Dance

Alvin Ailey Dance Company

Alvin Ailey’s legacy burns brightly, but the company’s “season” is often short and sporadic. The group performed on Saturday — April “Fools” — and over that weekend at the NYU Skirball Performing Arts Center to a “sold out” audience. And …Read More

Woolf Works

There has been a great deal of talk and counter talk about Wayne MacGregor’s “Woolf Works,” a ballet in three acts. Is Virginia Woolf relevant for our times, given the feminist movement, and scientific advances? On balance, the answer is …Read More

Noche Flamenca

If you want to see an exciting and memorable performance go to see “Noche Flamenca” at the West Presbyterian Church at 86th and Amsterdam Avenue! This exhilarating production stars Soledad Barrio, one of the most amazing Flamenco dancers extant. The …Read More

Confucius

The China Arts and Entertainment Group settled into New York for a short festival (four days) of their national award-winning dance drama named “Confucius” at the Lincoln Center Koch Theater. As their teacher and philosopher who “shaped the nation,” he …Read More

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The history of this extraordinary dance company has been charted by three Artistic Directors: Alvin Ailey the founder in 1958, the great Judith Jamison for 21 years, and Robert Battle, who is now distinguishing himself as a worthy successor. Assisting …Read More

New York City Ballet

September is the time when so many organizations and institutions offer their new season to the public. The New York City Ballet began with a longer than usual Gala performance that included a number of exciting new sounds by composers …Read More

New York City Ballet: Dances at a Gathering

I went for the “West Side Story Suite” and was bowled over by “Dances at a Gathering.” I went for Bernstein, Robbins and Sondheim and was blown away by Chopin. Dale and I haven’t been to the ballet in 20 years. Shame …Read More

FJK Dance

There are just so many ways in which the body can move, and Fadi J. Khoury tests of all them to a fault. As much as one can applaud the creative and often sexy choreography by Khoury, the well muscled …Read More

Flamenco Festival 2016

We were on the way to Dallas the nights that Farruquito performed at the Flamenco Festival 2016 at New York City Center. His accolades were already in bold print in the New York Times before he even touched down at …Read More

Tappin’ Thru Life

Energy, expertise and the love of performing are electric in this captivating history of Maurice (and his brother Gregory) Hines as they “tapped their way” through life from childhood to 72 (as Maurice admits). Sadly Gregory is long gone, but …Read More

Flexn

  I went to FLEXN at the Park Avenue Armory last night — contortionist breakdancing on steroids for 100 minutes. It was very, very young, urban and loud, but a few really amazing dancers in the group of 24 (all …Read More

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras

We love Flamenco and follow the trends as they move to modernity. Sara Baras may be the most modern yet with her fashionable dresses for the women, choreography that taps and turns faster and makes more dynamic patterns on stage. …Read More

New York City Ballet — Farewell to Prima Ballerina Wendy Whelan

I would say that the evening belonged to Wendy Whelan, but in truth, it belonged to the audience, too. Everyone came out for her, and she gave us a full evening of her inimitable dancing. We bore witness to the …Read More

New York City Ballet

Chaconne: Music by Gluck, Choreography by Balanchine, Costumes by Karinska Interplay: Music by Gould, Choreography by Jerome Robbins, Costumes by Santo Loquasto Everywhere We Go: Music by Sufjan Stevens, Choreography by Justin Peck, Costumes by Janie Taylor After the Rain: …Read More

Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les Dieux d’Égypte,

A warning. This is a more than usual subjective review. I went to the Rose Auditorium at Jazz at Lincoln Center to see the Lafayette Operas production of Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les Dieux d’Égypte, a …Read More

New York City Ballet

Oh, those poor wretches who labor day and night perfecting their leaps and lifts; polishing their pirouettes and pliés. Indeed the entire company of dancers, composers, choreographers, et al., are dedicated to the opening night performance…only to be savaged by…he …Read More

Coppélia at the ABT

In Memoriam. ABT’s production of “Coppélia” seen last week was adequate, but not great. I know the ballet well because of my long and deep friendship with Ivan Nagy, “danseur noble” who defected from Hungary in 1965 and died unexpectedly …Read More

The Dream and The Tempest at ABT

Something wonderful happened at the ballet the other night; we stayed! American Ballet Theatre has a lovely habit of performing “old favorites” year after year, and while we love the excellence, the beauty, the precision and the overall perfection of …Read More

Savion Glover OM

  If ever we have seen anyone experience their art with such momentum and dedication, it was at Savion Glover’s performance of “OM” at the Joyce Theater. Savion Glover began on stage with his partner Marshall Davis, Jr., with “acolytes” …Read More

The Old Woman

If you can, do not miss “The Old Woman” at Brooklyn Academy of Music. This amazing spectacle, choreographed and directed by the forever creative genius Robert Wilson, is performed by Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov. This vaudeville adaptation of a short …Read More

American Ballet Theatre

A delightful evening at the ABT began with two Balanchine classics (aren’t all of his classics?). First, “Themes and Variations” with lead dancers Gillian Murphy and Andrew Veyette. While Veyette’s dancing was superb, it was hardly matched by his partner, …Read More

Ballet Hispanico

  I’ve enjoyed Ballet Hispanico over the years, even if it is not an entirely consistent company. I look forward to the sensual music and rhythms that underscore the dancers’ performances. This year, however, was a different story. While there …Read More

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève

The Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève took the stage this week at The Joyce Theater for a performance that was long and without intermission. Entitled “Glory,” this dance was choreographed by Andonis Foniadakos, an emerging Greek modern dance choreographer …Read More

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq

I saw this charming film, “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq”  at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The ballet was first choreographed and danced by Nijinsky to scandalous acclaim. Later, Jerome Robbins’ version at New York City Ballet …Read More

Sarah Michelson’s 4

At the Whitney Museum of American Art. Contemporary dance, like so much contemporary art these days, rather defies definition. The one comment I can make about choreographer Sarah Michelson is that she embraces collaboration with a vengeance. The unusual piece …Read More

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Fidel Castro broke many promises when he became dictator of Cuba in 1959. But he kept his promise to support the arts, which lured the world’s prima ballerina, Havana-born Alicia Alonzo back home to found the Ballet Nacional. Although partially blind, …Read More

New York City Ballet

We went to see the New York City Ballet two nights ago. A great evening of dance, even though I was not especially keen on “Acheron,” a new piece by Liam Scarlett that premiered January 31. I found the choreography …Read More

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca

A couple of times a year, Soledad Barrio brings her faithful troupe to New York at either the Joyce Theatre or Joe’s Pub. Either one is riveting entertainment (we actually prefer the Joe’s Pub venue because the stage is very …Read More

Kyle Abraham’s Pavement

I tire of inner-urban dance treatments quickly. However. the new CEO of the Contemporary Arts Center here in New Orleans has some great relationships with national contemporary artists, which rewarded us with a weekend from an emerging young choreographer named …Read More

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Dance of course has the power to touch the senses. The program we saw Thursday night touched the heart, and in ways that could not be more different. “Memoria” was the late Alvin Ailey’s 1979 celebration of the life of …Read More

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

I was young and in New York when Alvin Ailey launched his American Dance Theatre in March 1958, and happened at that time to be married to someone who ­loved dance. So we went. The performances were memorable but never …Read More

Chéri

Alessandra Ferri is one of the greatest ballerinas ever. She retired five years ago. But together with another great dancer, Herman Cornejo, she is back dancing at the Signature Theatre. This time they dance the role of the lovers in …Read More

The Tempest

I have been champing at the bit to see the work of Alexei Ratmansky, the current “enfant terrible” of the ballet world. For the past few years since he left Russia as Director of the Bolshoi, he has worked for …Read More

A Streetcar Named Desire — The Scottish Ballet

Not many full-length classical ballets include the movie-type disclaimer “Recommended for mature audiences.” However, the new, original Scottish Ballet, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” may ignite a movement. It is truly as STV.tv reviewed “gritty and at times shocking.” It is …Read More

Broadway and Beyond

Every year, Alex Dubé, the impresario of Career Transition for Dancers, puts on a show at City Center benefiting this important charity which advises and assists dancers who have passed their pirouetting prime to find a career that more appropriately …Read More