Z is for zen

Lovely snowflakes, they fall nowhere else! No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. Two Zen sayings, or two translations of one saying? When I was a little girl, taking ballet lessons at St. Mark’s, my parents would take me to see the Nutcracker around this time of year. And like most girls, I would […]

Merce Cunningham: The only way to do it is to do it

Merce Cunningham (April 16, 1919 – July 26, 2009) was a choreographer who shaped the American avant-garde arts scene for over 60 years. Cunningham worked closely with composer John Cage, his longtime partner, and with visual artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Bruce Nauman, designer Romeo Gigli and architect Benedetta Tagliabue. His  YouTube […]

Pina Bausch: The man I love

Pina Bausch (7 July 1940 – 30 June 2009) introduced the fragile, intense emotional nakedess of everyday gestures to dance, and had her dancers make sounds to match. I came across “The Man I Love” by chance and was utterly charmed: Sign language, both with and without speech, as dance. The man I love – […]