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Gotta love the Stranger bitching about someone else's dance coverage.

Snark aside, thank you for covering the Tharp show.

Posted by genevieve | September 30, 2008 3:48 PM

"redolent," Brendan? You've smelled a Hungarian czardas before? Actually, forget I asked. I may not want to know the details.

Posted by MvB | September 30, 2008 4:09 PM


Posted by julia | September 30, 2008 4:09 PM

Sometimes I wish I gave a shit about modern dance.

Sometimes I don't.

Posted by Greg | September 30, 2008 4:53 PM

I'll cut a bitch who is hatin' on the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company. I'm still in love with Godfather Drosselmeyer from the 1986 Nutcracker movie.

Posted by Y.F. | September 30, 2008 5:01 PM

I'll echo the first comment. How nice to see The Stranger suddenly develop an interest in dance.

Anyway: I listened to the interview. Your answer at the end was fantastic, and you can clearly talk criticism and theater, but you were in over your head with Tharp. Your lack of familiarity with modern dance was obvious. Get off the high horse.

Posted by Nick | September 30, 2008 6:11 PM

Just to remind everyone—we write about dance, preview dance, and suggest dance far more than anybody seems to remember. Google for stories about Velocity, On the Boards, and PNB—you'll find a big story for the Jerome Robbins revival, profiles of local choreographers, reviews, etc.

I appreciate the pleasure of a martyr complex, but seriously—we do write about dance, when something important is happening.

And the biggest obstacle to getting written about? The fact that most dance performances only happen one weekend. Managing an arts section is an exercise in triage. Run performances for multiple weekends and your chances of being written about increase dramatically.

And I'm staying on my high horse, thank you. I like it up here.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | September 30, 2008 6:32 PM

Oh my god, this is pathetic on so many levels, I wouldn't know where to begin. I pity you.

Posted by tranny | September 30, 2008 10:31 PM

Dinner with Brendan Kiley and Jen Graves - I ask you, is there a more horrifying thought in the known universe?

"Thick with ideas". Jesus H. MotherFUCKING Christ on a goddamn pogo stick. How do you people even tie your shoes in the morning?

Posted by Deep, heavy and meaningless | October 1, 2008 7:06 AM

Yeah, but people actually read the New York Times.

Posted by Cooler | October 1, 2008 7:38 AM

What about these passages from the NYT piece? Don't they say what you criticize the Times for not saying? Maybe not as overtly as you would like them to, but it does get at the subject matter, in fairness to the Times, more so than the last paragraph you say does the best job of getting at it. And how about a link to the article in your post?
"Mr. Martynov’s ruthless music has inspired Ms. Tharp to explore the younger generation, a subject she has taken on repeatedly. This time, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, Kaori Nakamura and Olivier Wevers are street punks, ravaged by drugs and loss of purpose. This harsh snapshot of urban decay contrasts with the natural world of Brahms in “Opus 111." ... no matter how ably her dancers express their rancor and desperation through movement, they’re overcooked, drawn so boldly and instilled with so many fussy details that they become more caricatures than characters."

Posted by Jessica | October 1, 2008 9:20 AM

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