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The Best Boston Dance Stories of 2010

Some of the past year's most interesting dance events recaptured iconic moments in our history, either as usable texts for today's dancers or as a springboard into reinterpretation, parody, and nostalgia.
Tradition, innovation, and (loving) parody animated the year's dance
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 24, 2010
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Offerings

Nora Chipaumire’s lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukarahundi , presented at the ICA last weekend by CRASHarts, had the makings of a multimedia extravaganza.
Nora Chipaumire and Thomas Mapfumo at the ICA, BoSoma and Contrapose at BU
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 30, 2010
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Review: Meredith Monk: Inner Voice

After studying music and dance at Sarah Lawrence College in the '60s, Meredith Monk was struck by the idea that the voice could be like the body — it could move, it could have characters and landscapes, it could alter time.
Monk's evocative book of hours
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 19, 2010
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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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Review: 'A Horse Is Not a Metaphor'

Cinema might not be able to cure cancer, but when wielded by a master documentarian like Barbara Hammer, it can squeeze a little beauty out of the disease.
Hammer's joy in being alive is no metaphor either
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 08, 2009
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Ascending elegies

As we made our way up the ramps of the Guggenheim during the second part of Meredith Monk's Ascension Variations , we encountered a man in red curled up on his side on the floor, cradling a Jew's harp against his teeth.
Meredith Monk at the Guggenheim in New York City
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 11, 2009


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Ebb and flow

The good news is that we still have our own major company, Boston Ballet, and it made its first international tour — to Spain — in more than a decade.
Dance: 2007 in review
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2007
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Words in action

Have you ever had one of those dreams where a lot of wacky things don’t make much sense, but your psyche is having such a good time pumping them out that you wake up shaking your head laughing?
Wild Porcelain lives up to its name
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007
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Social settings

Seán Curran’s dance looks like a formal exposition of movement, but after a while you begin to imagine webs of social interactions, relationships, and hidden histories.
Seán Curran at the Tsai Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 30, 2007

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