Sunday, July 10, 2011

a dance to jules feiffer

i first knew of jules feiffer
(playwright, screenwriter, children's book author,
teacher, pulitzer prize winner)
through his comic strip which ran
in the village voice.

more than a comic strip, it was political,
satirical, witty and biting -
a weekly visual editorial
on urban and national life.

among the most loved of his strips
are the 'dancer' series -
a lithe leotarded young woman dances
through the frames of the strip -
to summer, fall, spring, to art and love,
to the end of wars
and the end of illusions.

an exhibition downtown now through mid august
celebrates feiffer with drawings and
a series of short films
that delightfully embody his dancer
in the person of andrea weber,
a principal dancer with
merce cunningham dance company

today, among the palms in the winter garden,
across the way from the world trade center site,
music played, feiffer drew and
andrea weber and the audience
danced a dance to feiffer


  1. oh wow, how lucky to see him do that! Our newspaper relegates Doonesbury to the used-car ad section so no way would they ever give us Feiffer.

  2. How cool is that?! Only in New York, I say. Or maybe California. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. What a wonderful way to see an artist at work, thank you for sharing this!


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