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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: City Ballet has to develop choreographers of stature and a new approach to coaching before City Ballet has to develop choreographers of stature and a new approach to coaching before everything we value about it fades away and, in the great tradition of the Cheshire Cat, there's nothing left but Peter Martins' smile.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: For Russians, to whom Pushkin's poem 'Eugene Onegin' is sacred text, the ballet's story and For Russians, to whom Pushkin's poem 'Eugene Onegin' is sacred text, the ballet's story and personae are as familiar and filled with meaning as, for instance, 'Romeo' and 'Hamlet' are for us. Russians know whole stretches of it by heart, the way we know Shakespeare and Italians know Dante.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Schumann's 'Quintet in E flat for Piano and Strings' is one of the sublime moments Schumann's 'Quintet in E flat for Piano and Strings' is one of the sublime moments in Romantic music.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Audiences love Paul Taylor, and so do I. Not everything, and not always, but year Audiences love Paul Taylor, and so do I. Not everything, and not always, but year in, year out, he gives me more concentrated pleasure than I get from any other dance company.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: What really matters is that 'Black Swan' deploys and exaggerates all the cliches of earlier What really matters is that 'Black Swan' deploys and exaggerates all the cliches of earlier ballet movies, especially 'The Red Shoes,' another tale of a ballerina driven mad and suicidal.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: You can usually tell how healthy a ballet company is by the degree of your You can usually tell how healthy a ballet company is by the degree of your interest in the middle ranks of the dancers - the not-yet stars, the up-and-comers.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Remember: TV is a format, film is a format, and books are a format. Remember: TV is a format, film is a format, and books are a format.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Many people say to me, particularly about my dance writing, 'It sounds just like you.' Many people say to me, particularly about my dance writing, 'It sounds just like you.' But it sounds just like me after I've made it sound like me.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing about it.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Nothing is harder to create than brilliant comic ballets, except maybe brilliant full-evening comic ballets. Nothing is harder to create than brilliant comic ballets, except maybe brilliant full-evening comic ballets.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Twyla Tharp is not going to take orders from anyone, not even Mozart! Twyla Tharp is not going to take orders from anyone, not even Mozart!
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: With literary fiction, generally a film maker falls in love with a book. In commercial With literary fiction, generally a film maker falls in love with a book. In commercial fiction, it's a producer or studio falling in love with a book they can make into a movie with worldwide appeal.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: If Tom Clancy didn't write any Op-Centers, he would be $60 million less rich. If Tom Clancy didn't write any Op-Centers, he would be $60 million less rich.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Raimund Hoghe is a little man with a spinal deformity who was once Pina Bausch's Raimund Hoghe is a little man with a spinal deformity who was once Pina Bausch's dramaturge.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Ballet in September used to be dead as a dodo. Now, with City Ballet's ingenious Ballet in September used to be dead as a dodo. Now, with City Ballet's ingenious decision to give us four weeks of repertory in the early fall, having cut down on the relentlessly long spring season when dancers, critics and audiences droop on the vine, we wake up after the dog days of August with something to look at.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: We know how Merce Cunningham works and how he thinks - we've been told, over We know how Merce Cunningham works and how he thinks - we've been told, over and over again, by him and by others.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: A lot of people have a lot of faith in Karole Armitage. They see her A lot of people have a lot of faith in Karole Armitage. They see her as bold, inventive, indefatigable. 'America isn't working out? There's always Europe. Ballet? No? Go modern. Keep going! Show 'em!'
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'Eclipse' is a concept piece, and its concept centers on 36 large light bulbs strung 'Eclipse' is a concept piece, and its concept centers on 36 large light bulbs strung from above in a geometrical pattern and at different heights, some of them at times down below the dancers' chest level.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The first time the Kirov ballet was seen in America was on Sept. 11, 1961. The first time the Kirov ballet was seen in America was on Sept. 11, 1961. The ballet was 'Swan Lake.' The ballerina was Inna Zubkovskaya. The place was the old Met, on what must have been one of the hottest nights of the year, and there was no air-conditioning.
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Robert Gottlieb Sayings: What guarantees - or at least semi-guarantees - good ballets is good choreographers, and they What guarantees - or at least semi-guarantees - good ballets is good choreographers, and they are thin on the ground.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: In Georgia, apparently, men are men and women are women - at least in their In Georgia, apparently, men are men and women are women - at least in their folk dance.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: How can educated and sophisticated viewers react so differently to a work of art? Is How can educated and sophisticated viewers react so differently to a work of art? Is it just Kulture Klash? No, since most of the time there's no Klash at all. On the occasions when we disagree, it may be because we're looking for different things in dance.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: There's no point pretending that all of Martha Graham's pieces are equally strong. There's no point pretending that all of Martha Graham's pieces are equally strong.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: In traditional 'Swan Lakes,' it's Prince Siegfried's 21st-birthday celebration, his coming-of-age. The entire court, from In traditional 'Swan Lakes,' it's Prince Siegfried's 21st-birthday celebration, his coming-of-age. The entire court, from his mother the Queen on down, is on hand.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: As an editor, I have to be tactful, of course. As an editor, I have to be tactful, of course.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The best thing you can say about Hubbard Street is that if you were a The best thing you can say about Hubbard Street is that if you were a dancer, this is a company you'd fight to get into.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Wayne McGregor's 'Dyad 1929' is a good example of this capable British choreographer's work. Wayne McGregor's 'Dyad 1929' is a good example of this capable British choreographer's work.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Editing requires you to be always open, always responding. It is very important, for example, Editing requires you to be always open, always responding. It is very important, for example, not to allow yourself to want the writer to write a certain kind of book. Sometimes that's hard.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: I don't like writing - it's so difficult to say what you mean. It's much I don't like writing - it's so difficult to say what you mean. It's much easier to edit other people's writing and help them say what they mean.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'The Leaves Are Fading' had something of a vogue when Antony Tudor made it in 'The Leaves Are Fading' had something of a vogue when Antony Tudor made it in 1975, largely because of Gelsey Kirkland's ravishing performance.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Writing happened to me. I didn't decide to start writing or to be a writer. Writing happened to me. I didn't decide to start writing or to be a writer. I never wanted to be a writer.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'Neverwhere,' by Benjamin Millepied, is set to his favorite composer, Nico Muhly. 'Neverwhere,' by Benjamin Millepied, is set to his favorite composer, Nico Muhly.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: After all these years of saying the same thing about the Alvin Ailey company - After all these years of saying the same thing about the Alvin Ailey company - terrific dancers, awful repertory - I'm finally accepting the inevitable: I'm not going to change my mind, and they're not going to change their ways. And why should they, given their juggernaut success all over the world?
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Tolstoy may be right about happy and unhappy families, but in ballet, it works the Tolstoy may be right about happy and unhappy families, but in ballet, it works the opposite way: All good ballets are different from each other and all bad ones are alike, at least in one crucial respect - they're all empty.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Despite the rigid classicism of the famous Paris Opera school and company, the French have Despite the rigid classicism of the famous Paris Opera school and company, the French have done more than their share to unmoor la Danse from its traditions and standards.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Just as I was turning fifteen, in the spring of 1946, my parents took me Just as I was turning fifteen, in the spring of 1946, my parents took me to see 'The Glass Menagerie,' well into its year-long run. I had seen a number of shows on Broadway by then, but nothing like this - because there was nothing like this on Broadway.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Every great dance company, even when it seems poised in perfect balance, needs constant renewal Every great dance company, even when it seems poised in perfect balance, needs constant renewal of both repertory and performers.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: It's often the case that the most strained moments in books are the very beginning It's often the case that the most strained moments in books are the very beginning and the very end - the getting in and the getting out. The ending, especially: it's awkward, as if the writer doesn't know when the book is over and nervously says it all again.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: There are certain historical figures of such importance that we need to know everything about There are certain historical figures of such importance that we need to know everything about them, which is why books about Napoleon, Lincoln, Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth I, and the great religious founders continue to proliferate; these lives require constant reevaluation and interpretation.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: With its vastly complicated plot and its immense cast of characters swirling around the case With its vastly complicated plot and its immense cast of characters swirling around the case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce that has been grinding away in the Court of Chancery for decades, 'Bleak House' is, for many readers, Dickens's greatest novel.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: A steady diet of the higher truths might prove exhausting, but it's important that we A steady diet of the higher truths might prove exhausting, but it's important that we acknowledge their validity and celebrate their survival.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: When December comes, can 'The Nutcracker' be far behind? No, it can't - not in When December comes, can 'The Nutcracker' be far behind? No, it can't - not in America, anyway.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Some readers took 'Heaven's My Destination' as a satire on Christianity and the Midwest, but Some readers took 'Heaven's My Destination' as a satire on Christianity and the Midwest, but today it reads like a loving comedy.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Paul Taylor's 'Offenbach Overtures' has lots of zip and charm, and its pair of dueling Paul Taylor's 'Offenbach Overtures' has lots of zip and charm, and its pair of dueling soldiers in red, who end up starry-eyed about each other while their disgusted seconds take up the quarrel, is nonstop funny.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Has there ever been a dance career with more ups and downs than Twyla Tharp's? Has there ever been a dance career with more ups and downs than Twyla Tharp's? Or with more varied ambitions? Or larger ambition?
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Melissa Barak, an ex-City Ballet dancer and sometime choreographer, has put together an unspeakably dopey Melissa Barak, an ex-City Ballet dancer and sometime choreographer, has put together an unspeakably dopey and incompetent mess called 'Call Me Ben,' combining ultra-generic dance, terrible dialogue and disastrous storytelling, about the founding of Las Vegas by the gangster Bugsy Siegel, who insists, violently, on being addressed as 'Ben.'
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: How do you rate works of genius? Partly by personal inclination, partly by accepted wisdom, How do you rate works of genius? Partly by personal inclination, partly by accepted wisdom, partly by popularity.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: I first read 'An American Tragedy' in college, and in my entire life I had I first read 'An American Tragedy' in college, and in my entire life I had never read anything so painful.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Editing is simply the application of the common sense of any good reader. That's why, Editing is simply the application of the common sense of any good reader. That's why, to be an editor, you have to be a reader. It's the number one qualification.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: I was the only child, and I know my father had certain thoughts about me. I was the only child, and I know my father had certain thoughts about me. He was a lawyer and extremely literary, but he would have been much happier if I had wanted to be a lawyer, a scientist, an engineer. But what I wanted to do was read.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Larry Hart and Dick Rodgers were both bright Jewish boys from Manhattan who at one Larry Hart and Dick Rodgers were both bright Jewish boys from Manhattan who at one point or another went to Columbia, but there the similarity in their backgrounds ends.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: At a certain point, you have to face the fact that you've turned into an At a certain point, you have to face the fact that you've turned into an old fart.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: But I had learned a lesson about the overwhelming need of narcissists to be in But I had learned a lesson about the overwhelming need of narcissists to be in the right, and to punish those by whom they feel slighted.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: When I was at Cambridge in the early fifties, there was a school nearby for When I was at Cambridge in the early fifties, there was a school nearby for training Army officers in Russian, and some imaginative genius came up with the idea of putting on Russian plays with the students to improve their language skills.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: We see a new generation of Russian authors who are not divided from their Western We see a new generation of Russian authors who are not divided from their Western contemporaries either culturally or philosophically.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'Porgy and Bess' has never been thought of as a dance show, and yet it's 'Porgy and Bess' has never been thought of as a dance show, and yet it's filled with dance. It uses dance to punctuate the action, or as background, or as atmosphere; even when it's front and center, it isn't crucial.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The cows in Stella Gibbons's immortal 'Cold Comfort Farm' are named Graceless, Aimless, Feckless and The cows in Stella Gibbons's immortal 'Cold Comfort Farm' are named Graceless, Aimless, Feckless and Pointless, and that more or less is the verdict on 'Ocean's Kingdom,' the wildly hyped and wildly uninteresting collaboration between Peter Martins and Paul McCartney.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Why movie and dance critics are taking 'The Company' seriously, I can't imagine. Are they Why movie and dance critics are taking 'The Company' seriously, I can't imagine. Are they impressed by Altman's reputation and naive sincerity? By the fluid semi-documentary approach?
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: In my view, the ebook world for both established and new authors is a terrific In my view, the ebook world for both established and new authors is a terrific new and exciting format. It is a format that will bring forth many new writers to publishing.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Martha Graham, along with George Balanchine, is one of the two commanding figures in 20th-century Martha Graham, along with George Balanchine, is one of the two commanding figures in 20th-century American dance. For those much younger than I am, her genius as a performer will have to be taken on faith - and on the always-suspect evidence of film. What will last, if things go well, is her genius as a choreographer, as a woman of the theater.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Gelsey Kirkland has had more than her share of demons, as her two distressing memoirs Gelsey Kirkland has had more than her share of demons, as her two distressing memoirs - and her violently checkered career - attest.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: I can't claim to 'understand' 'Byzantium,' if any dance work can be 'understood,' but whenever I can't claim to 'understand' 'Byzantium,' if any dance work can be 'understood,' but whenever I see it, I sense that it's charged with meaning.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: You don't have to be a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute to figure You don't have to be a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute to figure out that when you title a memoir of your parents 'Them,' you're performing an act of distancing.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: We all need each other in publishing to make publishing work for authors in a We all need each other in publishing to make publishing work for authors in a variety of formats now and in the future. Anyone who thinks publishers don't bring anything to the table has a very narrow view and lack of knowledge about the industry as a whole.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Paris, as always, is swarming with Americans, and these days, it's also swarming with hamburgers. Paris, as always, is swarming with Americans, and these days, it's also swarming with hamburgers. Oddly, though, it's not typically the Americans who are pursuing the perfect burger on the perfect bun with the obligatory side of perfect coleslaw; the Americans are pursuing the perfect blanquette de veau.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: What 'War and Peace' is to the novel and 'Hamlet' is to the theater, Swan What 'War and Peace' is to the novel and 'Hamlet' is to the theater, Swan Lake' is to ballet - that is, the name which to many people stands for and sums up an art form.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The mystery of Christopher Wheeldon deepens. Yes, he's the most talented of the younger ballet The mystery of Christopher Wheeldon deepens. Yes, he's the most talented of the younger ballet choreographers - indeed, where's the competition? Yes, he's particularly good at nurturing dancers and identifying their essential qualities.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Dance Theatre of Harlem has done a lot of good things well, a lot of Dance Theatre of Harlem has done a lot of good things well, a lot of good things badly, and a lot of bad things - it doesn't matter how.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: You can approach 'The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death' in a variety or combination of You can approach 'The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death' in a variety or combination of ways: as a startlingly eccentric hobby; as a series of unresolved murder mysteries; as the manifestation of one woman's peculiar psychic life; as a lesson in forensics; as a metaphor for the fate of women; as a photographic study.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Ballet companies have their ups and downs, just like the rest of us. Ballet companies have their ups and downs, just like the rest of us.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Of the great singing stars of the 1940s and '50s, only one - Nat King Of the great singing stars of the 1940s and '50s, only one - Nat King Cole - died young, at age 45.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: One of the eternal mysteries of ballet is how untalented choreographers find backers for their One of the eternal mysteries of ballet is how untalented choreographers find backers for their work, and then find good dancers to perform in it. Is it irresistible charm? Chutzpah? Pure determination? Blackmail? Or are so many supposedly knowledgeable people just plain blind?
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: When you can't follow a ballet's action, you can always read the program notes. When you can't follow a ballet's action, you can always read the program notes.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: There are a few writers whose lives and personalities are so large, so fascinating, that There are a few writers whose lives and personalities are so large, so fascinating, that there's no such thing as a boring biography of them - you can read every new one that comes along, good or bad, and be caught up in the story all over again.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: In 1998, Vanity Fair asked me to write a big piece for them on the In 1998, Vanity Fair asked me to write a big piece for them on the 50th anniversary of the New York City Ballet. My life, to a great extent, had been spent at and with the New York City Ballet, and I decided to try it. It was very scary, writing about something I loved so much and had such strong opinions about.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'Ocean's Kingdom' is a fairy story with no subtext, no resonance - it's not about 'Ocean's Kingdom' is a fairy story with no subtext, no resonance - it's not about anything except its water-logged plot.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: I have no problem selling ebooks for authors directly as an agent, but partnering with I have no problem selling ebooks for authors directly as an agent, but partnering with them is another matter.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Classics are constantly being re-imagined and transformed, and the originals are none the worse for Classics are constantly being re-imagined and transformed, and the originals are none the worse for it; they endure.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'Seven Sonatas,' with its flowing series of meetings between men and women in an identifiable 'Seven Sonatas,' with its flowing series of meetings between men and women in an identifiable emotional world, is in the mould of Jerome Robbins' glorious 'Dances at a Gathering.'
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Blood is the leitmotif of 'Black Swan.' Blood is the leitmotif of 'Black Swan.'
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The Iron Curtain may be a thing of the past, but Mother Russia is as The Iron Curtain may be a thing of the past, but Mother Russia is as mysterious as ever.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The Kirov is a great ballet company because it has so many terrific dancers, but The Kirov is a great ballet company because it has so many terrific dancers, but it doesn't always know what to do with them.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Ballet Hispanico is far from Irish, and, though it has strong dancers, its Spanishness has Ballet Hispanico is far from Irish, and, though it has strong dancers, its Spanishness has always left me unconvinced.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The 1920s brought not only the Charleston but the flat chest. The 1920s brought not only the Charleston but the flat chest.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: I can't remember how many years it's been since I last saw a David Parsons I can't remember how many years it's been since I last saw a David Parsons program or what I saw whenever it was, but that isn't surprising, since I can't really remember the first half of a David Parsons program while I'm watching the second half.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Nothing is real for me until I've read about it. Nothing is real for me until I've read about it.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The eternal and uneasy relationship between ballet and modern dance endures, but radically altered in The eternal and uneasy relationship between ballet and modern dance endures, but radically altered in tone and intensity.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The best seat in the house often depends on the ballet. For instance, much of The best seat in the house often depends on the ballet. For instance, much of the first act of 'The Nutcracker' is domestic and small scale, so it's great to sit up close. But the second act features elaborate scenery and choreography, which are better to observe from a distance.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'The Sleeping Beauty' is the greatest, most challenging and most vulnerable of classical ballets. Everything 'The Sleeping Beauty' is the greatest, most challenging and most vulnerable of classical ballets. Everything can go wrong with it, and all too often, everything does.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Jodi Melnick is hotly self-absorbed. Her onstage musicians are much too loud, and like so Jodi Melnick is hotly self-absorbed. Her onstage musicians are much too loud, and like so many narcissistic performers, she goes on much too long: She's interested in herself; why wouldn't we be?
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Yes, bad or mediocre ballets can be useful to the dancers and temporarily fun for Yes, bad or mediocre ballets can be useful to the dancers and temporarily fun for the audience, but in the long run, the lowering of standards can only erode the art form we all love.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The heart of the classical repertory is the Tchaikovsky-Petipa 'Sleeping Beauty,' and no ballet is The heart of the classical repertory is the Tchaikovsky-Petipa 'Sleeping Beauty,' and no ballet is harder to get right.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: It's always fascinating - and sometimes a little disquieting - when two first-rate critics violently It's always fascinating - and sometimes a little disquieting - when two first-rate critics violently disagree.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Young women today, as in the fifties, find themselves entering the big world and having Young women today, as in the fifties, find themselves entering the big world and having to make choices.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The mysteries and scandals of the Kremlin are nothing compared to the mysteries and scandals The mysteries and scandals of the Kremlin are nothing compared to the mysteries and scandals of the Bolshoi.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'Beloved Renegade' is a meditation on Walt Whitman, on tenderness, on dying. 'Beloved Renegade' is a meditation on Walt Whitman, on tenderness, on dying.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: I hated Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' when it first turned up, and then when it I hated Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' when it first turned up, and then when it was televised, and then when it returned.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: 'River of Light,' to a dense but powerful score commissioned from Charles Wuorinen and with 'River of Light,' to a dense but powerful score commissioned from Charles Wuorinen and with ravishing lighting by Mark Stanley, has depth and resonance.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: Acting has changed since the nineteen-forties. Acting has changed since the nineteen-forties.
Robert Gottlieb Sayings: The first movement ballerina should be a paradigm of strength and authority. The first movement ballerina should be a paradigm of strength and authority.