It’s always a treat to enter the mind of a lauded dance writer. I had the chance to get the scoop from Eva Yaa Asantewaa about writing for dance, what it can mean to both the dance community and the world at large, plus those Bessies — both hers for Outstanding Service to the Community as well the cast she curated for the skeleton architecture.
Because she, duh, is great with words, I ended up with more quotes than I could use. Here’s one that didn’t end up in the article.
"Dance writers reflect back to artists what they’ve witnessed, noticed, thought about, felt and felt into, what they question, what sticks with them, what shakes them up, what does not connect with them, what they will take to their graves. Writers can be sensibilities and voices from the outside, quite necessary. They are an essential part of the manifestation of dance work in the present and in the future."
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Turning 65 has its perks. There’s reduced bus and subway fares plus that AARP membership, which brings discounts galore. For dance writer Eva Yaa Asantewaa, she can add the excitement of receiving a Bessie award for Outstanding Service to the Dance Community to her haul.
Yaa Asantewaa has been writing about dance for over four decades, accruing bylines at Gay City News, Dance Magazine, and The Village Voice. She perceives “a strong benefit in the field’s acknowledgment of a dance writer.” She says . . .
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