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`NUTCRACKER’ DELIGHTS WITH DANCING SNOWFLAKES, TOYS, 40 KIDS

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 28, 2005. Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- With its old-fashioned Christmas Eve party, a strange old uncle who might be a wizard, and a tree that grows to towering height, the New York City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's ``The Nutcracker'' remains the company's irresistible evergreen. The corps de ballet of snowflakes leaps and swirls through a storm of white confetti. Toys come to life in the first act; sweets are animated in the second. Marauding mice … [Read more...]

SUZANNE FARRELL’S BALANCHINE IN D.C. IS MUSIC MADE VISIBLE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 23, 2005. Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Suzanne Farrell, George Balanchine's last and arguably most potent muse, now stages some of the most luminous renditions of the master choreographer's works. Excluded from using her gifts at the New York City Ballet -- where Peter Martins likes to tend the master's legacy at the home base -- she formed her own company. Now in its sixth year, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet opened at Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater last night … [Read more...]

AN INVISIBLE DIRECTOR GETS PHYSICAL

This article originally appeared in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times on November 13, 2005. WHEN Johannes Wieland gave his dance company no name but his own - just that, Johannes Wieland - it may have been the only ego-driven act of his career. More typically, this postmodern choreographer, whose austere dances suggest both physical and psychic violence, operates like a disappearing act. Mr. Wieland's small, feisty company will appear at the Citigroup Theater Thursday through Saturday in a program featuring two pieces new to New … [Read more...]

DIAGHILEV BALLETS GET GLAM, MODERN LOOK BY BIGONZETTI AT BAM

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 10, 2005. Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Mauro Bigonzetti, the intrepid Italian choreographer who heads the Reggio Emilia-based Compagnia Aterballetto, has re-imagined two ballets central to the classical-dance canon for his troupe. Both can be seen in a double-barreled program that runs through Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Created for Serge Diaghilev's legendary Ballets Russes, both Bronislava Nijinska's ``Les Noces'' and Michel Fokine's ``Petrushka'' … [Read more...]

ABT PAIRS THARP, TUDOR; ETHAN STIEFEL ENERGIZES MR. B’S APOLLO

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 28, 2005. Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- American Ballet Theatre, at the halfway mark of its three-week City Center season, has added two worthy revivals to its already rich active repertory. Anthony Tudor's ``Dark Elegies'' and Twyla Tharp's ``In the Upper Room'' were well paired, evoking the polar opposites of death and irrepressible life. Created for London's Ballet Rambert in 1937, ``Dark Elegies'' first crossed the Atlantic for ABT's inaugural season in 1940. … [Read more...]

ABT’S `KALEIDOSCOPE’ SHOWS OFF NEW CHOREOGRAPHER, PETER QUANZ

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 24, 2005. Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Lovers of classical dance complain, rightly, about the dearth of compelling new choreography. American Ballet Theatre just gave them reason to hope. Last Thursday, on the second night of its three-week season at New York's City Center, the company offered the world premiere of ``Kaleidoscope,'' an astonishingly confident and inventive neoclassical work by a little-known choreographer, 26-year-old Canadian Peter Quanz. Set to … [Read more...]

ABT STARTS NEW SEASON WITH EXQUISITE `FAUN,’ TENDER `RODEO’

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 20, 2005. Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Jerome Robbins's exquisite 10-minute duet ``Afternoon of a Faun'' and a revival of Agnes de Mille's exuberant 1942 ``Rodeo'' opened American Ballet Theatre's three-week season last night, offering an auspicious start to the company's fall run in New York. ``We'll just be dancing ourselves silly and having a wonderful time,'' artistic director Kevin McKenzie promised the opening-night audience at Manhattan's City Center. … [Read more...]

BOY MEETS GIRL MEETS FAUN

This article originally appeared in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times on October 16, 2005. THE first vision to greet viewers at the Oct. 19 opening of American Ballet Theater's three-week season at the City Center will be what the program calls ''a room with a mirror.'' It is Jean Rosenthal's ethereal evocation of a ballet studio, created from diaphanous white silk, for Jerome Robbins's ''Afternoon of a Faun,'' a 10-minute boy-meets-girl duet with the evanescent, shimmering quality of a soap bubble. Ingeniously made and … [Read more...]

DANCING AS FAST, AND AS TIGHTLY, AS SHE CAN

This article originally appeared in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times on July 31, 2005. Montclair, N.J. SUSAN MARSHALL is putting the finishing touches on her new work, five brief dances sheltering under the umbrella title "Cloudless," to have its premiere this week at Jacob's Pillow. At least the rehearsal schedule called for finishing touches. It sometimes looks as if she is reinventing the dances from scratch, like a God with second thoughts. We're at the Alexander Kasser Theater, an intimate state-of-the-art house on the … [Read more...]

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