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posted Monday, Nov 25
We think of certain dance figures as standing alone, but often they emerged from a dance family. I just learned that Marius Petipa, the originator of the classics like Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, was from a dance family. His father, brother, and daughter also danced profession… Read More >
posted Sunday, Nov 17
Like a lot of Americans, I’m thinking about this Friday, which is the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. For me, that fateful day ended up affirming my commitment to dance.
While in high school, I was taking the Advanced Teenage Class every Friday at the Read More >
posted Monday, Nov 11
It’s well known that the powerful Russian conductor, Valerie Gergiev, looks down on ballet. As general director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, he has threatened his musicians by saying, “If you play badly, I’ll send you to play for the balle… Read More >
posted Monday, Nov 04
While we ponder the pitfalls and challenges of new story ballets, some “abstract” ballets are proving more durable (consistently popular) than we might expect. And then, to throw a wrench into the neat polarity of narrative vs. abstract, there’s Big Dance Theater’s Ich,… Read More >
posted Monday, Oct 28
Why was it so exciting to have San Francisco Ballet in town for two weeks? First answer: They brought pieces we haven’t seen over and over. Second answer: They have great dancers who are vivid individuals.
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posted Tuesday, Oct 22
The one-hour Night Stand has the crystalline economy of a haiku but also the feel of a ballad. The Ballad of Steve and Lisa, the ballad of man and woman, the ballad of present and past, the ballad of theater and nature. After working together for decades, Read More >
posted Monday, Oct 14
The word “beautiful” does not cross your mind as you watch William Forsythe’s Sider—until the last five minutes. Odd, willful, fractured, yes. But his fascinating choices do not amount to any sort of harmony. So after those sometimes exasperating qualities, when yo… Read More >
posted Sunday, Oct 06
In the 1960 and ’70s, many in the dance world railed against the polished product of concert dance and searched for something more real. They wanted to see the performer as a person rather than some ethereal or heroic being. They wanted to let the audience in on the… Read More >
posted Friday, Sep 27
The New York City Ballet gala last week saw a huge improvement in the fashion department. Ballet lovers cringed last year at the over-the-top ruffley gowns and bulbous tutus by Valentino. This year, two of the three chosen designers gave their choreographers a welcome gift that help… Read More >
posted Friday, Sep 20
Drastic, hilarious, bizarre—Arthur Pita’s Metamorphosis is not what you’d expect from The Royal Ballet. And yet that’s what the company brought for its first foray to the Joyce Theater. This full-length dance-theater piece was developed at… Read More >
posted Thursday, Sep 05
I avoided Facebook for a long time, but now I love finding little gems of the glorious past in my Facebook feed. A few dedicated people hunt endlessly for photos and videos that illuminate dance history—and the rest of us benefit.
A mysterious person with the name Tama… Read More >
posted Monday, Aug 19
Each of the four choreographers found a different treasure in Wendy Whelan.
Alejandro Cerrudo found a partner in his liquid foray of extending gesture into full-out movement, a dancer who could curve her back to great expressive depth.
posted Friday, Aug 16
I was upset by the new ruling in Russia that outlaws any positive portrayal of gay life. It made me think about all the beautiful ballets that wouldn't be allowed there. But I needed help envisioning them all, so I invited Facebook friends to contribute their memories and ideas.
So, on … Read More >
posted Thursday, Jul 25
Why was Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes so fabulously successful? Why could audiences not get enough of them? Why did presenters all over Europe and North America rush to hire them? The exhibit now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Read More >
posted Wednesday, Jul 17
We don’t get to celebrate 275 years of anything in this country. But in Russia, I was honored to attend the Gala Concert of the 275th anniversary of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. This esteemed institution, some say the foundation of all ballet today, celebrated current students, graduates, fo… Read More >
posted Monday, Jul 08
Of course it’s nice when a British critic lauds American-born ballerinas, as Alastair Macaulay didRead More >
posted Friday, Jul 05
Lincoln Center can be surprising. Sure, we’re disappointed (miffed, really) that there’s no dance in the Lincoln Center Festival this summer. But the infectious performance of Fendika, from Ethiopia, last night makes up for it. In a free performance at the narrow Read More >
posted Monday, Jun 17