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Acosta returns to America
REVIEWS | Carrie Seidman

Acosta returns to America

The legendary Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta trained relentlessly to come out of retirement last year for a performance of classical works in celebration of his 50th birthday at the Royal Ballet, where he spent most of his professional career.

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A Dancer's Story
REVIEWS | Faye Arthurs

A Dancer's Story

The Dance Theater of Harlem returned to City Center this week for the first time under the leadership of Robert Garland, a former company dancer, school director, and resident choreographer. This was the launch of an exciting new beginning, though the troupe was simultaneously celebrating its past.

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Musically Inclined
REVIEWS | Sophie Bress

Musically Inclined

Despite the fact that dance and music are often regarded as inextricably linked, it remains astonishing to experience the work of a choreographer who channels the score particularly well—or a group of dancers who embody it especially organically. Repertory Dance Theatre’s 58th season closer, “Gamut,” happened to have both.

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Dance Downtown

Dance Downtown

One might easily mistake the prevailing mood as light-hearted, heading into intermission after two premieres by Brenda Way and Kimi Okada for ODC/Dance’s annual Dance Downtown season. Maybe this is...

Performance

ODC/Dance: “A Brief History of Up and Down” by Brenda Way / “Inkwell” by Kimi Okada / “Dead Reckoning” by KT Nelson

Place

Yerba Buena Dance Center, San Francisco, CA, March 30, 2024

Words

Karen Hildebrand

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Wayne McGregor: Riding the Wave
INTERVIEWS | Victoria Looseleaf

Wayne McGregor: Riding the Wave

It’s not every choreographer who works with economists, anthropologists, neuroscientists and cognitive scientists, not to mention collaborating with the Google Arts & Culture Lab and the Swedish pop group ABBA, but Wayne McGregor wouldn’t have it any other way. 

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After Trisha Brown
REVIEWS | Karen Hildebrand

After Trisha Brown

Dance scholars have been remarking on the great Trisha Brown nearly from the day she first stepped into Robert Dunn’s class—the genesis of Judson Dance Theater—in the 1960s.

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No Fairy Tale
REVIEWS | Lorna Irvine

No Fairy Tale

Generally, a production of “Swan Lake” is only as good as its Odette and Odile, symbolic of the duality of nature. So, it’s wonderful to see Sophie Martin back, dancing one of her signature roles. She's predictably brilliant.

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The Point Being?

The Point Being?

The Nederlands Dans Theater has been coming to City Center since 1968. The company’s associations with edgy choreographers like Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, and Ohad Naharin have made for some thrilling performances over the years.

Performance

Nederlands Dans Theater: “N.N.N.N” by William Forsythe / “The Point Being” by Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal / “Jakie” by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar

Place

New York City Center, New York, NY, April 3, 2024

Words

Faye Arthurs

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Written on the Body
REVIEWS | Victoria Looseleaf

Written on the Body

There may not be a direct correlation between bibliophiles and lovers of Butoh— the Japanese modern dance form created as a response to the bombing of Hiroshima that is sometimes referred to as the Dance of Darkness—but it’s safe to say that there never has been—nor will there ever be—a bookworm, literally, quite like Oguri.

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One Thousand Pieces
REVIEWS | Rachel Howard

One Thousand Pieces

Reading up on the backstory of how Alejandro Cerrudo’s “One Thousand Pieces” finally made it to the stage at Pacific Northwest Ballet, one is struck by the epic commitment the company lavished upon an epically scaled dance.

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Baroque ‘n’ Roll
REVIEWS | Lorna Irvine

Baroque ‘n’ Roll

Created by Scottish Dance Theatre’s artistic director Joan Cleville, and filmed in one long, continuous take by digital artist Tao-Anas Le Thanh, “The Life and Times” is inspired by amongst  other Baroque works, the Diego Velazquez’s painting, Las Meninas, which invites the viewer to observe the painter in his studio, flanked by a group of sumptuously attired models. 

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Masterful Moves
REVIEWS | Karen Hildebrand

Masterful Moves

Doug Varone is known for the masterful way he moves groups of people around onstage, yet he may have outdone himself in his latest work, “To My Arms/Restore.”

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Airborne

Airborne

There's an almost disarming delicacy to Curious Seed's work, as evinced by this beautiful, Herald Angel Award-winning production, “And The Birds Did Sing” Christine Devaney, dancing solo for the entire...

Performance

Curious Seed: “And The Birds Did Sing”

Place

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, UK, March 22, 2024

Words

Lorna Irvine

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Godless in Illinoise
REVIEWS | Apollinaire Scherr

Godless in Illinoise

I went to see “Illinoise” on its last day at the Park Avenue Armory. The Justin Peck production was already set to move to Broadway, and Sufjan Stevens fans were already ecstatic: the singer-songwriter’s deeply felt, ingeniously conceived 2005 album Illinois is not only the impetus and origin of the Peck dancical but also its libretto and score, with a group of wondrous winged singers and multi-instrumental musicians scaffolded above the stage performing the album in its overwhelming entirety, though re-arranged a bit and shuffled. 

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A Parisian Dream
REVIEWS | Rachel Howard

A Parisian Dream

A participatory eagerness, a desire to be part of something sweet and beautiful, suffused the return of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to San Francisco Ballet on the cusp of spring.

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Sparks Flew
REVIEWS | Merilyn Jackson

Sparks Flew

Entering his 10th year as artistic director of Philadelphia Ballet, Ángel Corella put his artists through a ring of fire in their early spring concert at the Academy of Music.

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It’s All About Love

It’s All About Love

Six dancers enter from stage left and position themselves along the rear wall, their backs to the audience. Today, the light through a row of windows casts them in silhouette.

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