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
This fall, Bjayini Satpathy has returned to New York to present what she has been developing in her home studio just outside of Bangalore in India. Satpathy, a consummate artist of the Odissi form of classical Indian dance, is renowned for her 25 years as a leading dancer and director of training for the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. But now she is forging a new chapter. In 2018 at age 46, Satpathy left Nrityagram impelled by the desire to explore her potential─both as a soloist and as a choreographer. She began the laborious and often lonely effort of planting her own garden of creation.
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