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BWW Reviews: PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANYBWW Reviews: PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
Posted: Mar. 26, 2014


BWW Reviews: Juilliard Dances Repertory 2014BWW Reviews: Juilliard Dances Repertory 2014
Posted: Apr. 1, 2014


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BWW Interview: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE's Sonya Tayeh Talks THE LAST GOODBYE & More!Interview: SYTYCD's Tayeh Talks THE LAST GOODBYE
Posted: Sep. 6, 2013


BWW Reviews: Juilliard Dances Repertory 2014BWW Reviews: Juilliard Dances Repertory 2014
April 1, 2014

What can I say but kudos to the Juilliard Dance Repertory's presentation on March 25, 2014? Yes, there will be a new and exciting generation of dancers. We won't have to worry. My only real concern is with the state of the art: Will there be enough companies for all these dancers to join? And what about the financial resources to sustain them? I wonder.
BWW Reviews: PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANYBWW Reviews: PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
March 26, 2014

As I was going to the Paul Taylor performance I saw a woman wearing a mink coat and my brain retreated to my early teenage years when all those Blackglama ads were in vogue. You remember them: 'What becomes a legend most?' Among those featured in the advertisements were Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, and Martha Graham, among the many icons.
BWW Reviews: TCHAIKOVSKY: NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART at BAMBWW Reviews: TCHAIKOVSKY: NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART at BAM
March 18, 2014

A previous commitment prevented me from reviewing the Ensemble for the Romantic Century's (ERC) Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music until now. Unfortunately, the production has closed but the memory lingers.
BWW Reviews: Tom Gold Dance CompanyBWW Reviews: Tom Gold Dance Company
March 13, 2014

Tom Gold was one of my favorite dancers when he was a soloist with New York City Ballet. You never expected anything but the very best when he was on stage, and I always got it. After leaving the company in 2007 he founded his own company, Tom Gold Dance, which I attended on Thursday, March 8.
BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF ESTHERBWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF ESTHER
March 4, 2014

I went to see a program with Ariel Rivka's Book of Esther at the Ailey Citigroup as the dance centerpiece and emerged from the performance with admiration for the world premiere of Take...Taken...Taking, by Alan Obuzor, named by Dance Magazine as one of the 25 choreographers of 2013 to watch, and watch I did.
BWW Interviews: Daniel Mantei - None But the Lonely HeartBWW Interviews: Daniel Mantei - None But the Lonely Heart
March 3, 2014

Daniel Mantei joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 2002 and became a member of American Ballet Theatre in 2003. Through his work, Mantei aims to explore themes of humanism by infusing classically inspired movement with an intention of anatomical and kinetic awareness. In his latest work, he collaborates with the Ensemble of the Romantic Century (ERC) representing some of the Tchaikovsky's balletic works through dance both choreographed and performed by Mantei.
BWW Interviews: Stephanie SalandBWW Interviews: Stephanie Saland
February 11, 2014

Stephanie Saland entered The School of American Ballet just before her 15th birthday. Three years later she was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet for the remarkable Stravinsky Festival. In a 21year career with City Ballet, she was showcased in leading roles under Balanchine's direction, as well as principal roles in Jerome Robbins' repertoire. Before moving to Seattle in the fall of 1993, she taught movement for student actors at Playwrights' Horizons and helped develop a body-awareness class for actors with theater teacher Caymichael Patten.
BWW Reviews: David Parsons at the JoyceBWW Reviews: David Parsons at the Joyce
January 22, 2014

The choreography of David Parsons has always been a mystery to me. He has ideas and a vision, yet they never gel. This was apparent to my colleague and me when we attended the David Parsons gala on January 14. While not exclusively dedicated to Mr. Parsons-there were tributes to Paul Taylor in whose company Parsons danced, and Robert Battle, who performed in the Parsons company--we came away feeling that if this is what we have to show for modern dance today, it needs some rejuvenation-and thought. Why are these works being done when there is little that they say?
BWW Dance: Final Curtain Calls - 2013BWW Dance: Final Curtain Calls - 2013
December 30, 2013

As we approach the end of 2013, Broadwayworld Dance pays tribute to the many artists who enriched, inspired, and captivated us as dancers, teachers, musicians, painters, producers, photographers, writers, historians, and philanthropists.
BWW Reviews: Juilliard Dance: New Dances PLUS: Edition 2013BWW Reviews: Juilliard Dance: New Dances PLUS: Edition 2013
December 20, 2013

It's always a pleasure watching developing dancers. You can say you knew and saw them when. That's was my reaction after watching Juilliard Dance: New Dances Plus Edition 2013 this past Sunday. On the other hand, my response to the dances themselves did not propel me into critical encomiums, and I place the blame on Lawrence Rhodes, a truly outstanding dance educator. He didn't do anything bad-he just made a mistake.
BWW Reviews: Ballet in Cinema Presents Bolshoi Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Reviews: Ballet in Cinema Presents Bolshoi Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY
December 17, 2013

As I was leaving the theater after watching a live Bolshoi Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty, the purple fairy of civility appeared and asked to speak with me. As we could not find a restaurant fit for royalty, we adjourned to a nearby Dunkin' Donuts and sat down to chat. The following is a live transcription of our talk.
BWW Intreviews: Davis RobertsonBWW Intreviews: Davis Robertson
December 16, 2013

The world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School presented Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker this past weekend with 355 dancers - the largest cast in the school's 60-year history
BWW Interviews: Katya StepanovBWW Interviews: Katya Stepanov
December 9, 2013

Katya Stepanov, a Brooklyn-based actress, dancer, choreographer, and musician, was born in Minsk, Belarus, raised in New Jersey and recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. She is a founding member of IN THE BASEMENT THEATER Co, an Andrew Carnegie Scholar, a performer and a developing poet. Her work has been published in The Oakland Review and several other literary magazines. Her curiosity pulls her towards as much travel as possible, as she derives her inspiration for choreography in experiencing and observing the traditional dances of different cultures, gesture, and studying the emotional/psychophysical qualities of communication and movement.
BWW Dance Interviews: Kitty LunnBWW Dance Interviews: Kitty Lunn
November 23, 2013

Kitty Lunn is something of a phenomenon in the dance world. A former principal dancer with the Washington Ballet, she was a relatively new arrival in New York. She had just gotten into her first Broadway show when she slipped on a piece of ice at the top of a staircase and suffered a violent fall down the stairs, breaking her back and rendering her paraplegic. After years of surgeries, physical therapy, and physical and emotional adjustments, Kitty decided to continue her dance career. She remains a beautiful, poised, and glamorous performer and, in addition to performing, she teaches a method which she devised over the years for disabled people. She is also an advocate for persons with disabilities--she sued no less than Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall to make improvements for disabled folks in their facilities. Kitty's Infinity Dance Theatre will appear at Theater for the New City, December 6-8, featuring repertory performances with choreography by Lunn, Peter Pucci, Alice Sheppard and Carla Vannucchi.
BWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre Presents New Ratmansky BalletBWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre Presents New Ratmansky Ballet
November 12, 2013

First the good news. Alexei Ratmansky's Piano Concerto #1, set to the Shostakovich piece of the same name, is as bracing as ever. Now, the bad news. Ratmansky's The Tempest, set to a Sibelius score, is in a state of choreographic disorder. It sets out to tell a Shakespearean play in 45 minutes, and even with the input of dramaturg Mark Lamos, the ballet can't dance, let alone move.
BWW World Dance Reviews: Christopher Wheeldon's CINDERELLA Performed by the San Francisco BalletBWW World Dance Reviews: Christopher Wheeldon's CINDERELLA Performed by the San Francisco Ballet
October 30, 2013

You know that song from A Chorus Line, Everything was Beautiful at the Ballet. Well, at Christopher Wheeldon's new version of Cinderella, the costumes and scenery are exquisite, as is much of the dancing. As for the ballet itself, it is a muddle, which I attribute more to the music of Sergei Prokofiev than anything else.
BWW Reviews: Ballet in Cinema From Emerging Pictures Presents SPARTACUSBWW Reviews: Ballet in Cinema From Emerging Pictures Presents SPARTACUS
October 28, 2013

Spartacus is like camp. Not summer camp, but Susan Sontag camp, who wrote in that brainy, immortal essay , 'Camp helps account for the fact that opera and ballet are experienced as such rich treasures of Camp, for neither of these forms can easily do justice to the complexity of human nature. ' This could easily describe Spartacus, which, for all its breathtaking dancing, is reminiscent of a silent movie that could have starred Ramon Novarro, Theda Barra, Lillian Gish and Douglas Fairbanks Senior. To my knowledge, the only Spartacus on film is the 1959 version starring Kirk Douglas who, if he had been known by his birth name, Issur Danielovitch Demsky, would have been thrown to the lions along with the other slaves accompanying Spartacus.
BWW Reviews: San Francisco Ballet Opening Night in New YorkBWW Reviews: San Francisco Ballet Opening Night in New York
October 21, 2013

BWW Interviews: Kyle Froman In His Own Words: Photographing Ballet to BroadwayBWW Interviews: Kyle Froman In His Own Words: Photographing Ballet to Broadway
October 14, 2013

Kyle Froman has made the extraordinary transformation from dancer for America's premier dance company to one of the country's best -known dance and theater photographers.
BWW Reviews: The METAMORPHOSISBWW Reviews: The METAMORPHOSIS
September 23, 2013

I wanted to read Kafka's Metamorphosis before attending the Royal Ballet's production bearing the same name. But my own Kafkesque world intervened, so I never had the chance to follow Gregor and his transformation from human being to bug. I can only judge the production on its own merits, and not compare it to the book which, I think, is only fair.


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