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Annabella Gonzalez Dance Troupe Presents Spring Series “Juntos”

New York, N.Y.  The latest offering from the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Troup (AGDT), Juntos (‘United’), was triumphant. I was particularly impressed with the strength of the troupe’s male performers.  Showcased in the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, the troupe has matured over the years, and their spring showcase proved this to the world.  Despite a rainy weekend, the […]

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The Global Critic: Primavera a Success

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“Liebes Tanz” (Love Dance) was first performed in 1992.  Lucia Campoy, Marcos Emmanuel de Jesus, Juan Ignacio Echazarreta, and Heather Panikkar danced beautifully in this Germanic, dynamic piece.  It featured unexpected interactions, with humor – and high lifts. The two solos premiered were “In Transit,” performed behind a translucent cloth set by sculptor James Cobb […]

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Israeli Film: Unmistaken Child in Tibet

New York, N.Y.  The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most Westerners to grasp.A new film — from Israel — is out to change that. The film features the Dalai Lama.  Unmistaken Child follows the search for a reincarnated Tibetan master. It opened in New York June 3 at the Film […]

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Indian Legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Plays NYC, Thanks Obama

New York, N.Y.   Indian classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khanplayed the Indian Consulate of New York last week. He played in the grand ballroom of the former mansion on 64th and Fifth, built in 1903 for Ms. Carrie Astor. Amjad Ali Khan plays the sarod, the most prominent stringed musical instrument used in northern India’s classical […]

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Spotlight on the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater

“Primavera” is a spring series including two world premieres and dances from the treasury of the Company classics. Two solos will be premiered: “In Transit,” a sequel to “Window” performed behind a translucent cloth set by sculptor James Cobb with piano music by Mexican composer Luis Montes, and “Passages,” by guest choreographer Maxine Steinman to […]

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Eye on Haiti Photography Exhibit at Yale Club

New York, N.Y.  Over the spring of 2004, a CNN reporter wrote to her friends who happen to be world-class photographers: I am writing to you to ask you for your help in promoting aid for the orphans of Haiti.  You all well know the terrible conditions of life there, especially for the children.  The […]

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Lesbian and Gay Musical Ambassadors Play Carnegie Hall

New York, N.Y. As Harvey Milk, a transplanted New Yorker, pulled the gay and lesbian community of San Francisco together in the mid-1970s, like-minded musicians there formed the world’s first gay and lesbian marching band. New Yorkers took notice and a sister band was born the next year in Manhattan. They marched down Fifth Avenue […]

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Remembering Cultural Icon Mary Hartman (1976)

Marietta, Ohio. “It’s just incredible. The Fernwood flasher, mass murders, chickens, goats”¦ and my floor has a yellow waxy build-up.”   To those of you who are new fans of Norman Lear’s soap opera, this quote makes perfect sense.   It is Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as she ponders a new turn of events in the mystical […]

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