Spielberg’s West Side Story offers a compelling account of contemporary problems while giving the original plot added detail. Spielberg brings West Side Story down to earth. Robbins and Wise, on the other hand, created magic.
Tag - Leonard Bernstein
Last spring, live dance began its gradual return to New York City. The wait had been long, and the longing intense. I remember the first performance I saw in New York as if it were yesterday.
★★★★✰ The centenary celebration bills are more than enough to give a sense of Robbins' breadth, theatrical savvy, stylistic curiosities, and, perhaps most unique of all, his ability to present dancers as human beings onstage.
★★★✰✰ One of Robbins’ great talents was sniffing out the style of his time, but this inevitably places a date stamp on his work.
★★★★✰ There’s nothing like watching a woman crush a man’s neck with her thighs to make you go hmm, maybe that whole #MeToo thing has legs.
★★★✰✰ Leonard Bernstein wrote (in 1949): "I have a deep suspicion that every work I write, for whatever medium, is really theatre music in some way.' Many choreographers have taken up the challenge, though his quasi-metaphysical musings have usually eluded them: dance is more corporeal than music.
The Bernstein Centenary bill includes new works by Christopher Wheeldon (Corybantic Games) and Wayne McGregor (Yugen). Liam Scarlett's The Age of Anxiety completes the bill. Gallery by Dave Morgan...
★★★★✰ A second look at Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium confirms the impression formed last season. It is a fascinating work that represents a new direction for the choreographer.
★★★★✰ American Ballet Theatre’s spring season has turned into a kind of voyage into the mind of Alexei Ratmansky, its choreographer-in-residence since 2009.
★★★★✰ It isn’t often that a gala program proves satisfying, but this one was the exception.
★★★★✰ (20), ★★★✰✰ (21) The temperature in Glass Pieces was uncharacteristically low. Under the baton of Clotilde Otranto, the orchestra sounded muffled...
★★★✰✰ Lauren Gallagher at New York City Ballet's Winter Season Opening where they introduced their new music director, Andrew Litton, in some style by naming the bill "Music Director's Choice"...
These are dancers worth following in a wide repertory of works; it’s a shame to see them go while feeling we’ve barely gotten to know them better.
Weiss is taking Baltic Dance Theatre on a journey that needs to be seen outside as well as inside Poland.
The programme was so underwhelming that I went twice in succession, to see whether alternative casts could make a difference.
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...
No-one could fail to be impressed by the versatility of ABT’s dancers and by the diverse repertoire they brought. They did themselves, their company and their country proud.
The idea behind the National Symphony Orchestra’s “NEW MOVES: symphony + dance” festival was ingenious and simple: to promote American contemporary music and to attract new audiences ...
I said it was the must-see show of the year in 2008, and – while there are a lot of great musicals now around in the West End today - this is still one that must be seen.
Bouvier’s concept is valid and interesting, the execution less satisfying. She is certainly a talented choreographer and produces some striking images...