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December 2008

Letter from New York, 12-30: What's in a name?
Call the theater Koch if you want, but the dancers are the real thing at City Ballet
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Harold Pinter -- Nobel Lecture
Art, Truth & Politics
By Harold Pinter
© The Nobel Foundation 2005

Flash Review, 12-18: 'Martial-arts kicks' and reductive criticism
LeeSaar the Company doesn't deserve Orientalism, but is it asking for it?
By Melinda Lee
Copyright 2008 Melinda Lee

Post-Modern Classics, 12-18: Ohad Naharin
Unlocking Gaga
By Aimee Ts’ao
Copyright 2006, 2008 Aimee Ts’ao

The Buzz, 12-18: Take your partner by the hand
The Dance Insider needs your support now; Square Dancing on Miami Beach, 1965
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Photography by Morris Hertzon

Letter from New York, 12-11: Tudor Mania, Movie Mania
First-class performances for ABT's second choice; Lar's come far
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Flash Review, 12-4: Lean on Me
In search of the unachievable union with Tami Stronach
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2008 Philip W. Sandstrom

Flash Review, 12-4: Grounded Flight
Butcher Returns to Judson
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2008 Josephine Leask

Post-Modern Classics, 12-4: Brown and Rainer Live
Stripping White Oak's Celebrity from its Integrity
By Chris Dohse
Copyright 2000, 2008 Chris Dohse

 

November 2008

FLASH NEWS, 11-20: DEATH OF A GIANT
Clive Barnes, Rest in Peace
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 11-20: West Coast Swing
Dances Across the Spectrum from SF Ballet
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2008 Gus Solomons jr

Letter from New York, 11-13: Temperaments
Old Temperaments, New Babies and Instant Classics from Morphoses & SF Ballet
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Flash Review, 11-13: Escapism
Children of Cocteau: John Kelly Presents Dargelos
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2008 Philip W. Sandstrom

Flash Reflections, 11-6: Remembering Gerry
'He loved us, and he was so, so proud and devoted to his company'
By Christian Holder
Copyright 2008 Christian Holder

The Buzz, 11-6: Redemption Songs
Forsythe, LeBlanc, Tomasson & Wheater on Arpino; Brave New World
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Letter from London, 11-3: Old is New Again
Time-Stoppers from Burrows, Cunningham, and Guedes at Dance Umbrella
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2008 Josephine Leask

October 2008

Flash Extra, 10-30: With the Angels
Viva Arpino!
By Dance Insider Staff
Copyright 2008 The Dance Insider

Flash Review, 10-23: Ballet's Next Hope
All-Star Casts Shine in Sparkling Wheeldon
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2008 Gus Solomons jr

Post-Modern Classics, 10-23: Dreaming of Danzon... and John Shaft
Shut Your Mouth! And Enter the Wondrous World of Daniel Larrieu
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2001, 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

The Dance Insider Interview, 10-9: Tina LeBlanc
"Music is the reason I dance"
Interview conducted by Paul Ben-Itzak
Illustration by Robin Hoffman
Copyright Robin Hoffman & Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Review, 10-9: Tilting at Petipa
Tulsa Solves the Quixote Caper
By Alicia Chesser
Copyright 2008 Alicia Chesser
Photography by Christopher Jean-Richard

 

September 2008

Flash Review 1, 9-30: Salon Dances
Intimate "Liaisons" from Edisa Weeks & Co.
By Alison D'Amato
Copyright 2008 Alison D'Amato
Photography by Julie Lemberger

Flash Review 2, 9-30: Place, Show, Win
Audience goes for macho, but Linder's "Foie Gras" gets Place Prize
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2008 Josephine Leask

Flash Flashback, 9-30: Pioneers
Manifesto & Murray
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 1999, 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Preview, 9-19: Autumn in New York
The 2008 DanceNOW [NYC] Festival Artist Line-upFrom DanceNOW [NYC]
www.dancenownyc.org

Post-Modern Classics: From the Gooey to the Sublime
Mantero Reaches Olympian Heights in Improv Program
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2001 Josephine Leask

Flash View, 9-12: So you think you can dance?
For Ailey dancer with Muslim name, rocky entrance in the Bosom of Abraham
By Omar Barghouti
Copyright 2008 Omar Barghouti

Flash Review, 9-5: Engaged
At Mimos, Marceau steals the show and Trigance carries on the legacy
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Flashback, 9-05: It's the Dancer
Let us Now Praise Modern Dancers
By Veronica Dittman
Copyright 2000 Veronica Dittman

 

August 2008

Flash Review, 8-29: In the Beginning, Middle, and End, More than Somewhat Elevated
Speed-Dialing Dance History with William Forsythe and the Royal Ballet of Flanders
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2008 Gus Solomons jr

Flash Flashback, 8-29: In Frisco with the French
Babilée Nearly Steals the Show from the Paris Opera Ballet
By Aimée Ts'ao
Copyright 2001, 2008 Aimée Ts'ao

Flash Flashback , 8-08: The Baker Centennial
Celebrating Josephine's Greatest Love
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2006 The Dance Insider

July 2008

Letter from New York, 7-31: American Beauties
At ABT, dazzling stars bring glitter to tired repertoire
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Flash Review, 7-25: Roots
Portraits of Flamenco History from Israel Galvan
By Anna Arias Rubio
Copyright 2008 Anna Arias Rubio

Letter from New York, 7-11: All Robbins, some Balanchine
From City Ballet, Jerry's Odyssey
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Flash Review, 7-11: Homefull
Cohabitation with Akram Khan & Co.
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2008 Josephine Leask

Flash Review, 7-3: On the road to Calcutta & Kerala
Pina Bausch listens to the 'Bamboo Blues'
By Laurie Uprichard
Copyright 2008 Laurie Uprichard

Flash Review 2, 7-3: Rabbit Run
Ace ABT Cast Makes Tharp's Latest
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2008 Gus Solomons jr

Flash Profile, 7-3: American Independent
Donald McKayle celebrates 60 years of dance-making
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 1998, 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

 

June 2008

Flash Review, 6-27: Forever Fancy-Full
Damian Woetzel says 'So long'
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2008 Gus Solomons jr

Flash Essay, 6-27: Rites of Artistic Identity
Of Harbingers and Abundance: The Mythic Appeal of "Le Sacre du Printemps"
By Marisa C. Hayes
Copyright 2008 Marisa C. Hayes

Flash Review, 6-20: Stolen Generation
Bangarra Tells Mathinna's Story
By Chloe Smethurst
Copyright 2008 Chloe Smethurst

Flash Flashback, 6-20: Walking the Line
Reichian Rosas; Propped up Cie 111; Fear of Fear
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007, 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak & The Dance Insider

Flash Flashback, 6-13: Battling the Dark Spaces
In a World of Conflict, Gerard Violette & Padmini Chettur See Another Path
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2006, 2008 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 6-13: Novelty Acts
At the Chapel of St. Twyla with ABT & St. Vitus; Ratmansky-Shostakovich Concerto from NYCB
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Out of the Fog, 6-6: Ballet to Breakers
10 New Works in Three-Day Decathlon from America's Oldest Classical Troupe
By Aimée Ts’ao
Copyright 2008 Aimée Ts’ao

Flash Review, 6-6: Horizons
Ying Sings His/Her Own Song
By Toni Taylor
Copyright 2008 Toni Taylor

 

May 2008

Flash Review, 5-23: Dreams of Robbins
At City Ballet, Jerry Plays with the Russians
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2008 Gus Solomons jr

Flash Review 2, 5-23: Fired up and let down
Mee's "Fire Island" can't get started
By Alison D'Amato
Copyright 2008 Alison D'Amato

Flash Flashback, 5-23: Dancing with Disaster
Sasha Waltzes with the Tsunamis
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2006, 2008 The Dance Insider

Letter from London, 5-16: Like the....
New Menageries from Phoenix Dance Theatre
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2008 Josephine Leask

Letter from the Coast, 5-16: Children's Hour
Too Much Opera, too Little Prince
By Jordan Winer
Copyright 2008 Jordan Winer

Letter from New York, 5-9: Robbins Mill
Jerry's kids throw a birthday party
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Letter from New York 2, 5-9: Transitions
Curran goes with the current and finds the flow
By Catey Ott
Copyright 2008 Catey Ott

Flash Flashback, 5-9: Current Curran
Into the Deep with Sean... and Company
By Alicia Mosier Chesser
Copyright 2002, 2008 Alicia Mosier Chesser

Letter from New York, 5-2: From Petersburg to PoMo
A Ballet Gold Standard and Mettlesome Postmodern Baser Metals
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2008 Gus Solomons jr

Flash Review, 5-2: Partner Dances
About Tango, About Intimacy -- and About Tulsa
By Alicia Chesser
Copyright 2008 Alicia Chesser
Photography copyright Christopher Jean-Richard

 

April 2008

Letter from New York #1, 4-25: Somewhere Past the Rainbow
Lessons in Color from Our Mr. Brooks
By Chris Dohse
Copyright 2008 Chris Dohse
Photography by Julie Lemberger

Letter from New York #2, 4-25: The Russians are Coming! Without their Director!
Brave Solo Turns Highlight Uneven Kirov Programs
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Flash Focus, 4-18: Think Globally, Act Regionally
Angelini Builds a New Home for New Dance; Lustig Smashes the Ceiling
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Flashback, 4-18: Full Words
Preljocaj Caged by Cage, Married with Violence
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2006, 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Response, 4-11: DTW's Eviction of Ellen Robbins
A Total Turn-around of the DTW Mission
By Katie Bull
Copyright 2008 Katie Bull

Letter from New York, 4-11: A Rose By Any Other Name, Please!
(But Nelson's Still Smells As Sweet)
By Melinda Lee
Copyright 2008 Melinda Lee

Flash Review, 4-4: Little Joys, Perturbations
Dances on a Pendulum from New York Theatre Ballet
By Nicholas Birns
Copyright 2008 Nicholas Birns
Illustration by Robin Hoffman
Photograph by Richard Termine

Flash Flashback, 4-4: The British are Coming Out! The British are Coming Out!
Bintley's Brits Give a Schooling
By Mark Dendy
Copyright 2000, 2008 Mark Dendy

Flash News, 4-1: Cultural Relevance
Dance/USA Mobilizes for Jowitt
By I.B. Foo-lin
Copyright 2008 I.B. Foo-lin

 

March 2008

Letter from New York, 3-28: I can dream... Can I?
Streams of Repertory from Paul Taylor
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green

Flash Flashback, 3-28: It Must Have Been the 'Roses'
March, Snow, and Taylor: Springtime in New York
By Nancy Dalva
Copyright 2003, 2008 Nancy Dalva

Letter from New York, 3-21: Mining the Lore, Planting the Seeds
Pasion Flamenca: Dance Globally, Produce Locally
By Anna Arias Rubio
Copyright 2008 Anna Arias Rubio

The Dance Insider Illustration, 3-14: Dancescapes
Ananiashvili Brings it Home
Art & Text by Robin Hoffman
Copyright 2008 Robin Hoffman

Letter from London, 3-7: Next Stop, Rosas/P.A.R.T.S.
On the Brussels Express with De Keersmaeker & Charges
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2008 Josephine Leask

The Buzz, 3-7: Stop your Sobbing
L.A. Times Eliminates its Dance Critic
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

 

February 2008

Letter from New York, 2-29: Back to the Future
Hübbe Caps NYCB Career with a Flower Festival
By Harris Green
Copyright 2008 Harris Green
Photography copyright Paul Kolnik

Guest Column, 2-29: Answers for Dancers
Lowdown on Auditions (from the Pros)
By Grover Dale
Copyright 2008 Grover Dale

Flash View, 2-22: Above Politics?
"Out of Israel" and into Complicity
By Omar Barghouti
Copyright 2008 Omar Barghouti

Letter from New York, 2-22: Words at War
American Playwrights Respond to Iraq
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2008 Philip W. Sandstrom

The Buzz, 2-15: The Problem with Gia
Time for the Times to disengage from its unengaged critic
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Letter from Burgundy, 2-15: Out of Africa, not out of the 'African Dance' Ghetto
Bienvenue to the Francophone Scene
By Marisa C. Hayes
Copyright 2008 Marisa C. Hayes

Flash Flashback, 2-15: Toujours Maguy
Around Your World with Marin
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2005, 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

The Dance Insider Essay, 2-7: Dancing with the Dirt Eaters
Time to bring cross-training to U.S. Dance Education
By Amy Smith
Copyright 2008 Amy Smith

Letter from Berlin, 2-7: Trickland
Macras Turns Clichés into Art
By Angharad Davies
Copyright 2008 Angharad Davies

In Memorium, 2-1: Maurice Bejart
Last Rites for an Eternal Dance Maker
By Maina Gielgud, A,O.
Copyright 2008 Maina Gielgud

Flash Flashback, 2-1: Murder at the Ballet Competition
Bejart's 'Concours' a Course in Dance Theater from the Paris Opera Ballet
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2002, 2008 The Dance Insider

Flash Journal Flashback, 2-1: The Unseeing Observer
La vraie danse francaise, from the Bastille to the Menagerie
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2003, 2008 The Dance Insider

 

January 2008

Flash Review, 1-24: The Figure is the Enemy
Video Kills Ouramdane's "Superstars"; Culturing Forsythe
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Letter from New York, 1-24: Disengage the Disconnect
Shick's Schtick Lost without a Translation
By April Biggs
Copyright 2008 April Biggs

Flack Attack 2008: The Voices they are a-changin'
The Best Publicists in New York
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2008 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Flashback, 1-16: The Sum of P.A.R.T.S.
De Keersmaeker (and Charges) Storm the Bastille
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2001, 2008 The Dance Insider

The Dance Insider Interview: Elkins
This is the Sound of Doug
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2006 Philip W. Sandstrom

Flash Review, 1-4: Extraordinary Things
Morris's Hardy Nut
By Jordan Winer
Copyright 2008 Jordan Winer

Guest Column, 1-4: Answers for Dancers
Will my body keep me from having the career I want?
By Grover Dale
Copyright 2008 Grover Dale

 

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