunky Move: Tech Trek

    published February 26, 2008

    I don't know about you, but when my computer gets freaky, I feel a little the way primitive woman must have felt about lightning strikes: Who... More >>

  • Rain Early, Skies Clear

    published February 26, 2008

    OK, so Juliette Mapp’s Anna, Ikea, and I is probably the longest work I’ve seen on a Danspace program, and, yes, I confess... More >>

  • Ronald K. Brown's Spirit Moves

    published February 19, 2008

    Whatever idea inspires Ronald K. Brown to choreograph, his true subject is always the quest for spirituality and the freedom it can bestow.... More >>

  • The Interior Ice of Diana Szeinblum's Alaska

    published February 19, 2008

    In 2002, the Argentinian choreographer Diana Szeinblum brought her Secreto y Malibu to DTW. Almost six years later, she returns with... More >>

  • Playing Around

    published February 19, 2008

    Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug Ailey Citigroup Theater February 13 through 17 More >>

  • Women at War in Deganit Shemy’s Iodine

    published February 5, 2008

    Remember your mother saying, “It’ll only sting for a minute,” as she swabbed your skinned knee, then blew on it while you yelped? ... More >>

  • Christopher Wheeldon and Nikolaj Hübbe Say Goodbye

    published February 5, 2008

    Christopher Wheeldon isn’t saying farewell to the New York City Ballet, even though he’s leaving his post as Resident Choreographer in... More >>

  • Complex Simple

    published February 5, 2008

    Trisha Brown's solo, If You Couldn't See Me, arrived in 1994, bearing questions. Of course we could see her, just not her face. And we knew... More >>

  • Tears of Lights

    published February 5, 2008

    Colleen Thomas has performed with numerous companies, including that of her partner, Bill Young. Even though she doesn't appear in either piece... More >>

  • Redefining Chaos With Jordan Fuchs

    published January 29, 2008

    I beg to differ with Jordan Fuchs about thickets. At least in one sense. He has called his new dance Thicket and the press release for the... More >>

  • Two People Wind Through a Desiccated Labyrinth of Love

    published January 29, 2008

    What is this place? A dim wasteland in which two barely discernible figures slowly tangle and roll apart and tangle again in a contest between... More >>

  • Tale of the Tape

    published January 29, 2008

    Accidentally getting a time-code break when editing a video on a computer can confront you with a frustrating task—somewhat like trying to... More >>

  • Why Is Chris Elam Smiling?

    published January 29, 2008

    In a photo posted on ideablob.com, Chris Elam is holding one end of a white sign; his grin is almost as wide. He has just become the December... More >>

  • Talking Dancing: Works & Process at the Guggenheim

    published January 22, 2008

    A living legend doesn’t usually blush when praised, laugh about past blunders, or recall saying “Oh my goodness me!” when first... More >>

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