At Lar Lubovitch’s Golden Anniversary
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For decades, critics like me have been noting this absence. And for decades, other critics Canada Goose Parka and audience cheap canada goose uk members have reacted differently, as attested by the many lifetime achievement awards that Mr. Lubovitch has been racking up lately. Mr. Lubovitch has defended himself (humbly, not aggressively) as a canada goose black friday sale contrarian conservative, a romantic defender of old fashioned uk canada goose outlet beauty unafraid of sentimentality. But that defense implies that there’s too much of something, when the hard truth is that there’s not enough.
The opening night program didn’t reach very far back into Mr. Lubovitch’s past. (Alternate programs include “A Brahms Symphony,” from 1985, and scenes from the three act “Othello” he made for American Ballet Theater in 1997.) “The Legend of Ten,” a 2010 work that responds to Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor with canada goose clearance handsome canada goose coats on sale school of fish patterns and muted folk gestures, was danced by members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. They looked like softened Graham dancers perfectly comfortable dancing something less demanding than Graham.
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