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BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET BRINGS ITS FLAVOR TO THE Photo BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET BRINGS ITS FLAVOR TO THE JOYCE THEATER at Joyce Theater
by Rose Marija - February 07, 2020

Founding Artistic and Executive Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 1994. Richardson enjoyed a stellar performing career, having danced with numerous prestigious dance companies, including American Ballet Theatre where he was the first African Am...
BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: MATTHEW BOURNE REIMAGINES SWAN LAKE at New York City Center Photo BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: MATTHEW BOURNE REIMAGINES SWAN LAKE at New York City Center
by Rose Marija - February 07, 2020

​​​​​​​The first performance of Matthew Bourne's contemporary Swan Lake was performed at the Sadler's Wells Theater, London, in 1995. It has endured twenty-five years with the staying power of a new classic -- for very good reason. Bourne has reinvented the swans from maidens who have been turned in...
BWW Review: RETURN TO HEAVEN, Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol Photo BWW Review: RETURN TO HEAVEN, Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol
by Shane Morgan - February 06, 2020

A post-apocalyptic road warrior, an astronaut and a shark walk into a bara??...
BWW REVIEW: Alvin Ailey Has Something to Say Photo BWW REVIEW: Alvin Ailey Has Something to Say
by Lora Strum - February 06, 2020

In its annual Kennedy Center residency, the company tackles gun violence, love, youth and more in a program that includes new works and the seminal classic a?oeRevelations.a??...
BWW Review: Moves at the Montalban's Dance Festival Opens With Capezio A.C.E. Awards Photo BWW Review: Moves at the Montalban's Dance Festival Opens With Capezio A.C.E. Awards and Erik Saradpon's FORMALITY LIVE!
by Valerie-Jean Miller - February 04, 2020

MOVES at The Montalban's Dance Festival Opens with the Capezio A.C.E. Awards Finalists' Performances and Erik Saradpon's Extraordinary Dance Company FORMALITY LIVE! The first two of four nights of the Annual Dance Festival, MOVES, smartly and efficiently produced by Break the Floor Productions, w...
BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S CINDERELLA at McCaw Hall Photo BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S CINDERELLA at McCaw Hall
by Sondra Forsyth - February 03, 2020

On the afternoon of February 2nd, 2020, a nearly sold-out audience for a performance of Pacific Northwest Ballet's “Cinderella” proved that diehard dancegoers and eager young ballet students will show up in full force even though plenty of other people decide to opt for watching Superbowl Sunday's f...
BWW Review: BEYOND THE MINT Crosses the Street for Inspiration Photo BWW Review: BEYOND THE MINT Crosses the Street for Inspiration
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 03, 2020

The latest edition of Innovative Works, BEYOND THE MINT, sends three choreographers across the street to soak in Spirit Drift's 'Immersed in Light' installation at the Mint Museum Uptown. Chelsea Dumas and Duane Cyrus are particularly successful in their quests for inspiration....
BWW Review: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre Celebrated its 40th Anniversary in Styl Photo BWW Review: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre Celebrated its 40th Anniversary in Style at The Wallis
by Shari Barrett - February 03, 2020

The venerated Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre returned to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate its milestone 40th anniversary with a dynamic and powerful program exploring social and humanitarian issues from January 30 through February 1 in the Bram Goldsm...
BWW Review: SADLER'S SAMPLED, Sadler's Wells Photo BWW Review: SADLER'S SAMPLED, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - February 02, 2020

Sadler's Sampled is Sadler's Wells' annual parade of varied dance offerings - although this year proved somewhat of a disappointment from previous iterations. The selected work felt unbalanced in favour of contemporary performances, and for this traditionalist, the lack of any classical work weighed...
BWW Review: RUSSIAN BALLET ICONS GALA, London Coliseum Photo BWW Review: RUSSIAN BALLET ICONS GALA, London Coliseum
by Vikki Jane Vile - January 28, 2020

It's always a tough choice, at this annual Ballet Icons Gala, to know whether to review the performances on stage or the extravagant antics of it's animated Russian audience. It's a starry evening, where the glamorous attendees don floor length gowns, the men wear tuxedos and although it's meant to ...
BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE at The Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE at The Kennedy Center
by Rachael Goldberg - January 24, 2020

Sir Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' has a reputation as a beloved, fascinating, and powerful ballet. The latest production certainly justifies this reputation....
BWW Review: THE DAY at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: THE DAY at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Melia Kraus-har - January 23, 2020

Individually, Beiser and Whelan captivated - Whelan walking contemplatively across the stage, Beiser seated in a power stance, limbs enfolding her cello. Together, they grounded the work's multi-disciplinary, hybrid structure with their various expertise along the spectrum of creative function. As a...
BWW Review: CLD Explores Character Development at APAP 2020 Photo BWW Review: CLD Explores Character Development at APAP 2020
by Christina Pandolfi - January 21, 2020

During this present time of great cultural and political strife, the world at large is yearning for humanity—for honesty, for truth, and for authentic connection. It's why more so than ever, creators are inspired to bring this to life in their chosen mediums to give audiences a greater sense of mean...
BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: GRAND SWAN LAKE IS PRESENTED BY SHANGHAI BALLET & CHINA ARTS Photo BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: GRAND SWAN LAKE IS PRESENTED BY SHANGHAI BALLET & CHINA ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP LTD at David H. Koch Theater
by Rose Marija - January 21, 2020

​​​​​​​Shanghai Ballet was founded in 1966. Spanning over thirty years, this company embraces a blend of traditional and Western dance styles. Xin Lili, Artistic Director since 2011, has brought to the company English versions of Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, a French version of Coppelia and La Sylph...
BWW Review: ONEGIN, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: ONEGIN, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - January 20, 2020

John Cranko's Onegin was last performed by the Royal Ballet in 2015. Now five years later, there is a new wave of rising stars who are keen to showcase their take on the great dramatic classical roles on offer, and how palpably Onegin is a ballet that needs those stars. With only four key characters...
BWW Review: ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET'S 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA, London Coliseum Photo BWW Review: ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET'S 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA, London Coliseum
by Vikki Jane Vile - January 19, 2020

Galas are peculiar beasts. In attempting to please everyone, you sometimes please no one at all, but fortunately, for this nostalgic run through the rich history of English National Ballet, no one was disappointed by the varied and often emotive selection of greatest hits....
BWW Interview: Maya Beiser and Wendy Whelan on THE DAY Photo BWW Interview: Maya Beiser and Wendy Whelan on THE DAY
by Melia Kraus-har - January 17, 2020

Whelan finds the yin and yang in their performance chemistry, saying, 'we're very opposite in nature, which creates balance. I'm more androgynous with clean, clear lines while she has a big, vibrant presence.' Beiser affirmed Whelan's value for respecting collaboration saying she learned from Lang t...
BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER, Royal Albert Hall Photo BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER, Royal Albert Hall
by Vikki Jane Vile - December 30, 2019

In true balletomane style, my first thought when I knew I would be in London over the Christmas and New Year period was that I would finally be able to catch Birmingham Royal Ballet's (BRB) Nutcracker which runs for just seven performances....
BWW Review: A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS SPRINKLES US WITH HOLIDAY CHEER IN A LYTHGOE FAMIL Photo BWW Review: A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS SPRINKLES US WITH HOLIDAY CHEER IN A LYTHGOE FAMILY PANTO at Pasadena Civic Auditorium
by Valerie-Jean Miller - December 21, 2019

If you are a Scrooge, a Disgruntled Elf, a Melting Snowman or a Reindeer with Bone Spurs, or you just don't enjoy the holiday hubbub, you will be surprised at how much fun you'll have as Neil Patrick Harris, communicating through the Queen's Magic Mirror, guides and cautions us through this beloved ...
BWW Review: THE RED SHOES, Sadler's Wells Photo BWW Review: THE RED SHOES, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - December 16, 2019

It's fitting that Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes returns to London to finish up another year of reviewing dance. By far Bourne's most accomplished, creative and complete work, it's a theatrical joy from start to finish that is performed with confidence by a cast who have now had time to perfect it s...
BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: DANCES PATRELLE PRESENTS THE YORKVILLE NUTCRACKER at The K Photo BWW Review: BWW REVIEW: DANCES PATRELLE PRESENTS THE YORKVILLE NUTCRACKER at The Kaye Playhouse At Hunter College
by Rose Marija - December 16, 2019

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The New Adventures Production of Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Turned the Tides of Balle Photo The New Adventures Production of Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Turned the Tides of Ballet at The Ahmanson
by Valerie-Jean Miller - December 14, 2019

The Tides have changed, not so much from Global Warning, but through Matthew Bourne's latest, revised version of his creation 'Swan Lake.' Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this 'Swan Lake' is perhaps still best known for switching the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, ...
BWW Review: NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER at Tennessee Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Melia Kraus-har - December 13, 2019

Artistic Director Paul Vasterling has set Nashville's Nutcracker with the Nashville Symphony at the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Here, Drosselmeyer introduces Clara to the magical imagination and diversity of Nashville. In the ballet's opening, Clara sees a Nutcracker doll made by a German ...
BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER at McCaw Ha Photo BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER at McCaw Hall
by Sondra Forsyth - December 10, 2019

Fast forward to the afternoon of December 8th, 2019 in Seattle when I was utterly charmed by Pacific Northwest Ballet's faithful yet fresh production of Mr. B's venerable holiday staple, staged by Judith Fugate with PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal and Garielle Whittle....
BWW Review: MCGREGOR + MUGLER MIXED BILL, London Coliseum Photo BWW Review: MCGREGOR + MUGLER MIXED BILL, London Coliseum
by Vikki Jane Vile - December 09, 2019

Manfred Thierry Mugler and Wayne McGregor are such renowned names in their respective fields, a collaboration between them need only be eponymously titled. But for the thrill of the glamour and high-fashion of McGregor + Mugler, this short duet for Edward Watson or the Royal Ballet and Olga Smirnova...