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William Forsythe’s Impressing the Czar

The lively discussion engendered by Forsythe’s imaginative, postmodern work has sometimes elided the dance. But Impressing the Czar – the ambitious reconstruction of his 1988 epic, performed in July by Ballet Flanders at the Lincoln Center Festival – brought the form’s thrilling speed, beauty and smarts to center stage.

Pure Really Quite a Mélange Readymade Dance Theater Company at PS122

It was promising. The roofless white box – 16 feet by 20 feet, which sat empty and brightly lit while the audience filed into the P.S.122 performance space on a Saturday night in mid-July – was suddenly engulfed in blackness, then relit with stroboscopic flashes to show three female dancers inside, variously frozen in postures of sitting, standing, and lying down.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2008

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