CATHERINE MASSEY writes about dance and lives in Manhattan. She is a graduate student at NYU.
July 3, 1981: “Doctors in New York and California have diagnosed among homosexual men 41 cases of a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer.”
Exiting the subway station at Bedford Avenue last month, I noticed that the lot on North 7th Street, where the Williamsburg Arts Nexus (WAX) stood for five years, now lies vacant. In 2004, WAX’s lease ended, the building was sold, and one of Williamsburg’s artistic gems lost its home.
Every once in a while I have a crush on a dance. I play the scenes over and over in my mind. I download the music. I concoct fictional personas loosely based on the dancers’ bios. My most recent crush is on Telophaza, Ohad Naharin’s latest creation for Batsheva, Israel’s premiere dance company, which performed as part of this year’s Lincoln Center Festival.
For Meg Stuart, the grass really is greener on the other side.