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The legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky succumbed to mental illness toward the end of the First World War, and he kept a diary for six and a half weeks that vividly and painfully documented his struggle to keep hold of his reason. Robert Wilson’s Letter to a Man begins with what sounds like the whir of a dental drill and then the sight of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Nijinsky in a straightjacket. We hear the pianola theme...
A weekly compendium of mostly Brooklyn-based, always edifying art events.  UNISEX GALLERY: OUSIA Four artists—Joyce Kim, Carey Denniston, Kellie Romany, and Phoebe Berglund—find a way, somehow, to share the room at Unisex Gallery's third show. The natural drape of leather in Kim's work echoes the incredibly detailed contours of Romany's poured paintings; Berglund's photographs of soft clay from the floor of a dance performance—now three times removed from the action—line up like bricks on the wall. If these three share...
In 1983, former BAM President Harvey Lichtenstein hired Joseph Melillo to initiate a brand new project at the Fort Greene arts institution. “New York City did not have a contemporary performing arts festival, and there were several in the world,” Melillo told me over the phone recently. “And New York City we believe is one of the great cultural capitals of the world; it should have a contemporary performing arts festival,” Melillo and Lichtenstein knew...
So much theater today amounts to bite-sized snacks that barely whet your appetite, but Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Phaedra(s) is like a feast or ceremony that provides theatrical sustenance for days on end. It is divided into roughly three sections and runs about three and a half hours, and it is presided over by the post-modern queen of perversity herself, Isabelle Huppert. Many writers have told the story of the royal Phaedra, and Warlikowski samples a...

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