Claudia La Rocco

Talking About My Generation

June 2014

I DON’T CARE how long Jennifer Lacey has been an American in Paris. She’ll always be a New York dancer to me. Something about her combination of a fiercely casual physical precision (what, this old thing?) and a conceptual poetics—or … READ ON

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Danse the Night Away

May 2014

YOU SAY “DANSE,” and I say “dance.”  Let’s call the whole thing off.  Or, no, wait, let’s throw a big old festival, eighteen days of French performance, so that we can socialize and skirmish and generally make merry at arts … READ ON

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Straight Acting

May 2014

“THE DIFFERENCE between theater and performance is that she would have actually penetrated Tony.”  Such was artist Kenneth Collins’s observation to me while we were watching Ubu Sings Ubu at Abrons Arts Center last week—specifically,… READ ON

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When the Spirit Moves You

April 2014

A FEW YEARS AGO, I wrote a review of New York City Ballet in which I talked about Balanchine’s great works as “museum pieces.” To me this wasn’t denigrating, merely stating fact—and so I was rather taken aback when, a couple of days… READ ON

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Master Narratives

March 2014

LANCE GRIES, Diane Madden, Juliette Mapp, Jimena Paz; Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey, Silas Riener; Christiana Axelsen, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald, Kayvon Pourazar, Stuart Singer:  Let us now praise New York dancers. … READ ON

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Four on the Floor

February 2014

I saw Sarah Michelson’s 4 on Saturday, February 1 at 2 PM. This is some of what happened to me, while sitting for one hundred minutes on half of a round, backless cushion on the fourth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. It’s … READ ON

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APAP Smear

January 2014

ONE.  “We began to engage in a strange duel of asceticism,” Edgar Oliver explained, if that’s the word, during Helen & Edgar, his monologue about growing up in Savannah, Georgia, with his sister and mother. If only. This show, part of… READ ON

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Claudia La Rocco

December 2013

WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THESE LISTS.  They’re weird; I think we can all acknowledge that.  As well as wildly spotty and biased and unscientific (in the artistic sense). One of their (my) problems is that they don’t take into account all of … READ ON

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You Don’t Know Squat

November 2013

“HERE WE GO,” someone in the crowd, I’m almost positive it was The Unidentified Flying Dancer, said with an anticipatory sigh that seemed born of long experience, maybe? Batten down the hatches.  The UFD (aka Sheryl Sutton), issued … READ ON

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Conflict Resolution

October 2013

LAST YEAR, when MoMA launched its Some sweet day dance series curated by the choreographer Ralph Lemon, there was a lot of talk about the impossibility of the atrium space as a site for any art, let alone a body-based one, and about the … READ ON

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