In celebration of her career as a dance critic, writer, dancer, choreographer and educator, "From the Horse’s Mouth" will dedicate its next theater/dance performance event to dance critic Deborah Jowitt, whose lifelong accomplishments exemplify a storied career spanning more than 50 years.
Four performances celebrating Deborah Jowitt will feature over 30 dancers, choreographers, critics and friends of the legendary critic, including Yoshiko Chuma, Emily Coates, Carmen de Lavallade, Douglas Dunn, Liz Gerring, Phyllis Lamhut, Wendy Perron, Rajika Puri, Valda Setterfield, Vicky Shick, Gus Solomons jr, Martine van Hamel and many more. A special Critic’s Panel will begin the weekend program, with Linda Murray, Curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Library for the Performing Arts, to moderate. Panelists will include dance critics/writers Deborah Jowitt, Alastair Macaulay, Wendy Perron, Jack Anderson, Mindy Aloff, Marcia Siegel and Elizabeth Zimmer.
As one of the dance field’s most respected writers and teachers, Deborah Jowitt first emerged as a dancer and choreographer and in 1967 started to write a weekly dance column for The Village Voice. Two collections of her reviews have been published, along with her “Time and the Dance Image” and her biography of Jerome Robbins. She currently posts her critical writing at artsjournal.com/dancebeat/. Winner of many awards, Deborah Jowitt has stood firm at a time when dance criticism has dwindled or been excised from many of our newspapers and periodicals. Her story is one of endurance and love for the art form.
The intimate "From the Horse’s Mouth" format provides the ideal vehicle in which to celebrate Deborah’s extraordinary life and legacy. The sharing of stories, memories, anecdotes, and dance form the special tapestry that is a "From the Horse’s Mouth" production. Rare film footage, videos and multimedia will enhance this edition of "From the Horse’s Mouth" unique blend of movement and storytelling.