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Questions that Remain
REVIEWS | Phoebe Roberts

Questions that Remain

To begin her creative process, the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch often asked her dancers questions. These questions—and further, the thoughts and deeper rumblings they provoked in the dancers—then formed the basis for many of her pieces. 

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Swans in Seattle
REVIEWS | Rachel Howard

Swans in Seattle

One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.

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Everywhere and Ever

Everywhere and Ever

There was no shortage of drama and poetry this past week at San Francisco Ballet.

Performance

San Francisco Ballet: “Song of the Earth” / “Marguerite and Armand”

Place

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA, February 9th and 14, 2024

Words

Rachel Howard

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Old (Creative) Habits
REVIEWS | Faye Arthurs

Old (Creative) Habits

At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.  

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For the Dance Moms
INTERVIEWS | Sophie Bress

For the Dance Moms

Dance has always been a part of Tammy Greenwood’s life. Growing up, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics, and when her daughter took up the art form, she became involved through the unwavering—and sometimes self-sacrificing—support that is often asked of a dance mom.

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Strictly Ballroom 
REVIEWS | Faye Arthurs

Strictly Ballroom 

The New York City Ballet’s excellent 2023 Fall Season featured only the works of founding choreographer George Balanchine. This winter, eight choreographers are being showcased as the company’s 75th anniversary celebration continues. 

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Enlightenment

Enlightenment

June 16, 1989. Wearing only black leggings and a pixie haircut, Molissa Fenley performed her solo, “State of Darkness,” inspired by Nijinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” at the Colorado Dance...

Performance

Molissa Fenley and Company: “From the Light, Between the Lamps”

Place

Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, February 3, 2024

Words

Karen Hildebrand

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A Star is Reborn 
REVIEWS | Faye Arthurs

A Star is Reborn 

It is not unusual for a New York City Ballet program to consist of two Peck ballets and a Ratmansky. But until last night, there had not been two different Pecks represented in such a scenario.

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Timeless Expression
REVIEWS | Karen Greenspan

Timeless Expression

In these fast-paced times, where we are bombarded with spectacles that compete to be flashier, more action-packed, and more hi-tech than the next, it was a joy to experience an evening of charm and timeless simplicity. 

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Mere Mortals
REVIEWS | Rachel Howard

Mere Mortals

The popular sentiment is clear: Matrix atmosphere meets ballet is a hit. “Mere Mortals,” Tamara Rojo’s first production as new artistic director at San Francisco Ballet, must be counted a success.

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Earthly Delights

Earthly Delights

Bex Anson and Dav Bernard, aka Mhz, talk about their brand new piece, “Ruins.”

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For the Soul
REVIEWS | Marina Harss

For the Soul

The name of Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson’s group, Music from the Sole, is an obvious allusion to the fact that the motor behind their performances is rhythm, and that this rhythm is often produced by the soles of the feet, in the form of tap. 

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Coast to Coast
REVIEWS | Merilyn Jackson

Coast to Coast

Bodytraffic returned to Penn Live Arts at Annenberg during last weekend’s snowstorm to perform the world premiere of Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan’s latest work, “I Forgot the Start.”

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The Incredibles
REVIEWS | Faye Arthurs

The Incredibles

If Simone Biles, Baryshnikov, Michelle Kwan, Mr. Wiggles, and Bruce Lee somehow had a baby, that child would be an ideal candidate for the Compagnie Hervé Koubi.

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Naked Ambition

Naked Ambition

Dressed in hot pink ruffles and five-inch heels, a tiara perched on his shaved head, Arthur Aviles entered the stage as Maéva, a “Latino ghetto matriarch,” who launched into rapid...

Performance

“Naked Vanguard: Works” by Arthur Aviles

Place

Out-FRONT! Fest 2024, presented by Pioneers Go East Collective, Abrons Art Center, New York City, January 17, 2024

 

Words

Karen Hildebrand

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