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Youth Being Served

New Dances at Juilliard, Edition 2006 / Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / December 14 - 17 What the Juilliard School is to music, it is to modern dance as well: an academy that attracts some of the most gifted and proficient pre-professionals in the rising generation and hones them for their careers. As part of their training, the school's artists-in-the-making give concerts that offer high-caliber performance along with the irresistible opportunity to spot tomorrow's stars. This week, Juilliard's Dance Division offers its New … [Read more...]

Pina Bausch Trades Wounded Willows for Sunny Maidens in `Nefes’

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on December 11, 2006. Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- What could be prettier? Women who look like flowers in floor-skimming dresses of sun-kissed hues, tossing their long, unbound hair. Their manner is flirtatious and welcoming to the men -- some stalwart, some poignant, some endearing clowns - who, apart from some duly allotted solo turns, serve as their admirers and cavaliers. These charming, often amusing, people populate Pina Bausch's ``Nefes'' (Turkish for breath). Created … [Read more...]

PARSONS DANCERS TAKE IT OFF (AND PUT IT BACK ON): NYC DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on December 4, 2006. Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- David Parsons's 10 dancers, each a bundle of energy and verve, are getting undressed, down to their skivvies. And dressed. And undressed again. All at top speed, turning their reversible baggy tops and bottoms inside out in the process and simultaneously tearing through space. This is the theme of the popular choreographer's new ``Peel,'' which will have its New York premiere tomorrow at the Joyce Theater. After a decade as an … [Read more...]

FREED FROM CONVENTIONS, AILEY COMPANY DANCES THARP, ARMITAGE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on December 4, 2006. Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Is Judith Jamison, the dynamic, savvy leader of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, trying to give the company a new look? Two additions to the repertory unveiled in the first week of the Ailey's monthlong season at the City Center are by celebrated choreographers -- both female, both white, both renegades -- who operate far from the themes of black experience, the humanistic outlook, and the conventional sentiments typical … [Read more...]

STRAVINSKY, CAGE RECONSIDERED IN FRENCH; ART VS. TV: NYC DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 28, 2006. Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Like moths to the flame, choreographers are drawn to Stravinsky's ``Les Noces.'' Created between 1914 and 1923, the vibrant score, evoking peasant wedding rituals, was first choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska (and not equaled since). Angelin Preljocaj's 1989 version -- called simply ``Noces'' by his Aix-en-Provence, France-based company -- recasts the action as a postmodern mating dance that is a communal battle of the … [Read more...]

`NUTCRACKER’ CHARMS IN ITS HOLIDAY OUTING AT LINCOLN CENTER

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 27, 2006. Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The New York City Ballet has been performing George Balanchine's ``Nutcracker'' for over half a century. Balletomanes and tourists alike return to it year after year as a part of their holiday rituals. It serves the company as well as the audience, being at once an infallible money-maker and an occasion for dancers to test their mettle. Unfurling its vision of civilized social behavior and the fear-tinged delight of a child's … [Read more...]

SNOWBOUND

New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker / New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / November 24 - December 30 Part of the charm of the New York City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, now in its 52nd year, is the bevy of exquisitely proportioned, preternaturally accomplished children in the cast. Most of these youngsters start their Nutcracker careers at eight or nine, in their second year at the company's highly selective academy, the School of American Ballet. In the course of four winter … [Read more...]

LIMON DANCE COMPANY SHOWS OFF TWO CLASSICS, LUBOVITCH PREMIERE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 15, 2006. Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Last night's opening of the Limon Dance Company -- at the Joyce Theater through Nov. 26 -- unwittingly emphasized the influence on its founder of two women, both far more gifted than he. As a dancer, Jose Limon (1908-72) was a figure of commanding power and dignity. His talents as a choreographer were more modest. He was undeniably theatrical, but fatally given to melodrama, even bombast. For this season, though, the Limon … [Read more...]

DAVID DORFMAN BENDS THE WAY THE WIND IS BLOWIN’: NYC DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 14, 2006. Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- ``Now,'' urges a bunch of impassioned people, first whispering, then yelling as they go through the motions of hurling hand grenades. These feisty figures in raggle- taggle outfits are not young political activists about to blow up buildings but performers rehearsing David Dorfman's ``underground.'' The piece tackles the dicey subject of the Weather Underground, the radical group that made headlines from 1969 through the late … [Read more...]

SPRADLIN’S DANCERS MESS AROUND WITH BODIES AND MINDS: NYC DANCE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 6, 2006. Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Call it choreography if you wish. I think it's Outsider Art. Roseanne Spradlin's new 60-minute ``Survive Cycle'' opens with six long minutes of head shots on an oversized high- definition video screen. One by one, four people -- two men, two women -- stare at the camera, almost unblinking, as in the video portraits of Thomas Struth. The piece concludes with 20 minutes in which the four, live, methodically arrange a huge wardrobe … [Read more...]

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