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Review: ABT’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular Lives Up To Its Name

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 5, 2017

American Ballet Theatre presented a program in which four different ballets utilized some of Tchaikovsky’s lesser-known compositions. Arguably the most famous composer of ballet music (Swan Lake, Sleeping ...

Review: MOMIX Brings the Magical Southwest To the Joyce in ‘Opus Cactus’

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 3, 2017

MOMIX takes New York City by storm with Opus Cactus. After a twelve-year hiatus from performing locally, the company, founded and led by artistic director Moses Pendleton, is back for a new season ...

Review: Life and Art Mix in Eifman Ballet’s ‘Red Giselle’ at New York City Center

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, June 5, 2017

The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg began a two week residency at the New York City Center on Friday, June 2, which continues through Sunday, June 11. Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, the company ...

Review: 'The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin' Retains ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 27, 2017 Encores! Off-Center's latest offering is a timely staging of an unfortunately little seen musical that has much to say. Efficiently directed here by Robert O'Hara, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin dates from around 1999 when it was ...

Review: Lincoln Center Festival's ‘While I Was Waiting’ Explores the ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2017 Now in its 22nd year, The Lincoln Center Festival hosts a myriad of performances from around the globe. Making its North American debut at the festival, While I Was Waiting is a play based on a true story by ...

Jazz Notes: What To Look Out For at This Year's 63...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2017 The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary this summer, promising three full days of exceptional live musical performances across multiple stages at Fort Adams Park in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. Under new artistic ...

New Tenants In the 'Doll's House' Starting This Week

ZEALnyc, July 25, 2017 When we think of a Broadway show, we often think of a musical. Of course there are dramas and comedies, as well as other special event productions, like Michael Moore's upcoming one-man play The Terms of My Surrender, which promises to be a ...

Mostly Mozart Festival Opens Tomorrow—What To See and Hear

ZEALnyc, July 24, 2017 Summer in New York brings many performances and festivals for which we look forward, from the Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in Central Park to the Lincoln Center Festival, bringing the world's theater, music and dance to our own backyard, followed by their Out ...

Art Break: Helene Schjerfbeck and Other Finnish Artists at Scandinavia ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 24, 2017 Hey, let's face it—summer weather in New York can be challenging. It’s hot, it’s humid, and sometimes it’s just tough to be outside. Sometimes all you want is a half hour in a cool ...

Lincoln Center Goes 'Out of Doors' With a Big Free ...

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 21, 2017 Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival is bringing an other-worldly level of performers for an "only in New York" kind of experience. The festival’s free performances (that's right—FREE) runs July 26 through August 13, and includes a Double Dutch ...

Review: The Elusiveness of Peace Brought To the Fore In ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017 In this era of dismal, seemingly endless intractability in the Middle East, it’s startling to be reminded that, not too long ago, the prospect of peace between Israel and Palestine was tantalizingly close. That reminder, and the horrible ...

Review: Compagnie XY Proves Its Strength Is Working Together

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017 Compagnie XY is a French-based circus, but there’s no big top, no trapeze rig, no spangled leotards nor wild animals. Instead, it is a troupe of individuals with extraordinary abilities and exquisite training who develop theatrical programs that ...

Jazz Notes: Passing the Newport Jazz Festival Baton from Founder ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2017 As the new artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride has put his stamp on this year’s lineup for the 2017 performances, adding a mix of incredibly diverse musicians—though, by his own account, he was totally ...

Review: ABT’s ‘Whipped Cream’ Is a Delicious Delight

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2017

American Ballet Theatre’s latest production is the delicious extravaganza titled Whipped Cream. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Mark Ryden, it is jam packed with visual adorableness ...

Review: Parsons Dance ‘Celebrates the Joy of Movement’

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, May 26, 2017

Parsons Dance began a two-week residency at the Joyce Theater last week, which concludes this weekend. Much of the advance publicity was centered around a premiere (Hello World) which was to feature ...

Review: Dance Theatre of Harlem Continues Its Legacy

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017

Founded in 1969 and inspired by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Dance Theatre of Harlem was established as a beacon of hope for young people. Through training in classical art form, ...

Review: Alvin Ailey II Is Electrifying In Their ‘New Program’ at NYU Skirball

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 5, 2017

Ailey II was founded in 1974 and was conceived by Alvin Ailey to establish a cultural community that provides opportunities for dance performances, education, and community programs. Inclusivity and outreach as ...

Review: Arch Contemporary Ballet Presents a World Premiere at Alchemical Theatre

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 5, 2017

“They didn’t dance for show. They danced for expression,” murmured an audience member, at the end of Arch Contemporary Ballet’s world premiere of INNATE PRISMROSE on March 26, 2017 at the ...

Review: ‘Che Malambo’ Seduces With Fiery Percussive Beats

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, March 29, 2017

The tango isn’t the only captivating dance to emerge from Argentina—behold, “Malambo,” a type of dance with origins dating back to the 17th century. Competitive duels, danced solely by ...

Review: Paul Taylor Dance Company Ends Its Run On a Joyful Note

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017

The concluding performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s run at Lincoln Center delivered an energetic and joyful punch to its audience, and celebrated the artistry and choreography of Paul Taylor, one ...

Review: Hamburg Ballet Presents ‘Old Friends’ Using a Mix of Musical Styles

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017

The internationally acclaimed Hamburg Ballet made their Joyce Theater debut this past week when they presented the New York premiere of Old Friends (An Evening of Ballets). I always enjoy attending ...

Ailey II Debuts With Both Old and New at the Skirball Center

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is nearing a six-decade milestone of presenting, and at the same time, revolutionizing modern dance as we know it today. Over the years the company has grown and in 1974 the ...

Review: Paul Taylor Presents ‘Soup To Nuts’ and More at Lincoln Center

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 21, 2017

I hadn’t seen Paul Taylor’s signature dance, Esplanade, for many years, and I’m happy to report that it is still the joyous experience that I remembered. Beginning with everyday ...

Review: Ballet de Lorraine Brings Its Artistry to the Joyce

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2017

The Centre Choregraphique National Ballet de Lorraine graced the stage at the Joyce Theater on Friday, February 10, with a varied program. The evening opened with Devoted, choreographed by Cecelia ...

‘Dance on Camera’ Film Festival Leaps into Lincoln Center

ZEALnyc, January 31, 2017

This year marks the 45th annual Dance on Camera Festival which takes place February 3-7, 2017 hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and co-produced with Dance Films Association.  The festival is the longest-running dance ...

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Breaks Boundaries and Pays Homage to Rock Legend David Bowie

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, January 27, 2017

Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s 2017 season debuts at the Joyce Theatre with their world premiere of Gutter Glitter and New York premiere of Star Dust – A Ballet Tribute ...

Review: Dance as Social Commentary at the Joyce

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, January 9, 2017

When is dance more than dancing? Performances that lead to contemplation in addition to entertainment are crucial to the art of dance. Friday night’s performances at the Joyce Theater underscored the power ...

Review: Ballet Trockadero will make your holidays bright (and you’ll LOL)

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, December 19, 2016

Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo (referred to as “The Trocks”) is made up of an international group of professional dancers who have a strong affinity and understanding of the formal, stylized art of ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Continues to Thrill

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 14, 2016

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater filled the stage of New York City Center on Sunday afternoon with exuberance and grace. The program began with r-Evolution, Dream, choreographed by Hope ...

Review: Lucinda Childs Presents a Retrospective ‘Portrait’ at the Joyce

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 7, 2016

The Lucinda Childs Dance Company has returned to the Joyce Theater for a two-week residency, with the first week devoted to presenting Lucinda Childs: A Portrait (1963-2016)—a five-decade ...

Review: Alvin Ailey’s ‘Young NY Night’ Premiere Dazzles

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2016

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center with an explosive five-week holiday season program created to enchant audiences. December 1st marked their first Young NY Night ...

‘Nutcrackers’ in all shapes and sizes this holiday season!

ZEALnyc, December 2, 2016

Tis the season for snowflakes and sugarplums, and if you enjoy holiday traditions, there isn’t anything more traditional than attending a performance of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. This classic ballet features ...

Review: Ballet Hispánico in a ‘not to be missed’ performance at the Apollo Theatre

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, November 22, 2016 

If you were around the Apollo Theatre this past weekend, you hopefully were able to catch a performance of Ballet Hispánico’s Reshape / Reverse / Replay, which was not to be ...

Review: ‘Natalia Osipova and Artists’ Present a Mixed-Bill with Mixed Results

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, November 14, 2016

The Russian-born classical ballerina Natalia Osipova, who enjoys international fame and recognition, has expanded her repertoire to include contemporary dance. Last year presenting a program of new works, ...

Review: Vail Dance Festival Presents a ‘ReMix’ with Great Results

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, November 8, 2016

The Vail Dance Festival has been in existence in Colorado since 1981 where it has developed a reputation for presenting a variety of dance programs. It also provides opportunities for professional dancers to ...

The Joyce Announces an Exciting 2017 with Scottish Ballet, Hamburg, Whelan and More

ZEALnyc, November 2, 2016

The Joyce Theater, the world’s only theater built by dancers for dance, has announced an exciting Spring 2017 that features world premiers and New York debuts in its intimate, elegant Chelsea home.

The Joyce opens its season ...

Review: Storytelling Made Memorable by the Bill T. Jones / Artie Zane Company at the Joyce

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, November 1, 2016

The Bill T. Jones/Artie Zane Company has arrived at the Joyce Theater and is presenting in alternating repertory two parts from a larger work, Analogy Trilogy, based on oral histories that Jones ...

Review: ABT’s Premiere of Jessica Lang’s ‘Her Notes’ is Definitely Noteworthy

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, October 25, 2016

Jessica Lang, award-winning choreographer who has had a long association with the Joyce Theater, has choreographed her first ballet for American Ballet Theater, titled Her Notes, to the piano music ...

Review: Fall for Dance Festival at City Center Hits Another Home Run This Year

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2016

Despite the fact the price of a ticket rose from $10 to $15, New York City Center’s annual Fall for Dance Festival remains one of the best bargains in town. Every year, a sampler of various dance ...

Lincoln Center presents White Light Festival 2016 Dance — Sounds of India

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 5, 2016

In numerology the number “seven” has special significance and is said to resonate with many qualities, such as faith and spirituality, spiritual awakening and awareness, spiritual enlightenment, ...

Dance Your Way Into the Fall With Festivals That Take You to the Past and To the Future

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, September 12, 2016

No one enjoys returning to work after summer vacation. The leftovers of wanderlust sit chilling in the refrigerator of your soul. (Or the frigid air conditioning of your office.) Is there any chance for ...

Review: ‘Mozart Dances’ Delights Again at Mostly Mozart

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 29, 2016

Mozart Dances by Mark Morris was commissioned for and performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival in 2006 at the former New York State Theater. It was revived for ...

Review: Wheeldon’s ‘Winter’s Tale’ Culminates the Lincoln Center Festival

Hannah Fischer and Artists of The National Ballet of Canada in The Winter’s Tale. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 2, 2016

The Winter’s Tale, Christopher Wheeldon’s sumptuous ...

Review: L.A. Dance Project at the Joyce Presents Millepied’s Creative Collective

Stephanie Amurao in “On The Other Side” by Benjamin Millepied; photo by Laurence Phillipe.

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 1, 2016

The Joyce Theater is such a wonderful place to view dance. Small enough that you can see ...

Review: A Day of Ratmansky at American Ballet Theater

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2016

On May 21, I attended both the matinee and evening performances of American Ballet Theater (ABT). Six ballets were presented, all choreographed by Russian-born choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, one of the most ...