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Medical Report

One thing that I’ve always found somewhat objectionable about blogs is their tendency to be lead to so much navel gazing. As if the performance art world needs more of that. HOWEVER … now that the season has begun and everyone is back to school I did want to take this opportunity to bring people up-to-date on one of my summer “activities.” I realized waiting in the lobby at Miguel Gutierrez’ wonderful (and sold out) show that many people had not seen me since a certain medical emergency had befallen me and rumors were swirling. So, in order to squash those rumors I’m submitting my medical discharge report from New York Down Town hospital. The upshot is that, nothing was found out, it was likely a one-time episode and most importantly, I, like many of you, am without health insurance. Suddenly those idiots screaming “socialist” at town hall meetings take on a whole new meaning.

Anyway, for your fall reading pleasure:

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Headlong Does “more”

I’m down in Philadelphia this weekend to see Philly’s Headlong Dance Theater’s premier of more. Headlong was founded by Co-Directors David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith in 1993. I met Amy and Andrew in 1991 at the Center for New Dance Development in the Netherlands right after they’d graduated from Wesleyan. They were there in their post-bac year trying to decide in what American city (other than New York) they should locate to start making dances. David, Andrew and Amy collaborate in the creation and performance of all Headlong’s dances and share credit for all the company’s work. I served on their board for several years.

One criticism I’ve had of their work over the years is that because of their steadfast commitment to the ideal of collaborative directorship their pieces have tended

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My Messies

In the absence of the Bessie Awards this season, I’ve decided to use this forum to acknowledge those artists whose work made me think, and feel and marvel and rage and laugh during the 2008-2009 season. I invite you all to add your own to this list. IHJ

In roughly chronological order…

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A Festival of Caveats

Caveat number one: I’ve always thought that blogs or rather the idea of blogs was peculiar. I rarely read them. And even the best of them, like my friend Dennis Cooper’s (http://denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com) make me wonder how bloggers find enough time and material to be of interest to a mass readership on a regular basis. So when MR asked me to be a blogger on our revamped website, of course I said “yes.”

Caveat two: I’ve decided my first entry would be about the absence, this year, of the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards. In 1984, in their first season, I shared a Bessie creator award with my collaborator Fred Holland. This winter I was asked if I wanted to be on the selection committee.

Caveat three: I’ve lived and worked in the New York downtown dance and performance scene for 30 years. In that time I have worked with, worked for, loved, slept with, argued with, broken up with, collaborated with, applauded, booed, dished, been in awe of, criticized, lent money to, borrowed money from, mentored, taught, taken class from … you get the idea … many of the people in this incestuous little community. Here, I will try to be as objective as possible, but I’m only human. And for the time being, it’s my blog. Hey I might like this after all. So here goes…]

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