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Flash Extra, 4-1: Wise Moves
O'Connor, Replacing Rockwell at Times, Names Acocella Deputy; Gia ousts Jowitt; Croce Returns to New Yorker to not Review Dance

By Fou-Fou d'Avril
Special Correspondent

NEW YORK -- In a flurry of stunning developments more akin to Spring Training wheeling and dealing than the often immovable circle of dance critics, the New York Times Friday replaced chief dance critic John Rockwell with chief dance critic critic Tere O'Connor, who immediately hired Joan Acocella as his deputy, reportedly greeting her with "Joan, you ignorant slut" before sentencing -- er, assigning her to watch his rehearsals for a year before putting another pen to paper. Ousted Times writer Gia "Heathers" Kourlas immediately convinced Village Voice editor Donald Forced to hire her to replace Deboarah Jowitt, promising to concentrate ''less on dance criticism, and more on dance gossip," which apparently pleased the Voice editor as better conforming with the weekly's current trend. "Deborah's too earnest anyway," said Forced. For his part, Times publisher Arthur "Punchy" Sulzberger named Rockwell special correspondent for Eurotrash, explaining, "American dance is too earnest for John anyway." At the now Acocella-less New Yorker, editor David Remnant called eminent critic Arlene Croce out of retirement for one assignment, "Why I won't review Dance," which, Remnant pointed out, would eliminate the need for any future dance criticism at the New Yorker. "Choreographers don't appreciate good reviews anyway, so why should we bother?" Remnant commented early Saturday morning, not without reason, before darting out the door for the magazine's annual April Fool's party.

 

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