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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.

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 ...

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 ...

Carnegie Hall’s Inaugural Youth Jazz Orchestra Directed by Trumpeter ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, July 18, 2018 Carnegie Hall debuts its National Youth Orchestra Jazz—22 members between the ages of 16-19 from 16 states—on July 27 at Stern Auditorium. What promises to be a rousing concert of teenage jazz spirit will be directed by renowned trumpeter Sean ...

Review: 'Fire in Dreamland' Is a Smoldering Metaphor

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, July 17, 2018 New York City has a rich and fascinating history. Plays that examine this history frequently can be compelling, and Fire in Dreamland perfectly fits the bill. Here, Coney Island provides the backdrop for two historic New York City disasters, ...

Shakespeare in the Park's 'Twelfth Night' Begins Performances Tonight

ZEALnyc, July 17, 2018 The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park continues its mission by presenting quality theatrical productions to the general public for free (see information for obtaining tickets below). So far this season has brought us a new production of Othello (read ZEALnyc's ...

Art Break: 'Chain Reactions' at The Painting Center; Delacroix at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 16, 2018 As a rule, artists are a generous group of people. Yes, sometimes we meet one that is a jerk or worse, but for the most part, these individuals are engaging in the world around them, learning and exploring ...

Dispatch from London

Dispatch From London: Balancing Museums, Tea, and the Occasional Fish ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 London is bustling. As cosmopolitan as New York City, as historic as Rome, and covering more ground than L.A. or São Paolo, the city of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes is more stimulating, and practical to navigate, than ...

Review: 'Gone Missing' at Encores! Off-Center — A Moving Tribute to ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 First, a confession, and one that will no doubt brand me as heartless in the eyes of some. I’ve never enjoyed the work of the late Michael Friedman, who died this past September at the age of 41. With ...

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Join the NYO

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, July 12, 2018 Since 2013, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) has drawn young musicians ages 16-19 from all over the country and Puerto Rico for a two-week residency at SUNY Purchase and a performance at Carnegie Hall, before ...

Mummenschanz

Review: Mummenschanz Creates Its Own World That Draws the Audience ...

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, July 11, 2018 Mummenschanz, often referred to as “The Musicians of Silence," has returned to New York City for the first time in four years. Since its founding in Paris over forty years ago (1972), the troupe has toured extensively in both Europe ...

Montreal Jazz Festival

Montréal Jazz Festival Embraces All the Colors of the ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 10, 2018 Celebrating its 39th year, the Montréal Jazz Festival has remained true to its mission as stated by president/director general Jacques-André Dupont to offer “a massive festive urban event with a major component of free programming” while also “...

Art Break: The Art of David Wojnarowicz on View at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 9, 2018 Sometimes it’s difficult to remember how much fear and unknowing there was at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. How the medical profession began to realize there was a new deadly disease that had a rapid and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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