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BWW Interview: Artistic Director David McAllister Discusses the Australian Ballet's New SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Interview: David McAllister Discusses the Australian Ballet's New SLEEPING BEAUTY
Posted: Sep. 14, 2015


BWW Interviews: Tony WaagBWW Interviews: Tony Waag
Posted: Apr. 15, 2015

BWW Interviews: Gloria McLeanBWW Interviews: Gloria McLean
Posted: Nov. 26, 2014

BWW Reviews: The Mikhailovsky Ballet's GISELLEBWW Reviews: The Mikhailovsky Ballet's GISELLE
Posted: Nov. 19, 2014

BWW Interviews: Marisa GrunebergBWW Interviews: Marisa Gruneberg
Posted: Feb. 17, 2015

From the Archives: Balanchine in MontrealFrom the Archives: Balanchine in Montreal
Posted: Mar. 23, 2015

BWW Interview: Artistic Director David McAllister Discusses the Australian Ballet's New SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Interview: Artistic Director David McAllister Discusses the Australian Ballet's New SLEEPING BEAUTY
September 14, 2015

Pearl Buck, the Nobel Prize winning author, once wrote that 'if you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.' Which is what Australian Ballet Artistic Director David McAllister has attempted with his new production of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, which will premiere in Melbourne, Australia, on September 15 2015, before touring to Perth from October 7-10, and Sydney from November 17-December 16.
BWW Interview: Daniel EzralowBWW Interview: Daniel Ezralow
August 27, 2015

Pearl (, a new American-Chinese dance-theatre spectacular, inspired by the life of Pearl S. Buck, the first woman to win both the Nobel and the Pulitzer Prizes, will have its world premiere at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for 4 performances only, August 27-30th. The story, focusing on the substantial influence Pearl had on both Chinese and Western cultures, will be brought to life through new choreography by Daniel Ezralow (Ezralow Dance Company, MOMIX, Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony, Academy Awards), a new score composed by Jun Miyake (collaborations with Robert Wilson, Pina Bausch, David Byrne and Oliver Stone) dazzling visuals and a company of 30 American and Chinese dancers.
BWW Dance TV Interviews: Fadi J. KhouryBWW Dance TV Interviews: Fadi J. Khoury
July 27, 2015

Fadi J. Khoury, who serves as FJK Dance Company's Artistic Director, choreographer and principal dancer, connects Argentinean tango, Middle Eastern movement, classical ballet and ballroom dance in an innovative contemporary dance setting.
BWW Dance TV Interviews: Tony WaagBWW Dance TV Interviews: Tony Waag
July 13, 2015

Tony Waag (Producer/Artistic/Executive Director/Teacher) founded the American Tap Dance Foundation (formerly known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra) in 1986, along with Brenda Bufalino and the late Charles 'Honi' Coles. From 1989-1995, he co-created and operated, with Ms. Bufalino, Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center which became a model for numerous tap organizations and tap studios worldwide creating, producing, and presenting various educational programs for adults and children year-round, as well as annual winter tap intensives with master classes, courses and workshops taught by leading International artists and master tap dancers.
BWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's CINDERELLABWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's CINDERELLA
July 6, 2015

When the Sadler's Wells (now the Royal Ballet) first performed "Cinderella" on its triumphant 1949 debut performance at the old Metropolitan Opera, John Martin, the eminent New York Times dance critic, was not engrossed. He wrote that it was difficult to be enthusiastic about it, but "if it were stripped of all its dead wood, both musical and choreographic, it would run considerably less than the two and a half hours it now undertakes to fill."
BWW Dance TV Interviews: Judith Fugate and Medhi BahiriBWW Dance TV Interviews: Judith Fugate and Medhi Bahiri
July 1, 2015

Ballet NY will present the world premiere of What Ever, choreographed by Medhi Bahiri, as well as works by John Butler, William Forsythe and Stanton Welch, July 9 - 11 at Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue).
BWW Reviews: The Polish National BalletBWW Reviews: The Polish National Ballet
June 22, 2015

Having visited Poland at least 50 times in my life, you'd think I would have sampled some opera, dance or music recital in the country. I suppose I had to be back on American soil to finally catch up with the Polish National Ballet, now playing at the Joyce Theater, offering two works by Pastor and one by Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat.
BWW Reviews: Yehuda Hyman's Mar VistaBWW Reviews: Yehuda Hyman's Mar Vista
June 19, 2015

Yehuda Hyman's 'Mar Vista (Spanish for 'view of the sea') is a presentation of his Mystical Feet Company, a warm and poignant remembrance of his parents, two seemingly mismatched misfits who found each other. I wasn't sure what to expect when I entered the 14th Street Y on Sunday, June 14, 2015, but I came away pleasantly surprised. What I expected to be an over-the-top evening of raw emotions turned out to be a passageway to the heart of one very special individual, namely Yehuda Hyman
BWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's SLEEPING BEAUTY
June 17, 2015

Remember history class in high school? The teacher presented a lecture and told us how exciting a certain historical period had been, going on to incessantly bore us because we had no recourse other than to take indecipherable notes we couldn't understand later, finally coming to the conclusion that history was, and always would be, a painstaking bore, better consigned to the college professors we were bound to meet sooner or later on our educational journey to adulthood and, hopefully, a job. That's very much what I thought about the American Ballet Theater's new production of Alexei Ratmansky's 'Sleeping Beauty.' I hate to sound churlish, but so much ink, not to mention so many dollars, have been lavished on this production, that, beyond some more extra performances and, probably, a showing on Great Performances, it will disappear within two years. At least it will be in the archives for future generations to watch.
BWW Reviews: The Victory Dance ProjectBWW Reviews: The Victory Dance Project
June 8, 2015

The Victory Dane Project celebrated its first anniversary on May 11, 2015, with a program that, if not stirring or original, at least caught my interest to see the well trained and very passionately committed young dancers.
BWW Interviews: New York City Ballet's Raymonda Variations, Morgen, and New York Export: Opus JazzBWW Interviews: New York City Ballet's Raymonda Variations, Morgen, and New York Export: Opus Jazz
June 2, 2015

On Sunday, June 31, 2015, New York City Ballet offered the sweet, the mundane, and the historical. If I were a lyricist I could write a song about this, but since my iambic pentameter is almost non-existent, and my Stephen Sondheim thesaurus nowhere to be found, I guess I'll have to push forward in everyday prose.
BWW Interviews: Choreographer Amy JordanBWW Interviews: Choreographer Amy Jordan
June 1, 2015

Choreographer Amy Jordan's company, The Victory Dance Project, will celebrate its first anniversary this week with an evening of dance entitled People, Power and Possibility on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7 pm at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue). The evening will honor former Ailey star Principal Dancer Renee Robinson, who will receive the company's First Annual Artist for Peace Award and will feature five works choreographed by Jordan.
BWW Reviews: New York City Ballet's Bournonville Divertissements and La SylphideBWW Reviews: New York City Ballet's Bournonville Divertissements and La Sylphide
May 27, 2015

So how far does an afternoon of Bournonville go? I would love to say a long way, yet in the performance on Sunday, May 24 at the Koch Theater, the dancers of the New York City Ballet proved that, while soaring high octane is definitely in their blood, the softer sounds and characterizations of Bournonville may be beyond their considerable and powerful techniques.
BWW Interviews: Jonah BokaerBWW Interviews: Jonah Bokaer
May 18, 2015

Jonah Bokaer has cultivated a new form of choreography with a structure that relies on visual art and design. He ultimately aims to transform notions of how the public views and understands dance.
BWW Interviews: Tony WaagBWW Interviews: Tony Waag
April 15, 2015

A conversation with Tony Waag, Executive/Artistic Director of the American Tap Dance Foundation, in anticipation of their upcoming 'Rhythm in Motion' contemporary tap dance showcase in New York City, April 22 through April 26. 'Rhythm in Motion' presents forward thinking, groundbreaking tap dance choreography, 'shaking tap dance to its core.' Last year's 'Rhythm in Motion' included tap dance with video, computers, sound manipulating machines and electronically rigged platforms.
From the Archives: Balanchine in MontrealFrom the Archives: Balanchine in Montreal
March 23, 2015

Calling all balletomanes, historians, Ph.D. candidates, sociologists, audience members, and just about everyone else interested in dance. Do you want to see Diana Adams, Allegra Kent, Violette Verdy, Jillana, Maria Tallchief, Tanaquil LeClercq, Andre Eglevsky, Suki Schorer, Patricia Neary, Carol Sumner, Todd Bolender, Arthur Mitchell, Francisco Moncion, Nicholas Magallanes and Jacques d'Amboise again in the intimate surrounding of your living room? No, this not a joke, but the first of many VAI DVD releases from Montreal's Radio-Canada archive, encompassing a televised history of Balanchine's many works from 1954 well into the 1970s.
BWW Interviews: Marisa GrunebergBWW Interviews: Marisa Gruneberg
February 17, 2015

White Road Dance Media, a contemporary dance company based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will premiere Marisa Gruneberg's 12th full-length contemporary dance work, Neon Brave, at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn on February 19, 2015. GoPro cameras will be attached to dancers, i.e. the audience will see 'what the dancers see' via projections, including the nude soloist, for a different type of audience immersion. A quartet of women investigate life's challenges, becoming alternately entangled and inter-reliant, empowered and individualized.
BWW Interviews: Cartier WilliamsBWW Interviews: Cartier Williams
December 2, 2014

Cartier Williams is a hoofer, choreographer, filmmaker and performer hailing from Washington, D.C. He began his tap dancing career at the age of four and has been active in the tap dance community ever since. Throughout his career, Cartier has had the opportunity to dance with a multitude of tap pioneers and masters, including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Peg Leg Bates and the Nicholas Brothers. He has appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' 'The Tonight Show,' 'Good Morning America' and CNN. Cartier has performed for President Clinton, co-starring with Bebe Neuwirth in the PBS special 'In Performance at The White House.' He also performed for President George W. Bush at the 2006 Congressional Picnic at the White House. Cartier is currently continuing to develop multiple musical productions and workshops.
BWW Interviews: Gloria McLeanBWW Interviews: Gloria McLean
November 26, 2014

Gloria McLean, a New York-based dancer, choreographer and teacher, is the founder and artistic director of LIFEDANCE/Gloria McLean and Dancers. From 1982-1993, Ms. McLean was a member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, performing in New York, the U.S., and internationally. She is considered one of the leading exponents of this American Modern Dance tradition.
BWW Reviews: The Mikhailovsky Ballet's THE FLAMES OF PARISBWW Reviews: The Mikhailovsky Ballet's THE FLAMES OF PARIS
November 24, 2014

Remember high school history. Some of us loved it; others hated it. Best of all, there were the teachers. They tried to educate us about British royalty, Swedish neutrality, or crumbling Hapsburg empires. How I wish they had known The Flames of Paris back then. Just think, in less than two hours we'd have known all about the French Revolution. While there were plenty of Civil War movies-just in case we needed some brain reinforcement for our exams-the French Revolution was a very deep ocean away. I know we had all seen Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette or some version of A Tale of Two Cities. But that's as far as most of us got to a real understanding of French history. Besides, they spoke a strange language, and in those days you didn't want to be caught being bi-lingual.



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