Theater: Dionysiacs

THE AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE

If the book is the mind of a musical and song is its voice, the dance is its body. Dancers are engines of the Life Force. Whether their arms and legs create designs of mass unity or tell a balletic joke or commingle in primordial fertility rites, the dancers celebrate the grace, power and beauty of the human form.

What of the king of the gypsies, the choreographer? The book is printed, the songs are often recorded, but the dances recede into the mists of ever fainter memory. In 1975, Lee...

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