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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 ...

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 companies and performers are brought ...

The Royal Family of Broadway Review at Barrington Stage

Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway’ Strains to Please at ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2018 A new musical by William Finn is always worth seeking out, wherever it happens to be playing. Finn has a knack for crafting quirky shows about peculiar people, but in a very endearing way. From the cadre of lovable ...

Othello Proves Lies Conquer Love in Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park Review

Review: 'Othello' Proves Lies Conquer Love

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 19, 2018 After last summer’s uproariously trumped-up and absurdly controversial Julius Caesar and the magical elder fairyland of Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first production of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season seems relatively tame. But what ...

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Art Break: Must-sees at the New Museum, Eldridge Street and ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 18, 2018 This week, Art Break shines the spotlight on the New Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the Bowery. Since its founding in 1977, the institution has given New Yorkers a front row seat to the international contemporary art scene, ...

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Versatility Rules at the Eclectic Alt-Guitar Summit, Starring Bill Frisell ...

By David Rubien, Contributing Writer, June 15, 2018 When a large percentage of jazz guitarists under the age of 50 tell you that their primary influence was Jimi Hendrix, you know something interesting is going on. While the guitar has become as prevalent in jazz as almost any ...

Steve Tibbetts

Steve Tibbetts's 'Life Of' Is Both Endlessly Expansive and Deeply ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, June 14, 2018 Guitarist Steve Tibbetts’ long association with ECM has produced nine albums that span influences from Southeast Asian gamelan to Americana to jazz fusion. His 2018 release, Life of, is a quiet, meditative record that Tibbetts describes as a “sequel” to 2010’...

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'Carmen Jones' Is Back — And She's Still Smokin' Hot

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 13, 2018 'Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?' She’s still the fictional character in a popular series of mystery video games that have been around since 1985. A question for 2018 might be: Where in the world is Carmen Jones? ...

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Life In Focus: Preparing for Performance in Ballet Class

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, June 13, 2018   [caption id="attachment_55885" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A stretch before class begins; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55889" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] At the barre; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55886" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] It's changement ...

Harlequinade at ABT

Review: A Nearly Forgotten 'Harlequinade' Leaps Again at American Ballet ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, June 12, 2018 The choreography of Marius Petipa is practically synonymous with classical ballet. His ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote are part of the repertoire of major and minor ballet companies all over the world and are frequently ...

Ariel DeAndrea: Crane 45

Art Break: Ariel DeAndrea's Photorealism at Louis K. Meisel and ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 11, 2018 Art Break has been reflecting on the phrase ‘thinking outside the box’ and the ways it can be interpreted. For instance, you could think outside the box if you decided to measure time in images instead of numbers. ...

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Jazz Notes Intel: Guitarist Russell Malone Gets Saluted; Dafnis Prieto ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, June 8, 2018 Maestro guitarist Russell Malone thanks six-string elder Kenny Burrell for giving him invaluable advice thirty years ago to advance his career. “Kenny told me to always be consistent,” the 54-year-old Malone said in a phone conversation from his ...

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, spiritual development, mysticism, intuition ...

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 escape, when you’ve already used up ...

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 Mostly Mozart’s 50th Anniversary this ...

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 telling of Shakespeare’s play is performed by the world-class company, ...

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 well from any seat, it’s especially well suited for ...

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 talented choreographers of our ...

Review: Pit Stop Players and Chase Brock Experience Unite with Amazing Results

By Jody Williams, Contributing Writer, May 21, 2016 I had the pleasure of attending An Evening of Live Music and Dance Extravaganza: Pit Stop Players/The Chase Brock Experience at Peter Norton Symphony Space. The Pit Stop Players, conducted by Joshua Rosenblum, provided the music and The Chase ...

Review: Cuba’s DanzAbierta debuts at The Joyce Theater

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By Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Contributing Writer, May 15, 2016 With the new excitement around warming relations between the United States and Cuba, it’s not surprising that one of Cuba’s most celebrated contemporary dance troupes, DanzAbierta, made its Joyce Theater debut this week before a nearly ...

Miami City Ballet At Lincoln Center

Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2016 The Joyce Theater Foundation presented the Miami City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The company has a strong connection to New York City Ballet (Edward Villella, the founding artistic director, and Lourdes Lopez, the ...

Dada Masilo discusses art, narrative and her NYC debut with ‘Swan Lake.’

Jody Williams, Contributing Writer and Mark McLaren, Editor In Chief, January 29, 2016 South African-born dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo and Johannesburg’s The Dance Factory arrive in New York City next week with a radically reimagined Swan Lake that is both personal and political.  ...

American Dance Machine for The 21st Century – Dance Review

Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, Dance Review, December 29, 2015 The American Dance Machine for the 21st Century is dedicated to preserving and performing choreography from all kinds of musicals. The members of this multi-talented group are experienced professionals who can dance, sing ...

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TWYLA THARP – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Sheila Kogan, November 2015   The Joyce Theater presented Twyla Tharp’s company at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in celebration of Twyla Tharp’s 50th year choreographing. For the occasion, Ms. Tharp fashioned two dances (each preceded by a fanfare composed by John Zorn). ...

Sylvie Guillem in ‘Life In Progress,’ and a Farewell Tour – Dance Review

Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, November 16, 2015  Sylvie Guillem, the celebrated, international dancer, a former étoile (principal dancer) of the Paris Opera Ballet and a creative force in the dance world, is giving a farewell tour — so she says. She says she wants to perform in public ...

Fall For Dance 2015 NYC

Fall For Dance – Mixed Program

Every year, New York’s City Center presents several programs of dance at very affordable prices called “Fall for Dance”. The hope is that by giving people an opportunity to see different dancers and dance styles that new audiences will be developed. On October 10, the program I saw was an ...

Pearl – A Dance-Drama About Pearl S. Buck

Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 1, 2015 Pearl, the dance-drama inspired by the life of novelist and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, is a beautiful and beautifully conceived project. The fascinating melding of dance, drama, music, sets, costumes, and multimedia projections flows along with ...

Pearl S. Buck Celebrated in Dance at Lincoln Center

Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, August 21, 2015 Pearl, a multi-visual celebration in dance of the life of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, comes to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center from August 7-30. Buck, who devoted her career to writing ...

Two Dance Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Weekend – the Joyce Theatre Ballet Festival

Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2015 The Joyce Theatre, located in Chelsea, and formerly known as the Elgin Theatre, was previously a 1941 movie house and was transformed in the 80’s into one of the premiere dance venues in New York City. A theatre created by dancers for ...

Solo for Two: Ballet’s Power Couple — With Others

Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 10, 2015 When it was announced that Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev would be performing in a concert, I was really eager to see what they would do outside major ballet companies and classical repertoire. I had been thrilled by them on stage at the Met ...

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