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Michelle Vellucci

MICHELLE VELLUCCI works at New York City Center. When she's not doing that, she writes about dance and other things, some of them arts-related. She also enjoys Pilates, ballet and hanging out with her dog.

“Dance in the Body You Have:” An Interview with Kitty Lunn

On a May afternoon at the New 42nd Street Studios in Times Square, dancer and choreographer Kitty Lunn was rehearsing a piece that required her to push herself up off the floor into a standing position.


When celebrities venture outside their areas of expertise, the results aren’t always pretty. Just try to get through one of Madonna’s children’s books or Scarlett Johansson’s album of Tom Waits covers. And so, when French actress Juliette Binoche announced last year that she would be performing alongside top-notch British choreographer Akram Khan in a dance work called In-I, we were admittedly un peu sceptique.


In like a lion, out like a lamb—but for dance-loving New Yorkers, this March also promises three anticipated film events. First, dance film pioneer Elaine Summers is honored over three evenings at Danspace Project at Saint Mark’s Church and one afternoon discussion at the New Museum, which will explore her influence on a younger generation of artists.

Garth Fagan Dance Turns Forty

You could say that Garth Fagan knows a thing or two about longevity. His choreography, a modern/Afro-Caribbean hybrid with the heat of Alvin Ailey and the cool intelligence of Merce Cunningham, has kept audiences and critics in thrall for decades.

Baby, Why You Gotta Treat Me So Bad?

What becomes of the brokenhearted? If you’re Kyle Abraham, you channel your heartbreak into some really fierce dancing and invite others to share your pain. Abraham presented Heartbreaks and Homies February 11 and 12 at Joe’s Pub, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Dana Salisbury's UNSEEN DANCES

Ladies and gentlemen, the dance performance is about to begin. Please put on your blindfolds.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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