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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Review: Dancing for Themselves in an Underworld of Shadows by Gia Kourlas

Cullberg, a contemporary Swedish company, makes its Joyce Theater debut with Deborah Hay’s delicate, hypnotic “Horse, the Solos.”

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Easy Does It: Bringing Old-School Wisdom to City Ballet by Gia Kourlas

Kyra Nichols, a former principal, returns to the company for the first time since her 2007 retirement to coach ballets by Balanchine and Robbins.

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Review: Justin Peck Runs Out of Steam in ‘Copland Dance Episodes’ by Gia Kourlas

New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer expands on “Rodeo” to make an evening-length work set to some of Aaron Copland’s most popular music.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Review: A Dance Searching for Harmony in an Unequal World by Gia Kourlas

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence returns to the Joyce Theater with two hits, “Open Door” and “Grace,” and a New York premiere with music by Jason Moran.

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Review: Romeo and Juliet Leap to 1960s Hong Kong by Gia Kourlas

Septime Webre’s rendition of the tragic tale for Hong Kong Ballet this weekend at New York City Center had a striking look, but its dancing lacked vulnerability.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Review: To the Moon! A Vivid Bill T. Jones Dance Leaves Earth’s Orbit by Gia Kourlas

In “Curriculum II,” dancers spin like planets as they grapple with the mind, the body and technology.

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Friday, January 6, 2023

At City Ballet, Alexei Ratmansky Can Let His Imagination Run Wild by Gia Kourlas

When the choreographer joins the company as artist in residence, the winners will be the dancers. And ballet.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

What Does an Angel See in Her Future? Maybe a Sugarplum Fairy. by Gia Kourlas

In “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,” performed by City Ballet and young students from its School of American Ballet, ballet comes full circle.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

What Do Two Fires Have in Common? It Comes Down to Guts. by Gia Kourlas

At MoMA, the choreographer and artist Yve Laris Cohen’s installation, inspired by a fire at Jacob’s Pillow, looks at the fragility of space, art and the body.

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Friday, December 16, 2022

The Dance Laboratory of an Existential Fidgeter by Gia Kourlas

In “Remains Persist,” the choreographer Moriah Evans oversees a four-hour experiment that proposes a new way of looking at dance.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

What Set tWitch Apart as a Dancer? His Generous Spirit. by Gia Kourlas

Stephen Boss, known as tWitch, who took his own life, didn’t just move to music. He was music.

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Friday, December 9, 2022

Review: Michelle Dorrance Returns to the Joyce. Where’s the Zip? by Gia Kourlas

In an uneven program, the tap dancer and choreographer presents three new works in Manhattan, including a dance for former cast members of “Stomp.”

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The Wednesday Dance Is an Invitation. Be Weird. by Gia Kourlas

Jenna Ortega’s dance for her Addams Family character is a viral sensation, but why? It is disarming and defiant: the dance of a nonconformist.

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Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday Dance Is an Invitation. Be Weird. by Gia Kourlas

Jenna Ortega’s dance for her Addams Family character is a viral sensation, but why? It is disarming and defiant: the dance of a nonconformist.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Review: Dancing to Tears for Fears, Until They’re Worn Out by Gia Kourlas

The Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat presents “LOVETRAIN2020,” a work set to hits by the British duo, for his company’s Brooklyn Academy of Music debut.

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Here Are the Best Dance Performances of 2022 by Gia Kourlas, Brian Seibert and Siobhan Burke

After a few slow, sad years, the dance calendar returned to something like abundance, with standout shows that leaned into joy and community.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dream Logic Mixed With ‘a Catalog of My Interests Back in 1996’ by Gia Kourlas

The veteran choreographer Sally Silvers celebrates her 40th anniversary season with “Pandora’s New Cake Stain,” a version of her first evening-length work.

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Tiny Dancers Who Make ‘The Nutcracker’ Sparkle by Gia Kourlas and Erik Tanner

In New York City Ballet’s production this year, the children, most of them new to the show, are back to normal. Pint-size, that is.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Review: Two Years Later, Garth Fagan Dances Out His Company’s 50th by Gia Kourlas

The “Lion King” choreographer brings his company to the Joyce Theater in programs that feature his work and dances by the talented Norwood Pennewell.

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

‘Wakatt’ Review: A Dance for Our Times Travels to a Dark Place by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly explores the fear that permeates society in the North American premiere of “Wakatt” at NYU Skirball.

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Neil Greenberg’s New Dance ‘Betsy’ Is a Wild Child by Gia Kourlas

White privilege, racism, two pandemics: This choreographer takes it all on with the help of “The Nutcracker” and two of dance’s go-to composers.

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Dancing at Paul Taylor, a New Generation Finds Its Footing by Gia Kourlas

For its Lincoln Center season, the Paul Taylor Dance Company presents premieres by Lauren Lovette and Amy Hall Garner, along with the classics.

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

After a Severe Injury, James Whiteside Is Dancing on a New Knee by Gia Kourlas

The American Ballet Theater principal ruptured a tendon in December. He recently took his first step back to the stage with “Whipped Cream.”

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Smoke, Mirrors and Passing the Torch at American Ballet Theater by Gia Kourlas

The company continues its fall season with the delight that is “The Dream,” and a Christopher Rudd premiere with an all-Black cast and creative team.

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Friday, October 21, 2022

The Brilliance and the Blahs of City Ballet. (And Then There’s Solange.) by Gia Kourlas

Reflections on the fall season of New York City Ballet, which remains in transition with a new generation raring to go.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Camille A. Brown’s Latest Dance Challenge? To Have Fun. by Gia Kourlas

The busy choreographer returns to the stage, maybe for the last time, in her celebrated trilogy exploring Black life.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Review: Seven Dancers Step Into the Rhythm of a Moroccan Night by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Fouad Boussouf presents his mystical “Näss” at the Joyce Theater as part of the Crossing the Line Festival.

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Monday, October 17, 2022

What Comes After a Storm? From Twyla Tharp, a Softer World by Gia Kourlas

The prolific choreographer tells a new story with two classic works at New York City Center: “In the Upper Room” and “Nine Sinatra Songs.” In that order.

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Friday, October 14, 2022

What Is the Power of Unity Phelan’s Dancing? ‘I’m Clay.’ by Gia Kourlas

Phelan, a principal at New York City Ballet, has gone from rising to risen with a stellar fall season that has shown her range in a string of debuts.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: At Fall for Dance, Resilience Takes Center Stage by Gia Kourlas

The City Center festival continued with Kyiv City Ballet, a Christopher Wheeldon duet and a daring work for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: City Ballet Dresses Up for Another Fashion Letdown by Gia Kourlas

With music by Solange and ballets by Kyle Abraham, Gianna Reisen and Justin Peck, the company’s annual fashion gala prizes costumes over dancing.

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