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Thoughts on Balanchine’s “Nutcracker”

New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker / New York State Theater, NYC / November 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009 School of American Ballet students in New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker. Photo by Paul Kolnik. Marie awakens to witness startling transformations. The Christmas tree grows to gargantuan size. The toy soldiers, neatly arranged in a case in the drawing room grow to her own height and come to life to battle the mice. The bed that Drosselmeier's nephew earlier offered Marie for her broken Nutcracker magically scoots away as if of its own … [Read more...]

Richardson Brings Eye Candy, Grace to Complexions

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 21, 2008. Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The multiethnic, multicultural Complexions Contemporary Ballet, which opened its two-week season at New York's Joyce Theater on Tuesday, is devastatingly handsome and just as slick. Founded in 1994 by former Alvin Ailey stars Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company is unlikely to change your life or lend you piercing insight into others' lives. So many sophisticated dance fans give it a pass (as they do several … [Read more...]

What Ever Happened to Bebe Miller?

Bebe Miller Company: Necessary Beauties / Dance Theater Workshop, NYC / November 11-15, 2008 Kristina Isabelle in Bebe Miller's Necessary Beauty. Photo by Yi-Chun. I remember the veteran dancer-choreographer Bebe Miller for two qualities: the ferocity of her performing--she was a wild, thrillingly unpredictable woman when she was dancing--and, later, for the choreography of a couple of pieces I saw that, with understanding and tenderness, focused on the humane aspects of the human race. The full article appeared in Voice of Dance … [Read more...]

Lubovitch Group Brings Vintage Dances, New Dancers

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 7, 2008. Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The gala opening night of the 40-year-old Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Wednesday, at New York's City Center, revealed a great deal of what we've come to expect of this choreographer: grace, lyricism, easy musicality, clear structure and sentimentality. Members of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company perform ``Concerto Six Twenty-Two,'' to music by Mozart in this undated handout photo released to the media on Thursday, Nov. 6, … [Read more...]

Tudor’s Stricken Lovers End Ballet Theatre Season

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on November 4, 2008. Gillian Murphy, right, and David Hallberg perform the pas de deux from "Romeo and Juliet (Romeo's Farewell)" during American Ballet Theatre's Tudor Centennial Celebration in New York on Oct. 21, 2008. The celebration runs at New York's City Center through Nov. 2. Photographer: Gene Schiavone/ABT via Bloomberg News Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The ability to reveal, through movement, the complex emotional life of a human being, was the supreme gift of … [Read more...]

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