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Miguel Gutierrez, Last Meadow, 2009. Dress rehearsal, Abrons Arts Center, New York, January 7, 2010. Miguel Gutierrez, Tarek Halaby. From “American Realness.” Photo: Ian Douglas.

David Velasco is editor of and a regular contributor to Artforum. He is currently working on his first novel.

1 “American Realness” (Abrons Arts Center, New York, January 8–10, 2010) All the legendary children of the New York dance world served up over one crash-course weekend intensive: Miguel Gutierrez, Jack Ferver, Trajal Harrell, and don’t forget Ann Liv Young, whose fraught “Sherry” performances were utterly nonpareil.

2 Alexei Ratmansky, Namouna, a Grand Divertissement (David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, April 29, 2010) I’m not sure who Namouna is, but this chimerical work, performed by the New York City Ballet, hallucinates someone sultry and witty who hasn’t given up on cigarettes. Doesn’t much like sex, because it musses her makeup. Is content with the trivial. And I don’t care what Alastair Macaulay says, Ratmansky should

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