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“[Jerome] Robbins took a different route. If [George] Balanchine’s ballets were high poetry, his were closer to short stories—vernacular, informal, anecdotal. And if Balanchine’s women were fellow athletes to men, Robbins’s were friends. In many of his best works, a sense of comradely equality pervades the relations between the sexes, mirroring the kind of male-female friendship that has emerged in the last half century or so. That friendship is the byproduct of a larger phenomenon, one that may well be American civilization’s greatest contribution to the world: the invention of the American woman. And 20th-century concert dance, which was largely an art of women, played a vital role in that invention: participating in it, forwarding it, publicizing it, and creating many of its greatest images.”
—William Deresiewicz, “The Salome Factor,” The American Scholar (Spring 2005), p. 114

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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