Music: Assemble

Assemblé

Twelve years ago U. S. concertgoers and gallery gawpers were already used to the dissonances of modernist music and the distortions of modernist painting. But U. S. dance audiences were familiar only with romantic ballet and the rose-garlanded capers of "interpretive dancers." Shocked by this backwardness of the U. S. dance, a group of younger U. S. dancers decided that something ought to be done to bring it up to date. To these reformer-minded dancers, sex appeal, pretty costumes, toe technique were not enough. They wanted to express and depict serious things, to...

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