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BWW Review: CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLETs 60th Anniversary CelebrationBWW Review: CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLETs 60th Celebration
Posted: Jun. 28, 2016


BWW Review: SOCIETY OF DANCE HISTORY SCHOLARS' Special Topics ConferenceBWW Review: THE SOCIETY OF DANCE HISTORY SCHOLARS' Special Topics Conference
Posted: May. 31, 2016


BWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET's Balanchine and BeyondBWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET's Balanchine and Beyond
Posted: Jun. 14, 2016


BWW Review: NASHVILLE BALLET's 'Lizzie Borden with The Raven'BWW Review: NASHVILLE BALLET's 'Lizzie Borden with The Raven'
October 30, 2017

Nashville Ballet dancers took to the aisles of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Polk Theater for Lizzie Borden with The Raven, Thursday, October 26th. Principal dancer Christopher Stuart's interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's seminal work led the evening, sharing an ominous closing motif with Artistic Director Paul Vasterling's rendition of Lizzie Borden's complicated life.

BWW Review: CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLET's 60th Anniversary CelebrationBWW Review: CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLET's 60th Anniversary Celebration
June 28, 2016

'We're the lucky ones,' said Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) CEO Nicholas Ade as he introduced the company's 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Sunoco Theater in the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg on June 25th, 2016. Ade acknowledged the tremendous accomplishment in sustaining a dance institution at such a high level in tribute to Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and the company's national profile.

BWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET's Balanchine and BeyondBWW Review: PENNSYLVANIA BALLET's Balanchine and Beyond
June 14, 2016

Corella's recent directive choices brought levity; Laura Bowman took her final bow and the program noted other retirements. Whatever the climate, Corella's choices substantially elevated the company's performance profile especially since their June 2014 performances, and even since the fall 2015 season.

BWW Review: SOCIETY OF DANCE HISTORY SCHOLARS' Special Topics ConferenceBWW Review: SOCIETY OF DANCE HISTORY SCHOLARS' Special Topics Conference
May 31, 2016

With over fifty presenters, conference attendees engaged in a vibrant discourse on ballet structure, technique(s), and form; race; gender; and, sustainability at New York University's Center for Ballet and the Arts and Barnard College, Columbia University.

BWW Reviews: Designing Women with Kenneth MacMillanBWW Reviews: Designing Women with Kenneth MacMillan
June 23, 2015

American Ballet Theatre's 75th anniversary spring season honored the legacy of the company'sseasoned dancers and showcased its younger ranks. Mixed bills displaying a range of classic and neo-classic roles segued into ABT's strongest realm: the story ballet. Artistic Director KevinMcKenzie offered his artists as heroes and heroines. From 'Othello' to 'Giselle' to 'La Bayadere' to Ratmansky's 'The Sleeping Beauty' to Monday, June 15th's 'Romeo and Juliet' at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House, his dancers remained in a stratosphere of romanticism.

BWW Reviews: The Gods Prevail in NYCB's Black and White Festival IIBWW Reviews: The Gods Prevail in NYCB's Black and White Festival II
May 11, 2015

Hear the Dance:Russia, covered forty years of Balanchine accompanied by Stravinsky's music from his Apollo, created in 1928 for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, to 1957's Agon, to two works from 1972, Duo Concertant and Symphony in Three Movements. In Balanchine's temple on Lincoln Center's campus, his choreography plagued the dancers with drops, trips, and slips.

BWW Reviews: Youth America Grand Prix's Starry Night of a GalaBWW Reviews: Youth America Grand Prix's Starry Night of a Gala
April 22, 2015

In addition to being an incredible highlight of YAGP's work, what other night can one see the best of the best and the best to be on one stage? From quivering port de bras of an eager eleven year old to the stoic grace of Paloma Herrera, YAGP proudly endorsed its place in supporting generations of premier artists.

BWW Reviews: Ballet Stars Take Broadway in AN AMERICAN IN PARISBWW Reviews: Ballet Stars Take Broadway in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
April 21, 2015

Known for his contemporary, abstract choreography, Wheeldon's recent projects ventured towards epic storytelling, as with Cinderella, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Winter's Tale. Besides an exuberant audience, what came to mind on Wednesday, April 15th at the Palace Theatre, were current New York City Ballet principal dancer Robert Fairchild's conjuring of Kelly's ghost and Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope's delicate emotional tension, yet no-holds barred physicality.

BWW Reviews: Seeking Harmony in the Art of ActivismBWW Reviews: Seeking Harmony in the Art of Activism
April 3, 2015

Both Erhlich and Armitage's welcoming remarks suggested ambivalence with the scope of this work; Erhlich even said, "we'll just see", and so the evening began. Combined with movement in a setting designated for tactile education, On the Nature of Things depicted a frenetic doom.

BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Straight-UpBWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Straight-Up
January 20, 2015

Sunday, January 18th, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House swelled with anticipation for Mariinsky Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella, conducted by Valery Gergiev. In Ratmansky's hands, the tale occurred in the Russia of the 1930's and in the manner of Mikhail Zoshchenko's satirical, to-the-point storytelling.

BWW Reviews: Juilliard Dance Division's New DancesBWW Reviews: Juilliard Dance Division's New Dances
December 16, 2014

Shouts and sighs intermittently filled The Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Sunday, December 14th in response to Juilliard Dance Division's New Dances: Edition 2014. Choreographers Austin McCormack and Loni Landon (both Juilliard Alumni), Kate Weare and man about town Larry Keigwin each presented a work on each class of students. The Juilliard family represented alumni, teachers, and choreographers from several decades filled the house.

BWW Reviews: ANNA'S AMERICANA Provides a Glimpse Into Anna Sokolow's Investigation of the Human ConditionBWW Reviews: ANNA'S AMERICANA Provides a Glimpse Into Anna Sokolow's Investigation of the Human Condition
December 10, 2014

Anna's Americana by the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble on December 4th provided a glimpse into Anna Sokolow's investigation of the human condition in the intimate space of The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Alan Danielson's Are We There Yet (2000) accompanied three works by Sokolow, Preludes (1984), Homage to Edgar Allan Poe (1993), and Frida (1997). Directed by longtime Sokolow dancer and Bessie recipient Jim May, the program underscored the focus of Sokolow's voice through the decades of her work.

BWW Reviews: Wandering with Jessica Lang DanceBWW Reviews: Wandering with Jessica Lang Dance
December 9, 2014

Jessica Lang Dance premiered The Wanderer at BAM Fisher in a wintery diorama that showcased Artistic Director and Choreographer Jessica Lang's comprehensive design. Starting a few minutes late on Friday, December 5th allowed time to observe the stage. Five white trees made of coiled rope hung from the ceiling, four white ledges protruded from one wall, a white ladder dangled in the balcony, and a white marley floor tracked a U-shape filled with black marley. In this minimalist scape, Lang's dancers morphed from beings to elements of nature with Schubert's libretto (The Fair Maid of the Mill).

BWW Reviews: Mikhailovksy Ballet's THE FLAMES OF PARISBWW Reviews: Mikhailovksy Ballet's THE FLAMES OF PARIS
November 18, 2014

Mikhailovsky Ballet paid homage to universal struggles for justice in their opening performance of The Flames of Paris at the Koch Theater, Friday, November 15th. Originally created to mark the 15th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, The Flames of Paris as a narrative succeeded because it appealed to the people (any people group experiencing the desperate, unifying force of oppression) while paralleling the arch of a traditional story ballet.

BWW Reviews: WAVE RISING - Cycling the TideBWW Reviews: WAVE RISING - Cycling the Tide
November 3, 2014

No ghouls or ghosts in Program C at John Ryan Theater in the annual Wave Rising Series, although the three piece program had its share of tricks, treats, and characters. Deviated Theatre's The Short Forever presented aerialists in its dance opera; The People Movers Not So Shiny bicycle jaunt dwelt on the meaning of success; and White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company's Eternal NOW excerpts put the dancers through a virtuosic obstacle course.

BWW Reviews: Millipied's L.A. Dance Project on the MoveBWW Reviews: Millipied's L.A. Dance Project on the Move
October 20, 2014

At long last, Benjamin Millipied's L.A. Dance Project premiered in New York City (his home among other creative homes) at BAM. The success of the October 17th program seemed to surprise the dancers themselves--sheepishly continuing to bow upon the audience's insistence.

BWW Reviews: Gone Dancin' with New York City Center's Fall For DanceBWW Reviews: Gone Dancin' with New York City Center's Fall For Dance
October 17, 2014

Tuesday, October 14th, marked the midway point of New York City Center's Fall for Dance and represented companies from three continents: South Africa's Vuyani Dance Theatre in a spiritual meditation, Sara Mearns and Company in full Broadway fanfare, Trisha Brown Dance Company's reconstruction of Son of Gone Fishin', and, National Ballet of China in a 16th century tale.

BWW Reviews: Playing with the Rules at Fall for DanceBWW Reviews: Playing with the Rules at Fall for Dance
October 14, 2014

New York City Center's October 10th Fall for Dance program smartly suited up with Lucinda Childs' Concerto and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (which indirectly featured Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet) in Ohad Naharin's Minus 16. Sandwiched between those uplifting works were William Forsythe's U.S. premiere of Neue Suite by Semperoper Ballett Dresden and a hip hop duet with Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang. Traditionally, the span of each Fall for Dance program granted City Center an edge in the battle for audiences in dance's busiest season. This night was no different.

BWW Reviews: ABT's Ballets for the BardBWW Reviews: ABT's Ballets for the Bard
July 8, 2014

American Ballet Theatre's Shakespeare Celebration on July 2nd delved into magical mishaps while bidding adieu to dancer Yuriko Kajiya. The evening began in a lush wonderland of Frederick Ashton's The Dream and ended with the choppy waters of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest. Driven by patriarchy, both ballets presented hierarchy and tradition as precariously shifting power schemes.

BWW Reviews: Boston Ballet's Lincoln Center DebutBWW Reviews: Boston Ballet's Lincoln Center Debut
July 1, 2014

Boston Ballet's fiftieth anniversary tour culminated in an in-your-face Lincoln Center season. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen took risks - a victory lap outside of the company's home city on the home stage of hallmark American ballet companies - but he looked pretty pleased as he strode up the aisles of the David H. Koch Theater on the June 29th matinee. Rightly so, since his company delivered three New York premieres in Program One with William Forsythe's The Second Detail, Jose Martinez' Resonance, and Alexander Ekman's Cacti for a full throttle experience.



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