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BWW Reviews: Dances Patrelle Presents ROMEO AND JULIETBWW Reviews: Dances Patrelle Presents ROMEO AND JULIET
Posted: Sep. 17, 2014


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BWW Interviews: Kyle Froman In His Own Words: Photographing Ballet to BroadwayBWW Interviews: Kyle Froman - Photographing Ballet to Broadway
Posted: Oct. 14, 2013


BWW Interviews: Katya StepanovBWW Interviews: Katya Stepanov
Posted: Dec. 9, 2013


BWW Interviews: Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston BalletBWW Interviews: Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston Ballet
Posted: Jun. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews: Dances Patrelle Presents ROMEO AND JULIETBWW Reviews: Dances Patrelle Presents ROMEO AND JULIET
September 17, 2014

Francis Patrelle, the artistic director/resident choreographer of Dances Patrelle says in a program note that prior to 1982 he had never seen any version of the Romeo and Juliet ballet. It certainly sounds strange to me. Where had he been all that time? It seems that everyone I knew in the dance world had seen some production of it. Even my brothers, who detest ballet, had seen the Fonteyn/Nureyev movie. Be that as it may, I won't hold it against him.
BWW Reviews: FJK DanceBWW Reviews: FJK Dance
July 28, 2014

I glanced at the program photograph as I was sitting down for the Fadi J. Khoury Dance concert on July 24 at New York Live Arts. I suppose it's me-or an over stimulated brain-because the photo screamed, yelled, and hollered 'beefcake evening.' Nothing wrong with that-there are worse things one can encounter in life.
BWW Reports: The Bolshoi's SWAN LAKEBWW Reports: The Bolshoi's SWAN LAKE
July 21, 2014

Svetlana and Tatiana, two mature women originally from the Soviet Union, recently attended the July 16th performance of the Bolshoi's Swan Lake. I happened to overhear their conversation on the IRT going downtown.
BWW Reviews: Gene Kelly: The Legacy - An Evening with Patricia Ward KellyBWW Reviews: Gene Kelly: The Legacy - An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly
July 11, 2014

If I ever become famous-the odds are against me--but if I do, I want Patricia Ward Kelly to give a talk about me. Bright, articulate, witty, insightful, eloquent, compassionate, she spoke about her late husband, the very famous Gene Kelly, for over two and a half with not an 'uh, er or' to be heard. Yes, it's entertainment, but it's much more: professional speaking of the highest caliber. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. I wanted to hand her a prize. I'll zing to the point: Patricia Ward Kelly, you were superb. I can't think of a higher compliment.
BWW Interviews: Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston BalletBWW Interviews: Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston Ballet
June 23, 2014

The Boston Ballet will perform at The Koch Theater at Lincoln Center from June 25-29, 2014 for their first New York tour. This marks the final performances of the Company's 50th season, which launched at London's Coliseum Theatre in July, 2013. Nominated by The Critics' Circle National Dance Awards for 'Outstanding Company', Boston Ballet is internationally recognized for a commitment to classical, neo-classical and contemporary choreography. The Company consists of 56 dancers representing a total of 19 nationalities and will present six dynamic performances accompanied by the Boston Ballet Orchestra. Boston Ballet's programs showcase a century of ground-breaking choreography and the impressive range of this world-class institution as well as two New York premieres - Alexander Ekman's Cacti and a new work by Jose Martinez. Jeffrey and Lia Cirio are brother and sister and also principle dancers with the company. We spoke to them about their experiences with The Boston Ballet, their training, and coming to New York for the first time. For tickets to the Boston Ballet at The Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, please visit http://www.davidhkochtheater.com/moreinfoBB.html
BWW Reviews: Ballet TechBWW Reviews: Ballet Tech
June 17, 2014

If you were looking for an afternoon of pure enjoyment, Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech performance on June 12 was the place to be. As the old Gershwin line goes: 'Who could ask for anything more?'
BWW Interviews: Cherylyn LavagninoBWW Interviews: Cherylyn Lavagnino
June 10, 2014

Cherylyn Lavagnino has an MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a BA in Philosophy from USC. Lavagnino toured nationally as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed a range of classical repertoire and contemporary work by choreographers including Balanchine, John Butler, Hans Van Manen, and Tere O'Connor, and the diversity of these experiences has informed the dialogue between classical and contemporary in her work with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. Ms. Lavagnino has created over forty works in the past fifteen years, and since 2000 the platform for her choreography has been Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. Many of those works were created in collaboration with composers Scott Killian and Jane Chung. CLD continues to support a Live Music and Dance incentive their performances. Lavagnino's choreography has been presented in New York City: by Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, DanceNow/NYC, Kaatsban International Dance Center and The Joyce Theatre's 'Evening Stars' series. Ms. Lavagnino is an Alpert Award nominee for choreography and recipient of a space grant residency from the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Her choreography has been supported by the American Music Center's, Live Music for Dance grant and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Manhattan Creative Communities Fund.
BWW Reviews: American Ballet TheaterBWW Reviews: American Ballet Theater
May 23, 2014

Balanchine and Massine on the same program on February 20, 2014? I can't remember that last time I saw that. I wonder if the two would approve. But there is one fundamental difference separating the two choreographers. Balanchine, even 30 years after his death, is still in the forefront of modern ballet choreography, and most of Massine's ballets have fallen into oblivion. To be honest, the only Massine ballets I have seen prior to this were Parade and The Three Cornered Hat, both of which I enjoyed. I'd like to see The Good Natured Ladies, Le Beau Danube, La Boutique Fantasque, Rouge et Noir, Choreartium and Les Presages one of these days, but the chances are very slim. As the old saying goes, keep dreaming.
BWW Interviews: Hilda Morales: An Extraordinary Career with Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Antony Tudor and the Hartt School of DanceBWW Interviews: Hilda Morales: An Extraordinary Career with Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Antony Tudor and the Hartt School of Dance
May 12, 2014

Hilda Morales was born in N.Y. City, and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her early training was with Ana Garcia of the Ballet San Juan. At 14 years of age, Ms. Morales received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet. She danced as a principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, artist-in-residence with the Colorado Ballet and guest appearances with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Albuquerque Ballet and Jacksonville Ballet. During her dancing career, Ms. Morales performed in full-length classic ballets as well as works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, John Butler, Alvin Ailey, and Jose Limon. Ms. Morales was featured in the movie The Turning Point, in the role of Sandra, directed by Herbert Ross. She guest teaches and is on the faculty of the Central Pennsylvania summer programs, and joined The Hartt School faculty in 1998.
BWW Reviews: LeSaar The CompanyBWW Reviews: LeSaar The Company
April 21, 2014

According to Ohad Naharin's biography on the Batsheva Dance Company's web site, his invention of the dance style GAGA is an 'experience of freedom and pleasure. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.'
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.


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