Barnett Serchuk

Barnett Serchuk Writer/Interviewer--Broadwayworld Dance.




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BWW Interview: Ximena Garnica of FRANTIC BEAUTYBWW Interview: Ximena Garnica of FRANTIC BEAUTY
Posted: Sep. 14, 2017


BWW Review: Jonah Bokaer Presents His Riveting Solo THE DISAPPEARANCE PORTRAITS at Cooper HewittBWW Review: Jonah Bokaer Presents His Riveting Solo THE DISAPPEARANCE PORTRAITS at Cooper Hewitt
Posted: Sep. 5, 2017


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BWW Dance Interview: Angelo Silvio VastaBWW Dance Interview: Angelo Silvio Vasta
Posted: Feb. 27, 2017


BWW Review: SCOTTISH BALLET Is Headed for a Bright New FutureBWW Review: SCOTTISH BALLET Is Headed for a Bright New Future
Posted: Apr. 14, 2017


BWW Dance Interview: Mark d'At-PaceBWW Dance Interview: Mark d'At-Pace
Posted: Jun. 18, 2017


BWW Dance Interview: Paul BoosBWW Dance Interview: Paul Boos
Posted: Apr. 17, 2017


BWW Review: L.A. DANCE PROJECT: Stellar Dancers, Yet a Lost Mission StatementBWW Review: L.A. DANCE PROJECT: Stellar Dancers, Yet a Lost Mission Statement
Posted: Jun. 20, 2017


BWW Interview: Ximena Garnica of FRANTIC BEAUTYBWW Interview: Ximena Garnica of FRANTIC BEAUTY
September 14, 2017

The multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with FRANTIC BEAUTY, the newest evening-length work representing the mid-point in their BECOMING pentalogy. Combining the LEIMAY Ensemble's signature physicality layered over vivid visual landscapes, this world premiere reflects on society's pursuit of and relationship to beauty. The piece features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards).

BWW Review: Jonah Bokaer Presents His Riveting Solo THE DISAPPEARANCE PORTRAITS at Cooper HewittBWW Review: Jonah Bokaer Presents His Riveting Solo THE DISAPPEARANCE PORTRAITS at Cooper Hewitt
September 5, 2017

It is always a pleasure to acknowledge a rare, unique voice in the dance world. I say this with pleasure after viewing Jonah Bokaer's 'The Disappearance Portraits' on August 24, 2017, at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. I have been following Mr. Boaker's work for a number of years but never had the occasion to write about him. Thus, I now luckily have the opportunity.

BWW Review: Amy Seiwert's WANDERING at the Joyce Theater, July 27, 2017BWW Review: Amy Seiwert's WANDERING at the Joyce Theater, July 27, 2017
July 30, 2017

Franz Schubert's Winterreise is one of music's supreme compositions of all time. A desolate song cycle depicting a traveler on a savage winter journey through a fierce snowy environment and an anguished mental state, it has long been a favored recital offering by both men, and sometimes women, singers.

BWW Review: Alexei Ratmansky's WHIPPED CREAM at ABTBWW Review: Alexei Ratmansky's WHIPPED CREAM at ABT
July 5, 2017

A few years ago I bought a recording of Schlagobers, which had been written by the venerable Richard Strauss for the Vienna State Opera Ballet in 1924. I had a difficult time listening to the music-it didn't gel, nor did it leave any imprint on my mind. I suppose there was a reason for it not having many recordings-compare this with Rosenkavalier. I remember doing some research on this project: Strauss was serving as co-director of the Vienna State Opera with Franz Schalk and wanted to raise the prestige of the ballet wing after it had been decimated in the First World War. As a devoted admirer of Diaghilev company, for which he had once written Josephslegende, Strauss went about composing and writing his own libretto for what was to become Schlagobers, choreographed by Heinrich Krller, who devised a mass spectacle that required 287 costumes at a cost of four billion kronnen, becoming known as the 'billionaire's ballet.' And at a time when inflation was climbing minute by minute.

BWW Review: L.A. DANCE PROJECT: Stellar Dancers, Yet a Lost Mission StatementBWW Review: L.A. DANCE PROJECT: Stellar Dancers, Yet a Lost Mission Statement
June 20, 2017

I don't know if it was me, but attending L.A. Dance Project on June 14, 2017, was a bit dispiriting. If this was an evening meant to deliver the L.A. Dance Project message: 'we're here folks, watch out, we're going to overtake the dance world,' it didn't register. What should have been a strong cold brew was tepid tea.

BWW Dance Interview: Mark d'At-PaceBWW Dance Interview: Mark d'At-Pace
June 18, 2017

Broadwayworld Dance recently conducted an interview with Australian ballet dancer Mark d'At Pace, find out about his life and career.

BWW Review: ABT's THE GOLDEN COCKERELBWW Review: ABT's THE GOLDEN COCKEREL
June 12, 2017

I was very excited to see ABT's 'The Golden Cockerel 'on June 2, 2017. Having heard so much about it, and having read extensively about the Fokine ballet production from 1937, not to mention watching the enticing video on YouTube, I was looking forward to a very magical evening. I can't say that this promise was fulfilled, even if it did offer intermittent pleasures. But after leaving the theater following this two act extravaganza, I began to wonder what exactly it was that ABT had to offer and why they are presenting this piece, as it does not seem destined for a long life in the repertoire-or if it's just waiting to be taped for 'Great Performances' on Channel 13. Or perhaps there is nothing that could be mined from the ballet at all!

BWW Review: New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMBWW Review: New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
May 31, 2017

Reviewing George Balanchine 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on Wednesday, May 24 was like visiting an old friend. My father took me to see it as a child soon after it opened in 1962, and while the memory fades as we grow older, Gloria Govrin in the role of Hippolyta bounding around the stage remains steadfast, never diminishing. Thank you, New York City Ballet, for the recollection and for a wonderful theatrical evening.

BWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET Closes the Season with a Ballerina's Farewell PerformanceBWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET Closes the Season with a Ballerina's Farewell Performance
May 22, 2017


BWW Review: New York City Ballet's All Christopher Wheeldon ProgramBWW Review: New York City Ballet's All Christopher Wheeldon Program
May 5, 2017

New York City Ballet's 'All Wheeldon' program, part of the Here/Now series on April 30, was, in most cases, a great success. Wheeldon is now a celebrity choreographer. He is followed everywhere, has received abundant awards for his ballets and Broadway productions. Together with Justin Peck and Alexander Ratmansky, all City Ballet past or present artists-in-residence, he has come to many to represent ballet's future, although what that future is remains a question mark.

BWW Dance Interview: Paul BoosBWW Dance Interview: Paul Boos
April 17, 2017

Born in Sioux Falls, SD, Mr. Boos relocated himself to NY at 15 to study dance on full scholarship at the Harkness House. Following this, he studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theater School, and finally the School of American Ballet. It was at SAB, while working extensively with both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, that Mr. Boos developed an intimate understanding of the connection between music and movement.

BWW Review: SCOTTISH BALLET Is Headed for a Bright New FutureBWW Review: SCOTTISH BALLET Is Headed for a Bright New Future
April 14, 2017

Having been a fan of Scottish Ballet on previous trips to Scotland, seeing them last about eight years ago, I was curious to know how the company had evolved. Then it seemed to be a company in search of itself, some Balanchine, some Massine, some original works. Nothing memorable; on the other hand, nothing glaringly bad. Excellent dancers badly rehearsed, no artistic guidance, or so it seemed. Basically, a company on the verge-of something.

BWW Dance Review: Pennsylvania Ballet's LE CORSAIREBWW Dance Review: Pennsylvania Ballet's LE CORSAIRE
March 24, 2017

When Angel Corella assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet and didn't renew many contracts of its former dancers, there was a negative buzz all over. I can't comment on that, since I was not privy to any information, but judging by the performance of his new production of Le Corsaire on Sunday, April 20 2017, Corella has my great admiration and respect. In fact, this entire season has been one of artistic excellence and a new shot of creativity with dancers. After a shaky start with Corolla, the company has assumed a role as one of our top companies, something it never quite had in my estimation before.

BWW Review: NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET in Works by Antony Tudor and Martha ClarkeBWW Review: NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET in Works by Antony Tudor and Martha Clarke
March 3, 2017

New York Theatre Ballet's presentation on February 25, 2017, was a dedication of sorts to Antony Tudor and Martha Clarke. If the evening was less than memorable due to the thinness of the material, it did offer glimpses into the minds of two creative artists who have tried, and often succeeded, in pushing the boundaries of pure dance into a psychological state.

BWW Dance Interview: Angelo Silvio VastaBWW Dance Interview: Angelo Silvio Vasta
February 27, 2017

Angelo Silvio Vasta is a New York-based filmmaker from Milan, Italy. His work explores the infinite ways choreography and performance can be expressed through moving images. In the past years he has produced a series of short dance films for dance companies and individual dancers both in New York City and abroad. His work includes music videos, short films, video-portraits, and promotional clips. In 2014 he was awarded for his excellence in Visual Design at the 35th Fine Cuts Film Show at The New School in NYC. Angelo received his BFA in International Politics from University of Milan, Italy and his Certificate in Film Production from The New School.

BWW Review: New York City Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Review: New York City Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY
February 22, 2017

When Aurora makes her first appearance in SLEEPING BEAUTY, the audience usually sits up-there's a murmur, an anticipation. THE STAR is here, and she's in charge for the next two hours. And THE STAR had better be ready. The audience is watching her every move, not to mention her every mishap.

BWW Review: New York City Ballet's ALL BALANCHINE PROGRAM, Winter 2017BWW Review: New York City Ballet's ALL BALANCHINE PROGRAM, Winter 2017
January 24, 2017

George Balanchine said that 'Allegro Brillante' contained everything he knew about classical ballet in 13 minutes. I would say a bit more, depending on the tempo the conductor is taking for the evening. But putting tempos aside, 'Allegro Brilliante' offers a ballet so rich in form and steps that it's hard to take it all in. I've been watching the ballet for over 30 years, and I still marvel and its invention and the sheer stamina it takes to perform the work.

BWW Dance Interview: Mark DeGarmoBWW Dance Interview: Mark DeGarmo
December 7, 2016

Entering its 30th anniversary year, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a not-for-profit that integrates three focal concerns: educate underserved New York City communities, especially children, through dance arts; create, perform and disseminate original dances, artistic and scholarly work; and build intercultural community. The organization's vision is to enliven bodies, shift perspectives and change lives. With programming that has been called 'a national model' by the National Endowment for the Arts, Mark DeGarmo Dance has maintained New York City Department of Education contracts for arts education services since 1987. MDD's artistic pillar in particular presents original artist-scholar works that reflect and celebrate the multicultural experience of our communities. Mark DeGarmo has created and produced over 100 dances and 28 international tours involving cultural diplomacy and exchange in 12 countries across Latin America and Europe. In 2015, DeGarmo received the Martha Hill Dance Fund's 15th Anniversary Mid-Career Award and the Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation's Recognition.

BWW Dance Interview: Paul LightfootBWW Dance Interview: Paul Lightfoot
November 17, 2016

Nederlands Dans Theater 1 returns to New York with a 2016 season that includes four U.S. premieres by Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke, running November 16 - 19, 2016 at New York City Center. Nederlands Dans Theater, under the Artistic Direction of choreographer Paul Lightfoot, is recognized as one of the world's most prolific and creative contemporary dance companies.The season features the U.S. premieres of Safe as Houses (2001) and Stop-Motion (2014), choreographed by Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot; The Statement (2016), choreographed by Crystal Pite; and Woke up Blind (2016), choreographed by Marco Goecke.

BWW Dance Interview: Morgan McEwenBWW Dance Interview: Morgan McEwen
September 8, 2016

Morgan McEwen, ballerina turned artistic director, launched MorDance in January of 2013. This young organization, with dancers from some of the world's most prestigious companies, has playfully leapt to the edge of the classical ballet world. MorDance explores the use of athleticism in its aim to modernize and innovate, while honoring the grace and beauty of classical ballet. MorDance premiered at Manhattan Movement and Arts center on May 3, 2013. That same year, Ms. McEwen was selected to choreograph on MorDance at Socrates Sculptural Park and again at the Counterpointe Project, which celebrated female choreographers creating dances on pointe. In 2014, MorDance helped the Sheen Center open their doors by being the first company to perform in their new black box theater. The following season the Sheen Center named MorDance their resident dance company. MorDance has also been granted space residencies at the Silo at Kirkland Farm and Mana Contemporary. Ms. McEwen has been commissioned to create works on Columbia Ballet Collaborative and will create a new work for Eglevsky ballet in 2017. She has also had a successful career as a ballerina dancing with the Richmond Ballet, BalletMet, the Metropolitan Opera, and freelancing across the country.



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