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Dance news and analysis from The Nation

  • February 29, 2012

    Life After Merce

    Can the work of Merce Cunningham survive his death and the closing of his dance company?

    Marina Harss

  • February 10, 2011

    The Dying Swan: On Jennifer Homans

    Jennifer Homans thinks ballet is dying, its masters dead and gone. But ballet, which exists in time and leaves no record, is always dying.

    Marina Harss

  • December 23, 2009

    Back Talk: Frederick Wiseman

    A conversation with the director of La Danse about the discipline of ballet--and documentary filmmaking.

    Christine Smallwood

  • September 23, 2009

    Ratmansky Takes Manhattan

    A celebrated Russian choreographer is charting a stylish new course for American Ballet Theatre.

    Marina Harss

  • October 22, 2008


  • November 21, 2007

    Pointe Work

    Nureyev: The Life brings new focus to an iconic figure of modern ballet.

    Marina Harss

  • June 21, 2007

    Company Man

    Martin Duberman's biography of Lincoln Kirstein is a case study of the relationship between art and power.

    Lynn Garafola

  • May 10, 2007

    The Brown Decades

    In an engaging new memoir, Carolyn Brown recollects her work with modern dance legends Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

    Rachel Cohen

  • August 31, 2006

    Let’s Dance

    In Tango: The Art History of Love, Robert Thompson traces the dance's roots in Afro-Argentine history. Tomas Eloy Martínez's The Tango Singer appropriates its music to explore the recent past.

    Marina Harss

  • November 6, 2003

    Diaghilev in Perm

    Few Westerners have ever heard of Perm. A former czarist administrative center, rustbelt Soviet city and gateway to the gulag, Perm was long off-limits to foreigners.

    Lynn Garafola