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      Volume 2,  Number 6     February 9 , 2004           An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Letter from New York

9 February 2004.

Copyright © 2004 by Mindy Aloff
published 9 January 2004

“How can we know the dancer from the dance?,” Yeats asked rhetorically, implying that the distinction is impossible. And he was right, in the sense that dancing, when it is great, erases the difference between performance and choreography: it really does look as if the performer is making everything up on the spot. Of course, the dance critic’s more practical answer is, “See two casts.” The dance is whatever survives both of them. Yet this presumes that, apart from the exchange of performers, all the other elements of theatrical production stay the same.
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Designs That Pack a Punch

New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
New York, NY
January 31, 2004

by Susan Reiter
copyright 2004 by Susan Reiter
published 9 February 2004

Although it was Susan Stroman's Double Feature that was supposed to be NYCB's nod to Broadway this season, it was when the curtain rose on Rubies, the central portion of George Balanchine's stunning tryptich, that a truly Broadway moment occurred: the audience applauded the scenery. There were even a few scattered "bravo"s, and the ballet did not begin for several seconds.
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Russian Romance

Doug Varone and Dancers
The Joyce Theater
New York, NY
February 3&6, 2004

by Nancy Dalva
copyright 2004 by Nancy Dalva

Doug Varone's two programs at the Joyce Theatre last week were exhilarating because he has accomplished a synthesis of his dance origins (José Limón and Lar Lubovitch) and the contemporary vernacular (postmodernism) he has long favored. (He founded his own company in 1986). His new work called Castles plays on all current strengths, which include great duet-making, a knack for the small telling gesture, the parlaying of the interpenetration of forms sinto metaphor, and an ecomical allusiveness typical of short story writers.
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What's On This Week?

Balanchine 100th Birthday Events:

February 10-15 (Opened in November)
New York City Ballet

The company's Balanchine Centennial Celebration continues with three more performances of the master's abstract three-acter, the sublime Jewels. In addition to new sets by Peter Harvey, former NYCB principal and current Mariinsky star Igor Zelensky guests in Diamonds on Thursday and Saturday matinee. The rest of the week is taken by Coppelia, with Jenifer Ringer and Megan Fairchild - in her New York
debut - in the title role. 2/10 at 8pm, 2/11 at 8pm, 2/12 at 8pm, 2/13 at 8pm, 2/14 at 8pm, 2/14 at 2pm, 2/15 at 3pm.
New York State Theater Lincoln Center 66th Street and Broadway 212-

February 10-29 and April 27-June 27 (opened January 6)
The Balanchine Centennial Exhibition at New York City Ballet
George Balanchine's career is covered in a photography exhibit curated
by company veteran Edward Bigelow.
New York State Theater Lincoln Center 66th Street and Broadway 212-

February 10-March 7 (Opened December 6)
A Celebration of George Balanchine:
Selected Television Work George Balanchine took full advantage of the advent of television, and many of his greatest works - and performances of his dancers - have been captured on video. In this 100th-year anniversary of the great choreographer's birthday, The Museum of Television & Radio presents a series of showings of some incredible footage. The sixth installment, shown from 2/10-15, is calledGreat Moments from Great Performances, which includes Serenade (Kistler, Nichols, Calegari, et al.), Western Symphony (Roy, Soto, Saland, LaFosse, Alexopoulos, Boal, et al.), and
Theme and Variations (Kirkland, Baryshnikov). (1978­90; 85 minutes)
Screening Times: Tuesdays to Sunday at 12:30 pm Evening Screenings:
Thursdays at 6pm The Museum of Television & Radio 25 West
52 Street 212-621-6800

February 10-April 24 (Opened December 10)
The Enduring Legacy of George Balanchine
A multi-media exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth
of George Balanchine. It features photographs, designs, manuscript music and correspondence, costumes, set pieces, and models, along with showings of videotaped performances and rehearsals. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery 40 Lincoln Center Plaza 212-870-1630

Ballet and Dance Events:

February 9
Configuration: A Ballet for the 21st Century
Dancers Catherine Batcheller and Joseph Cipolla present their group in
New York for the first time in works by Harrison McEldowney, Peter Quanz, Thaddeus Davis and Edwaard Liang. Heather Hamilton, Liang, Juan Rodriguez, Olivier Wecxsteen and Bonnie Pickard perform. At 8pm.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

February 9
Movement Research at the Judson Churc
This week's forum for experimentation and works-in-progress features a
performance by Deborah Hay. At 8pm
55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street

February 10-15
Elisa Monte Dance
This group returns with two programs and the world premiere of Shekhina. The performances include Monte's signature work Treading,
the revival of 1987's men's quartet Dextra Dei, and last year's homage to artist Josef Albers, Light Lies.
The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. 212-242-0880 www.joyce.

February 11
Harambee Dance Company
A program of African-American dance and music.
At 12pm.
Triangle Theater
Long Island University
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn

February 11, 12, 20 and 21
Peggy Piacenza
Piacenza's For Whom Am I is performed, with an original score by Fredrith and painted animation by Kristin Varner.
At 7pm.
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues

February 11-15
Rebecca Kelly Ballet
The company performs the premiere of Reves, as well as Winter Spice Collection
and Those Who Must Be Kept. 2/11-14 at 8pm, 2/14 at 3pm.
The Duke on 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street

February 12
Art of Courtship

The New York Baroque Dance Company
A Valentine Day's celebration of dance from 18th century Europe
performed to period music and costumed dancers.
Winter Garden
World Financial Center
220 Vesey Street between North End Avenue and West Street 212-945-0505

February 12-13
Headlong Dance Theater and Arrow Dance Communication

The two groups, one from Philadelphia, the other from Japan,
collaborate in You Are So Beautiful.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street

February 12-14
Wow Moves Dance Fest

Jen Abrams and Eva Lawrence perform As I was Saying; New Dances Wow Cafe Theater 59-61 East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue 4th Floor 212-777-4280

February 12-14
2004 Winter Dance Project
Collen Thomas and Bill Young perform Pomegranate Sue and the Tin Man.
The Puffin Room
435 Broome Street between Broadway and Crosby Street 212-343-2881

February 12-15
Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance

Encounters, choreographed by Cherylyn Lavagnino, is an evening of
contemporary ballet with original music composed by Scott Killian and Andy Teirstein.
St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
Second Avenue at 10th Street

February 13-15
InnerLandscapes Dance Theater Collective
Nomi Bachar, Amy Kail, Sasha Spielvogel, and Kathryn Sullivan offer a program that features original music by Matt Aiken; guest appearances by Martin Lofsnes and Elizabeth Auclair (of the Martha
Graham Company); a work based on a Dorothy Parker story; and a medley of Yiddish swing.
Joyce Soho
155 Mercer Street between Houston and Prince Streets 212-334-7479

February 13-22
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

At 8pm, 215 at 5pm.
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue at 10th Street

February 14
Dance Conservatory Performance Projec
A presentation of Medea and new works
. At 7:30 pm.
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street

— Dale Brauner





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


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