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December 2007

Letter from New York, 12-18: Partchwork Quilt
Disappointment of the Fury
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2007 Philip W. Sandstrom

Letter from Berlin, 12-13: Female Trouble
Sasha Waltz tries to solve a problem like Medea
By Angharad Davies
Copyright 2007 Angharad Davies

Flash Announcement, 12-13: Synergy
Dance Insider Becomes Media Sponsor of New York Theatre Ballet
By Dance Insider Staff
Contact Paul Ben-Itzak (Dance Insider)
or Roberta Grapperhaus(NYTB)

Letter from London, 12-13: Regime Change
Dance Umbrella Widens the Tent; CanDoCo Steps Out
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2007 Josephine Leask

Flash Review, 12-6: Mythic Propensities
Larbi in Purgatory
By Estelle Dumortier
Copyright 2007 Estelle Dumortier

Flash, 12-6: Propension aux mythes
Larbi dans le purgatoire
Par Estelle Dumortier
Copyright 2007 Estelle Dumortier

November 2007

Letter from New York, 11-29: City Center, Ballet Central
Master's Tournament from ABT and Penn Ballet
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2007 Gus Solomons jr

Flash Flashback, 11-29: Freddy's Dead
Bejart Makes Sure the Show goes on
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

In Memorium, 11-23: Maurice Bejart
The Show Must Go On
By The Dance Insider

The Buzz, 11-14: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Who's the Dance Capital of them All?
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Flashback, 11-14: Wherefore Wuppertal?
Bausch Beached
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

Letter from Berlin, 11-8: Tanzoff!
Terry Dean and Katie Meet Lucky Trimmer & Co.
By Angharad Davies
Copyright 2007 Angharad Davies

Flash Journal, 11-8: VegeMerce
Events from Down Under
By Chloe Smethurst
Copyright 2007 Chloe Smethurst

Insider Forum, 11-1: Significant Observers
'Call us idiots, but we're the audience'
Edited by Veronica Dittman
Founding Editor-in-Chief

Letter from New York, 11-1: Not so silly rabbit
Kim Reproduces Downtown
By Maura Nguyen Donohue
Copyright 2007 Maura Nguyen Donohue

 

October 2007

Flash View, 10-18: Echoes of Homer
A Dancer's Cry for Universal Health Care
By Edisa Weeks
Copyright 2007 Edisa Weeks
Illustration by and copyright 2007 Robin Hoffman

Letter from New York, 10-11: Dancetomorrow
Futur-o-scope from Dancenow/nyc
By Alison D'Amato
Copyright 2007 Alison D'Amato

 

September 2007

In Memorium, 9-27: Marcel Marceau
The Silence Heard 'Round the World
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Flashback, 9-27: Bowled Over
In Company with Marcel Marceau
By Angela Jones
Copyright 2000 Angela Jones

Flash Flashback 2, 9-27: Marcel Marceau's World
Exercising the Imagination
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

Letter from New York, 9-20: Fringe with the Frilly on Top
The Bearable Lightness of a Barely Curated Festival
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2007 Philip W. Sandstrom

September 11, 2001:
The View from Brooklyn
Photos by Julie Lemberger
Copyright 2001, 2007 Julie Lemberger

Flash Flashback, 9-13: Letter to the Dance World
"On May 19, 2005 our employment as Artistic Directors of the Martha Graham Dance Company was terminated."
By Terese Capucilli & Christine Dakin
Copyright 2005 Terese Capucilli & Christine Dakin

Letter from Melbourne, 9-4: Destinies
Australian Ballet Celebrates Massine; Tanja Liedtke, RIP
By Chloe Smethurst
Copyright 2007 Chloe Smethurst

 

August 2007

Flash Flashback, 8-16: Mostly Mozart, all Brilliant
Morris and Mozart Morph into Magic
By Elizabeth Zimmer
Copyright 2007 Elizabeth Zimmer

Letter from Durham, 8-16: ADF Calling
Of Mannequins, Homopedes, and Virions
By Chris Dohse
Copyright 2007 Chris Dohse

Letter from New York: Looks Ten, Dance Three
Wilson's Wacky 'Fables'; Marseille's Melted Architecture
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2007 Gus Solomons jr

The Dance Insider Interview, 8-9: Uwe Scholz
'I am interested in dance which makes my heart rotate'
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

The Buzz, 8-2: Big Thinkers
Introducing the Dance Insider Forum; Dancenow/NYC Announces Festival Line-up; Neumeier Spotted in Tulsa
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Feature, 8-2: Return to Innocence
Pilobolus -- But seriously, folks
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

 

July 2007

Flash Press Release, 7-26: On the Fringe
North America's Largest Arts Fest Announces Dance Highlights
From Ron Lasko
Spin Cycle

Buzz Flashback, 7-26: Chase Erased
Joyce Should Pay Fired Pilobolus Director
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2006, 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Update, 7-19: Chasened
Fired Pilobolus Mother to Fight for her Work
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

Flash Advice, 7-19: How to Turn That Dance Background into Big Bucks
(Or at least enough to live on 'til that dream gig comes through)
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 Paul Ben-Itzak

Letter from Seattle, 7-12: Rites of Spring
From Balanchine to Fenley to Lowenberg at Pacific Northwest Ballet & School
By Renée E. D'Aoust
Copyright 2007 Renée E. D'Aoust

Photography copyright Angela Sterling

Buzz Flashback, 7-12: Alison in Purgatory
The Day Pilobolus Fired its Mother and Sold its Soul or, How a Corporation Swallowed a Choreographer
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

The Buzz, 7-5: Gratitude
Streb Fires Bartlett; the Tragedy of Jennifer Dunning
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 7-05: Adieu Alessandra
A Fairy Princess, Three Tragic Heroines, and a Swan Song
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2007 Gus Solomons jr

Letter from London, 7-5: Social Dances in Critical Times
Zeroculture's Black Thing; Havana Rakatan's Son & Fury; Williams on Dance on Film
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2007 Josephine Leask

 

June 2007

Flash Press Release, 6-21: Dances for Deann
A Benefit for a Broken Back
From Terry Dean Bartlett
and Sydney Skybetter

Flash Journal, 6-21: Comes the Rain
Pina Washes Out; the Most Centered Dancer in the World
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Exhibition, 6-21: Making the Fleeting Permanent
A Dancer Captures Dance
Photography by Julie Lemberger
Copyright Julie Lemberger

Letter from New York, 6-14: Fog over Downtown
Voices from the West Provide Food for Thought
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2007 Gus Solomons jr

Flash Flashback, 6-14: 'One Fell Swoop'
Wells Finds the Art in Skateboarding
By Jordan Winer
Copyright 2000 Jordan Winer

Letter from New York, 6-6: Slam Dunk
Streb's Stunners, Bartlett's Flotations in New Show
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2007 Philip W. Sandstrom

Flash Review, 6-6: Forty+ = Less is More
Old Masters Bring New Life to Bausch's Wuppertal
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Flashback, 6-6: Insider Audition
Ms. Bausch is Casting
By Tricia Brouk
Copyright 1999, 2007 Tricia Brouk

 

May 2007

Out of the Fog, 5-31: Swan's Way
Maffre Bids Adieu to SF Ballet
By Aimée Ts’ao
Copyright 2007 Aimée Ts’ao

Flash Review Essay, 5-31: Sited
Social Agreements of the Proscenium
By Andrew Simonet
Copyright 2007 Andrew Simonet

Flash Flashback, 5-31: Breathless
Pina Meets the (French) Press
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2004, 2007 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 5-24: Bang the Drum Repeatedly
Parker Picks a Peaked Palette
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2007 Philip W. Sandstrom

Flash Flashback, 5-24: Beneath the Scarf
Stretching Time, Swooning for Kyra Nichols
By Nancy Dalva
Copyright 2003, 2007 Nancy Dalva

Letter from New York, 5-15: Don't Look Back
Morris Takes on Grand Opera: It's Win-Win
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2007 Gus Solomons jr

The Buzz, 5-15; I am not 'Explicit'
All the Nudes too Fat to Print
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Review, 5-10: Creature Comforts
It must have been the smoke, because it couldn't have been the Rosas
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

The Dance Insider Interview, 5-10: Sara Rudner
Marathon Woman
By Philip W. Sandstrom
Copyright 2007 Philip W. Sandstrom

In Memoriam, 5-10: Noel Smith
Putting the Music in Australian Ballet
By Suzanne (Musitz) Davidson
Copyright 2007 Suzanne (Musitz) Davidson

Flash Journal, 5-4: Sacred Dancers
Power Playing: Guillem meets Maliphant & Khan
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2007 Josephine Leask

Flash Journal, 5-3: Walking the Line
Reichian Rosas; Propped up Cie 111; Fear of Fear
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 5-3: Uuungh Hop My Mine There Yes Scratch Smell Neck Go
Empty and Fidgety Loulaki
By April Biggs
Copyright 2007 April Biggs

 

April 2007

In Memoriam, 4-26: The Best & the Brightest
Michael Smuin: Song for a Dead Warrior
By Aimée Ts’ao
Copyright 2007 Aimée Ts’ao

Flash Flashback, 4-26: The Mark of Smuin
New "Zorro" from an Old Master
By Aimée Ts’ao
Copyright 2007 Aimée Ts’ao

The Dance Insider Illustration, 4-26: Good 'Judgment'
Seduced by New York Theatre Ballet's Tudor
Illustration & Text by Robin Hoffman
Copyright 2007 Robin Hoffman 

Flash News, 4-19: Finished Rein
Joffrey's Arpino to Step Down
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Review, 4-12: Dance to Die for
Classic Duato, Tharp, & North Bring Tulsa to the Finish Line
By Alicia Chesser
Copyright 2007 Alicia Chesser

Letter from New York, 4-6: Out of the Past
Together Higher can go Higher
By Maura Nguyen Donohue
Copyright 2007 Maura Nguyen Donohue

Flash Journal, 4-6: The Too Much Festival
Craft-less Martin-Gousset; Soupart vu all over again
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash News, 4-1: Pity the Fool
DTW Names Kourlas New Exec. Director
By I.B. Fu-Lin
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

 

March 2007

Flash Dispatch, 3-29: All-Access
OK Go All Over the World
By Veronica Dittman
Copyright 2007 Veronica Dittman

Flash Profile, 3-29: Catch Him if You Can
Sharaf: The Flying Dancer from Ramallah
By Omar Barghouti
Copyright 2007 Omar Barghouti

Flash Review, 3-29: Fashionable Hyperactivity
Lavish Looks Drown out the Dance in Neenan's 'Carmina'
By Lisa Kraus
Copyright 2007 Lisa Kraus

Flash Review, 3-22: Swimming with Sasha
Waltz & Guests Take on 'Dido and Aeneas'
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2007 Josephine Leask

Letter from New York, 3-22: The Never-Drowning Woman
Swimming to Not Plunging with Keely Garfield
By April Biggs
Copyright 2007 April Biggs

Letter from New York, 3-15: Back on the Block
Time Negotiations at DTW; Latin All-Stars at Joe's Pub
By Maura Nguyen Donohue
Copyright 2007 Maura Nguyen Donohue

Flash Review, 3-15: Command Performance
Tynek Casts a Demi-Spell
By Alison D'Amato
Copyright 2007 Alison D'Amato

The Buzz, 3-15: Passages
Mrs. D joins Mr. B; Sklute to Ballet West; Dienstag leaves DTW -- Robin Staff should succeed her; Happy Trails, Lauren Daniluk; Donlin Loves Jennifer
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Review, 3-9: Born to be Wild
Spectacles Sauvages
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 3-9: The Happening
Yzermans's Allegorical Menagerie
By Sandra Aberkalns
Copyright 2007 Sandra Aberkalns

Letter from New York, 3-1: Going the Distance
Nanon Yields a Yard; Sigman Voyages
By Darrah Carr
Copyright 2007 Darrah Carr

Flash First Person, 3-1: On the Road
'ONR-I, allegory of night' and Life
By Chantal Yzermans
Copyright 2007 Chantal Yzermans

The Buzz, 3-1: Dance on the March
Think Globally, Dance Locally
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

February 2007

Out of the Fog, 2-23: Art & Artifacts
New 'Firebird' Alights, Igniting New SFB Season
By Aimée Ts’ao
Copyright 2007 Aimée Ts’ao

Flash Review, 2-23: The Heart of the Matter
From the Lake of the Swans to the Stream of the Subconscious
By Alicia Chesser
Copyright 2007 Alicia Chesser

Flash Journal, 2-23: Degrees of Separation
Chaplins go Parsons-esque; Forsythe Fails in Iraq
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash News, 2-15: London Calling
Times Taps Macaulay for Top Dance Post
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Journal, 2-15: Ferme ta gueule!*
As La Sarah Spins, Lachambre Can't Stop Talking; Boivin lets Words get in the Way
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 2-15: Shadows of our Remembered Ancestors
'Labor Union' Works it; Workum and Rawls Paint the Ark
By Alison D'Amato
Copyright 2007 Alison D'Amato

Letter from New York, 2-8: Celebutards, Nimrods, & Agile Angels
Harrell in Your Face; Dolenga all over the Place
By Chris Dohse
Copyright 2007 Chris Dohse

Flash Review, 2-8: The Connection Connection
Van den Broeck Plugs the Audience in
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 2-1: East Side, West Side
Post-Ballet Versus Pre-Postmodern; San Diego Dance Theater, Complexions, & Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2007 Gus Solomons jr

Guest Column, 2-1: The Road to Stress-free Auditions
Show me the map, baby, I've had enough anxiety!
By Grover Dale
Copyright 2007 Grover Dale

January 2007

Flash News, 1-27: Deja Encore
Second Late Show Added for Sold-out Harrell Run
By Dance Insider Staff
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Flash Dispatch, 1-27: Pieces from Africa
Plastic-Wrapped Temptation and Other Juicy Tidbits form a Body Dialogue
By Sarah Carlson
Copyright 2007 Sarah Carlson

Letter from New York, 1-25: Band Running On
Too Many Parts from Pisani
By April Biggs
Copyright 2007 April Biggs

Flash Interview Flashback, 1-25: Vasiliev!
A Legendary Dancer Re-invents Himself and His Legendary Company
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2000, 2007 The Dance Insider
Images copyright Vladimir Vasiliev

Flash Interview, 1-18: Full Steam Ahead
A Conversation with City Ballet's Daniel Ulbricht
By Harris Green
Copyright 2007 Harris Green & Daniel Ulbricht

Guest Column, 1-16: Julie McDonald: An L.A. Original
Hollywood's Original Dance Agent Talks to Workshop Dancers
By Grover Dale
Copyright 2007 Grover Dale

Paris Journal, 1-12: Release Techniques
Scott Transcends Torture; Always After Midnight Laughs at Murder
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2007 The Dance Insider

Letter from New York, 1-5: Nuts to the Emperor
From the Extraordinary to the Ordinary at Lincoln Center
By Sandra Aberkalns
Copyright 2006 Sandra Aberkalns

 

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