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Dance News & Reviews

The latest news in New York City ballet and dance. From New York City Ballet to The Joyce, From American Ballet Theatre to City Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, find previews, reviews and commentary here at ZEALnyc.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Review: Mark Morris Dance Group Excels in Various Chamber Music Configurations

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 15, 2018 The Mark Morris Dance Group, which has a long association with the Mostly Mozart Festival, presented a World Premiere for this year’s season at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center. The company danced to the popular chamber music composition, ...

Ashley Bouder Project

Review: Ashley Bouder Project Is ‘Original and Thrilling’ at the Joyce

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 5, 2018 Ashley Bouder made a wise decision when she brought in the New York Jazzharmonic and Abdul Latif into her creative arsenal. The Joyce Theater is a wonderfully intimate venue in which to see dance, but often the music is recorded. When the curtain ...

Harlequinade at ABT

Review: A Nearly Forgotten ‘Harlequinade’ Leaps Again at American Ballet Theatre

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 ...

Jazz Notes Intel: Farmer-Turned-Maestro David Amram’s Wisdom of the ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, November 7, 2018 At age 87, the curious jazz connoisseur, accomplished classical composer and agriculturist at heart, David Amram stands tall in the wisdom of the arts. Largely underappreciated in jazz circles, he firmly and singularly expresses his passion to encourage arts-minded ...

Jazz Notes Intel

Jazz Notes Intel: Overcoming Boundaries Chapter — Guitarist Lionel Loueke Journeys ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 9, 2018 In jazz, there is a plethora of guitarists, each with a voice on the six strings that rocks with fire or soothes with pastel colors or embellishes with strokes that support the surrounding conversations. Then there’s the ...

Art Break

Art Break: Engage in the Thrill of Discovery at Galleries ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 24, 2018 One of the best things about a new season of art shows and exhibitions is that moment when you walk into the room, look around, and say “Wow – this is where I want to be!” If you want ...

New York Philharmonic

Review: New York 'Officially' Meets Jaap with Philharmonic's Season Opening

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2018 The 2018-2019 season, and a new era for the New York Philharmonic, began with a gala concert at David Geffen Hall on Thursday evening. Entitled "New York, Meet Jaap," Jaap van Zweden made his debut with the orchestra as ...

New York Renaissance Faire

Life In Focus: It's Fairy-Nice at the New York Renaissance ...

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, September 20, 2018   [caption id="attachment_60766" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Consulting a Book of Magic and Spells at the Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_60771" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Villagers of the Renaissance Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [...

PermaDeath

The First Video Game Opera, 'PermaDeath,' Receives Its World ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 19, 2018 At first glance, the title of Cerise Jacobs’s upcoming world’s first video game opera PermaDeath seems to imply another dark take or tale using the commercial success and wide-spread popularity of the multiplayer video game phenomenon. But ...

Judson Dance Theater

Roots of Modern Dance Are Traced through MoMA's Current Exhibit ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2018 The current exhibit at MoMA entitled Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done is an homage to the dance artists who created work at the Judson Church in the 60s and 70s. The dancers and choreographers who created ...

The Power of Art

Art Break: The Power of Art Through the Ages at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2018 This week, Art Break is looking at a wide variety of art movements as well as their purpose and meaning. The oldest material on our list comes from The Frick’s exhibition of fifteenth century religious and devotional ...

There Will Be Blood

Review: Film Soundtracks Take Center Stage in NY Philharmonic's Art ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 If the New York Philharmonic were to program an evening of music by avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, I suspect it would be a tough sell. The audience would be limited, and probably dwindle in number as the night ...

Agnes

Review: 'Agnes' Brings Dramatic and Meteorological Tensions to 59E59 Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 Agnes is a compelling play about family, friendship, and connections. Set in a three-bedroom New York City apartment, Agnes presents five millennials sheltering themselves from a major storm. The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for ...

Acosta Danza

Review: Cuban Import Acosta Danza Makes a Powerful Debut at City Center

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, May 1, 2018 Carlos Acosta, who is world-renown for his virtuosic gifts and bravura performances as a classical ballet dancer, returned to his native Cuba to form his own company, Acosta Danza. With the help of the Cuban government and various international ...

The Martha Graham Dance Company

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 ...

Paul Taylor

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 ...

Alvin Ailey

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, ...

New York City Center

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 ...

Lincoln Center Festival

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 ...

American Ballet Theatre

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 ...

MOMIX

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 ...

New York City Center

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 ...

American Ballet Theatre

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 ...

Parsons Dance

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. ...

Dance Theatre of Harlem

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 ...

Che Malambo

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 ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

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 ...

Hamburg Ballet

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

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 ...

Paul Taylor

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 ...

Ballet de Lorraine

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

‘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

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 ...

Joyce Theater

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 ...

Ballet Trockadero

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 ...

Alvin Ailey

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 ...

Lucinda Childs Dance Company

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 ...

Alvin Ailey

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

‘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 ...

Ballet Hispánico

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), ...

Natalia Osipova and Artists

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 ...

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