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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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.

Miami City Ballet in Justin Peck's Heatscape.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – Program’s A (Balanchine, Tharp, Ratmansky), B (Peck, Scarlett, Balanchine) – New York

★★★★✰   New York audiences and the Miami City Ballet have taken to each other like sun and salt air, and it’s easy to see why.

Nathalia Arja in Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances.© Sasha Iziliaev. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – Opening Night Gala: Serenade, Symphonic Dances – New York

★★★★✰   This is dancing that makes one hungry for more.

Ashley Murphy and Dylan Santos in Nacho Duato's Coming Together.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Theatre of Harlem – Divertimento, When Love, Change, Coming Together – New York

★★✰✰✰   It included several new works, two of them by women, part of a worthy new initiative, “Women Who Move Us.”

Oksana Maslova and James Ihde in Trey McIntyre's The Accidental.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Pennsylvania Ballet – Keep, The Accidental, Grace Action – New York

★★★✰✰   Corella’s current crop of dancers are strong and adaptable, and he seems to favor shorter dancers with very clean footwork and strong technique…

Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance in Taylor's Dilly Dilly.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance – David H. Koch season – New York

★★★✰✰   The past few years have seen the beginning of a transformation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company – or, rather, as it’s now known, of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance. The company is looking to the future…

Juilliard Dance in Jiri Kylian's Symphony of Psalms.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Juilliard Dance – Roses, Moves, Symphony of Psalms – New York

★★★✰✰   The dancers are young, but already skilled. They’re well trained, well-rounded. But they don’t yet have strong artistic personalities. That can be a good thing…

Joaquín Grilo.© Javier Auris, Symphony Space. (Click image for larger version)

Joaquín Grilo – Dedicated to Paco de Lucía – New York

★★★✰✰ Flamenco is a difficult category to put your finger on these days; there are about as many approaches as there are dancers. But Joaquín Grilo is fairly old-school…

Pacific Northwest Ballet in David Dawson's A Million Kisses to my Skin.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – A Million Kisses to my Skin, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Emergence – New York

★★★✰✰ Overall, the impression was of a company in top form, at ease in a variety of styles. The dancers have an easy-going, open demeanor that makes even the knottiest works look more appealing.

Uliana Lopatkina in The Dying Swan.© Jack Vartoogian. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, Program B – New York

★★✰✰✰ What’s going on in the head office at the Mariinsky Ballet?

Jerome Tisserand and Lesley Rausch in Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Lindsay Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Square Dance, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto – New York

★★★★✰ Clarity of execution is a hallmark of this Seattle-based company, which has been led since 2005 by the former New York City Ballet star, Peter Boal.

Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sara Mearns in Kim Brandstrup's Jeux.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Ash, This Bitter Earth, The Infernal Machine, Jeux, Paz de la Jolla – New York

★★★✰✰ Handsome to look at, with its film-noir lighting and flattering black 1940’s style dresses (by Marc Happel), Jeux nevertheless proves to be rather thin…

Pam Tanowitz Dance, promotional picture.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Pam Tanowitz Dance – the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces, Heaven on One’s Head – New York

★★★✰✰ “There are choreographers who make one go hot and cold, and one of those, for me, is Pam Tanowitz.”

New York City Ballet in the Scottish Reel section of La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

★★★✰✰ The Bournonville footwork and even the mime are there, but there’s little sense of joy or pathos of any kind.

Unspecified work in Gemma Bond's Harvest bill.© Kathryn Wirsing. (Click image for larger version)

Gemma Bond – Harvest: Being, Manner, Depuis le Jour, Then and Again – New York

★★★✰✰ ” Bond’s strength, for now, lies in a kind of old-fashioned insistence on beauty and her ability to coax sensitive, generous performances out of her dancers.”

Hilly Bodin as Snow White and Courtney Giannone as The Prince in Snow White.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Snow White – New York

★★★✰✰ “But it turns out that the pleasures of excess are really not enough to hold one’s interest if the underlying material is thin.”

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