So much is awful about the blood-and-tutu psychodrama Black Swan that I perversely want to start with what’s good about it. It really tries to be honest about what life is like for ballet dancers (female ones, that is; the guys are barely discernible in the movie’s fictional ballet company). We see how hard the Read More
Club Envy, we don’t envy you a bit.
The Jacksonville, Florida, step dance troupe caused a major terror scare the other day when they ditched their van in traffic and began sprinting through the Lincoln Tunnel to make it to a talent show on BET’s “106 & Park,” which is—shhh!—actually filmed on Read More
So it’s come and gone again–our wildly popular (all 27,500 City Center seats sold out in three days) annual smorgasbord known as “Fall for Dance.” Five programs, 10 performances, 20 works and a gaggle of drained dance critics, at least those of us nut cases who turn up for everything. As usual, it’s been a Read More
A few months ago, I allowed myself to dream that after City Ballet’s dreary season of full-evening ballets last winter, followed by its drearier season of seven premieres and one architect, it might concentrate for a moment on rehearsing and coaching its core repertory. And that has actually happened. (I take no credit–they’ve just temporarily Read More
In 1971, a man walked down the side of an eight-story building on Wooster Street. Striding along with the aid of a mountaineering harness, horizontal to the sidewalk, he was performing a dance piece by then fledgling choreographer Trisha Brown. Except that the piece had no narrative, no gesture, no “dance.” It was a disruption Read More
Raimund Hoghe is a little man with a spinal deformity who was once Pina Bausch’s dramaturge. He was at Dance Theater Workshop recently, in a piece made by himself called Sans-titre–Without Papers. But who was the paperless immigrant, Hoghe or his partner in this two-man exhibition, the Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula?
First, Hoghe Read More
Get the story behind the dancer with Cédric Andrieux, featuring Jerome Bel. Audiences will be guided through the life of the infamous French dancer, from his training to his time dancing with Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The production integrates spoken word with, what else, dance (Joyce Theater, Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., $10-$59). Read More
Ellis Wood, the daughter of two Martha Graham company members, has been dancing “since the dawn of man,” she said. But for Ellis Wood Dance Company, which has supported from five to nine full-time dancers year-round for the past 10 or so years, these are exceptionally difficult times.
Ms. Wood’s seven-year funding Read More
Again and again we’ve been told that the retirement of Darci Kistler from City Ballet-after a career of 30 years-was the end of an era: the era of ballerinas anointed by Balanchine. When she was 16, he brought her into the company, and within months she was dancing the Swan Queen, the Sugarplum Read More
Let’s start with the magnificent performance of Ashton’s incomparable The Dream at the first of three all-Ashton evenings at ABT. Gillian Murphy brings to Titania, her most completely satisfying role, the lyricism, the depth, the allure that elsewhere can be overshadowed by her powerful technique. And she’s perfectly matched by Read More