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Dance Magazine is a monthly performing arts magazine featuring all forms of dance with profiles, news, photos, reviews of performances and information on books, videos, films, schools, health and technique. It has been published since 1927 by Dance Magazine Inc.Dance Magazine subjects include the performing arts. Hanna Rubin is the executive managing editor. Wendy Perron, Jennifer Stahl and Khara Hanlon are contributing editors.

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 9, September

A Couple Makes Solos
A COUPLE MAKES SOLOS LAZ BREZER KEI TAKEI LA MAMA, E.T.C. NEW YORK, NEW YORK JUNE 15-18 AND 22-25, 2000 They're the odd couple. Kei Takei is a diminutive Japanese woman, who in the 1970s created a numberless series of elaborate rituals, each called...
A Culinary Pas De Deux
DANCE AND COOKING share common ground, deeply rooted in primal human experience: Movement is the expression of life, and food, the fuel. For Geoffrey Holder--dancer, actor, choreographer, director, costume designer, cookbook writer, painter--the...
Advice for Dancers
Q I hate dancing fat! But I can't seem to follow a good diet. What can I do? Depressed A Let's consider your options. As you probably know, many weightloss programs recommend a high-carbohydrate diet that's low in fat and calories, combined with...
Afro-Brazilian Blends
AFRO-BRAZILIAN BLENDS DANCE BRAZIL JOYCE THEATER NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAY 23-28, 2000 Downstage right lay a woman, her body contorted and a muzzle strapped to her face. She sobbed silently, moving like an old cat. In Dance Brazil's world premiere of...
Agnes and Martha and Ron
IT TURNS OUT, oddly enough, that I was present at perhaps one of the final Martha Graham Dance Company performances, and even more oddly, that it took place in Palo Alto, California. That was at Stanford University, where the company (remember the...
Another Season in the Sun
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAY 8-JULY 1, 2000 Sprightly, even sexy, American Ballet Theatre celebrated its sixtieth birthday on May 8, setting off its annual eight-week New York spring season. For the most...
Answers 4 Dancers
READY TO TAKE ON HOLLYWOOD! Q My name is Joel. I'm 21 and a senior in college. I am getting a musical theater degree in the spring and am contemplating where to go when school is out. The only dance training I've had has been for the past three...
A Pleasing Pas De Cheval
LE CARROUSEL DU ROI BERKELEY FESTIVAL AND EXHIBITION HEATHER FARMS PARK WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA JUNE 9-10, 2000 In the seventeenth century, every minor Italian duke who married his son to a daughter of an equally minor Austrian duke arranged for...
A Whirlwind of World Dance
SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL JUNE 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 2000 PALACE OF FINE ARTS SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Going to the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is both an endurance test and an eye opener. At close to three hours, the shows...
Ballets Russes Reunion: One Last Grand Adventure
THE STANDING OVATION erupted before the show even began at this spring's Ballets Russes Gala Performance, held at New Orleans's Orpheum Theater as part of the four-day Ballets Russes Celebration. When the curtain rose on a half-moon of nearly seventy-five...
Bodyvox Lights Up the Sky
BODYVOX LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY PORTLAND, OREGON JUNE 8-11, 15-18, 2000 Oregon's literary artists have a strong sense of place and an acute sensitivity to the weather. The same can be said for some of its dancers, specifically...
Bolshoi Ballet
BOLSHOI BALLET OPERA HOUSE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 30-JUNE 4, 2000 There's a new slogan--"The Bolshoi is back!"--replacing the old one--"Bolshoi means BIG!"--and along with these words comes a mostly new...
Carnegie Hall Does the Hula
"THE HULA IS a living picture book of our culture," insists Honolulu's Sonny Ching of the most powerful form of Hawaiian expression. Not surprisingly then, "Ho'oulu I Ka Na'auoa," or "To Grow in Wisdom," the Carnegie Hall debut of Ching's hula troupe,...
Choreographer Bitten by Acting Bug!
Debbie Allen, Paula Abdul, Gene Kelly and Michael Kidd have nothing on Vincent Paterson. In addition to his work on such films as Evita and The Birdcage, he choreographed Madonna's "Blonde Ambition" tour and Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour, as well as...
Deane's Beauty Pageant
DEANE'S BEAUTY PAGEANT ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET ROYAL ALBERT HALL LONDON, ENGLAND U.K. JUNE 8-20, 2000 A huge white cutout castle hid the famous organ loft of the Royal Albert Hall while the vast oval arena, traditionally the site for milling throngs...
Exit and Entrance at Pnb
PACIFIC NORTHWEST Ballet begins its twenty-eighth season this month with the departure of one of its most interesting dancers and the arrival of a new executive director. Anne Derieux, who danced with PNB for eight years (the last six as a principal)...
Graham Dancers Build Arsenal
OFFSTAGE CONFLICTS of interest continue to steal the spotlight at the Martha Graham Dance Company. In the latest development, the board of directors erased any doubts about whether it would remove Ron Protas as director of the Martha Graham Dance Center....
Harold Nicholas 1921-2000
THAT DYNAMIC TAP dance duo the Nicholas Brothers is sadly diminished with the death of Harold from heart failure on July 3. He was 79. Harold was the one who added spice to Fayard's elegance. Together they dominated the spectacular type of tap known...
Hip-Hop Rolls
MACADAM MACADAM YALE UNIVERSITY THEATER NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT JUNE 28, 2000 Global exchange at its finest took place at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. The French, as we all know, gave us ballet, but the...
Idioms Merge in Moderns
IDIOMS MERGE IN MODERNS REBECCA KELLY BALLET SYLVIA & DANNY KAYE PLAYHOUSE AT HUNTER COLLEGE NEW YORK, NEW YORK APRIL 28-29, 2000 Rebecca Kelly's choreography isn't "modern ballet," like Antony Tudor's. And it's not "crossover ballet," as this...
Inside the College Audition Game
CHOOSING THE perfect college dance program is the first step in furthering your education. Next, you have to persuade the program to choose you. With many schools, that means taking an audition. To lessen some of the mystery--and stress--of the audition...
Mr. B Goes to Washington
The Kennedy Center's Balanchine Celebration features six troupes In fourteen of the master's ballets GEORGE BALANCHINE took a pessimistic view of longevity. Not his personal longevity, of course--as a Georgian, he often expressed the view that...
Mythology Permeates Dance Landscape
KALI BEHNKE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE SEATTLE, WASHINGTON JUNE 1-4, 2000 The world premiere, presented by Seattle's On the Boards, of Kali, an experimental opera using stories and images from Hindu mythology, brought together a world renowned...
National Dance Pros Gather 'Round at Roundtable
"NEW DIRECTIONS on Moving Ground" might have been a slightly tongue-in-cheek motto for this year's Dance/USA Conference. But the 375 artists and arts administrators who gathered in San Francisco June 1-13 to learn the latest on what's what and who's...
Nureyev Saluted on Film and TV
To celebrate the thirty-ninth anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June offered four programs of his filmed and videotaped performances. PBS plans to telecast...
Ohio Ballet Stumbles in Transition
OHIO BALLET, long a bulwark of artistic stability, has been shaken by a controversy that pitted the dancers against artistic director Jeffrey Graham Hughes and the board of trustees. At the end of the 1999-2000 season, the dancers expressed their frustration...
Only the Best Will Do
Jean Gedeon of Pittsburgh Youth Ballet: `I never give up on anyone' AN HOUR before company class, Jean Gedeon, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company's artistic director, drives a massive maroon van through detour-gnarled city streets. Completing errands...
People & Companies in the News
A MEMORIAL FOR dancer-choreographer Anna Sokolow (see Dance Magazine, July 2000, page 50) will be held at 8 P.M. Sept. 14 at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., New York City. RSVP to Players' Project at (212) 966-5621.... The National Initiative to...
Pilgrim's Progress
Ralph Lemon set out to make a dance about Buddhism, but eight months in Asia left him mystified. How perfectly Zen. WHEN RALPH LEMON folded his dance company in 1995, many people saw it as a harbinger of worse things to come. The economy was...
Putting the Gold on Hold
ARTHUR MITCHELL, artistic director and cofounder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, won the only gold medal awarded at the Sixth New York International Ballet Competition in June. Frederic Franklin made the presentation to Mitchell on closing night at Alice...
Readers' Forum
DM TO DANCER: WELCOME BACK On December 20, 1999. I bought the January 2000 issue of Dance Magazine. During the next few days I emailed many ballet schools for information on their summer ballet programs. On the morning of December 30. I woke up...
Rennie Harris Puremovement
RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT WILMA THEATER PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA JUNE 14-18, 2000 No Shakespeare in b-boy baggies, Rennie Harris, choreographer and artistic director of Puremovement, offers a Romeo and Juliet that deserves its new name--Rome and...
Reviving the Old, Pondering the New
SMUIN BALLETS/SF YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA MAY 3-21, 2000 Michael Smuin's spunky chamber troupe is still six years young, and yet the best works offered among this spring season's three chock-full programs were, relatively...
Sara Rudner at Sarah Lawrence
SARA RUDNER sweeps positive energy into a room with her. Her manner is gentle and self-possessed. Thick raven hair softened with strands of gray contrasts light brown eyes that sparkle with vitality. Behind the warm smile you sense the determination...
Schools Have Personalities Too
OFTEN WE see similar traits or styles of behavior in different people and we interpret and categorize them by their personalities. But look a little deeper and you find that each of us is like a fingerprint; no two are exactly alike. Everyone is unique...
Search for Tomorrow
A FEW MONTHS back, I seem to have caused a certain flutter in the dovecotes by suggesting that we were suffering not so much from too few good choreographers, but ironically enough, from too many mediocre practitioners of a necessarily public art....
Senior Rosenthal Blasts Off
RACHEL ROSENTHAL LOS ANGELES THEATER CENTER LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA JUNE 16-17, 23-24, 2000 Before anyone had a name for it, Rachel Rosenthal was doing performance art--as an outgrowth of her late-1940s Paris encounters with the work of Antonin Artaud...
Tap Extravaganza 2000
TAP EXTRAVAGANZA 2000 TOWN HALL NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAY 28, 2000 Tap Extravaganza 2000 showed that rhythm tap dancing, at least for one night, was well on the road to gender equality. Once considered the domain of black men in its heyday (the 1930s)...
The Drill on Juggling Dance Team and Dance Class
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT: Dance team is hot. Pep rallies and basketball and football game halftime shows across the country feature kids of all ages dancing in the name of school spirit. Kids think of it as a cool way to use their dance training to get involved...
The Nerve of Phrenic New Ballet
PENNSYLVANIA BALLET dancer Matthew Neenan laughs diabolically as he contemplates a schedule that includes performing, training and choreographing in multiple places virtually at once. He and fellow company members Amanda Miller and Christine Cox, along...
The Smell of the Greasepaint
WE ALL REMEMBER our first Broadway musical, no matter what. But I was particularly lucky with mine: it was Gypsy, which is actually worth remembering for the rest of your life. Arthur Laurents's book was one of the best ever written for a musical....
The Teach-Learn Connection
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania--Is the choreographic process "merely moving around to create something" or is it a form of academic scholarship that requires research and development of abstract concepts? According to Nora Ambrosio, chair of Slippery...
View: Pacific Northwest Ballet
In honor of the Aaron Copland centenary, Pacific Northwest Ballet programmed the Seattle company premiere of Eugene Loring's ballet Billy the Kid on, appropriately enough, the April "Americana" repertory program. And the PNB orchestra, led by Stewart...
Where the Whole World Meets
WITH LUXURY condos and dot-coms consuming New York's rehearsal and performance spaces, The New 42nd Street Studios in Times Square offer the performing arts an Internet economy toehold. With a price tag of $29.6 million, it houses fourteen rehearsal...
`Wicked' Russian Ballerina Scuffles with British Tabloids
FEW DANCERS have appeared in Hello!, a popular European magazine brimming with glossy photos and saccharine-sweet "exclusive" interviews on lifestyles of the rich and famous, be they royalty or pop culture celebrities. Russian ballerina Anastasia...