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Dance and theatre
The music in you

You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

In the Highlands of New Guinea, 1970. Photo by Burt Glinn/Magnum

Rituals and celebrations
Possessed by a mask

Every human culture has used masks for ritual disinhibition, shaming and play. Is being online the ultimate masquerade?

Sandra Newman

The Spanish National Dance Company perform during rehearsals for Don Quixote. Photo by Quim Llenas/Getty
Beauty and aesthetics
Against flow

In the myth of flow, the performer soars when the music starts. But it’s grit and self-analysis until the very last bar

Barbara Gail Montero

American comedian Lenny Bruce performs on stage, late 1950s. Photo by Julian Wasser/Pix Inc./LIFE /Getty.

Dance and theatre
The comic’s quandary

Does heckling let the real comedian stand up and shine, or does it trample a punchline and mangle a routine?

Lary Wallace

'I have be-dimm'd the noontide sun': Patrick Stewart as Prospero in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of  The Tempest. Photo by Alastair Muir

Consciousness and altered states
Forests of the mind

What is the greatest human gift? It is metaphor, carrying a cargo of meaning across the oceans that divide us

Jay Griffiths

The band YACHT, pictured in Mexico in 2011. Photo courtesy Claire Evans
Dance and theatre
On tour

Life on the road with a rock band: memories blur, cities blend. Only in the frenzy of performance does the world pause

Claire L Evans

Vitor Pordeus as Hamlet. Photo by Antonio Franco
Dance and theatre
Method and madness

Theatre provides stimulus for psychotic, schizophrenic and depressed patients, but can it improve their mental health?

Beth McLoughlin

Photo by Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Dance and theatre
Tango mi amor

While we are in the arms of another and the music sings of time, and chance passing, we are in the eye of the storm

Kapka Kassabova