Subversive Soul Power

Nicholas Leichter is taking a different tack with his new "Spanish Wells," described in a press release as "Creole with a '60s vibe." It premieres June 25-29 at Dance Theater Workshop. Brooklyn-based Leichter, whose infectious style blends modern dance with a funky club flavor, has recently been collaborating - notably with the Brooklyn Philharmonic - choreographing epic musical scores like "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff and Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." The latter piece will also encore on the DTW program - sans the live orchestra. Comment

Aunt Kate

Katharine Houghton, Katharine Hepburn's niece, wants to make it clear: "Kate and Spencer Tracy were rampantly... heterosexual." William J. Mann's recent biography "Kate: The Woman […] Comment

Crescent City Sax Star Tops

One of the nicer offerings of the Vision Festival, the annual avant-garde gathering in a city that functions as one anyway, is its Lifetime Achievement Award evening, held this year on June 11 at Clemente Soto Velez on the Lower East Side . Bestowed while its recipient is still living, it is far more appreciated than having one's face on a postage stamp - not as if anyone playing at Vision would be up for that anyway. Comment

Rocky Mountain Highlights

Visiting Colorado's two opera companies takes the breath away on a literal level; altitude aside, both mounted bracing June productions. Comment

When Dysfunction Works Wonders

Two-thirds of the way through the gently hilarious new comedy "Body Awareness" at the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2, Phyllis, a psychology professor at Shirley State College in Vermont, says to her life partner Joyce, "Body Awareness Week has not gone the way I planned." Comment


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