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FLATLAND EPIPHANY (This is not a dance review)

If ever words expressed their inefficiency for engaging with the language of dance, never was such an experience so profoundly compelling as that of Vanessa Justice’s “FLATLAND” at Joyce SoHo. Stark, strange, and multi-presentational it epitomizes the phenomenological split

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words don’t function anymore

heidegger, one mo' time

Tacky-Techie Matrix

Culture Makers


Technological Determinism: A Fallacy

Technology mirrors our values, as well as our flaws


A hammer can be used for more than banging nails.

The discussion continues. Check out the post-panel blog posts from:

Jaki Levy

Eva Yaa Asantewaa

and further reading about feeding the trolls:


The Rehabilitation of Rihanna


Thanks to everyone for coming out for a rousing discussion…the conversation is just getting started, but we are on our way…

National Summit on Arts Journalism

Our conversation on Tuesday comes just before this event at USC, which will be streamed live from the NAJP site on Thursday, October 2,
9am – 1pm (Pacific time, i.e. noon-4p on the East Coast.)

A National Summit on Arts Journalism is a project of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the National Arts Journalism Program.

Online or In Person
October 2, 2009
USC Annenberg School for Communication

Check out over 100 submissions received, including some local talent.

a true story


7.27 – New York Times Photographer “A Space Funk Invasion”
From:Gita Chandra; ‘Nolini Barretto’ ; ‘Marisa Olsen | LMCC’ ; ‘Kuh, Jody’ ; ‘Biasi, Tia’ Cc:’Patrick Kowalczyk’ ; ‘Gita Chandra’
Date:Thu, Jul 23, 2009 4:26 pm

Hi, Brian –

The New York Times is sending a photographer for Monday’s performance of “A Space Funk Invasion”. I will be on site to greet him.

Per our previous conversation, at this time there are no plans to review performance.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Gita Chandra
Account Director
307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1104
New York, NY 10001
212.627.8098 |

—–Original Message—–

Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 5:00 PM To:
Subject: press reservations, 7/27

Hi Patrick, Could you please hold two tickets for Alastair Macaulay for the 7/27 performance of Sitelines: Nicholas Leichter? Please confirm, or

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Critics say the darndest things

“You can’t watch it just as “democratic” dance — everyday movement made poetic — because some of its jumpy passages are a bit too fancy, and neither they nor its more pervasive passages of ordinary movement are ever compelling for more than five seconds at a time. And you can’t watch it as a demonstration of skilled dance technique, because several of the performers are out of shape.”

“The exotic as tourist package: the undulating torsos and rhythmic stamping footwork that connote an African heritage, and the stretched, balletic limbs and light, airborne jumps of the European colonizers. Fabulous dancers, catchy music, striking costumes on a shiny, black-paneled stage. That’s a lot — the audience, who gave the company an ovation, thought so — but at no point is it art.”

“No matter the sense of occasion that a ballet gala affords — the gowns, the celebrity sightings, the air kisses — once the actual dancing gets under way, it’s best to consider the expression ‘one step forward, two steps back.’”

“Hallelujah for restless imaginations and ambitions, and for good artists leaving solid ground in order to get better.”

Can you name the critic? The artist being criticized? Can you free yourselves from this dysfunctional feedback loop?

Join us Tuesday (9/29) at Abrons Arts Center at 7pm to find out how.

social media (part one)

Facebook & Journalism – Columbia School of Journalism panel

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