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Simone Dinnerstein, Pam Tanowitz - New Work for Goldberg Variations / The New Yorker

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At the opening of Simone Dinnerstein and Pam Tanowitz's "New Work for Goldberg Variations," the theatre-the stage, the auditorium-is plunged in utter darkness. What will happen? Before the lights went out, we saw a nice, big Yamaha grand piano in the middle of that stage, but now it seems to be gone, together with everything else in the world. And then you hear-What? Fingers! Ten little fingers, flesh and blood, playing the aria of this piece of music, and making it sound not like the thing that made Glenn Gould (and Simone Dinnerstein) famous but like something normal and human. To the right, as the lights go up a bit, we see some big, tall things. Birch trees? Stonehenge? Ghosts? No. Pam Tanowitz's dancers.  Photograph by Marina Levitskaya

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