Writing in the Dark, Dancing in The New Yorker
An Arlene Croce Reader
Author: Arlene Croce
The best of America's best writer on dance
"Theoretically, I am ready to go to anything-once. If it moves, I'm interested; if it moves to music, I'm in love."
From 1973 until 1996 Arlene Croce was The New Yorker's dance critic, a post created for her. Her entertaining, forthright, passionate reviews and essays have revealed the logic and history of ballet, modern dance, and their postmodern variants to a generation of theatergoers. This volume contains her most significant and provocative pieces-over a fourth have never appeared in book form-writings that reverberate with consequence and controversy for the state of the art today.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In The News
“[Croce] is without peer . . . Her criticism is distinguished by penetration and understanding of the subject, a large and novel scope of reverence, and a creative imagination . . . She loves the dance, and in her patient, close attention to it conveys this love to us. What she writes about the art will affect our thinking for a long time to come.” —Robert Craft, The New York Review of Books
“Croce is the Jane Austen of dance criticism . . . in breadth as well as in intensity the best dance critic around.” —Richard Poirier, The New York Times Book Review