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Archives for June 2006

PETER MARTINS’S `FRIANDISES’ AT NYCB HAS THRILLS, LITTLE DEPTH

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on February 13, 2006. Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Nine guys cut through the air with space-eating, turning leaps. They're matched by nine young women, more delicately built but equally athletic and fearless. Heading these contingents, the stocky, buoyant Daniel Ulbricht and Tiler Peck, a virtuosa with showgirl lushness, confidently toss off daredevil feats. ``Friandises,'' Peter Martins's newest work for the New York City Ballet, is a gasp-inducing entertainment designed to … [Read more...]

WHEN BALANCHINE SENT IN THE CLANS

This article originally appeared in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times on February 12, 2006. IN a New York City Ballet studio, backed by a tape of implacable drumbeats, a lesson begins, emphasizing driving feet, lashing kicks set against a twisting torso and sudden, ominous halts, all executed with ferocious force at a relentless pace. "The movement takes more than just physical energy," Karin von Aroldingen, a ballet mistress with the company, explains. "You have to give it will power -- and spirit." The lesson is how to be the … [Read more...]

N.Y.C. BALLET COUPLES CAVORT, CONTORT IN WHEELDON’S `KLAVIER’

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on January 25, 2006. Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Trailing its mooring ropes across a dark stage framed in black velour drapes, a Paris Opera-style crystal chandelier lies crashed on the floor. Ten dancers, costumed with necrophiliac glamour, pace, embrace and fall to the opening measures of the Adagio Sostenuto from Beethoven's ``Hammerklavier'' piano sonata. Christopher Wheeldon, resident choreographer of the New York City Ballet, has set the scene for ``Klavier,'' his … [Read more...]

CONJURING A MODERN UTOPIA STRAIGHT OUT OF ANCIENT GREECE

This article originally appeared in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times on January 8, 2006. WITH a new dance-theater production, "Aristophanes in Birdonia," on view beginning this week at Danspace Project, the veteran postmodernist David Gordon confirms a recent shift in his subject matter. Once best known for constructions that brooded wittily on the personal relationships of couples, multi-generational families and small dance troupes like his own Pick Up Performance Company, Mr. Gordon finds the wider realm of social politics … [Read more...]

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