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What Is It?

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Dance: In the midst of dance, we are in death

DEATH CASTS a long shadow, even in the life-affirming realm of dance. Flick through the current credits for the Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, and you'll find a half-page biog of a man who died 10 years ago. Zane was Jones's partner as much in life as in art, and Jones is determined the world won't forget it.

STYLE POLICE: Does it really suit you?

It takes finesse to carry off the season's pant suits

LAST NIGHT: Review of Oasis - Right Here Right Now

The best bit of music played in Oasis - Right Here Right Now (BBC1) was the opening burst of Thin Lizzie, used to announce the fact that the boys were back in town. It seemed mildly perverse to begin a film about one band by playing another band's hit, but perhaps Mike Connolly, the director, simply couldn't resist the song cue offered by Liam's cocky: "Right, move over - the big boys are back". Or perhaps I'm just getting on a bit. This thought is rather depressing - I was sure I had good few years in me yet before I found myself sitting in front of a rock documentary thinking "What a pair of sullen louts". Still, I won't send off for the Saga brochure just yet. The longer you watched this undisguised promo for the band's third album, the more the evidence mounted that such a response wasn't necessarily age-related. Take Noel's gracious position on the great confraternity of music, for example: "We want to blow out every other band into oblivion... we still want to eclipse every single musician in this country. Because we want to, because we can, because we're the best." Is this ambition or just adolescent bragging? Or consider his subtle analysis of the band's popularity: "We are like the majority of people in this country... and we're still outspoken and we still don't give a shit." Is that surly national portrait actually true, or merely a generalisation of a private aggression?
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