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Kaatsbaan Summer Festival: Courtney Lavine at the dress rehearsal.© Quinn Wharton. (Click image for larger version)

Kaatsbaan Summer Festival – Works by Larry Keigwin, Leonardo Sandoval & Calvin Royal III – New York

★★★★✰   The Kaatsbaan Summer Festival offers the respite of communication without words, of the beauty of the body moving freely through space, and of shared experience.

Gabrielle Sprauve in Orilla.© Ballet Hispanico. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – Noche Unidos, a virtual fundraiser to celebrate BHs 50th anniversary

★★★★✰   One silver lining to the pandemic has been getting to see companies online that I have been largely unfamiliar with and Ballet Hispanico is a real find…

Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck on the Studio 5: Great American Ballerinas flyer. © City Center. (Click image for larger version)

Studio 5: Great American Ballerinas – the City Center virtual series of master classes

New York City Center is streaming some ballet master classes, curated and hosted by Alastair Macaulay, and involving Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck. The coaches/guests include Nina Ananiashvili, Merrill Ashley, Alessandra Ferri, Stephanie Saland and Pam Tanowitz.

Margherita Tisato in The End? section of Rooms.© Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble. (Click image for larger version)

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble – premiere of the online version of Anna Sokolow’s Rooms

★★★★✰   Rooms2020 retains Sokolow’s intensely expressive choreography, which makes it a striking documentation of the aloneness and alienation that can pervade this time of pandemic.

Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia in And Still You Must Swing.© AK47 Division. (Click image for larger version)

Dormeshia – And Still You Must Swing – streamed recording

★★★★★   Dormeshia’s And Still You Must Swing is the first online dance that made me want to write about it. I knew it would be good…

Francesca Harper at the Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple show.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple – New York

★★★✰✰   “Space is the Place,” was the Sun Ra anthem. And those were the words for the last song in a tribute to the late pianist and Arkestra leader, conceived by Nona Hendryx and presented by Met Live Arts and Harlem Stage, at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum…

Che Malambo in action.© Slawek Przerwa. (Click image for larger version)

Gilles Brinas’ Che Malambo – New York

★★★✰✰   Lasting 75 minutes the Che Malambo show is quite spectacular, if unevenly so…

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck’s Rotunda.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Classic NYCB II bill with new Justin Peck – New York

★★★✰✰   In the last week of its winter season, New York City Ballet unveiled a new work by its resident choreographer, Justin Peck, to a score by the popular neo-Minimalist composer Nico Muhly. It was a homecoming of sorts for Peck…

Shanghai Ballet in Swan Lake.© North America Photography Association. (Click image for larger version)

Shanghai Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

★★★★✰   It’s comforting to know that at even my advanced age I can still be confounded even by hoary old Swan Lake.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boštjan Antončič in Mitten Wir Im Leben Sind (In the Midst of Life).© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaker / Rosas – Mitten Wir in Leben Sind – New York

★★★✰✰   The dance is spare and pedestrian, as is De Keersmaeker’s way, and lasts two hours, without intermission. And yet it’s not really a challenge to experience it all in one sitting.

Adrian Danchig-Waring, Jovani Furlan, Teresa Reichlen in Robbins’ Concertino.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Classic NYCB I including Haieff Divertimento & Episodes – New York

★★★★✰   The four ballets make for a slightly over-long evening (both Episodes and Rodeo are substantial works). But it’s a small price to pay for seeing these rarities back onstage.

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker in Cāo Sem Plumas/Dog Without Feathers.© Cafi. (Click image for larger version)

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker – Cāo Sem Plumas – New York

★★✰✰✰   At times the striking images and lithe, hyper-flexible dancers are enough to seduce the eye. But Cāo Sem Plumas is a frustrating piece, in which the live dancing is overshadowed by film…

Megan Fairchild and NYCB in Ratmansky’s Voices.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Voices (new Ratmansky), and New Combinations bill – New York

★★★★✰   There was always something new around the corner, a surprising shape, a witty step, an unlikely transition. It’s clear that Ratmansky felt liberated by the unusual structure and soundscape…

Teresa Reichlen and Ask la Cour in Balanchine’s Firebird.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All Balanchine: Allegro Brillante, La Source, Firebird – New York

★★★★✰   How is the company looking? …the company looks good so far.

Lauren Lovette and Joseph Gordon in George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky & Balanchine bill – New York

★★★★✰   New York City Ballet is off to a fine start when it opens the winter season with a very well-danced all Balanchine, all Stravinsky program.

Vuyani Dance Theatre in Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro.© John Hogg. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma – Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro – New York, Joyce Theater

★★★★✰   The dance style is a fusion of many elements of South African dance, other African and African diaspora influences, and modern and postmodern dance. It can be both liquid and percussive and has a complexity that is hard to take apart.

Gabrielle Revlock's Nuptial Blitz.© Dave Ratzlow. (Click image for larger version)

Gabrielle Revlock – SEX TAPE, Nuptial Blitz – New York

★★★✰✰   Revlock “is a dance-maker whose work often depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships using a vocabulary that embraces the pedestrian, abstracted by degrees.”

Edisa Weeks in 3 RITES: Liberty.© Leo Jimenez for 651 ARTS. (Click image for larger version)

DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks – 3 RITES: Liberty – New York

★★★★✰   DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks’ “3 RITES: Liberty” is a solo that graphically shows why the Declaration of Independence did not, & does not, mean “liberty” for many African Americans…

Faye Driscoll in Thank You For Coming: Space.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Faye Driscoll – Thank You For Coming: Space – New York

★★★✰✰   A sense of very controlled chaos accumulates. I’m sometimes reminded of the videos and installations of the artist Bruce Nauman. Her actions and interactions, including snatches of willfully, wonderfully contorted dancing…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Jamar Roberts' Ode.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Busk, Ode, Ounce of Faith – New York

★★★★✰   Jamar Roberts’ Ode was the centerpiece and the highlight of the company’s performance, which also included Aszure Barton’s Busk (a company premiere) and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Ounce of Faith (a premiere).

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