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BWW Dance Review: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance spotlights New York City Ballet's Sara MearnsBWW Dance Review: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance spotlights New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns
Posted: Mar. 27, 2018


BWW Dance Interview: Roberto CampanellaBWW Dance Interview: Roberto Campanella
Posted: Apr. 12, 2018


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BWW Dance Interview: Stefanie Nelson - Artistic DirectorBWW Dance Interview: Stefanie Nelson - Artistic Director
Posted: Dec. 8, 2017


BWW Dance Interview: Adam Sklute of Ballet WestBWW Dance Interview: Adam Sklute of Ballet West
Posted: Oct. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Pennsylvania Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Review: Pennsylvania Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY
Posted: Oct. 27, 2017


BWW Dance Interview: Roberto CampanellaBWW Dance Interview: Roberto Campanella
April 12, 2018

Born and raised in Rome, Roberto Campanella trained at the Scuola Italiana di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, Roberto joined the Compagnia Italiana di Danza Contemporanea and later joined the prestigious Aterballetto. In 1993 he joined The National Ballet of Canada, where he was soon promoted to soloist and was cast in many classical and contemporary roles.

BWW Dance Review: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance spotlights New York City Ballet's Sara MearnsBWW Dance Review: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance spotlights New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns
March 27, 2018

As part of the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance annual residency at Lincoln Center Koch Theater, Taylor has introduced 'Dances of Isadora,' staged by Lori Belilove, founder and Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation and Company, and danced by Sara Mearns, the estimable New York City Ballet ballerina.

BWW Dance Review: Anna SokolowBWW Dance Review: Anna Sokolow
March 18, 2018

All the other works on the program were by Anna Sokolow in different periods of her choreographic and teaching careers. Some had direct themes, which surprised me since I did not do any in-depth research before the performance. I preferred if the works spoke to me directly, as I had never seen any of them before in my dance going career.

BWW Dance Review: The New York City Ballet, February 25, 2018BWW Dance Review: The New York City Ballet, February 25, 2018
March 5, 2018

The New York City Ballet, or the House of George Balanchine as some refer to it, is presenting a number of Balanchineless performances. This is as it should be. Balanchine has been dead for over thirty years, and we could not possibly expect revival after revival. However, we can expect a high level of competence and artistry in the new ballets now being offered. Sunday, February 25, 2018, was another example of top notch dancing, if less than stellar choreography.

BWW Dance Review: Hervé Koubi's WHAT THE DAY OWES TO THE NIGHT, Joyce Theater, February 3, 2018
February 12, 2018

Before the curtain rose on 'What the Day Owes to the Night,' its choreographer, Herv Koubi, appeared and made a short speech of introduction to himself and the dance.

BWW Dance Review: The Juilliard School Presents NEW DANCES: EDITION 2017, December 10, 2017BWW Dance Review: The Juilliard School Presents NEW DANCES: EDITION 2017, December 10, 2017
December 16, 2017

Juilliard Dance Division need not worry about future applicants. Judging by the sheer amount of talent exhibited by the graduating classes of 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 on stage, there could very well be an artistic explosion coming our way in the dance world. Talent. Is it a God given? Is it something studied? Or taught? I suppose we could discuss these for ages, but one thing is clear: the abundance of talent in the dance world is beyond comprehension. You can criticize the choreography, but the dancers themselves-no. How do you put all this into words? Maybe, WOW!! I know that it's not high toned, but what the hell else do you say?

BWW Dance Interview: Stefanie Nelson - Artistic DirectorBWW Dance Interview: Stefanie Nelson - Artistic Director
December 8, 2017

Stefanie Nelson is the Artistic Director of Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, a New York City-based contemporary performance ensemble. Her work distills deeply personal ideas into highly kinetic, expressive, and provocative works that are rooted in cross-media collaboration with artists working in music, video, and visual arts. Described as 'instinctual, untamed, and edgy,' Nelson's dances have been presented at some of the foremost contemporary performance venues in the United States, including Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, LaMama Moves!, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Jacob's Pillow, and internationally in Canada, Mexico, and Italy, among others. Nelson is an accomplished teacher as well as the founder and artistic director of DANCE ITALIA, an annual summer dance intensive held in the cities of Agropoli and Lucca, Italy. She recently served as a Choreography panelist for New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowships and curated a series How high is the ceiling in my glass castle? (and other perceived limitations) at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn. www.sndancegroup.org

BWW Review: Hofesh Shechter's GRAND FINALE at BAMBWW Review: Hofesh Shechter's GRAND FINALE at BAM
November 18, 2017

Hofesh Shechter must be one angry choreographer, judging by his 'Grand Finale,' which I saw on November 10, 2017 at BAM. He gets right up in your face, so the loudness and grimness of the whole thing didn't surprise me-rather it just reiterated everything I've felt before when viewing one of his productions. I can't speak for anyone else, and, judging by the audience response at the end-whoops, screams, standing ovation-I am probably in the minority. What was a 2+ hour presentation with intermission could have been whittled down to 35 minutes. If there was ever too much of anything, this was definitely it.

BWW Review: Dresden Semperoper Ballett, November 3, 2017BWW Review: Dresden Semperoper Ballett, November 3, 2017
November 11, 2017

Having been to Dresden and only seeing the opera, I was very curious as to what the ballet company had to offer. Luckily, I was not disappointed.

BWW Review: STABAT MATER at the NYC White Lights Festival 2017BWW Review: STABAT MATER at the NYC White Lights Festival 2017
November 5, 2017

With this in mind, I approached Jessica Lang's production with trepidation, a lot of it I might add: Was this going to be overbearing, over the top precious, continually weepy or just plain meaningless?

BWW Review: Troy Schumacher's TRANSLATION at Skirball Hall, October 27, 2017BWW Review: Troy Schumacher's TRANSLATION at Skirball Hall, October 27, 2017
November 3, 2017

If I were to use one word to describe Troy Schumacher's BalletCollective, it would be 'intriguing.' So should I go a bit further in this analysis: weird, inspiring, frustrating, slow, pedantic, moving? Probably more. It's just that Schumacher evidently has so much talent, yet he's still at a crossroad in his career, at least as far as I can tell. He has a million ideas, some scattered, some focused, and he has not yet fused them together so as to present the true choreographer that he aspires to be.

BWW Review: Pennsylvania Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Review: Pennsylvania Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY
October 27, 2017

Occasionally, we go to 'Sleeping Beauty' muttering under our breath, 'I've already seen it 10,00 times. Yet another.' We get to our seats and wait for the overture to begin. Some of us know the score so well that we could hum it along from memory. Like all great music, it remains lodged in our innermost brain, as much a part of our defining personalities as our IQs. The orchestral leader enters; we can look at our watches, tap our feet, look around the auditorium. Is there someone I know? And then the brass, the cymbals. We switch to a receptive mode. The Lilac Fairy's theme starts, and we are transformed yet again to the magic realm of this iconic ballet. It never fails. It is a ballet that continues to enthrall us; it's great and can't be labeled. It's there-and always will be. Lucky for us!

BWW Review: JOSHUA BEAMISH's Saudade at BAMBWW Review: JOSHUA BEAMISH's Saudade at BAM
October 18, 2017

Good news: we are finally seeing same sex couples in dance. A rarity is now becoming something of a mainstream occurrence as we move into a new realm of sexuality actually being presented on stage. For gay men, and I include myself, we have waited a long time to see this, free from any kind of misrepresentation that smacks of hypocrisy, insensitivity or comic put-downs. We can now examine ourselves in the art of Terpsichore -not only on small stages, but in the repertory of New York City Ballet, the company where women were on pedestals and men their adoring cavaliers.

BWW Dance Interview: Adam Sklute of Ballet WestBWW Dance Interview: Adam Sklute of Ballet West
October 10, 2017

Adam Sklute was named Artistic Director of Ballet West in 2007, Since then he has expanded Ballet West's repertoire, visibility, and overall outlook with exciting company premieres; increased touring and public exposure and greater focus on Ballet West Academy.

BWW Review: Tiler Peck Triumphs in New York City Ballet's SWAN LAKE, September 28, 2017BWW Review: Tiler Peck Triumphs in New York City Ballet's SWAN LAKE, September 28, 2017
October 2, 2017

Peter Martins' production of the full-length 'Swan Lake' has always been something of a curiosity to me. So many associate the ballet with intense dramatic overtones, or, in New York City Ballet's one act Balanchine version, with poetic musings, that when we see this version we are puzzled. Yes, the dancers look great, but what else is there? And a 'Swan Lake' that leaves you feeling empty and hollow is not a 'Swan Lake' at all.

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.



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