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Robbins Brought Charm, Glamour to N.Y. City Ballet

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on April 29, 2008. Jerome Robbins, second from the left, observes a New York City Ballet rehearsal in New York in this undated handout photo. Starting April 28, 2008, at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater, the New York City Ballet begins a season-long homage to the late Jerome Robbins on the 90th anniversary of his birth. Photographer: Paul Kolnik/NYCB via Bloomberg News April 29 (Bloomberg) -- The ringmaster of a mock circus directs 48 little girls from the … [Read more...]

Gerry’s: Personal Indulgences No. 8

The dress on my back, the cloth on my dining table--unique, beautiful, old, and absurdly cheap. "Where'dja get it?" the appreciative and envious exclaimed. Gerry's, of course. I came across Gerry and his goods plowing my way home through a street fair devoted, as these events are nowadays, to the peddling of tube socks, junky electronic gizmos, bras and bikinis ostensibly name-branded, off-brand sheets, discontinued makeup and food as likely to kill as to nourish you. It was high summer and the weather was stupefyingly hot and humid; the … [Read more...]

Kirov’s Spirited Nymphs, Swans Shimmer in Classic Ballet Briefs

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on April 10, 2008. April 10 (Bloomberg) -- Ethereal spirits of the wood, dream visions of love, luscious adulterers and a tragically expiring swan -- the Kirov Ballet can offer them all in a one-man show. The company's second program -- in an engagement that runs through April 20 at New York's City Center -- offered four key ballets from the early 20th century by Michel Fokine. The choreographer was a neo-Romantic reformer who countered the diamantine brilliance of … [Read more...]

Kirov Dazzles With Exquisite Bodies, Tough Hearts

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on April 4, 2008. April 4 (Bloomberg) -- The Kirov Ballet's three-week run at New York's City Center opened Tuesday with wall-to-wall choreography by Marius Petipa, the grandest master of 19th- century ballet. That makes sense. The company is widely revered in America as the font of such dancing, having given the world Pavlova, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Makarova and Baryshnikov. Members of the Kirov Ballet perform at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on … [Read more...]

Making Dances Last

Juilliard Dance Division Masterworks of the 20th Century Peter Jay Sharp Theater, NYC / March 26-29, 2008 Anila Mazhari-Landry and Spencer Theberge as The Bride and Husbandman in Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor. This spring, the Juilliard Dance Division celebrated its distinguished history with a program of three enduring works by choreographers associated with the academy: Antony Tudor and José Limón, both born exactly a century ago, and Martha Graham (born in 1894), who has always seemed eternal. Each piece … [Read more...]

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