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The DanceView Times, New York edition

Volume 1, Number 2   October 6 , 2003            An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Letter from New York

6 October 2003
By Mindy Aloff
Copyright ©2003 by
Mindy Aloff

William Forsythe has been here all week with the Ballett Frankfurt, for performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and talks around town. The program at BAM was a surprise, at least for me: all-dancing, from curtain to curtain; no harangues in a fractured polyglot tongue; scores from Thom Willems, Forsythe’s longtime composer, that were completely appropriate to the stage action; and choreography that seemed to have themes and a focus that even a lumpkin like me, who gave up trying to penetrate the works of Jacques Derrida and Theodor Adorno 20 years ago, could grasp. It may be that the concentration on dancing to put over the theatrical ideas made it possible to see what those ideas are and to appreciate the relationship between the individual phrases that the dancers contribute to the work and the larger editorial shaping and control that Forsythe exerts in the studio and through his customarily brilliant lighting designs. These were works that didn’t look as if they had to prove anything, or compete for something, or impose themselves in order to be recognized. They were dances in the presence of skillfully-designed particles of sound, performed by brilliant movers, and it was pleasant to be in their company for an evening.
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Letter 1
Letter 2

A: Carlotta Sagna's inside-out dance-theater

Choreography and text by Carlotta Sagna
The Kitchen
October 1-4, 2003

By Meital Waibsnaider
Copyright ©2003 by Meital Waibsnaider

Part rehearsal-on-display, part modern-dance performance and part late-night confessional, Carlotta Sagna's A explored performers' psyches while humorously toying with audience expectations. In a jumble of a show that touched on many aspects of performing and living, small kernels of truth shone throughout.
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The American Forsythe

Ballett Frankfurt
Brooklyn Academy of Music
September 30-October 5, 2003

By Nancy Dalva
Copyright ©2003 by Nancy Dalva

Native son William Forsythe returned to New York City this week, to warm acclaim. The four performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music were the last here for the Frankfurt Ballet, which will disband next summer after a final American tour. Having fallen out with the city burghers, the maverick Forsythe, who has for some twenty years directed his troupe under Frankfurt's sponsorship, will then move on. (Though perhaps not far. At press time, he had any number of balls in the air, including regrouping under a new banner in Frankfurt itself.) Like that other prodigal, Mark Morris, who made rude remarks about Belgian royalty and Bejart and was booted out of Brussels, Forsythe has only gained in American affection from his recent political difficulties abroad. With interesting synchronicity, the program he brought here, four works new to New York, was distinctively American looking, while usually what one sees of Forsythe here looks European.
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What's on This Week?
October 6-12

October 6-12 (opened September 23)

Features works by Moses Pendleton - "Opus Cactus," "Baseball," and " Passion." "Baseball" is called a "tribute to America's national pastime, with music by James Brown, Queen, Ali Farka Toure among others." "Passion," performed to rocker Peter Gabriel's score, is lush and exotic while "Opus Cactus" conjures images of the West. Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Ave. at 19th Street

October 9
Ben Munisteri Dance Projects

Ben Munisteri, known for his musicality, wit and virtuosic performers, previews his upcoming Moyce Theater concert. World Financial Center, Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street

October 9, 13, 16, 23, February 18 and 21
Stravinsky Triple Bill
Metropolitan Opera
A triple bill of works by Igor Stravinsky. "Le Sacre du Printemps," with choreography by Doug Varone opens the program, followed by "Le Rossignol," a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, choreographed by Frederick Ashton and danced by New York Cit Ballet's Damian Woetzel and American Ballet Theater's Julie Kent. Oedipus Rex rounds out the evening.
Metropolitan Opera House
Columbus Ave. and 64th St.
(212) 362-6000

October 11-12
Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Suzanne Farrell's meticulously coached and fully alive troupe perform a triple bill of her mentor George Balanchine, which includes his crystalline and pure "Divertimento No. 15," the fiery gypsy inspired " Tzigane," and the landmark "Apollo."
October 11
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
36 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey
October 12
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Brooklyn College, Flatbush & Nostrand
718-951-4500, 718-951-4437

October 6-18 (opened October 1)
Tere O’Connor Dance
O'Connor performs his new multimedia work, "LAWN," which concerns itself with environmental issues and the poetics of dance.
Dance Theater Workshop, Bessie Schonberg Theater
219 W 19th St.

October 10 – 17
Tuscan Dance in Movement

Five Tuscan contemporary dance companies.
John Jay College Theater
899 Tenth Ave. between 58th and 59th Streets

Dale Brauner


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This weeks' articles


Mindy  Aloff's Letter from New York

The Balanchine Celebration
New York City Ballet:
A Veteran and a Raw Recruit
by Mindy Aloff

Heart and Soul
by Mary Cargill

Kid Stuff
Cas Public's If You Go Down To the Woods Today
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ballet:
New Wheeldon (Rush)
by Rita Felciano

New Tomasson (7 For Eight)
by Paul Parish

Possokhov's New Firebird for OBT
by Rita Felciano

Moscow Festival Ballet and Scott Wells
by Paul Parish

Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky:
Nijinsky—Lost in the Chaos
by Clare Croft

NijinskyMadness and Metaphor
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes
by George Jackson

Batsheva: Breaking Down Walls
by Lisa Traiger

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
by Clare Croft

Choreographers Showcase
by Tehreema Mitha

Zoltan Nagy
by George Jackson






Mindy Aloff
Dale Brauner
Mary Cargill
Nancy Dalva
Gia Kourlas
Gay Morris
Susan Reiter
Alexandra Tomalonis(Editor)
Meital Waibsnaider
Leigh Witchel
David Vaughan


The Autumn DanceView is out:

New York City Ballet's Spring 2003 season reviewed by Gia Kourlas

An interview with the Kirov Ballet's Daria Pavlenko by Marc Haegeman

Reviews of San Francisco Ballet (by Rita Felciano) and Paris Opera Ballet (by Carol Pardo)

The ballet tradition at the Metropolitan Opera (by Elaine Machleder)

Reports from London (Jane Simpson) and the Bay Area (Rita Felciano).

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