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Ever since last September, the return to a normal performance schedule at New York City Ballet has brought with it a fervor visible not only in a renewed energy, resolve, and an evident joy in dancing after a trying pause, but also palpable in the intensity of feelings dancers display on stage.

Excerpt from La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern. Forthcoming from Oxford University Press, 688 pp., April 2022.

I’ve been trying to find a way to frame an idea, and I believe my somewhat pithy title above basically catches it.

Let’s talk about the last movement of Beethoven’s last piano sonata.

This is a very, very difficult thing to do.

Carl Hancock Rux is a tour de force. We first met at a Theatre Communications Guild panel in 1998. That day, he invited me to his concert performance which launched Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on October 16.


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