May 14 - 20, 2004
|It takes one|
|Javier Bucher charges up Maine’s Tango lovers|
Javier Bucher is the reigning king of Portland’s Argentine Tango scene. For all intents and purposes, he is a benevolent ruler — as long as you maintain your poise, execute your twists, and generally give everything he teaches you the old college try, he has no problem with you. But hang out in the back of the Maine Ballroom Dance studio chatting with a friend for too long during his Tango class and his soft, thickly accented voice has been known to hitch up, strained and thin. He will interrupt you with a "Please, dance! Dance!", or something to that effect, coupled with a wave of both hands like a distracted mother urging her kids out to play. Argentine Tango may be the ultimate "social dance," but while the upper bodies of the pair can be pressed together in absolute stillness, the legs must always be moving. Bucher takes his dance seriously.
You can pick Bucher out of a crowd by his dark curly hair, even darker eyes, and still darker taste in tight T-shirts and pants. He exudes the easy sensualit
January 9 - 15, 2004
|PBS salutes Mr. B|
American Masters’ two-hour salute to George Balanchine first aired in 1984, the year after his death. In the 20 years since, the George Balanchine Trust has made available a number of the works filmed beginning in 1977 as part of PBS’s Great Performances series as videotapes in its Balanchine Library, as well as New York City Ballet’s three-hour "Balanchine Celebration" and a commercial-film version of his Nutcracker (with Macaulay Culkin) from 1993. No choreographer in the history of dance is as well represented on video. Yet, as this program reminds us, Balanchine created more than 300 (or 400, or 450, we hear varying reports) works, and many of them are no longer in any repertoire, so every bit of footage from America’s greatest choreographer is precious. American Masters: Balanchine hasn’t been seen, according to PBS, since its initial airing, but it’ll be on WGBH this Wednesday at 9 p.m., as part of the Balanchine centennial celebration, and if you didn’t tape it the first