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Published: November 1, 2012
Category: review

A Tough Trek to Transcendence: Akram Khan’s Vertical Road

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Only a virtuoso dancer would make a work about spiritual transcendence in which the first 50 minutes of its 75-minute length are physically punishing. And Akram Khan’s Vertical Road, viewed Oct. 23 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, did finally culminate on a note that was, if not []

Published: March 21, 2011
Category: review

Martha Graham: The Gold Is in the Old

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Keeping the artistic legacy of Martha Graham (1894-1991) alive is a conundrum. The choreographer pioneered a technique that physicalized feelings of loss, desire, rage and resignation. But today her dance aesthetic, with its cubist lines and hyper-intense characters, can feel passé, despite its universal themes. Last week (March 15-20), []