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Merce Cunningham at the ICA

When Merce Cunningham started his dance company in 1953, he was a major new force in American Art.
American angels  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: Never Stand Still

A multitude of A-list choreographers speak their piece to the camera — Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris — as they gather for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass.
A-list choreographers
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 29, 2012
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Merce Cunningham's long goodbye

Expiring dance companies either implode from suppressed internal troubles, or they just peter out quietly.  
Last looks
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 16, 2011
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Jonah Bokaer takes chances

Bokaer didn't provide any grandiose program notes or play up the profound implications in his dances, but by the end of the performance we'd seen small transformations and beautiful visions, and even confronted big questions about control and randomness,
Charting chaos
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 12, 2011
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The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeek

In April 1966, sheriff's deputies were hiding in bushes, peering into a mansion that had been turned into a headquarters and commune for LSD guru Timothy Leary and his pals at Millbrook, New York.
Psychadelic, man!
By GREG COOK  |  March 25, 2011
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What's new

The timely highlight of Gil Rose’s latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, “Strings Attached,” was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John
BMOP, and the Christian Wolff festival
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 26, 2010


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The news from No Place

Saya Woolfalk first grabbed people's attention around 2005, with playful-serious installations and videos in which performers masked in bright, patchwork fabric costumes of cartoon leaves and long swinging dreadlocks jumped around small rooms decorated
Saya Woolfalk and the feminist 'heretics'
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010
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High stepping

The heavy-hitter repertory shows this season come from ALVIN AILEY and GEORGE BALANCHINE . But why not welcome spring by taking a chance on fresh experiences as well?
Dancing with the stars
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 12, 2010
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2009: The year in Dance

You could say there were two tremendous forces that propelled dance into the world of modern culture: the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev and the choreography of Merce Cunningham.
Milestones and memories
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 25, 2009
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Sustainability

If you wanted to know what happened at the Merce Cunningham memorial a week ago Wednesday in the Park Avenue Armory, you could get a thousand answers.
Merce Cunningham in the Park Avenue Armory; Christopher Wheeldon at City Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 06, 2009
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Giant's steps

Merce Cunningham's death on July 26 wasn't unexpected. He'd been in frail health since this past winter. He was in a wheelchair for his 90th-birthday celebration in April at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In June, the Cunningham Foundation announced plans
Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 07, 2009


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Booty call!

"Ladies and gentlemen," a cheerful female voice informs the Huntington Theatre audience, "the Caribbean Light Opera Society is proud to present Pirates! (Or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd)." The governor, she continues, wants to assure us that there is
The Huntington plunders G&S!
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009
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Cyberloops

Merce Cunningham has used computers as co-creators for his choreography since 1991, and it was his evolving dance Loops that inspired the six works shown Friday night at the MIT Museum to open the sixth Boston Cyberarts Festival.
'Merce' at MIT
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 01, 2009
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Diaghilev days

The Ballets Russes come to town
The Ballets Russes come to town
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 16, 2009
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Signals from the solar system

Pluto may have been downgraded to a dwarf planet, but Jupiter is still respected for its size, its moons, and the regularity of its orbit.
Daniel McCusker at Tufts, Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 18, 2008
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Pillow talking

Last summer, Los Angeles Times dance critic Lewis Segal suggested that ballet is dying an ugly, boring death.
Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Mark Morris Dance Group
By JANINE PARKER  |  August 15, 2007


Spring steps

Connor walked around the rehearsal, encouraging the dancers to “think of yourself as a hawk.”
Island Moving Co.’s Four Off the Floor
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2007
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Untold tales

Some dances are made on specific story lines that they keep to themselves.
Bebe Miller at the ICA, Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 26, 2007
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City limits

There’s nothing like the first weekend of beautiful weather to raise skepticism about digitally mediated experience.
Boston Cyberarts’ ‘The Body’s Limit’ at Green Street, ‘Ten’s the Limit’ at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  April 24, 2007
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Drama dance

Half a century ago something known as dance drama occupied a large part of the modern-dance repertory.
Complexions at the Tsai Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 06, 2007
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Screen scenes

One persistent question surrounding the 35th Dance on Camera Festival, which winds up this Saturday at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, is “Just what is dance film?” As a category it’s even more accommodating than dance itself.
Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 09, 2007


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Happy feet

The architectural team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the new Institute for Contemporary Art as a 325-seat jewel box, its transparent walls allowing the Boston harbor and skyline to serve as a scenic bac
From butoh to Swan Lake and back
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 13, 2006
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Fusions and effusions

Performed on the chapel lawn at Concord Academy a week ago Thursday, Anna Myer’s All at Once utilized a sculptural, gestural movement idiom, but it looked more like a ballet than a modern dance.
Anna Myer and Karole Armitage at Concord
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 25, 2006
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Being organic

Though it may not have the name recognition of longer-established Rhode Island dance troupes, Andary Dance has been getting a lot of attention throughout the state and beyond over the past few years.
Andary Dance muses and moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 21, 2006

Growing Maine culture

A look back at the highlights of the decade
A look back at the highlights of the decade
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 01, 1900