"New York" tag
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.”

RAW Dance Company in Untapped!.© Amanda Brenchley. (Click image for larger version)

RAW Dance Company – Untapped! – New York

★★★✰✰ “Untapped! is a cheap and cheerful, mildly rowdy show which puts a spring in one’s step.”

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Most Incredible Thing (premiere), Polaris, The Blue of the Distance, Common Ground, Estancia – New York

★★★✰✰ “Incredible is Peck’s first narrative, and this fact was obvious Tuesday night, particularly in the opening scenes which lacked clarity…”

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.”

Step Afrika!© Edward C Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Step Afrika! – New York

★★★★✰ “Though the dancing never lost its upbeat energy, the stepping conveyed a seriousness of purpose.”

Jamie Scott and Cecily Campbell in Newark (Niweweorce).© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Trisha Brown Dance Company – Set and Reset, Present Tense, Newark (Niweweorce) – New York

★★★★✰ “One of the things I admire most about these works is the degree to which men and women are interchangeable. Brown’s movement has no maleness or femaleness attached to it…”

Sterling Hyltin in Mozartiana.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Sonatine, Mozartiana, Symphony in C – New York

★★★★✰ Some nights at the ballet you just get lucky: all the works are beautiful and the program is well balanced, and each of the casts is led by a ballerina who seems just right for the role.

Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Glass Pieces.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Masters at Work and All Balanchine I bills – New York

★★★★✰ (20), ★★★✰✰ (21) The temperature in Glass Pieces was uncharacteristically low. Under the baton of Clotilde Otranto, the orchestra sounded muffled…

Tymberly Canale in Summer Forever.© Paula Court. (Click image for larger version)

Big Dance Theater – Big Dance: Short Form bill – New York

Every once in a while, an audience exits a theatre feeling deeply alive. Lit. Satisfied. Big Dance Theater’s anniversary show is programmed with the canny sensibilities of a master chef…

Daniil Simkin in Alexander Ekman's Simkin and the Stage.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Daniil Simkin – INTENSIO – New York

Just before intermission Simkin included two film-and-performance works by Alexander Ekman. Simkin and the City, which went viral with the Internet-savvy dance crowd a couple of years ago, always gets a good chuckle.

Soledad Barrio (Antigona) and Juan Ogalla (Haemon) in Antigona.© Zarmik Moqtaderi. (Click image for larger version

Noche Flamenca – Antigona – New York

One of the most effective elements is also the most innovative: the inclusion of a dancer specializing in krumping…

Mark Morris's The Hard Nut.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – New York

As with the Balanchine version, the Hard Nut’s success is a foregone conclusion.

Jacqueline Green in Kyle Abraham's Untitled America: First Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Memoria, Piazzolla Caldera, Grace, Polish Pieces, Untitled America: First Movement, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Warmth, exuberance, power, finesse – all these qualities infuse everything they do.

Lauren King and New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Nutcracker – New York

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker… has been described as a “symphony of childhood”; it is that, and more.

Svetlana Zakharova and Edvin Revazov in Lady of the Camellias.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Lady of the Camellias – live cinema screening

Dance on film is a tricky thing. On the one hand it provides a unique opportunity to see dance up close and to see foreign repertoires and artists; on the other, it lacks the intangible live chemistry that can electrify an opera house.

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims in Alvin Ailey's Revelations.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Toccata, After the Rain pdd, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Every fall, just after Thanksgiving, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater sets up shop at City Center, as sure a sign of the season as Christmas carols at the grocery store.

Shelly Watson and Laura Careless in Nutcracker Rouge.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Nutcracker Rouge – New York

There are many alternative Nutcrackers out there, but hands down, Nutcracker Rouge has got to be one of the all-time best.

Souleymane Badolo in Yimbégré.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Souleymane Badolo – Yimbégré – New York

What constitutes an African dance? What meaning lies behind the steps? Souleymane Badolo, born and trained in Burkina Faso and a resident of Brooklyn since 2009, has been exploring this question for years…

Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance.© Brian Doherty for Rapa Investments. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Flatley – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – New York

Somewhere between Liberace and James Brown, there exists an entity otherwise known as Michael Flatley. His flamboyance – the blousy, satin shirts, the glittering jackets – knows no bounds, nor does his insistent, swaggering virility.

Ballet Hispanico in If Walls Could Speak.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – If Walls Could Speak – New York

A sparse, small apartment contains much of the drama in Fernando Melo’s If Walls Could Speak, an evening-length premiere for Ballet Hispanico.

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