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Archives for 2008

Oprah Joins Jamison, Ailey Dancers in 50th Season

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on December 5, 2008. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts, left; Amos J. Machanic, Jr., center; and Olivia Bowman rehearse in this photo taken on May 9, 2007. Photographer: Andrew Eccles/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater via Bloomberg News Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater scorns doing things by half measures. Wednesday night's gala opening of its five-week season at the City Center, celebrating its 50th anniversary, pulled … [Read more...]

Balanchine Casts Christmas Spell With ‘Nutcracker’

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on December 1, 2008. Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- It's too easy to yield to the magic of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," performed by the New York City Ballet. It's harder to define that enchantment. Is it the Christmas tree that grows to a height of 40 feet before our eyes? Maybe it's the skill and verve of the School of American Ballet kids who hold their own against the professionals. Perhaps it's the female corps de ballet, each member a beauty in her own right, … [Read more...]

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...]

An Enduring Connection: De Keersmaeker and Reich

Steve Reich Evening (Choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, N.Y. / October 22-25, 2008 All told, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's "Steve Reich Evening" had the deep civility of work made for an audience expected to think as well as to look and to listen. Cynthia Loemij and Tale Dolven in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Piano Phase. Photo by Jack Vartoogian. The full article appeared in Voice of Dance ( on October 24, 2008. To read it, click here. … [Read more...]

S.F.’s Laid-Back Balanchine Is Pretty as a Picture

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on October 14, 2008. Tina LeBlanc takes part in the San Francisco Ballet's production of George Balanchine's "Divertimento No. 15" at New York City Center in New York on Oct. 10, 2008. Performances by the San Francisco Ballet will continue in New York through Oct. 18. Photographer: Erik Tomasson/San Francisco Ballet via Bloomberg News Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Five different couples, one giving way seamlessly to the next, share a sublime Mozart adagio and the effect is … [Read more...]

In the Flesh: Personal Indulgences No. 11

The old French saying is all too true: After a certain age, a woman must choose between her face and her figure. The added flesh that diabolically accretes to one's middle with the passing years will keep the face attractively plumped out. Cut calories to preserve the figure and the face grows pinched and wrinkled. As with so many issues in life, you can't win, but you can choose. I chose the figure without hesitation, having a well proportioned willowy one, with the great legs I inherited from my mother. My face, on the other hand, is … [Read more...]

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