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Jack Anderson, Longtime Dance Critic for The Instances, Dies at 88

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Mr. Anderson continued in exhortation: “Let there be extra all-male dances through which the performers painting saints, sinners, clowns, fools, lovers, haters, visionaries, bumblers, idealists, maniacs and unusual residents. Let this choreography be lyrical, bumptious, reverent, elegant, earthy, sassy and as unpredictable as life itself.”

Jack Warren Anderson was born on June 15, 1935, in Milwaukee. His mom, Eleanore (Drive) Anderson, labored as a hospital administrator, and his father, George, was a film projectionist.

Within the late Fifties, Mr. Anderson earned a bachelor’s diploma in theater from Northwestern College and a grasp’s in inventive writing from Indiana College. He started working as a drama and dance critic round 1960 and spent a number of years on the workers of Dance journal.

He turned a dance critic for The Instances in 1978 and remained in that place till 2005. Afterward, he saved writing for the paper as a freelancer; his most up-to-date piece, an obituary in regards to the dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin, was revealed in 2021.

He additionally wrote poetry and books about dance historical past.

On Feb. 12, 1965, Mr. Anderson was on a subway platform close to Lincoln Middle in Manhattan studying this system for George Balanchine’s “Liebeslieder Walzer” after seeing the manufacturing. Mr. Dorris, who had additionally simply seen the ballet, approached Mr. Anderson and struck up a dialog. The 2 males took the subway downtown and bought espresso.

They had been a pair for 58 years, marrying in 2006 and sharing a Greenwich Village condominium. In 1977 they co-founded Dance Chronicle, a scholarly journal that in addition they coedited. It’s at the moment seeking submissions for a 2024 concern.