. . . a plunk; a stumble; and now the pianist

at last nails the Tschaikovsky. All at once

the crazyquilt colors of practice clothes

collude kaleidoscopically, the dance

 

obliterates mere muscle, heavy lifting

translates to flight, and sublime locker room

aromas float off the dancers, wafting

our way to settle on us like perfume.

 

                        From “Rehearsal in Summer”

Jay Rogoff

Photo: Megan Mumford

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The Art of Gravity

LSU Press, 2011 . . . a plunk; a stumble; and now the pianist at last nails the Tschaikovsky. All at once the crazyquilt colors of practice clothes collude kaleidoscopically, the dance obliterates mere muscle, heavy lifting translates to flight, and sublime locker room aromas float off the dancers, wafting our way to settle on us like perfume. From “Rehearsal in Summer” Cover: Maria Kowroski in Serenade. Photo © Paul Kolnik. New York City Ballet Production, choreography by George Balanchine