Mr. Simpson has a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California and worked as an advertising writer in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue a different passion: dance. He danced professionally in New York and Boston before founding a community-based modern dance company, Small City Dance Project, in Newburyport, MA. His fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He was a teaching fellow at Smith College, where he received his MFA in choreography. While living in the Bay Area for 15 years, he wrote about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle and other periodicals. In 2005, he was a NEA Fellow at the Dance Critics Institute, American Dance Festival. For culturevulture.net, he reviews dance, theatre and film. He moved to Santa Fe in October, 2008. He writes for "Pasatiempo," the Arts magazine of the "Santa Fe New Mexican."
Writes in: Art & Architecture, Books & CDs, Dance, Destinations, Etc, Features, Film, Music, and Theater.
Books & CDs
One of the final humiliations Marie Antoinette suffered, after languishing in a filthy prison cell, waiting for her execution, was to have her hair chopped off in order to offer a clean surface for the blade of the guillotine. Practical ...
For those of us who still believe that commercial art forms like the movies have the potential to be transformative—“The Great Beauty,” an Italian film by Paulo Sorrentino, is a gift. A contemporary film with classical ideals—concerned with art, beauty, ...
In addition to raising funds, booking engagements, mothering dancers and generally running a ballet company, another of the important hats worn by Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker, the duo who run the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet wear, is that of ...
The Pianist as Blogger (and Vice-Versa)
Jeremy Denk, pianoJ.S. Bach's The Goldberg Variations (upcoming recording)Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467The Oberlin OrchestraCarnegie Hall, New YorkJan. 19, 2013(Other engagements by Denk on his website)
A Trip to Jacob’s Pillow
Jacbob's Pillow Dance Festival 2012Skybetter and Associates (July 26)Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company (July 25-29)Jessica Lang (July 25-29)
There’s a happily revolving door at Jacob’s Pillow every summer, as dancers and ...
Voices of a Summer Night
Santa Fe Opera, in repertory through Aug. 25, 2012:"Arabella" by Richard Strauss"King Roger" by Karol Szymanowski"Maometto II" by Giaochino Rossini"The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet"Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini
Interviewer's note: I had an opportunity ...
Young Choreographer Brings People 'Back to Life'
"Square One"Choreography by Norbert De La Cruz IIIAspen Santa Fe BalletThe Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa FeApril 17, 2012
The Juilliard School has become a kind of farm-team for Aspen Santa ...
Isabel Leonard and Jason Abrams in Santa Fe Opera's "Griselda"Photos by Ken Howard
Opera by Antonio VivaldiText by Apostolo ZenoConducted by Grant GershonDirected by Peter SellarsScenic design by GronkCostume design by Dunya RamicovaLighting design by James F. IngallsSanta ...
Poster image from Santa Fe Opera's "The Last Savage"Photo from company website
Singing Naked—And Not Just in the Shower
“The Last Savage”Opera in three acts by Gian Carlo MenottiDirected by Ned CantyStarring Daniel Okulitch, Anna ChristyPresented by Santa ...
Joseph Watson, Emily Proctor and William Cannon in "Stamping Ground"Photo by Rosalie O'Connor
Sweet Memory: 'Kiss Me Goodnight'
Aspen Santa Fe BalletLensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, N.M.July 8 and 9, and Sept. 3, 2011(Also July 22 and 23, ...