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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.

The Joyce Theater

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 ...

Bill T. Jones / Artie Zane Company

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 ...

Jessica Lang

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 ...

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 ...

Fall for Dance Festival

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 ...

White Light Festival

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 ...

Fall

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 ...

Mozart Dances

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 ...

The Winter’s Tale

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, ...

L.A. Dance Project

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 ...

Ratmansky

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 ...

Pit Stop Players

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 ...

DanzAbierta

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

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 current ...

Dada Masilo

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

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 ...

Twyla Tharp -50th-Anniversary-Tour

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

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

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

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 ...

The Joyce Theatre Ballet Festival

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

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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