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US Dance is fine!
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Dec 30, 1999 12:18 pm ]
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Anne Kisselgoff reviews a year of dance in New York and finds much to enjoy. She opines of Herbin Van Cayseele, a tap specialist, 'One is tempted to call him the best dancer of any kind around.' <P>She also speaks highly of the NYCB 50th season; hails Maria Kowrowski as a dancer of the 21st Century; praises, '..the bravura and artistry of American Ballet Theater's male stars.'; and celebrates performances by the Cunningham, Graham and Taylor companies. <P>Perhaps things aren't as bad in US dance as some would have us believe. Here is the link, which should last until Sunday, 2nd Jan. NOTE - this link is now defunct. <BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited 01-23-2000).]

Author:  Azlan [ Fri Dec 31, 1999 2:16 pm ]
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Interesting. ODC choreographer KT Nelson pretty much said the same thing in a live online chat. When I asked her how she compared US Dance with that in Europe, she responded by saying that the hotbed of dance will be in the US. You can read the transcript of the chat at <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>

Author:  Cronos [ Sun Jan 30, 2000 10:50 am ]
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US dance is still not as interesting as European companies. Many companies in the US rely on private sponsorship and ticket sales and must cater to popular tastes. Companies in Europe (and Canada too) have government subsidies. This allows them to be more experimental and interesting. Sometimes the works are too much for people to understand but without the experimental works, you cannot have innovation.

Author:  trina [ Mon Jan 31, 2000 2:14 pm ]
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Cronos, I agree. Although the US has talent(s) in dance, the funding and the commitment from all sectors of society (audiences, government, foundations, corporate) cannot be compared to European culture. Althought there is a lot of "hype" here(reviews, symposiums, blahblah)here about dance and the arts, there is not the acceptance of the arts as an intrinsic part of life/society that exists in Europe. I am reading a very good book right now called "Art Lessons" about the history of public arts funding in America. I can get the name of the author (can't remember it now) if anyone is interested. Very eye-opening book..about the politics of arts funding..more later.

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Jan 31, 2000 9:27 pm ]
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trina, I'd be very much interested in that book. Would love to have the author's name.

Author:  trina [ Sat Feb 05, 2000 2:46 pm ]
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Azlan-the title of the book is "Art Lessons" and the author is Alice Goldfarb Marquis. Publisher is BasicBooks/Harper Collins., l995. I recommend it to whomever is interested in public arts funding and public arts policy in the U.S.

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Feb 05, 2000 10:48 pm ]
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trina, thanks.

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