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Terese Capucilli to Be Feted at Fini International Dance Festival


The choreographer Antonio Fini with Lauren Jaeger.

Rachel Neville

In 1984, a New York Times story proclaimed Terese Capucilli “the most powerful dramatic dancer of the decade” for her interpretations of signature roles by the matriarch of modern dance, Martha Graham. Ms. Capucilli, part of the last generation of dancers to be coached by Graham, performed with that troupe for over 25 years and later served as an artistic director. She was also the fourth of seven children born to Italian-American parents; it’s that heritage, and her remarkable career, that has earned her the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Fini International Dance Festival. Run by the choreographer Antonio Fini, the festival celebrates connections between Italian and American artists and this year welcomes companies from Rome and Bologna. A gala performance at Ailey Citigroup Theater on Thursday, Aug. 31, caps 10 days of workshops in New York, following similar events held in July in Mr. Fini’s birthplace, Calabria. Fittingly, that’s the toe to Italy’s cartographic boot. (405 West 55th Street, finidance.nyc)

Correction: August 25, 2017

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article contained an incorrect byline. It was written by Brian Schaefer, not Brian Seibert.

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