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CONTENTS Introduction and Acknowledgments I lX Confessions of a Choreography-Watcher I 4 Will Choreography Ever Be Respected as an Art Form? I 13 Idealists, Materialists, and the Thirty-Two Fouettes I 16 Why Doesn't the Prince Stay to Watch Aurora Dance? I 27 The World of Eighteenth-Century Dance Comes Back to Life I 34 Staging the Classics Is Not So Simple as It Seems I 38 The Great World and the Small: Reflections on the Bournonville Festival I 42 Fokine-The Undervalued Revolutionary I 52 Legends in the Flesh I 55 Joffrey Brings Back Its Faune / 62 Massine's Parade / 63 Nijinska's us Noces / 65 Annabelle Gamson as Isadora I 66 When Ballroom Dances Take to the Stage I 69 VI/Contents THREE Jr>me -fl~ ~ / 75 The Glorious Unpredictability of George Balanchine / 78 By Any Name, It's Still an Imperial Ballet / 86 Balanchine's Schumann / 89 The View from the House Opposite: Some Aspects of Tudor / 91 Party Manners and Frederick Ashton / 102 A Month in the Country / 109 Robbins's New Ballet May Mean Many Things / 111 Some Personal Grumbles about Martha Graham / 115 A Heady Season / 121 Dances about Everything and Dances about Some Things / 128 Moments Called Now / 134 FOUR qjallet~ / 139 Grigorovich and the Bolshoi / 142 Talking to Myself about Eliot Feld / 146 Neumeier in Hamburg / 151 Kylian and Netherlands Dance Theatre / 155 F I V E 9k $VI!/1<-~ / 157 Paul Taylor: Surface and Substance / 160 Taylor's Rites / 167 Contents / Vll Ailey's Flowers / 169 Judson Revivals: A Festival Benefit / 171 Yvonne Rainer: The Puritan as Hedonist / 175 Steve Paxton's Improvisations / 182 The Changing Faces of Twyla Tharp / 184 Trisha Brown's Minimalism / 187 New Dances That Made Audiences Think / 190 Patterns and Spinning Are Only Part of It / 194 How Not to Get Trapped in a Choreographic Rut / 197 Some of Her Choreographic Brainchildren Are Real Brats / 201 Dana Reitz Performs / 204 SIX 5~m~/207 Parades and Changes / 210 Initiations and Transformations / 213 Monk's Inimitable Images / 214 Lazarus, a Multimedia Event / 218 Phoebe Neville's Enigmas / 219 Three Views of Orpheus / 223 Plotless Dance-Drama That Deals in Emotions / 225 Pina Bausch's Hippo / 228 Kei Takei / 230 VllI / Contents Eiko and Koma Control Time / 232 How Avant-Garde Works Resemble Romantic Classics / 234 SEVEN g'J~ andg'J~ / 2.1.9 Classics Comics / 242 The Rise of the Male Ensemble / 257 Is Ballet Diluting Modern Dance? / 262 Balanchine's Choreographic Influence: Pluses and Minuses / 265 New Is Not Always Better / 269 An Essay on Dance Criticism / 273 Index / 279 ...


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