Dance in America
To the Editor:
Terry Teachout’s article, “Who Killed Dance?” [July], is rife with misconceptions and exaggerations that I can neither ignore nor dismiss as ignorance.
Let me first ask where Mr. Teachout has noted a “palpable” lack of enthusiasm for new choreography. Evidently he was not at the Joyce Theater, New York’s venue dedicated to dance, when Bill T Jones premiered six works in June. Nor could he have attended Pilobolus’s sold-out month-long run at the Joyce. What does he mean by “the near-complete lack of interest among the public at large” when the Joyce is filled to 90-percent capacity year-’round and the dance show, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, now sells out on Broadway after a full-capacity run at the Public Theater? Moreover, there are choreographers in residence in college and university modern-dance programs nationwide; the performances they give are attended by hundreds of modern dance’s next generation. . . .
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