Rose Marija

Rose Marija Rose Marija has always been focussed on ballet and contemporary ballet: training, performance, health, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. She shares her expertise and pointe of view with professional and serious, professional track students. Marija is happy to be writing dance reviews for broadwayworld.com.


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BWW REVIEW: New York City Center's 15th Fall for Dance is UnderwayBWW REVIEW: New York City Center's 15th Fall for Dance is Underway
Posted: Oct. 8, 2018


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BWW REVIEW: New York City Ballet Brings a Stravinsky/Balanchine Program to the David H. Koch TheaterBWW REVIEW: New York City Ballet Brings a Stravinsky/Balanchine Program to the David H. Koch Theater
Posted: Mar. 3, 2018


BWW REVIEW:Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents A Man of Dance/Vincent WarrenBWW REVIEW:Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents A Man of Dance/Vincent Warren
Posted: Jul. 25, 2018


   BWW Interview:  Paige Fraser of Visceral Dance Chicago BWW Interview: Paige Fraser of Visceral Dance Chicago
Posted: Jan. 22, 2018


BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Presents 21st Century ChoreographersBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Presents 21st Century Choreographers
Posted: Oct. 18, 2017


BWW REVIEW: !Adelante, Cuba!  Festival Presents Acosta DanzaBWW REVIEW: !Adelante, Cuba! Festival Presents Acosta Danza
Posted: Apr. 28, 2018


BWW Review: New York City Ballet Celebrates Jerome RobbinsBWW Review: New York City Ballet Celebrates Jerome Robbins
Posted: May. 22, 2018


BWW REVIEW: New York City Center's 15th Fall for Dance is UnderwayBWW REVIEW: New York City Center's 15th Fall for Dance is Underway
Posted: Oct. 8, 2018


BWW REVIEW: New York City Center's 15th Fall for Dance is UnderwayBWW REVIEW: New York City Center's 15th Fall for Dance is Underway
October 8, 2018


BWW Review: The Joyce Theater Foundation Presents the Sarasota BalletBWW Review: The Joyce Theater Foundation Presents the Sarasota Ballet
August 22, 2018

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, I attended the 8pm performance, Program B, of the Sarasota Ballet, at the Joyce Theater. Iain Webb, former dancer with both the Sadler's Wells and the Royal Ballet of London, dancing lead roles, took over the directorship of the Sarasota Ballet in July 2007. This program included pieces by Christopher Wheeldon and Sir Frederick Ashton.

BWW REVIEW:Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents A Man of Dance/Vincent WarrenBWW REVIEW:Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents A Man of Dance/Vincent Warren
July 25, 2018


BWW REVIEW: Bolshoi Summer Series Presents a Repeat of GiselleBWW REVIEW: Bolshoi Summer Series Presents a Repeat of Giselle
July 12, 2018

On July 9, 2018 Fathom Events presented Giselle, the 1st of the Summer Series of encore performances of ballet films by the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow, which played simultaneously around the globe, in a single showing.

BWW Review: New York City Ballet Celebrates Jerome RobbinsBWW Review: New York City Ballet Celebrates Jerome Robbins
May 22, 2018

Choreographer Jerome Robbins was born in New York City in 1918. On this, the occasion of what would be his 100th birthday, the New York City Ballet, for whom he choreographed and became Associate Artistic Director, presents Jerome Robbins 100 with five different programs. On Friday, May 18, 2018, I was in the David Koch Theater to see program #5.

BWW REVIEW: !Adelante, Cuba!  Festival Presents Acosta DanzaBWW REVIEW: !Adelante, Cuba! Festival Presents Acosta Danza
April 28, 2018


BWW REVIEW: Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve Brings “It” to NYC
April 26, 2018

The opening night of Geneva, Switzerland's Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, at the Joyce Theater, on April 24, 2018 was lit up with ballet stars in the audience. I have been watching this worthwhile contemporary ballet company since the 1980's, and I was delighted to be there when they opened the current program in NYC. Since the '80s, under the direction of brilliant Argentinean choreographer Oscar Araiz, this ballet company became an exemplary contemporary ballet company. Since 2003 Philippe Cohen has been the Artistic Director, bringing top contemporary choreographers to work with the company.

BWW Review: Charles Jude Coaches Entrants for VKIBCBWW Review: Charles Jude Coaches Entrants for VKIBC
March 26, 2018

This year's Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) is held at Symphony Space, N.Y. March 26 - March 30. On March 25, 2018 Charles Jude, former Etoile dancer of the Opera de Paris (Etoile is the highest rank of dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet) and Director of the Ballet de l'Opera de Bordeaux since 1996, coached the senior level (age 18-26) entrants in the compulsory dance from Serge Lifar's Suite en Blanc. The men dance Mazurka and the women dance La Cigarette. Mr. Jude appeared in the ballet many times while Etoile with the Paris Opera Ballet; and is also a trustee of the Lifar Foundation.

BWW Dance Review: Encores Has Come Again to New York City Center Theater with Grand Hotel The MusicalBWW Dance Review: Encores Has Come Again to New York City Center Theater with Grand Hotel The Musical
March 26, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 was the grand opening of Grand Hotel. I was thrilled to be in attendance and the performance did not disappoint. With the book by Luther Davis; music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest; additional music lyrics by Maury Yeston, music director of the Encores! Orchestra, Rob Berman; and directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes; as well as a talented cast, the performance was great fun from beginning to end.

BWW REVIEW: New York City Ballet Brings a Stravinsky/Balanchine Program to the David H. Koch TheaterBWW REVIEW: New York City Ballet Brings a Stravinsky/Balanchine Program to the David H. Koch Theater
March 3, 2018

On March 1, 2018, I saw one of the final performances of New York City Ballet's Winter 2018 season (ending March 4th). The Stravinsky/ Balanchine program presents some of Balanchine's most appreciated ballets, which is exciting to experience. Over the years, many dancers have had the opportunity to perform these ballets. Now, many years since the death of the choreographer/artistic director, April 30, 1983, the NYCB company continues to thrive. While a number of the older dancers take on the style of the Master, many of the corps de ballet members seem to be dancing without the full comprehension of the spirit, even the technique, which created these works. This, of course, can be explained in part by the changes in the world in which they live. We can hope for evolution in a positive direction.

BWW REVIEW: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca Return to the JoyceBWW REVIEW: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca Return to the Joyce
February 22, 2018

On February 15, 2018 I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at the Joyce Theater to experience this season's production of Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca. Artistic director and founder (founded in 1993) of the company, Martin Santangelo, husband of the passionate and magnetic Flamenco dancer, Soledad Barrio (born in Madrid, Spain), is also the choreographer of this work along with company members. Barrio has a strong back and legs that along with her indomitable spirit create music, drama, and atmosphere.

   BWW Interview:  Paige Fraser of Visceral Dance Chicago BWW Interview: Paige Fraser of Visceral Dance Chicago
January 22, 2018

Paige Fraser, a beautiful and talented dancer with severe scoliosis, is currently dancing with Visceral Dance Chicago. I was fortunate to see her perform with this company on January 18, 2018, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, NYC. She appeared in each of the five pieces performed. Even knowing about her disability, it was not obvious that she is dealing with scoliosis. Her passion for dance and performance is evident.

BWW Review: Dances Patrelle Presents The Yorkville NutcrackerBWW Review: Dances Patrelle Presents The Yorkville Nutcracker
December 14, 2017

Francis Patrelle (Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer) founded Dances Patrelle in 1988 as an outlet for his choreography. Patrelle engages professional dancers and, for The Yorkville Nutcracker, he invites students of Ballet Academy East to dance many of the roles, as Nutcracker productions traditionally use children and young dancers for a large number of roles. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Dances Patrelle's The Yorkville Nutcracker, which I saw on December 8, 2017.

BWW Review: Dresden Semperoper Ballett Brings Classical and Contemporary Ballet to NYCBWW Review: Dresden Semperoper Ballett Brings Classical and Contemporary Ballet to NYC
November 13, 2017

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, I attended the opening night of the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, under the artistic direction of Aaron Sean Watkin, at the Joyce Theater with great anticipation. I was excited to see contemporary ballet as it is presented in Europe. The flyer for this company describes its program, 'an elegant program that showcases classical ballet with a contemporary bend'. There was pointe work in David Dawson's two pieces and no shoes in the other two works. The dancers must have been chosen for their flexibility of spirit.

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Presents 21st Century ChoreographersBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Presents 21st Century Choreographers
October 18, 2017

On Saturday evening, October 14, 2017, at the David H. Koch Theater, I saw a performance by NYCB including five contemporary pieces choreographed by four members of NYCB and the fifth who had trained at SAB (School of American Ballet, the official school of NYCB).

BWW Review:  Gemma Bond Dance Presents Her Ballet ChoreographyBWW Review: Gemma Bond Dance Presents Her Ballet Choreography
July 31, 2017

The Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival, continuing through July 29, 2017, is an opportunity for young dance groups to perform at this venue. On Wednesday evening, July 26th, I saw Gemma Bond Dance. Choreographer Gemma Bond is a member of American Ballet Theatre, as are her sixteen dancers. Bond, born in Bedfordshire, England, got her first taste of choreography at 13 when she competed in the Royal Ballet's (where she trained) Sir Kenneth Macmillan Choreographic Competition. From 2010 to the present, she has created new pieces for ABT's Choreographic Company as well as for other companies and competitions.

BWW Review: The Cirio Collective Explodes onto the StageBWW Review: The Cirio Collective Explodes onto the Stage
July 31, 2017

I was fortunate to see the Cirio Collective on Monday, June 24, 2017, a part of the Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival, July 18 - 29. Drawn to see the company of extraordinary American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Jeffrey Cirio, the artistic director of his own company, I was not disappointed. Cirio's associate artistic director is his sister, Lia Cirio, principal dancer of the Boston Ballet, also a remarkable dancer.

BWW Review: Emery LeCrone Dance opened The Joyce Theater's Ballet FestivalBWW Review: Emery LeCrone Dance opened The Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival
July 24, 2017

Emery LeCrone, founder, choreographer, and artistic director of Emery LeCrone Dance, is committed to developing contemporary ballets that feature live music and costume collaborations with fashion designers. All choreographies on the program were created by LeCrone. Emery LeCrone Dance performs at the Joyce Theater July 18, 19, and 20. I saw the performance on Wednesday July 19th.

BWW REVIEW:  To See Teshigawara/KARAS' Sleeping Water, Perchance to DreamBWW REVIEW: To See Teshigawara/KARAS' Sleeping Water, Perchance to Dream
July 24, 2017

North American premiere of Saburo Teshigawara's Sleeping Water was brought to New York City by the Lincoln Center Festival, performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall July 13-15, 2017. I was fortunate to attend the opening night performance. Teshigawara, whose background includes the study of plastic arts and classic ballet, did the choreography, set design, lighting design, and costume design for this work. This is understandable as lighting, sets, and costumes were all integral parts of the performance. understated flowing black costumes contributed to the flow, as did the music and the lighting, varieties of spot light formations. One particularly interesting lighting choice was floor level spotlights, lit from the sides of the stage in lines of light across the stage. As the dancers moved through them, there was a strobe effect. The backdrop was black. There were, at certain moments, objects that descended, catching the lights, but never hitting the floor. 1985, Teshigawara formed KARAS. Evidently, Sleeping Water is entirely his creation.

BWW Review: ABT Introduces Ballet to ChildrenBWW Review: ABT Introduces Ballet to Children
May 27, 2017

On Saturday morning, May 20, 2017, ABT gave an hour length performance designed to introduce children to the ballet, as they do every year. The Metropolitan Opera House was full of excited young ones. I had a running commentary from a boy of about 4 years old, sitting next to me on his father's lap. It is a performance composed of excerpts from several ballets.



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