Claudia La Rocco

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FEAST -- a Sustainable (and Tasty) Approach to the Arts

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Necessity is the mother of invention and WNYC's cultural critic Claudia La Rocco taps into a few ways artists are coping with the economic downturn, and fostering new kinds of artistic communities.

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What Artists and Audiences Get out of Works in Progress

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Theaters all over the city offer up the chance to see tomorrow's big shows and today's rising stars as they're putting together their newest projects. From The Public Theater to the Guggenheim, low-priced performances give audiences a unique inside scoop. Performance Critic Claudia La Rocco ...


Tap Dancing Gets a Little Respect

Saturday, February 14, 2009

For years, tap has been treated as an unwanted step-child in the dance world, but now it’s getting a little bit more love. The Tap Legacy Foundation has announced an effort to build a new center for tap here in the city. And it’s the ...


Arts organizations in New York Struggle to Stay Afloat

Monday, February 02, 2009

This coming Tuesday Arts advocates from all over the state will gather in Albany to meet with state legislature to protest proposed cuts to the funding to the New York State Council on the Arts. Reports about struggling arts groups around the city have been ...


The Effect of the Downturn on the Ecology of New York Arts

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Arts groups around New York City are struggling as a result of the recession. Cultural critic Claudia La Rocco talks with WNYC's Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about what the crisis in the arts means for the overall health of the city.


"Billy Elliot" and Dancing While Male

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The musical "Billy Elliot" is one of the few that’s still holding strong in an otherwise dismal time for a lot of Broadway shows. It’s a coming-of-age story about a young boy and his love of ballet, set against the backdrop on a 1984 miners' ...


The Year in Performance

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cultural critic Claudia LaRocco brings us some high, low and frivolous items from the year in performance: from being jilted by French opera director Gerard Mortier to the best little theater in Queens.


Alvin Ailey Celebrates 50 Years

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In 1958, a group of young African-American modern dancers gave birth to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a performance at the 92nd Street Y. 50 years later, the company has become one of the most famous dance companies in world, and they’ve been ...


The Art of Race and Politics

Friday, October 31, 2008

The election is on everybody’s mind. And it has a particular resonance for artists of color, who have long been dealing with politics that Barack Obama would surely recognize. Claudia La Rocco spoke with four artists who’ve been thinking about the complex intersection of art, ...


Preserving Live Art

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What does it mean to preserve live art? The choreographer Antony Tudor is being celebrated around the country this this year, and a range of ballet companies are performing his works. Ballet has a long and deep tradition – as a classical art form, it ...


Boys will be Beyonce

Friday, April 04, 2008

The pop star Beyonce announced her engagement to the hip hop mogul Jay-Z earlier this week. And tonight, the performance artist Neal Medlyn is offering his own tribute to the singer as he re-enacts the BEYONCE EXPERIENCE LIVE! DVD. Critic Claudia La Rocco stopped by ...


CPR for the Arts

Friday, March 07, 2008

Sustainability is a big question for a lot of New Yorkers, and for New York’s artists. The Center for Performance Research is a new arts space that tries to provide some answers. It’s a performance and research laboratory located in an environmentally-friendly apartment building in ...


New York, Theater, and Real Estate

Friday, February 15, 2008

Location, location, location. It’s one of New York’s biggest obsessions. And real estate is also a central preoccupation of a new production from the Foundry Theater called, "Open House." It’s set in 24 apartments in all 5 boroughs. The cultural critic Claudia La Rocco was ...


Coping with the Holidays

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Nothing says Christmas like dozens of bedazzled, leggy women kicking their hearts out. Seriously.

The Rockettes are back and, thanks to some vibrant new choreography, better than ever. This year's revamped Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the 75th anniversary, boasts some luscious new numbers for these precision-dancing ...


Fall Dance Preview

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Three of the most promising dance events this fall aren't likely to feature much dancey-dance. Don't look for athlete-performers, wearing spandex and leaping about to pretty classical music. Expect, instead, to be challenged and surprised. And delighted.

First up, beginning October 9, is