Dance: Ready For A New Boom?

Has dance lost its steam, ready to settle into being a “lesser” art? Anna Kisselgoff says not: “The dance boom that exploded at the end of the 60’s and lasted until the 90’s has shrunk into a holding pattern of recycled aesthetics. But even this consolidation of the familiar hints at potential fresh directions. True, no one has recently or radically changed how we look at dance, as Merce Cunningham, Graham and Balanchine once did. Still, dance remains a highly creative art form. Choreographers are searching for new movement, and there is a slow-motion swing from pure-dance pieces to storytelling, no matter how indirect.”