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Archives for 2003

CARRYING ON

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater / City Center, NYC / December 3, 2003 – January 4, 2004 Time was, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 45 years old this season, specialized in dances with humanitarian themes. Created largely by Ailey and a handful of other black choreographers working in the same vein, this repertory took as its subject the fight of a stalwart, resilient people, fueled by hope—a near-miraculous optimism, given their circumstances—to overcome injustice, oppression, and their corroding, often lethal, results. (In … [Read more...]

ICONOCLASTIC BEAUTY

Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli: Philadelphia Museum of Art / September 28, 2003 – January 4, 2004 Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Paris / March 17 – August 29, 2004 … [Read more...]

UP IN THE AIR

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company / BAM: Harvey Theater / December 9-13, 2003 Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC to its friends) has been celebrating its 35th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Ohio-born Wright Brothers’ first successful launch into space with “The Flight Project.” Comprising five commissioned works (from Bill T. Jones, Bebe Miller, Dwight Rhoden, Doug Varone, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar) plus a company premiere (by Warren Spears), it was delivered as a pair of programs at BAM’s Harvey Theater, the final stop … [Read more...]

New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

The sedate elders [surrounding the children] serve as models of gracious decorum, as if civilization were achieved along with the attainment of full height. Village Voice 12/10/03 … [Read more...]

Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre

Ambitious beyond its power to deliver, [Tynek's Pilot's Dream] is filled with vision, charm, and wit. Village Voice 12/10/03 … [Read more...]

“Personal Things in a Public Way”

[Jessi] Scopp . . . alternates lithe, quicksilver, frequently violent movement with ominous slow-motion and suspended or frozen postures - to terrific effect. Village Voice 12/03/03 … [Read more...]

A “NUTCRACKER” ANECDOTE

New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker / New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / November 28, 2003 – January 4, 2004 The Nutcracker, in George Balanchine’s (for me) definitive version, danced by the New York City Ballet, opens November 28 at the New York State Theater for a run of six weeks. I know it well, not just as a dance critic but also as a one-time ballet mother whose School of American Ballet-attending child was for several years a member of the show’s huge cast of kids. In this latter guise—conveyer of child to endless … [Read more...]

Garth Fagan Dance

Cultivating their unique beauty and dignity, Fagan makes each member of his company look like a god in the pantheon of his imagination. Village Voice 11/26/03 … [Read more...]

SPEAKING OF BALANCHINE

New York City Ballet / New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / November 25, 2003 The George Balanchine Foundation: Videotaping of Violette Verdy coaching George Balanchine's Emeralds / Samuel B. and David Rose Building, Lincoln Center, NYC / October 27, 2003 Works & Process: Balanchine's Lost Choreography / Guggenheim Museum / November 16 & 17, 2003 January 22, 2004 marks the 100th anniversary of George Balanchine's birth. The celebratory "year" that is wrapped around this propitious date follows the art and social worlds' custom of … [Read more...]

Hubbard Street 2; “The Ballerina Fanny Elssler”

The second company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, may be chamber-size, but its young dancers possess enough exuberance to fill a stadium. (Hubbard Street 2); No reference here to the legendary Elssler's sensuous allure. No nod even to the lush waltzing that's the national dance of Straussville. (The Ballerina Fanny Elssler) Village Voice 11/19/03 … [Read more...]

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