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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Claire Westby in Glacier.© Johanna Austin. (Click image for larger version)

Liz Gerring Dance Company – Glacier – New York

There are dances that grip you from the first moment, and others that get under your skin, little by little, drop by drop. Liz Gerring’s Glacier is the latter…

Robert Kleinendorst and Michael Trusnovec in Sunset.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor – Sunset, Death and the Damsel, Brandenburgs, Company B, Passacaglia and Fugue, Piazzolla Caldera – New York

The Paul Taylor Dance Company, rechristened Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, is in the midst of its yearly three-week New York run at the Koch Theater. This is a pivotal time for the company…

Compagnie CNDC-Angers in Event.© Patrick Andre. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie CNDC-Angers / Robert Swinston – Event: Choreography by Merce Cunningham – New York

The eight dancers under Mr. Swinston’s care have had time to absorb the complicated coordination and autonomy that lies at the heart of this style.

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras in Voces, Suite Flamenca.© Jullete Valtinedas. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras – Voces, Suite Flamenca – New York

Baras is the undisputed star, at times joined by José Serrano or a small ensemble of six, and backed by an excellent group of musicians and singers.

MalPaso Dance Company publicity image.© Lili Dosina. (Click image for larger version)

MalPaso Dance Company – Under Fire and Despedida – New York

MalPaso Dance Company is a product of an evolving Cuba, finding its way, looking out at the world beyond the island.

Julian De Leon and Nicole Diaz in Unstruck.© Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang. (Click image for larger version)

Kate Weare Company – 10th Anniversary Season – New York

There’s something almost too private about the way these dancers handle each other. Weare’s natural habitat is the duet, which in many cases has the flavor of a mortal combat.

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

New York City Ballet – Square Dance, Harlequinade – New York

If Harlequinade is somewhat less than the sum of its parts, Square Dance (1957), which preceded it on the program, never fails to lift the heart.

NYCB in Justin Peck’s ‘Rode,o: Four Dance Episodes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Pictures at an Exhibition, ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Mercurial Maoeucres – New York

‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes premiere: It turns out that this combination of male vigor, Copland, and Peck is a felicitous one.

Justin Peck and Sterling Hyltin in The Cage.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All Bach and Hear the Dance: Russia bills – New York

More from the NYCB Winter Season with Marina Harss reviewing 2 bills made up of 6 works: Concerto Barocco, The Goldberg Variations, Symphonic Dances, The Cage, Andantino and Cortege Hongrois…

Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in Michel Fokine's Chopiniana.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Chopiniana, Without, In the Night – New York

Too much Chopin? Perhaps.

Ashley Bouder in Donizetti Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C, Donizetti Variations, La Valse, Chaconne – New York

In recent seasons New York City Ballet has gotten into the habit of starting things off with a week or two of Balanchine. It’s an excellent idea.

© Mariinsky Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella (+ The Enchanted Wanderer) – New York

…the Ukrainian-born soloist Anastasia Matvienko was a pliant, loose-limbed Cinderella who danced with uninhibited ease and looked perfectly at home in Ratmansky’s goofy interpretation of the character.

Nrityagram at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.© Nan Melville. (Click image for larger version)

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble – Shyamala Vandana, Dhira Samiré, Vibhakta – New York

In an inspired collaboration with the World Music Institute, the Metropolitan presented two dancers from the southern-Indian ensemble Nrityagram, Surupa Sen and Bijayiny Satpathy, at the Temple of Dendur on Saturday.

Marian Butler and Joseph Gorak (Chinesse) in The Nutcracker.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker – New York

The ballet radiates warmth, but also an awareness of death….

Sara Mearns in Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York

Year after year, I see Balanchine’s Nutcracker, and year after year I marvel at its perfection. This year it turns sixty.

Kana Kimura, Kirk Henning and Laura Mead in Jessica Lang's The Wanderer.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – The Wanderer – New York

When music, words and movement are combined, our minds are pulled in different directions.

Ethan Stiefel.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Ethan Stiefel – Freelance director, choreographer…

Following 3 years directing Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ethan Stiefel is now back in New York – which is where Marina Harss caught up with him…

Olga Semyonova (Teresa) and Maxim Podosyonov (Cornet) in Le Halte de Cavalerie.© Sveta Tarlova. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Le Halte de Cavalerie, Class Concert, Prelude – New York

The idea behind the triptych is to show three aspects of the company’s style: the classicism and character dance of Petipa; the technical pizzazz of mid-twentieth-century Soviet dance, the eccentricities and atmospherics of contemporary movement…

Ivan Vasiliev in Flames of Paris.© Costas. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Flames of Paris – New York

But, for the ballet to work it has to be danced with conviction and joy, and this is what the Mikhailovsky pulls off marvelously well.

Natalia Osipova and Leonid Sarafanov in Giselle.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Giselle – New York

Osipova’s vitality is astonishing: the minute she stepped onstage, it’s as if the whole world became a few shades brighter…

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