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ComeFlyAway1.jpgOnce more there is a conversation in the ArtsBeat blog between critics of different disciplines, in this case Charles Isherwood and Alastair Macaulay, on the subject of the Broadway dance musical "Come Fly Away," choreographed by Twyla Tharp to music of Frank Sinatra. I have been lapping it up.

Isherwood has called "Come Fly Away" a "major new work" of theater, and Macaulay has decried its dance as "intimacy perverted into exhibitionism." I am interested in the discussion that is developing over the nature of Tharp's work, for what it is and what it isn't, breakthrough or compromise, as judged from the perspective of these critics who write about related but different genres. Here's the link to the conversation, best read from the bottom up.

For the record, I saw "Come Fly Away" in one of its last previews. I found it exhilarating, and I would have been happy to tell you why over a bottle of wine after the show. But because I was a 

March 30, 2010 10:52 AM |
Dance criticism has taken a big hit recently.  Hard on the heels of Deborah Jowitt's sudden departure from The Village Voice, The Orange County Register has lost dance critic and former NAJP fellow Laura Bleiberg.  Apparently, Bleiberg was the last full-time newspaper dance critic in all of California.  

On The OC Register's Arts Blog, Bleiberg admits that she is not sure if the Register will replace her with another staff dance critic.  She is leaving the Register to join South Coast Repertory as Associate Director of Development.

Another former NAJP fellow Valerie Takahama also left The Register in August, after working there 19 years.  She says part of the reason she was let go was that "they felt they didn't need an architecture writer anymore."

April 7, 2008 12:22 PM |

If and when you ever get the great, good privilege to be a critic, for god sakes, know -- if you can -- the generation ahead of you. Critics are the thoroughbreds of the newsroom. But there ain't no newsroom no more, and so, with the advance of technology, we say good bye to Deborah Jowitt at the Village Voice, perhaps a victim of print journalisms' inability to comprehend the deep need within this Youth Generation to take stock, be real, see what's in front of their eyes and go to dance.

I am not talking platitudes. I am talking straight.

Once we leave the consumerist, mainstream stupid world that persists and persists in persisting (please let us get out of that as soon as we can, and I am not preaching Obama. I am just saying that we need to live a little and breathe and know our flesh, which is tantamount to preaching Obama and, forgive me, knowing dance), we find real human beings. Deborah Jowitt -- who was recently "fired" (I quote my colleague Jeff Weinstein, because, lord knows, has the press written about this since yesterday, though the blogs be blogging, and when oh when will bloggers be considered press? Yesterday, like yesterday?) -- Jowitt taught me that you never look at your pad.

She took minimal notes. And yet -- remark upon this -- she is the best descriptor of dance around. She let herself be absorbed, see what the choreographer (artist) wanted her to see at the time, in the moment, for you, now.  If you want to find out what a dance actually looked like, I mean, what happened in it then, read Jowitt.

She is a historian's best friend. My gratitude, Ms. Jowitt.

Your departure means much. 

March 28, 2008 10:44 PM |


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