★★★★★ Jérôme Bel has been called many things, from conceptual artist to choreographer. If art is supposed to put a mirror up to humanity and at the same time challenge convention, Bel is certainly an artist, and one who has also referred to himself as a “philosopher of dance.”
Author - Lauren Gallagher
Lauren Gallagher is a dance writer based in New York City. Formerly a dance critic for the San Francisco Examiner, she spent her childhood as a Rudolf Nureyev groupie and considers London her second home. She Tweets about ballet, books, cars, and life at: @snickersnacked.
★★★✰✰ Minuit is more of a meditation on the elegance of physical reality and how it can be manipulated in the name of artifice.
★★★✰✰ Some artists focus on movement, others prioritize emotion. Nichole Canuso is adept at syncing the two, mapping them out with meticulous attention to detail in her latest, multimedia dance theatre work, Pandaemonium
★★✰✰✰ There are times when you wonder if bones have been broken, or organs perforated. On the whole however, the hour and a half work is largely characterised by the violent, repetitive and neurotic gestures.
★★★★★ It’s difficult to think of a better way to bid farewell to a New York summer than with Lincoln Center’s “Mostly Mozart” festival, and seeing Mark Morris Dance Group performing Mozart Dances was the icing on the cake.
★★★✰✰ The 10 dancers who graced the Joyce stage represented a powerhouse of talent and technique, on par with some of the best dancers at much larger companies - BalletX is worth checking out.
★★★✰✰ Every choreographer has their voice, and if Wheeldon’s current oeuvre satisfies you then this will too, but don’t expect a significant departure.
★★★✰✰ Murphy is a sensual Odette, something made all the more effective by Stearns’ tenderness.
★★★✰✰ The beefiest work on the program was a New York premiere, Thousand Yard Stare, a work honoring war veterans...
★★★✰✰ Le Corsaire, a ballet loosely based on Lord Byron’s poem about a chivalrous pirate, has more action than the latest Bond film. There are pirates! Abductions! Beautiful women in distress! The list goes on and on...
★★★✰✰ The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, a pre-professional troupe of young dancers under the direction of David Robertson, performed a mixed but very split bill on Thursday night, roughly dividing the six-work program into two moods: spring/summer and dark and stormy.
★★★★✰ Balanchine himself once said that Serenade is “many things to many people.” If it is one thing to City Ballet, it is the single ballet which they are expected to do perfectly every time.
★★✰✰✰ Like all galas, this was quite a mixed bag. Over 200 students trooped on and offstage in a veritable tornado of activity before the veteran YAGP dancers stepped out for the showstopping stuff...
★★✰✰✰ Despite New York Theatre Ballet gearing its tightly edited, hour-long, rendition of Cinderella towards children, NYTB had tough, abundantly vocal, critics on Sunday afternoon, all of whom were under three feet tall.
★★★★✰ Anyone in need of resurrecting their libido need look no further than Ballet Hispanico’s 45th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater...
★★★★★ Molina and her musicians capture flamenco’s traditional spirit and show its future...
★★★★✰ L’Immédiat is an exquisite work of physical theatre, combining acrobatics, pantomime and performance art.
★★★★✰ A former member of Trisha Brown’s troupe, Petronio staged Glacial as the second effort in his “Bloodlines” project, a series honouring his key influences...
★★★✰✰ "Untapped! is a cheap and cheerful, mildly rowdy show which puts a spring in one’s step."
★★★✰✰ "Incredible is Peck’s first narrative, and this fact was obvious Tuesday night, particularly in the opening scenes which lacked clarity..."