Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I knew very few details about the life of legendary modern dancer Isadora Duncan when some friends and I -- seniors in college at the time -- went to see the 1969 film The Loves of Isadora . The movie was pretty much a mess. Karel Reisz, who began his career as an accomplished editor before he turned...
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Digging beneath the surface of some remarkable people
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At Home With André and Simone Weil . For the uninitiated, the title could lull you into believing that this is a sweet memoir about daily life in a bourgeois family in France. But even those who recognize the featured names -- monikers attached to two of the most fearsome French intellectuals of the 20th century -- might think that...
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Soviet émigré Sasha Farber's floor-burnin' gig lights up Philly
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Yellow waxy buildup never had a chance against the dripping, streaking sensuality of the dancers who torch the tiles of "Burn the Floor." Or is it all a linoleum litmus test? Doesn't matter; when you're hot, you're hot -- and the dancers who sizzle smoke from mopping the floor with their Fahrenheit 500 don't so much answer "So You Think...
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Want a little noodle kugel with that egg nog? On Prancer, on Dasher, on Rudolph, on ... Shmuel? Ho-ho -- oy: Talk about kick-starting your holidays; certainly Rhonda Kaufman Malkin has one leg up on others. Rocket in her pocket? She's got them on her feet as the Jewish Rockette gets set to tap, tap, tap her way to happiness...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Esteban Hernandez could have been a star on Broadway, but when he was offered the role of Billy Elliot in the eponymous hit musical, the 14-year-old ballet whiz declined. "I didn't think I was ready yet," the Mexican-born Jewish dancer said. "I would have been performing all the time, instead of working on my technique." A real-life Jewish Billy Elliot?...
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