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Published: November 7, 2011
Category: review

The Sumptuous Gifts of Fall for Dance 2011

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — The Fall for Dance Festival is a two-week terpsichorean bonanza. It harkens back to vaudeville’s glory days, with its diverse array of talent and cheap seats. Now in its eighth year, the festival isn’t flagging (like the economy) or sputtering into dismal repetition (like certain unnamed politicians’ speeches). In []

Published: August 24, 2011
Category: organization

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival:

By Rachel Straus

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

By the thousand slow revolutions of his body, he gives the appearance of a magician busy at obliterating the traces of his handiwork.— Jacques Rivière, “Le Sacre du Printemps”

The best magicians, and []

Published: June 20, 2011
Category: review

Banned Ballet Gets New Life

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Bright Stream,” which had its New York premiere with the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera June 9-15, is a comedy of errors in the vein of “Twelfth Night.” Cross dressers and star-crossed lovers abound. As restaged from the 1935 Soviet original, choreographed by Fyodor []