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BWW Dance Review: Alessandra Ferri Melts Our Hearts in ROMEO AND JULIETBWW Dance Review: Alessandra Ferri Melts Our Hearts in ROMEO AND JULIET
Posted: Jun. 24, 2016


BWW Review: K ARTS BALLET Sets A New Standard for ExcellenceK ARTS BALLET Sets A New Standard for Excellence
Posted: Jul. 13, 2016


BWW Review: TINK! Soars Beyond NeverlandBWW Review: TINK! Soars Beyond Neverland
Posted: Aug. 10, 2016


BWW Review: Radicals In Miniature Fails to Launch The RevolutionBWW Review: Radicals In Miniature Fails to Launch The Revolution
June 27, 2017

This artfully square rendering of a radio studio serves as the set for Radicals in Miniature, an oral history that excavates the lives of non-celebrities. Created by Ain Gordon and Talvin Wilks - Gordon is joined in performance by Josh Quillen - Radicals begins with its performers chanting the word 'fan' over and over again while unleashing a litany of facts that would be obscure even if their subject matter weren't.

BWW Review: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein Is A Bag of MarvelsBWW Review: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein Is A Bag of Marvels
May 19, 2017

With much pretending at being someone who may or may not have been there - and tons of fun puns in this toiling word-play of a French farce - our minds are sent into a dizzying dervish of delight as the four main characters battle it out over who was a true genius and what the meaning of meaning amounts to once those geniuses have left the room.

BWW Dance Review: City Ballet Miscasts the Founder's ClassicsBWW Dance Review: City Ballet Miscasts the Founder's Classics
October 17, 2016

The state of any company's dancing can be gauged by looking at how it performs its founder's work. Of course that is no easy feat to assess with City Ballet, what with its glorious repertoire. All the same, Wednesday October 12th's program found the company disconcertingly off the mark. In politics, we follow the money; in ballet, we follow the casting.

BWW Review: BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Continues to EnthrallBWW Review: BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Continues to Enthrall
August 22, 2016

'Lovely, never, never change. Keep your breathless charm. Won't you please arrange it? 'Cause I love you.' Those glorious Dorothy Fields penned lyrics to Jerome Kern's evergreen 'The Way You Look Tonight' bubbled through my head during Kilowatts Dance Theatre's joyful performance of Jaime Shannon's 'Flights and Follys'. It was just a couple of swells dancing with their lady-friends to the type of tunes that Gram and Pops listened to when new; back when 'it weren't no sin' to revel in the unabashed sunshine of life. How wonderful to visit those times again.

BWW Review: ERASING BORDERS FESTIVAL Transports The Audience To A Higher PlaneBWW Review: ERASING BORDERS FESTIVAL Transports The Audience To A Higher Plane
August 17, 2016

A highlight of this year's Erasing Borders Festival was that it took place on Indian Independence Day; perhaps that is why each artist infused the work with such celestial splendor. We opened with Carolina Prada of Colombia - who is based in New Dehli, India - performing the choreography of her Guru, Janmejoy Sai Babu in the Mayurbhanj Chhau style. It should be noted that each artist seemed to personify a specific human virtue. In the case of Ms. Prada, that virtue was intimacy. I felt as if she were dancing for me alone during her majestic solo. This piece showed the embodiment of feminine and masculine energy in one godly being. With her extreme extension, gravity defying barrel turns, leaps and bounds, perfect balances, and tremendous expression, Ms. Prada proved the perfect incarnation of God as a dual gendered being.

BWW Review: BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Dances To Glory Through Rain and ShineBWW Review: BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Dances To Glory Through Rain and Shine
August 16, 2016

A gracious speech given by Jonathan Hollander - Artistic Director of Battery Dance Company - opened the 35th annual Battery Dance Festival. There was a welcome emphasis on all that went into making this festival possible, including calls for thanks to: Council member Margaret Chin and her continued support, American Express for two years of support, Holiday Inn for giving eighty free rooms - for the full run of the festival - to out-of-town artists, Mary McCormick and Funds for the City of New York for their support, Air India for flying the participating artists of India to New York, and the doctors of Weill Cornell who were on standby 'just in case'. Mr. Hollander closed his remarks with a special thank you to the main sponsors of the festival: 'The artists; they do it because they want to be here in front of you, the public.'

BWW Review: TINK! Soars Beyond NeverlandBWW Review: TINK! Soars Beyond Neverland
August 10, 2016

'OMG! Mom and Dad are being such phonies, so I'm going to run away and marry a pirate. Before you think about that too much, let me distract you with this show-stopping production number!' Actually 'TINK!' wasn't as vacuous as all that, though - true to the exclamation point in its title - it did tend to deliver narrative details in bold plot points. Still, Tony Marino's barrel-of-laughs filled book, aided by Lena Gabrielle's tuneful score, with an assist from Greg Kerestan on lyrics ensured that 'TINK!' stood out as one of the more delectable treats in this year's New York Musical Festival smorgasbord.

BWW: Enrique Cruz DeJesus Paints The Future and Honors The PastBWW: Enrique Cruz DeJesus Paints The Future and Honors The Past
July 28, 2016

There may be 'no second acts in American lives' - thank you, Fitzgerald - and yetEnrique Cruz DeJesus has livedso many exciting chapters thatseven or eight books could bedevoted to his journey. Mr. DeJesus has been the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company since 1998, inheriting directorship of this nearly 45 years old company from Andy Torres during a time when the future was anything but certain. Having led a successful concert dance career - that saw him working with Eleo Pomare, Talley Beatty, Gary Deloatch, Martial Roumain and George Faison - Mr. DeJesus transitioned in to a highly successful theatre career with hisstage debut at Shakespeare in the Park's production of 'Measure for Measure' under the direction of George C. Wolfe.

BWW Review: LA DANCE PROJECT Bombs at The JoyceBWW Review: LA DANCE PROJECT Bombs at The Joyce
July 27, 2016

Three men engage in acrobatic entanglements that transform from free-moving sculptural configurations to crumpled masses of bodies that roll all over the floor of a darkly lit fog filled stage. Resembling an improv-ed floor-work exercise full of incongruously musical acrobatic manipulations, this indulgent routine - replete with lingering touches and mashing of bodies into each other - revealed little about its performers and even less about itself the longer it went on.

BWW Review: FINI DANCE FESTIVAL Parties La Via ItalianaBWW Review: FINI DANCE FESTIVAL Parties La Via Italiana
July 26, 2016

Though it was hot and muggy on the evening of July 24th, 2016, the jam-packed audience at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center was grinning agog like newly minted parents infatuated with their brood. The cause: a troupe of adorable bambine from Staten Island Ballet performing Ellen Tharp's 'Tarantella'. Though only one of these girls was delivering the movement nel modo Italiano, they were all so lively with their tambourine strikes and hops that even the most curmudgeonly of audience members applauded with gusto.

BWW Review: BRIDGMAN|PACKER Pack Sex and Art Into 3-D RenderingsBWW Review: BRIDGMAN|PACKER Pack Sex and Art Into 3-D Renderings
July 20, 2016

If we've been here before, why aren't the returns diminishing? The sequence repeats itself all night long in continuous loops and yet the eye never wanders. To the contrary one is drawn in deeper with each new repetition. Is it the weather-beaten beauty of the performers and the total investment with which they infuse every gesture? Is it the fusion of technology, holograms, and art? Looking around at the audience in The Sheen Center on July 13th, 2016, one is taken by the fact that the patrons are mature in age and completely in sync with this new mode of technology. Going off of appreciation alone, it seems that there is not a luddite in the room for this multimedia spectacle of art that would not look out of place at Coachella. This is art that younger audiences think of when they ask for something cool.

BWW Interview: MONSTAH BLACK, The Interview. Part IIBWW Interview: MONSTAH BLACK, The Interview. Part II
July 14, 2016

Well, yeah. I guess I am self-made. Because - thinking in terms of what my goals have been all my life - I've had very specific ideas around what I've wanted to do since I was about three. I can remember back to the day, the time of day, what I was doing, when the light bulb went off and I said to myself, "That's what I want to do." I pretty much focused on that. I said it on that day and I've gotten to the point where I'm in the middle of it happening. It's hinting towards what I see, what my goals have been. But it's not out of reach. It could happen. It's just a matter of putting the time into that and making it happen. It has happened already and now it's about allowing it to happen again and maybe getting more exposure to let it expand. My earliest inspiration is pretty much what helped shape myself into what I am. I can pinpoint who those people are and at some point I allowed it to I let those landmarks inspire, I held onto them, and continued to step forward as the man. But it pretty much started with the Sonny and Cher show.

BWW Review: K ARTS BALLET Sets A New Standard for ExcellenceBWW Review: K ARTS BALLET Sets A New Standard for Excellence
July 13, 2016

The maxim 'Go big or go home' holds. That's one thing that can be said for Korea National University of Art's 'K Arts; Rising Stars of Korea Gala': they dance big; Bolshoi big. The leg extensions were never below 9 o'clock and more often than not floated past 12 o'clock; the pirouettes were never fewer than two and frequently zoomed from three to six; the grand jetes soared with clean splits every single time; and the manner always roared 'I LOVE TO DANCE AND I LOVE YOU TOO'!

BWW Review: DUSAN TYNEK Casts Magic at New York Live ArtsBWW Review: DUSAN TYNEK Casts Magic at New York Live Arts
July 8, 2016

Lines of light illuminate the pathway of a woman in flight. Her focus is razor sharp as she surveys men soaring around her in configurations that fluctuate between the flight patterns of birds and planes. Eventually these men hoist and entangle her in a never-ending series of lifts that keep her suspended as she writes on the air with her body. Skillfully made 'dancing for the sake of dancing' is a special treat to drink in especially when it stars a captivating wellspring of power like Alexandra Berger. For Duan Tnek Dance Theatre's July 7th opening night concert at New York Live Arts, the radiance that Ms. Berger beamed in this opening piece proved hypnotic.

BWW Interview: MONSTAH BLACK; Becoming a Fabulous Creature and Processing, Part IBWW Interview: MONSTAH BLACK; Becoming a Fabulous Creature and Processing, Part I
July 7, 2016

You know how some people are effortlessly glamorous even when they are meeting up for a simple chat? The describes Monstah Black with whom I met a month ago to discuss his upcoming show at Dixon Place, "HYPERBOLIC! (The Last Spectacle)". Monstah is a handsome black man with impeccable style even when he is lounging and taking it easy. He and his husband, Manchild Black, are legends in the club and music scene.

BWW Review: JACK FERVER Mistakes The Kitchen for CampBWW Review: JACK FERVER Mistakes The Kitchen for Camp
July 5, 2016

Jack Ferver never let up on his drag delivery. Switching arbitrarily from bad French to English or from danse to dance passed for plot in this cabaret act. The scantily clad men in the audience - I attended the June 30th, 2016 performance - lapped it up before they even had a chance to hear the next line. It was all good fun, though if there is an art to telegraphing intention it was not on display here. That was 'I Want You to Want Me': a surrealistic B movie romp ruled by a character with mystical abilities for no other reason than 'just because'. File it under lazy craftsmanship. The world that Mr. Ferver inhabited was self referential, sassy, and imbued with magic, not unlike a gay lounge.

BWW Review: SUSAN MARSHALL Talks, and Talks, and Talks about ColorBWW Review: SUSAN MARSHALL Talks, and Talks, and Talks about Color
June 27, 2016

You've been here before. Someone is giving a report on something that might have once held interest but through virtue of repetition, perfunctory execution, and obsession with minutiae that thing has become prosaic at best. Prosaic is the optimal description for this extended talkfest that Susan Marshall has cobbled together. The best thing one can say about 'Chromatic' - I attended the June 24th performance at The Kitchen - is that it was colorful. Colorful in the most obvious way.

BWW Dance Review: Alessandra Ferri Melts Our Hearts in ROMEO AND JULIETBWW Dance Review: Alessandra Ferri Melts Our Hearts in ROMEO AND JULIET
June 24, 2016

Halfway through the bedroom scene (Act III, Scene I) I thought to myself, 'They're playing the music too quickly!' I was wrong. The tempo was fine; it simply felt faster than normal because the dancing was so wonderful. It's to be expected. Alessandra Ferri was guest starring in American Ballet Theatre's production of Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo and Juliet' nine years after she'd retired from the company in the same role.

BWW Dance Review: RIOULT DANCE NY Conjures Shades of Valiant WomenBWW Dance Review: RIOULT DANCE NY Conjures Shades of Valiant Women
June 22, 2016

Mr. Rioult is a compelling storyteller. In 'Iphigenia' - which begins with a glimpse of the gruesome future - he confronts the tragedy head on by making it clear that the designated sacrifice is unaware of her fate. Watching Clytemnestra - Charis Haines, who handily walks away with the piece - batter a commanding Brian Flynn as Agamemnon reminds one that there is nothing so frightening as a mother whose child has been threatened.

BWW Dance Review: NEW CHAMBER BALLET Regales with Musical and Choreographic TreasuresBWW Dance Review: NEW CHAMBER BALLET Regales with Musical and Choreographic Treasures
June 22, 2016

Since premiering twelve years ago, Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet has commissioned and presented over 100 new works. Fifty of these works have been created by Mr. Magloire himself. In addition to his duties as choreographer and artistic director he is also an award winning composer - and at one time the most beloved classroom musician in the city - which goes a long way towards explaining his special appreciation for music. All of his concerts are accompanied by accomplished musicians; the fantastic pianist Melody Fader and violinist Door Na performed for this season closing run.



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