The Beautiful Complications of Simplicity

Brian Brooks's Torrent. Foreground: Haylee Nichele and Jeff Sykes. At back (L to R): Daniel Ching and Dean Biosca. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Brian Brooks Moving Company brings new and old works to the Joyce Theater If I were asked to put choreographer Brian Brooks into a category, I’d have to coin a term: maximinimalist. His works are economical in terms of material and/or structure, but enriched into expressiveness by the ways in which he builds them. Take his 2010 Motor, which made an unexpected appearance on Brian Brooks … [Read more...]

The Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up

Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo in the wedding pas de deux of The Sleeping Beauty Act III. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor

Alexei Ratmansky brings an 1890 ballet to new life for American Ballet theatre. American Ballet Theatre is no stranger to The Sleeping Beauty. As Ballet Theatre, the new company in town in 1941, the dancers performed Princess Aurora, Anton Dolin’s mash-up of elements from the Prologue and Act III of Marius Petipa’s 1890 masterwork. ABT presented its first full-length version in 1976, its … [Read more...]

Moves at LaMaMa

Jane Comfort's Altiplano
(L to R): Gabrielle Revlock (hidden, Ellen Smith Ahern, Petra van Noort, Darrin Wright, Sean Donovan, Javier Perez, Leslie Cuyjet.
Photo: Lim Jinyoui

Jane Comfort and Company and Jon Kinzel present new works. Jane Comfort is a master teller of tales—not straight linear narratives, but dances that bristle with content—often social and/or political, often involving spoken text. She has always ingeniously layered and juxtaposed elements and viewpoints that might strike anyone else as incompatible and made them ignite one another. Her 1988 … [Read more...]

Against the Wall

(L to R): Melissa Toogood, Marc Mann, and Dylan Crossman in Kimberly Bartosik's 
Marc Mann in Kimberly Bartosik's Ecsteriority 4 (Part 2). Photo: Ryutaro Mishima

Kimberly Bartosik and Dylan Crossman share a program in a confined space. Kimberly Bartosik, Dylan Crossman, and Melissa Toogood all danced in Merce Cunningham’s company—Bartosik for nine years a few decades ago, Crossman and Toogood in the company that was finally disbanded in 2011. What perhaps should not surprise us is the emotional resonance and implications of drama that imbue the … [Read more...]

Piaf Lives!

Christine Andreas and Pascal Rioult in Street Singer. Photo: Paul B. Goode

Pascal Rioult celebrates the centennial of Edith Piaf's birth in a nightclub setting. To get myself in the mood to write about Pascal Rioult’s Street Singer, a work celebrating what would have been Edith Piaf’s hundredth birthday, I dug up a relic from my family’s past: a 10-inch LP from the 1940s, Chansons Parisiennes (it had cost three dollars) and listened to Piaf sing “La Vie en Rose” (by … [Read more...]

Styles and People Meet and Merge

Giorgia Bovo and Michael D, Gonzalez in Cherylyn Lavagnino's Naděje. Yi-Chun Wu

For a number of years, Cherylyn Lavagnino has been working to bring together in her choreography elements that interest her deeply: the classical vocabulary that she excelled in during her days as a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet and that she teaches at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts; the modern dance that she also trained in and performed; and her feelings about society and political unrest. … [Read more...]

Keeping a Heritage Alive

Another ABT cast for Jardin aux Lilas: Cory Stearns as The Lover and Hee Seo as Caroline. Photo: Marty Sohl

American Ballet Theatre opens its Lincoln Center season with one-act masterworks from its repertory. When watching the classics of 19th-century and early 20th-century ballet, it’s wise not to ask too many questions. When enjoying Michel Fokine’s 1909 Les Sylphides, for instance, you’re not supposed to wonder what this lone man is doing amid all these women in long, gauzy, white tutus, two … [Read more...]

From Denmark to New York

Erica Pereira and Allen Peiffer in Bournonville Divertissements. Photo: Paul Kolnik
Spring Gala
Choreography by: August Bournonville 
Originally staged by Stanley Williams 
Staged by Nilas Martins
New York City Ballet  
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik
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The New York City Ballet presents an evening of ballets by August Bournonville. In 1930, the year following the death of Serge Diaghilev and the dissolution of his company, Les Ballets Russes, its dancers and choreographers roamed Europe in search of jobs. After a stint in London, George Balanchine found work in Copenhagen as a guest choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet, where he set … [Read more...]

You Read It Here

Abigail Levine and Christopher Bell as Mrs. Caroline Astor and her first husband. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

DANCENOW presents Mark Dendy's NEWYORKnewyork@Astor Place in Joe's Pub. The very small stage at Joe’s Pub is bursting with people, and I’m not talking about the eight real performers. I mean the many others they personify and the many they refer to in the interpenetrating layers of Mark Dendy’s NEWYORKnewyork@Astor Place, a DANCENOW commission. Leslie Cuyjet, for example, appears as a real … [Read more...]

King’s Champions

Kara Wilkes, about to fall in Alonzo King's Writing Ground. Ready to catch her: Babatunji. At right Jeffrey Van Sciver. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Alonzo King Lines Ballet at the Joyce Theater, May 5 through 10. The dancers of the San Francisco based Alonzo King Lines Ballet may resemble us, but they look more like members of another, related species—highly evolved physically, although not always contented with their state. The eleven who perform three works by King in the company’s season at the Joyce are superbly trained ballet … [Read more...]