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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, ...

Jazz Notes Intel: Eclectic French Violinist Scott Tixier Soars; Pianist ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 22, 2018  (No. 1) In a Saturday early-afternoon conversation, Scott Tixier stresses that he’s beyond busy. “I get distracted easily,” said the rising-star France-born, Brooklyn-based jazz violinist and composer when asked if he were ramping up for a new recording ...

Review: 'At Home At The Zoo' — Albee At His Best

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 22, 2018 In Edward Albee’s world, people quarrel, threaten, argue, fight, and struggle against each other. They bite, tussle, demean, condemn. His world is a bleak place, and yet it’s so much fun to be there, at least from ...

Review: Anna Caterina Antonacci Captivates and Conquers in a Rare ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 New York City Opera brings the celebrated Anna Caterina Antonacci to Carnegie Hall for a rare, intimate recital and audiences should run, not walk. It is a privilege to experience vocalism of this caliber, and this former mezzo turned ...

The 30th Anniversary Edition of The Art Show Can Change ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 The Art Show is one of those events that can change how you look at art. This show, now in its thirtieth year, is composed of ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) members, all with extensive experience in ...

Review: The Met Revives the Rare 'Semiramide' With a Golden ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 Offering palace intrigue and plot twists that would make a Trump White House blanch, the Metropolitan Opera tonight revived its beautiful production of Rossini's Semiramide, swathed in blue and gold and filling the house with impressive vocal pyrotechnics. ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President's Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner's monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her ...

Review: Drama Reigns at the New York Philharmonic, and Not ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 16, 2018 Those weren’t boos you heard at Thursday night’s Philharmonic concert at Geffen Hall—they were howls of rage and contempt, and cries of “What an idiot!,” and a shouting-match that might have led to fisticuffs if a ...

Review: The York Theatre's Oy-Vey-Worthy 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2018 First, let’s all acknowledge a deep debt of gratitude to the venerable York Theatre and their commitment both to fostering new musicals, and to unearthing old ones, polishing them off, and giving them a chance to shine in ...

Review: 'Hey, Look Me Over' Surprises at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2018 As any musical-theater devotee can tell you, Encores! is the annual series of performances at New York City Center of historical musicals that have somehow fallen through the cracks. Every year, Encores! chooses three musicals to resurrect, and each ...

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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