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Review: Martha Graham Dance Company Continues Its Legacy and Ensures Its Future With Teens@Graham

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in America, continued its 92nd season with performances of their Scared/Profane program at New York City Center this past weekend. On Saturday evening Janet Eilber, the artistic ...

Review: Paul Taylor Continues To Be a Reigning Force in Modern Dance

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2018 As Paul Taylor has become an elder statesman of modern dance, he’s extended his reputation to provide a platform and an introduction to other dance companies and dancers. On Sunday the Paul Taylor Dance Company presented a program that included ...

Review: Prepare to Scat and Boogie Woogie With Alvin Ailey’s ‘All Jazz’ Tribute

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 20, 2017 Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre is back with fervor this holiday season. Their five-week engagement which features a wide range from their repertory—both old and new—is sure to satisfy all dance and musical tastes. I recently ...

Art Break: Comic Book Art at Society of Illustrators; a ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 23, 2018 This week Art Break is all about storytelling — but with images, not words. What do we mean? For instance, you can write an exciting story about a thief with a genius for planning and plotting but to make ...

Review: 'Wendy's Shabbat' — Burgers and Blessings at Tribeca Film Festival

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 22, 2018 Wendy’s Shabbat, a short film which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, is not about Sabbath dinner at the home of a Jewish matron named Wendy. Wendy’s Shabbat, directed by Rachel Myers, is about a ...

Review: A 'Candide' That's The Life of the Party, But ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, April 20, 2018 Carnegie Hall’s “One-Night-Only Benefit Concert in Celebration of the Bernstein Centennial” took the form of selections from the concert version of Candide currently licensed by the Leonard Bernstein Office, performed by a top-of-the-line crew of singers, players, and ...

Grand Rapids Symphony Brings More Than Great Music to Carnegie

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 17, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony arrives in New York this week for its first Carnegie Hall appearance in thirteen years with 85 players, a 135-member chorus, the world-renowned pianist Nelson Freire and its dynamic conductor Marcelo Lehninger. But according to ...

Review: Martha Graham Dance Company Continues Its Legacy and Ensures ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in America, continued its 92nd season with performances of their Scared/Profane program at New York City Center this past weekend. On Saturday evening Janet Eilber, the artistic director of ...

Review: Basil Twist's Aquatic 'Symphonie Fantastique' Is Visually and Sonically ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 Twenty years ago, third-generation puppeteer, Basil Twist, decided to create a totally abstract work based on the music of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This year, HERE, the Off-Broadway theater, has revived the work as part of their 25th ...

Review: The Drama of Mozart's Music (and Life) Fills Geffen ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 The New York Philharmonic’s April 14 screening of Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning movie Amadeus, with the musical score performed live, was bittersweet; Forman died the day before, at eighty-six. Conductor Richard Kaufman dedicated the presentation to Forman, and ...

Jazz Notes: On April 20, Jazz Foundation of America Returns to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 16, 2018 Every year, New York’s nonprofit the Jazz Foundation of America—whose motto is “Saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”—helps to be a key factor for helping musicians who have faced natural disasters and ...

Review: An Expurgated ‘Carousel’ Nonetheless Thrills

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Each year, when I cover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in my musical-theater history course at the Boston Conservatory, we have a lengthy discussion about what I call “The Elephant in the Room.” Carousel barker Billy Bigelow hits his ...

Art Break: Freud at the Center for Book Arts, Mixed ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Humans and their place within the community, landscape, and the planet in general, is a topic of fascination to artists throughout the centuries. Art Break is looking at several shows opening this week that examine and discuss how ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is ‘Electrifying’ In Its Holiday Residency at City Center

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 This past Saturday evening’s performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in ‘Memoria;’ photo: Steve Wilson. The evening began with Memoria, ...

Review: New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival Presents a Delightful Sampler

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017 The marvelous Fall For Dance Festival, presented annually by New York City Center, is once again providing audiences with a sampler from various dance companies for an astounding low price of admission ($15 a ticket). On Friday, October 6, four ...

Review: Twyla Tharp Adds To Her Body of Work—’Dylan Love Songs’ at the Joyce

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 25, 2017 With the world premiere of Dylan Love Songs at the Joyce Theater, Twyla Tharp once again proved the power of popular music to inspire her special choreographic magic. No stranger to melding these art forms — having previously created the ...

Review: Bolshoi Ballet Confounds With Its ‘Taming of the Shrew’ at Lincoln Center Festival

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 31, 2017 I particularly enjoy story ballets. I think it’s fascinating to see the creative ways in which choreographers tell stories, describe characters and convey emotions using only movement and gesture without words. However, despite the fact that ...

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 Beauty, The Nutcracker), Tchaikovsky ...

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 at the Joyce Theater. Opus Cactus is a ...

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 is offering two programs: the first ...

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 and nonstop dancing. The original Whipped ...

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 flying drones as part of the performance. ...

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, instilling discipline and focus, a ...

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 well as combining new choreography ...

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 downtown Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. Director ...

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 men, that challenged skills of agility, strength ...

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 of America’s groundbreaking ...

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 performances at the Joyce where every seat has ...

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 Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble was ...

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 movements—walking, skipping, running, and even crawling—I ...

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 Bengolea and François Chaignaud. This New ...

‘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 film festival in the world and presents ...

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 to David Bowie. These two distinctive works are sure to ...

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 of dance as social commentary. Lucky ...

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 classical ballet. What ...

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 Boykin, a member of the Company since 2000. The ...

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 retrospective of one of America’s greatest modern ...

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 series aimed to attract and engage patrons ...

‘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 music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with a ...

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 missed. The performance began with Flabbergast (2011), ...

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, she has followed up this year with ...

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 dance works or perform with other ...

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 with  a collaboration between New York ...

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 conducted himself. As described in notes from ...

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 of Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel, the elder sister ...

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