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Sankai Juku

If any proof is needed that the Japanese have done more than just imitate the West in the last 50 years, butoh is it. Butoh–or ankyoku butoh, the “dance of darkness,” as it was originally called–emerged in the mid 1960s as the most extreme of postwar reactions in art, a “scream against the sky,” to […]

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Grand Entrance

Ballet Theater of Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre, October 17-20 By Joseph Houseal Ballet Theater of Chicago is an appealing, full-blooded company unbound to the (fatal?) rigors of attempting to be a Balanchine satellite: using the New York City Ballet as a prototype is problematic. Balanchine himself recognized the transient nature of dance and had […]