Author: Marina Harss

Marina Harss is a free-lance dance writer and translator in New York. Her dance writing has appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, Playbill, The Faster Times, DanceView, The Forward, Pointe, and Ballet Review. Her translations, which include Irène Némirovsky’s “The Mirador,” Dino Buzzati’s “Poem Strip,” and Pasolini’s “Stories from the City of God” have been published by FSG, Other Press, and New York Review Books. You can check her updates on Twitter at: @MarinaHarss

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Alessandra Ferri in Romeo and Juliet.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet with Alessandra Ferri – New York

★★★★✰   One can only imagine the satisfaction of dancing such a role at the age of 53, to a full house, among friends. The ovations were rapturous and went on for a long time.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Abraham's Untitled America: Second Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Untitled America: Second Movement, No Longer Silent, Exodus, Deep, Vespers, The Hunt, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a truism that any afternoon that includes Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is apt to leave you happy.

Ethan Fuller in The Four Temperaments (First Variation: Melancholic), choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

School of American Ballet – Workshop Performance: Danses Concertantes, Les Gentilhommes, The Four Temperaments – New York

★★★★✰   Each spring, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet’s breeding-ground, holds a series of “Workshop” performances to show off the crème de la crème of its upper-level students.

Skylar Brandt and Duncan Lyle in The Golden Cockerel publicity image.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Golden Cockerel – New York

★★★★✰   American Ballet Theatre’s spring season has turned into a kind of voyage into the mind of Alexei Ratmansky, its choreographer-in-residence since 2009.

Gilbert Small and Nicole Ward in 16+ a room by Emily Molnar.© Chris Randle. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet BC – 16+ a room, Solo Echo, Bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Have you ever left a performance of contemporary ballet desperate for some color, some light, some human warmth?

Miriam Miller and Anthony Huxley in Midsummer Night’s Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream – New York

★★★★✰   But the kids are just one element of what makes Midsummer tick. Another is the intelligence and efficiency with which the ballet tells its story.

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in La Fille mal gardée.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – La Fille Mal Gardée – New York

★★★★★   La Fille Mal Gardée is a ballet that glows from within, lighthearted, tender and bursting with happy ideas.

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – Harlequinade, The Wedding Procession, Walpurgis Night – New York

★★★✰✰   This is no second-rate student group. The Gelsey Kirkland Academy is doing something right.

American Ballet Theatre in Chamber Symphony part of Shostakovich Trilogy. © Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Shostakovich Trilogy – New York

★★★✰✰   Shostakovich Trilogy is a rich work, containing too much to take in at a single sitting. It reveals some of its secrets, but not all.

Mark Morris Dance Group in The.© Mat Hayward. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Cargo, A Forest, Foursome, The – New York

★★★✰✰   Every few years the Mark Morris Dance Group presents an evening of dances at the company’s Brooklyn headquarters, a nondescript brick building across from BAM…

American Ballet Theatre in Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

★★★★✰   It isn’t often that a gala program proves satisfying, but this one was the exception.

Maria Kochetkova in Ashton's Sylvia.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia (Kochetkova, Cornejo) – New York

More from ABT’s run of Ashton’s “Sylvia” – the time Marina Harss reviews Maria Kochetkova and Herman Cornejo…

American Ballet Theatre in Ashton's Sylvia.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia – New York

★★★★✰   Part of the secret to Sylvia is of course Léo Delibes’s score; like the story, it has its silly moments, but when it soars, it is utterly seductive…

New York City Ballet in Vienna Waltzes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Ballo della Regina, Kammermusik No. 2, Vienna Waltzes – New York

★★★★✰   Vienna Waltzes is a sure-fire hit. It seduces on many fronts: the ridiculously flattering gowns by Karinska (her last for the company), the sumptuous music, the multitudes of dancers…

NYCB in Christopher Wheeldon's American Rhapsody.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala with American Rhapsody (Wheeldon premiere) – New York

★★★✰✰   It wouldn’t be spring without ballet galas. This week it was New York City Ballet’s turn. On the program were two new works, by Christopher Wheeldon and the relatively unknown Nicolas Blanc, the latter a veteran of the New York Choreographic Institute.

Teresa Reichlen and Russell Janzen in Diamonds.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – New York

★★★✰✰   What do you do with a problem like Jewels? This 1967 blockbuster by George Balanchine is a hard one to pull off…

ETM: The Initial Approach: Demi Remick, Caleb Teicher and Warren Craft.© Jamie Kraus. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down – New York

★★★★✰   Michelle Dorrance is an extraordinary tapper, but what stands out most about her company isn’t her skill, or the skill of her dancers, but rather the funky individuality they all share.

Mythili Prakash.© Jorge Viscera. (Click image for larger version)

Mythili Prakash & Sanjukta Wagh – Dancing the Gods festival – New York

★★★✰✰   The Dancing the Gods festival, presented by the World Music Institute and co-curated by the dancer and scholar Rajika Puri, is a reliable place to see good, and sometimes great Indian classical dance.

Abi Stafford in Flower Festival in Genzano.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – 21st Century Choreographers & Classic NYCB I bills – New York

★★★★✰   New York is a good place to be in springtime.

Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Chronicle.© Brigid Pierce. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Gala + Cave of the Heart, Inner Resources, Rust and Chronicle bills – New York

★★★✰✰   The gala was a well-put-together, briskly-paced affair, a sampler of Graham excerpts dating back to her very first recital, in 1926.

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