Claudia La Rocco

Master Narratives

March 2014

LANCE GRIES, Diane Madden, Juliette Mapp, Jimena Paz; Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey, Silas Riener; Christiana Axelsen, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald, Kayvon Pourazar, Stuart Singer:  Let us now praise New York dancers. … READ ON

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Four on the Floor

February 2014

I saw Sarah Michelson’s 4 on Saturday, February 1 at 2 PM. This is some of what happened to me, while sitting for one hundred minutes on half of a round, backless cushion on the fourth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. It’s not so… READ ON

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APAP Smear

January 2014

ONE.  “We began to engage in a strange duel of asceticism,” Edgar Oliver explained, if that’s the word, during Helen & Edgar, his monologue about growing up in Savannah, Georgia, with his sister and mother. If only. This show, part of the … READ ON

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Claudia La Rocco

December 2013

WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THESE LISTS.  They’re weird; I think we can all acknowledge that.  As well as wildly spotty and biased and unscientific (in the artistic sense). One of their (my) problems is that they don’t take into account all of the … READ ON

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You Don’t Know Squat

November 2013

“HERE WE GO,” someone in the crowd, I’m almost positive it was The Unidentified Flying Dancer, said with an anticipatory sigh that seemed born of long experience, maybe? Batten down the hatches.  The UFD (aka Sheryl Sutton), issued her warning… READ ON

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Conflict Resolution

October 2013

LAST YEAR, when MoMA launched its Some sweet day dance series curated by the choreographer Ralph Lemon, there was a lot of talk about the impossibility of the atrium space as a site for any art, let alone a body-based one, and about the … READ ON

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Dig Your Own Hole

September 2013

“WHO DIED?” the kid stood on the sidewalk on Metropolitan Avenue, just off Berry Street in Williamsburg, staring in through the raised garage door.  Outside was a funeral announcement. Inside were such things as: a table of booze; a mound of… READ ON

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Fall to Pieces

September 2013

LET’S START WITH THE DISCLAIMER: This isn’t an exhaustive or even an exhaustively researched fall performance rundown. It is, rather, a somewhat random cross-selection of artists, events, and theaters that, whether for excitement, track … READ ON

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Fail Safe

August 2013

“IT’S LIKE YOU’RE DEEP-SEA DIVING. It feels like a transformation that is urgent and necessary—even if it is exhausting.”  Moira Brennan said this to me the Thursday before last at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, as we were … READ ON

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

June 2013

SOMETIMES A WHOLE THEATER leans forward and up, like a great set of hands is gathering the audience, and lifting. I don’t know anything else like it. The triumphant roar of the crowd at a baseball game comes close, but that surge is physical,… READ ON

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