Claudia La Rocco

Back to the Future

August 2015

HERE IT IS: the annual highly selective, totally subjective, goddammit-I-only-remembered-the-best/weirdest/awfullest-thing-after-it-was-published, New York fall performance preview. Trust me, this hurts me more than it hurts you.  I decided… READ ON

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Albert Evans (1968–2015)

Claudia La Rocco on Albert Evans (1968–2015)

August 2015

“AFTER SPEAKING WITH ALBERT EVANS, a reporter’s transcript is filled with notes like ‘big laugh,’ ‘throws hands up dramatically,’ and ‘mischievous whisper.’ ”  That sentence didn’t make my editor’s cut for the 2006 New… READ ON

PASSAGES

Naked Truths

July 2015

AT SOME POINT in Mike Taylor’s mockumentary DANCENOISE: The Phenomenon (1992), Richard Foreman holds forth, pointing out that you never know whether people are “really picking up on the salient points” of DANCENOISE or simply having … READ ON

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Identity Play

June 2015

IF THERE IS A HEAVEN, there will be a theater. And if there is a theater, it will be Oakland’s Paramount, a marvel of kitschy and sublime Art Deco grandeur. And if there is a ballet for you to watch, while you fill out the necessary forms… READ ON

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Now and Then

May 2015

“I’M AGAINST STYLE. I don’t know what it means, style. I’m trying to find the language of each ballet … It’s whatever came out of my soul.”  These are the sorts of statements one can somewhat get away with if possessed of a … READ ON

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Body Parts

April 2015

THE SUNLIGHT from the circular window high in the wall marks time in a shifting stretching oval on the floor. I am not quite sure what I am looking at, the various piles of construction and design-related materials, also maybe marking time … READ ON

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Construction Sites

March 2015

Silly Writer Construct:  See two plays, one written by a woman and directed by a man, the other vice versa. Discuss within larger context of progressive New York performance.  Shows in Question:  Social Security, at the Bushwick Starr, … READ ON

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Notes to Self

January 2015

I’VE JUST DELETED the three hundred words I’d written to start this month’s column, which covers a fraction of the myriad festivals, showings, showcases, etc. mushrooming up around the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters … READ ON

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Jail Bait

December 2014

ANN LIV YOUNG had been in jail for about two hours when I got to Jack. She didn’t seem especially unhappy about it. She seemed, in fact, and no surprise, like she had the upper hand—for example, she had a chair, more than was provided to… READ ON

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Roundabout Way

December 2014

I’M ON A PLANE from Seattle to San Francisco. A little plane, tilting fiercely the way little planes do high up here in the dark clouds. It’s Monday night, 6:29 to be precise. I have just spent the weekend watching four dances by Tere … READ ON

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