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Archives for June 2006

SEXY CARRENO, LOVABLE KENT, MANY WILL SHINE IN ABT’S SEASON

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on May 19, 2006. May 19 (Bloomberg) -- What do you want to see at the ballet? High flyers and gyroscopic turners? Unforgettable characters embodying larger-than-life fates? Gorgeously honed bodies obeying the rules of classical dance with impeccable form? American Ballet Theatre will be at New York's Metropolitan Opera House from May 22 through July 15, with a storybook repertoire and a roster of 17 principal dancers who will virtually guarantee all these thrills. Each … [Read more...]

CITY BALLET’S DIAMOND PREMIERES FAIL TO DAZZLE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on May 11, 2006. May 11 (Bloomberg) -- Imagine entertaining a gala audience with a pair of new ballets set to music unfriendly to dancing. Inexplicably, this is what the New York City Ballet attempted last night with the premieres of contributions to its Diamond Project by the company's artistic director, Peter Martins, and its resident choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon. Creativity always means risk; still, the evening faltered. Martins's ``The Red Violin'' takes its … [Read more...]

FORSYTHE COMPANY MAKES NEW YORK DEBUT WITH DANCE IN MINOR ROLE

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on May 3, 2006. May 3 (Bloomberg) -- Ogled by video cameras, a nerdy fellow complains, in words, about his uncaring rock-star lover. A professor who fancies herself a Catherine Deneuve clone laments, again in words, her failure to seduce a female student. Sixteen agile dancers go about their business largely hidden from view. With ``Kammer/Kammer,'' which opened last night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House, William Forsythe introduced his newly … [Read more...]

CHOREOGRAPHER FELD’S TALENT, WEAKNESS DISPLAYED BY NYC BALLET

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on May 1, 2006. May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Silhouetted against a backdrop of galactic light, Kaitlyn Gilliland, a New York City Ballet apprentice, manipulates her long, pliant body like a goddess murmuring an incantation. Endlessly, she turns on point and stretches into the empty space; she sinks to the ground, still reaching skyward. Her hypnotic solo, ``Etoile Polaire,'' is set to parts of the haunting music Philip Glass made for the film ``North Star.'' The dance by Eliot … [Read more...]

MARTHA GRAHAM’S COMPANY TACKLES DEATH AND RESURRECTION AT GALA

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on April 19, 2006. April 19 (Bloomberg) -- What did dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov, actress Judith Ivey and Richard Move, doing his Martha Graham impersonation shtick, have in common last night? They were barely holding together a gala program that marked, to the day, the 80th anniversary of the Martha Graham Dance Company at New York University's Skirball Center. The show, with no season attached to it, looked like a desperation measure. The first segment went just … [Read more...]

MARK MORRIS’S MODEST SIDE REFLECTED IN DANCE PREMIERES AT BAM

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on March 23, 2006. March 23 (Bloomberg) -- It's the 25th anniversary of the Mark Morris Dance Group, and celebrations have been lavish. The centerpiece is the generous survey of the celebrated -- and still controversial -- choreographer's repertory at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Yet the two works that made their New York premieres last night, ``Cargo'' and ``Candleflowerdance,'' are modest both in scale and expression. Created in 2005 and set to jazz-inflected scores … [Read more...]

MARCH WITH MARK: MORRIS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF DANCING AT BAM

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on March 5, 2006. March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his company with a three-week season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mark Morris suddenly seems to be a grand old man of modern dance. Yet he's still in touch with his inner bad boy. The 49-year-old choreographer's brash, outspoken personality has been toned down by time and experience but not extinguished. His work remains daring. Who else would do a ``Nutcracker'' featuring a dysfunctional … [Read more...]

PRESS REWIND: IT’S MARK MORRIS IN MINIATURE

This article originally appeared in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times on March 5, 2006. THE video monitor conjures the grainy image of a gangling youth with a mop of dark hair dancing with abandon in a bare studio. When he finishes, the small audience around the edge of the space shouts its approval. The dancer is Mark Morris at 24. The dance, a solo, is his "Dad's Charts," and it's about to go live again after a quarter-century. The Mark Morris Dance Group will celebrate its 25th anniversary by appearing at the Brooklyn Academy … [Read more...]

PAUL TAYLOR’S N.Y. PREMIERES EVOKE SPRING, DEATH

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on March 1, 2006. March 1 (Bloomberg) -- In filmy costumes tinted the pale green of budding leaves, a boy and girl enjoy an innocent caress. The music surging around them like delectable weather is by Richard Strauss. The choreography is by Paul Taylor. ``Spring Rounds,'' a pleasant, innocuous ballet evoking English country dancing, had its New York premiere last night as the curtain raiser for the Paul Taylor Dance Company's season at City Center, which runs through … [Read more...]

BALLET’S FOUR `KINGS’ INDUCE GASPS, LACK FOCUS AT CITY CENTER

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on February 24, 2006. Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- If ever a ballet event had an agenda, it's ``Kings of the Dance,'' on view at the New York City Center through Feb. 26. A showcase for a quartet of stellar male dancers, it actually has several conflicting missions. The gentlemen in question are Angel Corella of American Ballet Theatre, who trained in Spain; his fellow ABT star, Ethan Stiefel, an all-American product; the Danish-bred Johan Kobborg, now with England's Royal … [Read more...]

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