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Published: March 1, 2014
Category: profile

Beyond the Machine Revisits 'In C' 50 Years Later

By Rachel Straus

The myth of the artist producing masterworks in isolation is one of many fantasies, and delusions, that haunt the creative process. Actually, works of art occur through the interaction of ideas and impulses. Think Stravinsky and Balanchine and their development of a neoclassical set of aesthetic values. Consider Wagner and Nietzsche and their []

Published: January 27, 2005
Category: review

A Conversation Between Too Much & Not Enough: Buglisi Foreman Dance

By Rachel Straus Jacqulyn Buglisi’s new dance “The Conversation” rushes forward with a turbulent energy comparable to nature’s brute force. The choreographer’s 11-year-old company Buglisi Foreman Dance, which she co-directs with her husband Donlin Foreman, has always focused on producing works that seethe with physical foreboding. What comes as a surprise in Ms. Buglisi’s new []

Published: December 16, 2004
Category: review

Recent Events: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

By Rachel Straus

Under a glowing sculpture, two arms shoot into space. A synthesized sound pulses as a dancer’s chest unfolds skyward. A woman’s long legs make quick flickering spirals. What transpires is visually stunning and necessarily experimental: the performing dancers are hearing the music for the first time.

This is a tradition of the Merce Cunningham []

Published: December 6, 2004
Category: review

An Electrifying Debut: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

By Rachel Straus

Known for electrifying stages worldwide, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brought maximum voltage to City Center last Friday night with the company’s premiere of Donald Byrd’s “Burlesque.” In Mr. Byrd’s dance satire, eight Ailey dancers pose as vaudeville-era performers, shooting out from a line of chairs as though their limbs are charged []

Published: November 18, 2004
Category: review

The Appearance of Good Fortune: Pina Bausch at BAM

By Rachel Straus

In a white room the size of an airplane hangar, two men sit on a high table with their legs dangling several feet from the floor. One of the men tips his body and careens over the edge. Just before smacking his head against the ground, his friend, without glancing, snatches him by []

Published: November 15, 2004
Category: review

Dancing the History of Hip-Hop

By Rachel Straus

Hip-hop hit Broadway cement over 30 years ago, but it didn’t make it inside one of its theaters – as entirely its own show – until now. In Rennie Harris’ Legends of Hip-Hop, the originators of popping, locking and electric boogaloo celebrate, with a cadre of younger acolytes, the moves that revolutionized []

Published: November 3, 2004
Category: profile

One Concrete Block at a Time: Elizabeth Streb

By Rachel Straus

In a garage space at the eastern edge of Brooklyn, six adults dodge two swinging cement blocks. As the pigeons in the garage’s rafters stay put, the dancers below scatter like a flock of birds each time the flying slabs come their way. A dancer dives – under a 30-pound block that sweeps []

Published: October 21, 2004
Category: review

From Genesis to Apotheosis, in Time: Bangarra Dance Theatre of Australia

By Rachel Straus

In the beginning – according to the Bangarra Dance Theatre of Australia – there was movement. In “Bush,” artistic director Stephen Page and associate director Frances Rings create a dancing earth. During the 90-minute entertainment, which had its American debut Tuesday night, 11 dancers undulated and slithered back in time, telling nine Aboriginal []

Published: October 4, 2004
Category: review

A Dance to Each Taste: Fall for Dance Festival

By Rachel Straus

For an express indoctrination into the dance world no better festival exists than Fall for Dance. At City Center – formerly a Masonic meeting hall of the Ancient Order of the Nobles of Mystic Shrine – the new festival’s $10 ticket price wooed and converted while the six-night smorgasbord of 30-company performances proffered []

Published: September 20, 2004
Category: review

A Dash of the Lewd

By Rachel Straus For the bar crowd disposed toward Cosmopolitans and interested in a bit of naughty dancing, Joe’s Pub offers the novel cocktail experience of Dancemopolitan – a cabaret act that mixes cognac quality dancing, a dash of the physically lewd, and a lick of choreographic experimentation. On Saturday, Joe’s Pub closed Dancemopolitan’s 2004 []