Category: Dance
Why Are These Ballet Dancers Wearing Sneakers?
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, February 07, 2019  •   Dance  •    4 comments Share This
Thu Feb 7, 2019  •   Dance  •    4 comments Share This
NYCB presents sneaker ballets by Jerome Robbins and Justin Peck --- When Justin Peck's The Times Are Racing premiered two years ago at New York City Ballet, it offered an exciting jolt. There wasn't a pointe shoe or ballet slipper in sight. Instead, the dancers wore sneakers and outfits (designed by Humberto Leon) you might see young folks wearing...
Meet Brazil's Premier Modern Dance Company
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, January 23, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jan 23, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Grupo Corpo brings two startlingly different works to BAM --- Keeping a modern dance company alive and thriving for more than four decades is quite a feat -- especially in a city that isn't exactly an internationally renowned cultural center. Based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 200 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, Grupo Corpo was founded in 1975 by a group...
When a Conventional Choreographic Approach Won't Work
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Tuesday, January 15, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 15, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How Patrick McCollum found the right moves for Broadway's The Band's Visit --- How do you create choreography for a subtle story about human connection? That's what Patrick McCollum had to figure out when he was brought on to add movement to The Band's Visit, an intimate, character-driven musical about an Egyptian military band that gets stranded...
Reconceiving 'Coppélia' for the 21st Century
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, December 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Director-choreographer Chase Brock premieres his first dance-theatre work Off-Broadway --- After 15 years of assisting on or contributing to Main Stem productions, Chase Brock is about to make his full-fledged Broadway musical choreographic debut with Be More Chill in February. But instead of using the holidays to rest up for rehearsals, the prolific...
Why It's Awesome When Characters in Straight Plays Dance
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, December 12, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Dec 12, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out with fellow Drama Desk nominator and journalist, Doug Strassler. Today's topic: dance sequences in straight plays Linda Buchwald: I came up with the idea for this GOFO when I saw Teenage Dick, Mike Lew's...
Still Dancing with Alvin Ailey After 21 Years
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, December 05, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 5, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Two veteran dancers discuss the company's 60th anniversary season --- Although it's exciting when a young new dancer catches your eye for the first time, it's even more thrilling to watch that performer mature artistically over the years. These days, many leading New York companies are enriched by veteran members who've been dancing for decades, such...
Twyla Tharp Works You've Never Seen
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, November 13, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 13, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
The legendary dance-maker reflects on her early years in Minimalism and Me --- In 1965, a very brief, rather odd dance performance took place in a Hunter College art studio. The choreographer was an unknown named Twyla Tharp, who had graduated from Barnard College two years earlier with an art history degree, and danced briefly with Paul Taylor's...
How ABT's Fall Season Moves Beyond Ballet
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, October 18, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Oct 18, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
American Ballet Theatre debuts two works that incorporate tap and contemporary dance --- This week, American Ballet Theatre returns to Lincoln Center with a fall season that is lean, adventurous and bracingly contemporary. Alongside works by eminent choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins (in honor of his centennial), Twyla...
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