New York City Ballet

David H. Koch Theater, NYCSeptember 19, 2013   Taylor Stanley and Brittany Pollack in Justin Peck’s Capricious Maneuvers. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB   By partnering with the fashion world, New York City Ballet has found a way to enliven the weary format of the gala, even if it meant tipping the tenor towardMore »

Ballet v6.0

Joyce TheaterNew York, NYAugust 6–17, 2013   The Joyce Theater’s new two-week festival, Ballet v6.0, showcased the vision and focus of adventurous chamber ballet companies from five different cities. Several are led by former members of major ballet troupes (New York City, Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania and Houston Ballets); their rosters range from 6 to 12More »

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing ArtsBard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYJuly 6, 2013 (right) A Rite, performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Dance Company   A sometimes testy question-and-answer session followed the local premiere of A Rite. Conceived by choreographer Bill T. Jones and theater director Ann Bogart, this magnificentMore »

Black Label Movement

Cowles Center for the Performing ArtsMinneapolis, MinnesotaJune 28, 2013 Patrick Jeffrey (foreground left), Zack Teska (foreground right), Elly Hollenhorst (background most left) and Cheng Xiong (background center). Photo: Bill Cameron, Courtesy BLM   Carl Flink’s dances often manifest a Brutalist architecture—rugged and direct with blunt physicality and provocative themes complexly layered. His Whack-A-Mole, a new large-scaleMore »

Akram Khan

  iTMOi, May 28, andDesh, June 11, 2013Sadler’s Wells, London   At right: A scene from iTMOi. Photo by JLouis Fernandez, Courtesy Akram Khan     Akram Khan has a talent for revealing the unseen, even the undefinable. Made for the centennial celebrations of The Rite of Spring’s premiere, his latest creation, iTMOi, explores theMore »

Makeda Thomas

New York Live Arts, NYC June 14–15, 2013 Reviewed on June 14   In a pre-performance talk about her 10th anniversary retrospective, Makeda Thomas declared her mission to tell “Caribbean stories, women’s stories, political stories, rebellious stories.” For this season, she set out four samples from repertory along with a snippet of a multi-media work-in-developmentMore »

Rebecca Lazier

  The Invisible Dog Art Center Brooklyn, NY June 12–15, 2013     A dance performance inspired by a riot, no matter how violent in execution, will never be a riot. No dance will ever capture or adequately explain what happened at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility in 1971, when prisoners rose up, took hostagesMore »