• ‘I’ll Go Forth Alone’

    Janet Shea as Flora Goforth in The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

  • Madboots and the Gay Experience

    MADBOOTS DANCE is a company founded and led by two dancer-choreographers, Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, who are also life partners.

  • One Serious Lady

    A new Library of America edition of [Jane Bowles’] work, magnificently edited by Bowles scholar Millicent Dillon, does justice to this unique and neglected writer.

  • The Baroness of Body Art

    A COMPLICATED and somewhat mysterious figure in early 20th-century art, the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven is often referred to as the “Mama of Dada.” She was a visionary performance artist whose influence can be seen in many genres related to performance and personal style today.

  • The Shock of the Nude

    Rudolf von Laban and his dancers, Ascona, 1914. Photo: Johann Adam Massenbach

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