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posted Sunday, Mar 09
Jiří Kylián has been a gigantic influence in Europe for decades, but it’s been rare to see his works in the U.S. Now, suddenly, his choreography is highly visible. This week, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents four of his pieces in its Read More >
posted Sunday, Mar 02
The astonishing thing about the women of New York City Ballet is that even with the retirement of two of the company' most magnificent dancers, the bench of remarkable women is still deep. The six-week winter season that just ended brought this home to me.
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posted Monday, Feb 24
Two weeks ago, Jenifer Ringer danced her farewell to New York City Ballet. After saying good-bye to this sublime dancer on the stage, we can now say hello to her in two new realms: First, her book is being released today. And second—this just announced&mdas… Read More >
posted Saturday, Feb 15
posted Sunday, Feb 09
I fell in love with George Chakiris the moment I saw him in the movie West Side Story. With a dignified, controlled sexiness as the leader of the Sharks, he captured my heart—and that of millions of other Americans—in 1961. When he danced Bernardo, who fought for the rights of… Read More >
posted Friday, Jan 31
posted Monday, Jan 27
We’re all survivors in one way or another. Either we’ve survived being sick or injured, or we’ve survived a difficult period in our lives, or we’ve survived hard dance training. But the survival story of dancer/choreographer Helen Lewis is way beyond what most of us could i… Read More >
posted Monday, Jan 20
When Jerome Robbins showed George Balanchine his work-in-progress to Chopin music, Mr. B said, “More, make more—like popcorn.”
OK, so maybe you’ve heard that story—or maybe you’ve heard the version where Mr. B says peanuts, not popcorn. Bu… Read More >
posted Monday, Jan 13
posted Monday, Jan 06
We all like to talk about which choreographers we like and which one’s leave us cold. The great thing is that we can change our minds depending on the venue, the performers, and the music.
But I think that programming has a lot to do with how we respond to a piece&mdas… Read More >
posted Sunday, Dec 29
Warning: The following claims are entirely subjective and are limited by what I’ve seen or not seen.
BEST (and worst) NEW CHOREOGRAPHY (world premieres or New York premieres.)
• Bo… Read More >
posted Monday, Dec 23
You can see that onstage and you can see that in their awareness of others less fortunate.
After the recent typhoon’s destruction in the Philippines was all over the news, Ashley Bouder, New York City Ballet’s firecracker principal, decided to help in the way tha… Read More >
posted Monday, Dec 16
When I hear Philip Glass’ music, it swirls in my head and I get overwhelmed by the beauty of it. I have always felt this way about his music, and I know other dancers do too. So many in the audience were moved by his speech at the Dance Magazine Awards that I wanted to transcribe it and shar… Read More >
posted Monday, Dec 09
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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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