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ABT’s Brilliant Balanchine Eclipses Millepied’s Surface Angst

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 30, 2007. Kristi Boone, Misty Copeland and Marcelo Gomes perform in "C. to C. (Close to Chuck)," in this photograph released to the media on October 29, 2007. Photographer: Gene Schiavone/American Ballet Theatre via Bloomberg News Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- A strong sultry beauty in a dark gleaming unitard struggles endlessly in her powerful partner's embrace. Or is it a stranglehold? The forceful episode serves as the centerpiece of choreographer-on-the-rise … [Read more...]

Speak, Memory

American Ballet Theatre: Antony Tudor's The Leaves Are Fading / New York City Center, NYC / October 24, 26, 28, 31, and November 3. Julie Kent, Marcelo Gomes and Melissa Thomas of American Ballet Theatre in Antony Tudor's The Leaves are Fading. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor. The Leaves Are Fading is an evocation of youthful love and friendship framed by one of the most famous unadorned cross-stage walks in ballet history. The path is traced by a woman in a ground-brushing, apple-green dress, seemingly lost in thought. Though she is onstage only at … [Read more...]

Unremitting Vigor

Compañía Nacional de Danza / BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY / October 16, 18-20, 2007 Compañía Nacional de Danza's Yolanda Martín in Nacho Duato's White Darkness. Photo by Fernando Marcos. The strongest element of Compañía Nacional de Danza's show was the dancers themselves, who were greeted by roars of deserved adulation on the curtain calls. They are a feisty bunch . . . and their dancing, ebullient or ferocious as the occasion requires, is contagious, an advertisement for life. The full article appeared in Voice of Dance … [Read more...]

Wheeldon’s Troupe Debuts With Dancing Potato Chip, Bagatelles

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company opens its debut season with dances by William Forsythe, Edwaard Liang, Liv Lorent and Michael Clark. At Wednesday's premiere in Manhattan's City Center, the deconstructed-ballet pas de deux from Forsythe's ``Slingerland'' (where the ballerina's tutu looked like an outsize potato chip) had Wendy Whelan magically making all the eerie maneuvers fluent. Otherwise, the highly anticipated event featured Wheeldon, Wheeldon and more Wheeldon: two substantial pieces and various … [Read more...]

The Ugly Baby Fan Club: Personal Indulgences No. 3

Have you considered how rare it is to encounter an ugly baby? Post-six months, that is. But apart from C-section arrivals, the newborn, still supine in its crib or pram, entirely exposed to the gaze of the curious, usually bears for at least several weeks the marks of its struggle out of the womb, a journey it makes provided with no experience to assure it that this, too, shall pass and no concept of future joy. The infant's physical battle scars--perhaps its psychic ones as well--disappear with time, and time, as well as interaction with … [Read more...]

How to Fall in Love

This article originally appeared in Voice of Dance (http://www.voiceofdance.org) on October 8, 2007. Fall for Dance Festival / New York City Center, NYC / September 26 - October 6, 2007 Soledad Barrio of Noche Flamenca. Photo courtesy of Noche Flamenca. If you're already a dance fan, you're still welcome to come (after all, seasoned viewers really appreciate the bargain rate of $10 for any seat in New York's huge, prestigious City Center). Bear in mind though, that the annual Fall for Dance Festival was not designed primarily for you. The … [Read more...]

Nureyev, Passionate Rebel With Great Legs, Found Fame in Exile

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 3, 2007. The book jacket for "Nureyev: The Life" by Julie Kavanagh is pictured in this undated handout image. Source: Pantheon/Schocken Books via Bloomberg News Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- At its height, Rudolf Nureyev's dancing combined the feral power and beauty of his movement with a passionate, volatile temperament. He transformed his raw gifts into a sleek professional style -- part Russian, part European - -without ever giving up his spontaneity. Wildly … [Read more...]

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