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Most of us don’t have the opportunity to be in Beijing for the Olympics, but Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s new work – The Copier, by Jill Johnson – might satisfy the interests of at least a few fans. The company’s dancers are essentially world-class athletes, capable of doing things most of us can’t even dream [...]

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Walking over to the shimmering New Museum to see the exhibition After Nature, I stepped over a dead baby bird on Prince Street, and then some oily treacle running down the Bowery. It was a suitable overture to the show, which “surveys a landscape… darkened by uncertain catastrophe.” This clever and terrifying collection of work [...]

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I’m not sure at what point in Manhattan’s past the term “uptown” became interchangeable with “upscale,” and “downtown” was joined at the hip with “hip.” But one thing that has happened as cross-cultural borders get fuzzier is that we are seeing so-called “uptown” performers—musicians you’d have expected in the past to see only at places [...]

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What’s real minimalism? It’s not there at all. And that’s exactly what happened to Rhys Chatham‘s eagerly awaited piece for 200 electric guitars, A Crimson Grail, on Friday night: The performance (part of a Lincoln Center Out of Doors evening titled “Wordless Music: 800 Years of Minimalism—The Spiritual Transcendent”) was canceled at the last minute [...]

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This week, SundayArts looked at Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors, which on Sunday 24 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Roots of American Music series with a bill that’s nothing short of killer. “Roots music,” just like “world music,” has become a catch-all term that often means more in the marketing realm than in musical or aesthetic [...]

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What happens when unfamiliar cultural elements are set within an all-too familiar framework? The result can be a kind of cultural slide show where the structure takes over and the content becomes secondary, as with Lemi Ponifasio’s Requiem. The director says Mozart’s same-titled work inspired him, yet it is not part of his theater piece, [...]

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Today, while much of the world has its attention turned eastward toward China, I made a brief cultural excursion in the other direction, to Europe. I’m talking about Salzburg, Austria, home of Mozart and of the tradition-filled Salzburg Festival that takes place every summer. No, I didn’t actually physically go Austria—like most of you reading [...]

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A forthcoming segment on the Paris Opera Ballet brought to mind one of France’s most enduring traditions: the Opera Ballet Dance School, which has taught generations of dancers since its creation in 1713 by Louis XIV (who also founded the still-existing rep theater company Comédie-Française in 1680). The oldest such institution in the Western world, [...]

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Spending an afternoon at the Sports Museum of America may not yet be on your list alongside the Met Museum or MoMA, but consider adding it. This new museum is located on the second floor of the Beaver Street side of 26 Broadway in lower Manhattan (adjacent to a massive gift shop), a location near [...]

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This year’s edition of Mostly Mozart, at Lincoln Center, includes the premiere of La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho; the oratorio got glowing reviews when it premiered in Europe a few years ago, and its arrival in New York is a big deal. It is not a coincidence, however, that both Saariaho and Susanna [...]

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.