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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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…

David Prottas (bottom) and Taylor Stanley in All That We See.© Matthew Murphy. (Click image for larger version)

BalletCollective – The Impulse Wants Company, Dear and Blackbirds, All That We See – New York

Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective company is a work in progress and unusually has a resident writer, Cynthia Zarin. Marina Harss, at New York’s Skirball Center, sees where they are all at…

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American Ballet Theatre – Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta triple bills – New York

Critics have compared the new Liam Scarlett to Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering; if so, it’s as if Dances had been set in an unhappy corner of the planet, for a group of lost souls…

Marcelo Gomes, Cory Stearns and Herman Cornejo in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Raymonda Divertissements, Jardin aux Lilas, Fancy Free – New York

“It was a hell of a performance.” Marina Harss on Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.

Hee Seo and Marcelo Gomes in Liam Scarlett's With a Chance of Rain.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Gala: Rondo Capriccioso, With a Chance of Rain, Thirteen Diversions – New York

Liam Scarlett’s “With a Chance of Rain” premiere – It seemed Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo might never detach from each other in the final pas de deux…

Basil Twist's The Rite of Spring.© Richard Termine. (Click image for larger version)

Basil Twist – Fireworks, Pulcinella Suite, The Rite of Spring – New York

Puppeteer Basil Twist is pushing boundaries again in New York as part of the White Light Festival, with a triple bill based on Stravinsky…

New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's Chaconne.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Chaconne, Interplay, After the Rain, Everywhere We Go – New York

“…it’s hard not to get the impression that New York City Ballet is on a roll.”

Gonzalo Garcia and NYCB, opening section of Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version

New York City Ballet – Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition premiere – New York

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, is there a ballet choreographer working today who is more imaginative, more wholly himself, than Alexei Ratmansky?

Tiler Peck in Theme and Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tchaikovsky & Balanchine, Stravinsky & Balanchine bills – New York

One cannot help but be amazed by the number of exceptional women in the company, and by how differently they approach the steps, the music and the temperament of each ballet.

Kyle Abraham in The Watershed.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion – The Watershed – New York

The evening is divided into two parts, with images of love and coupling more dominant in the first and greater abstraction seeping into the second.

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Liam Scarlett's Funérailles.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala – New York

It’s as pointless to complain about ballet galas as it is to grumble about the weather. They serve a purpose…

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Nacho Duato's Gnawa.© Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance at the Delacorte Theatre – New York

For the second year in a row, the Fall for Dance Festival began with a pair of performances at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, one of the most enchanting spots in the city.

Isaac Mizrahi designs for Acis and Galatea.© Isaac Mizrahi. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Acis and Galatea – New York

As he has shown again and again, the choreographer Mark Morris has a way with Baroque music. He clearly adores it…

Mikhail Lobukhin in Spartacus.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – New York

If there’s one thing you can say for Yuri Grigorovich’s 1968 ballet Spartacus, it’s that it gets its point across loud and clear.

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