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What Exactly Is Queens-Style Dance?
By LAUREN KAY
Monday, October 20, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 20, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
In dance reputation terms, Manhattan has made its mark with stalwart institutions like American Ballet Theatre and Lincoln Center, as well as 1960s-bred, avant-garde downtown companies. Brooklyn's dancescape is known for Mark Morris, BAM, and even more experimental flavors. But do audiences ever think of---or even recognize---what could be called "Queens-style"...
Three Different Films in One Big Dance
By SUSAN REITER
Monday, September 29, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 29, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
By SUSAN REITER It sounds like the line-up for an especially eclectic film festival: Terms of Endearment, Dr. Zhivago, and the 1961 French thriller Le Cercle Rouge. Instead, those movies are the basis of Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature, the latest adventure in the unexpected from Big Dance Theater. Playing through October 4 at...
The Queen of Hearts Dances, The Mad Hatter Taps
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, September 04, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 4, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
By SUSAN REITER  It's not often that a completely original three-act ballet is unveiled, but next week the National Ballet of Canada will perform something fresh, new, and quite ambitious. Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland translates the beloved Lewis Carroll tale into ingenious dance terms. Given Carroll's extensive...
Meet Pilobolus
By Mark Blankenship
Sunday, July 06, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Sun Jul 6, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
From time to time, TDF Stages will highlight exciting Off and Off-Off Broadway theatre companies with exclusive "getting to know you" videos. Today, we're featuring Pilobolus, a dance-theatre company that strives to do the impossible. Pilobolus' summer season at the Joyce will run from July 15 -- August 10. This video features company dancers...
Dancing the Bard
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, June 26, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 26, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Cory Stearns has played Romeo, Prospero, Oberon, and Iago---all without ever speaking a line. A tall, elegant principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Stearns has portrayed these major Shakespearean characters in ballets based on the Bard. Among his...
How Do Dancers Recreate The Cotton Club?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 29, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 29, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the lives of two After Midnight stars --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles Since previews began last October, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards has danced and sung her way through almost 250 performances of After Midnight, the Jazz Age revue at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre that celebrates...
Who Is Balanchine in the 21st Century?
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, May 01, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 1, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
New York City Ballet dancers reflect on their co-founder's legacy --- This week, New York City Ballet opens its spring season with a dozen ballets by 11 different 21st-century choreographers. That's an impressively diverse collection of artists, but the modern focus means that dances by George Balanchine, the company's co-founder, will spend a few...
Stephen Petronio Dances on the Cutting Edge
By SUSAN REITER
Friday, April 04, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Apr 4, 2014  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Stephen Petronio Company looks forward and backward at the same time --- Stephen Petronio's choreography intermingles discipline and wildness, with an underlying structure that gives his dances heft. In landscapes where danger lurks amid beauty, there's always something significant at stake. What's more, these stakes always feel immediate. Petronio's...
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