★★★✰✰ ” 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.”
★★★✰✰ “Untapped! is a cheap and cheerful, mildly rowdy show which puts a spring in one’s step.”
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…”
★★★✰✰ “But it turns out that the pleasures of excess are really not enough to hold one’s interest if the underlying material is thin.”
★★★★✰ “Though the dancing never lost its upbeat energy, the stepping conveyed a seriousness of purpose.”
★★★★✰ “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…”
★★★★✰ 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.
★★★★✰ (20), ★★★✰✰ (21) The temperature in Glass Pieces was uncharacteristically low. Under the baton of Clotilde Otranto, the orchestra sounded muffled…
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…
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.
One of the most effective elements is also the most innovative: the inclusion of a dancer specializing in krumping…
As with the Balanchine version, the Hard Nut’s success is a foregone conclusion.
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.
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker… has been described as a “symphony of childhood”; it is that, and more.
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.
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.
There are many alternative Nutcrackers out there, but hands down, Nutcracker Rouge has got to be one of the all-time best.
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…
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.
A sparse, small apartment contains much of the drama in Fernando Melo’s If Walls Could Speak, an evening-length premiere for Ballet Hispanico.