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Ballet’s Sweetheart

Pacific Northwest Ballet / City Center, NYC / February 13-16, 2013 The Pacific Northwest Ballet, whose home is in Seattle, has just made a rare visit to New York.  It offered two programs, one an acid-test rep of three top-of-the-line Balanchine classics; the other, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s take on Romeo and Juliet, to that Prokofiev score  ballet fans hear far too often.  Evolved by Francia Russell and her husband, Kent Stowell, in the course of the 1970s, the company is one of several groups whose roots lie in Balanchine territory.  Peter … [Read more...]


Martha Graham Dance Company / Joyce Theater, NYC, and City Center, NYC / March 13 – 18, 2012 Martha Graham, performing Lamentation (courtesy YouTube) Everything that lives must die, as a colleague explained gently to her very young daughter, when the child was wrestling for the first time with the idea of death.  The idea is also applicable to even the most glorious dance institutions, such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, on view for a week at the Joyce Theater. I saw the first of the two ordinary repertory programs offered.  It … [Read more...]

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