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Lèse-majesté

Their majesties  Photo:  Gene Schiavone

Kings of the Dance:  Opus 3 / New York City Center / February 24-26, 2012 For the third time, Ardani Artists, an outfit specializing in the spectacular, brought us Kings of the Dance, a series of star turns contradicting Balanchine’s famous pronouncement that “ballet is woman.” This time the kings were—in alphabetical order, of course—Guillaume Côté (National Ballet of Canada), Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre), David Hallberg (ABT and Bolshoi Ballet), Denis Matvienko (Mariinsky Ballet), and Ivan Vasiliev (Mikhailovsky Ballet).  … [Read more...]

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Rising Generation

Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem  Photo:  Martine Basagni

DTH II / Joyce Theater, NYC / February 7, 9, and 11 matinee and evening, 2012 Dance Theatre of Harlem, with its mission of countering classical ballet’s unspoken policy of no-blacks-need-apply, was founded in 1969.  Its leaders were Arthur Mitchell (a charismatic African-American principal with the almost exclusively white New York City Ballet) and Karel Shook (a white former dancer and star teacher, known for welcoming black dancers to his classes).  From its legendary New York debut at the Guggenheim Museum in 1971, the company was … [Read more...]

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