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Published: April 29, 2011
Category: review

The Dance Against Cancer Wins

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Dance Against Cancer, the April 25 benefit performance at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC), began with a movie. On screen, New York City Ballet principal Maria Kowroski said the last performance her mother saw her dance before she died of cancer was Balanchine’s “Mozartiana.” Later, when Kowroski []

Published: August 15, 2010
Category: profile

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival: Kyle Abraham

PILLOWNOTES

by Rachel Straus

The PillowNotes series comprises essays commissioned from our Scholars-in-Residence to provide audiences with a broader context for viewing dance.

For someone so attuned to others’ inner lives, it was surprising to hear Kyle Abraham say, in a recent interview, “I don’t like to show my emotions on a social level.” But []

Published: March 15, 2007
Category: review

Paul Taylor Dance Company ‘Lines of Loss’

By Rachel Straus

Choreographer Paul Taylor shuns autobiographical interpretations of his dances. So I shouldn’t dwell on what it must be like making dances ad infinitum for a constantly traveling group of performers who get injured, age and leave the company just when he is beginning to love them. I shouldn’t factor in the []