To Sir Frederick Ashton’s fast footwork and musicality belongs the Australian Ballet’s double bill “The Dream” and “Marguerite & Armand.” To the charming misadventure distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream bubbles “The Dream.” To the legend of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, dovetails Amy Harris’s Marguerite, in Harris’s last stage role before her retirement. After 22-years with the company, Harris bids farewell in a delicious camellia-bloom, echoing Marguerite’s own departure (thankfully for altogether different reasons; Harris is retiring from the stage, whereas her character Marguerite is dying of tuberculous).FREE ARTICLE
For the second year in a row, Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem came together for a week of free performances at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. There were way too many titles and slogans involved: it was officially the BAAND Together Dance Festival within Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City Festival, for which the tagline was: Remember, Reclaim, Rejoice. These phrases were plastered around the stage and surrounding areas. More simply, these shows are Lincoln Center’s attempt to create a summertime version of City Center’s successful Fall for Dance Festival, which is a great idea—though it needs more organization and streamlining in almost every respect. Case in point: the Reunions Dance Festival, the Summer in the City event I saw last weekend, started 10 minutes early without warning. The BAAND show started 40 minutes late, also without any communication. BAAND was delayed for lightning, which would have been helpful to know via email or text for those with advance ticket reservations, and kind to announce verbally to everyone standing forever in line. Instead, it was a frustrating mess with the confused audience queued up around the block for an eternity in intense heat and, apparently, the threat of lightning.
“One for All” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa at BAAND. Photograph by Erin Baiano
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continue Reading