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Thursday, June 13, 2024

What Is Ballet in the 21st Century? It’s All Over the Place. by Gia Kourlas

New York City Ballet wrapped up its 75th anniversary celebration at Lincoln Center this spring with a look to the future. But it didn’t always speak to it.

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

The World Needs an Action Hero. Enter Twyla Tharp (and Camus). by Gia Kourlas

Leading off the summer season at Little Island in Manhattan, the choreographer presents “How Long Blues,” with T Bone Burnett and David Mansfield.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Mira Nadon, a Once-in-a-Generation Dancer at City Ballet by Gia Kourlas

Mira Nadon, the rising New York City Ballet principal, is coming off her best season yet. And it’s only the beginning.

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Across New York City, Building Young Dancers On and Off the Stage by Gia Kourlas

As Ballet Tech, a tuition-free public school, prepares for its Joyce season, Dionne Figgins teaches the students to see the big picture of their art form.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

At DanceAfrica, the Enduring Power of Love by Gia Kourlas

A couple with deep ties to the popular Brooklyn festival and its founder and longtime artistic director, Chuck Davis, recall when their wedding was part of the show.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

She Wants to Make San Francisco Ballet an ‘Arrow to the Future’ by Gia Kourlas

Tamara Rojo, the company’s new artistic director, has a vision of ballet as for the people — all the people — with dances that reflect our world.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Review: Parsons Dance Spins and Darts Through Miles Davis by Gia Kourlas

For its Joyce season, the company unveils “Juke,” a spiky premiere by Jamar Roberts, along with dances by David Parsons and Penny Saunders.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Review: Turning a Dance Spotlight on the Painter Juan de Pareja by Gia Kourlas

Eduardo Vilaro celebrates his 15th year as artistic director of Ballet Hispánico with a premiere exploring the life of the Afro-Hispanic artist.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

A Wanderer, Ravel and Suzanne Farrell: Life Is Good at City Ballet by Gia Kourlas

The spring season at New York City Ballet opened with an all-Balanchine program and a vintage miniature from 1975: “Errante,” staged for a new generation.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

FKA twigs Dances Martha Graham: ‘This Is Art in Its Truest Form’ by Gia Kourlas

Once a young bunhead, the acclaimed musical artist is taking the stage with the Martha Graham Dance Company. For her, this is holy grail territory.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Review: Dance Theater of Harlem Is in New (and Capable) Hands by Gia Kourlas

The company performed its first New York City Center season under the direction of Robert Garland in a program including George Balanchine’s “Pas de Dix.”

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Beth Gill’s Autobiographical ‘Nail Biter’ Gets a New York City Premiere by Gia Kourlas

In “Nail Biter,” a New York City premiere, this exacting choreographer explores her ballet roots and how to be in her body now.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Dianne McIntyre, 77, Dances at New Apollo Stages by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Dianne McIntyre presents “In the Same Tongue,” a dance she calls “an artistic history of myself,” at the new Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theater.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Review: Nederlands Dans Theater at New York City Center by Gia Kourlas

Under the artistic leadership of Emily Molnar, Nederlands Dans Theater returned to New York City Center with a less than stellar triple bill.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Review: A New Dance at Trisha Brown Examines the Act of a Fall by Gia Kourlas

The Trisha Brown Dance Company returned to the Joyce Theater with an enthralling premiere by the French choreographer Noé Soulier.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Review: Looking for Love With Burt Bacharach, and Finding a Prayer by Gia Kourlas

Mark Morris’s “The Look of Love” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is uneven, but you can’t fight its swing.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Review: Rennie Harris Brings Chicago House to the Joyce Theater by Gia Kourlas

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents the first of two programs at the Joyce Theater, including a sparkling New York premiere by the hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris.

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‘Illinoise’: A Place of Overflowing Emotion, but Little Dance Spirit by Gia Kourlas

Justin Peck, who directs and choreographs a narrative dance musical to Sufjan Stevens’s concept album “Illinois,” resorts to his usual standby: community.

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Friday, March 8, 2024

At City Ballet, 2 Sparkling Premieres and Many Moments to Remember by Gia Kourlas

New works, by Alexei Ratmansky and Tiler Peck, and revivals brought solace and sadness, beauty and humor — and full-out, thrilling dancing this winter season.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

At Dance Theater of Harlem, a New Lease on History and Ballet by Gia Kourlas

Robert Garland, Dance Theater’s new artistic director and longtime resident choreographer, presides over his first season at New York City Center.

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Review: Dancing Out ‘Goldberg’ With a Nod to John Travolta by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker teams up with the pianist Pavel Kolesnikov for a new production of the Bach masterpiece at N.Y.U. Skirball.

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Alonzo King’s ‘Deep River’ to Premiere at Rose Theater by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer’s contemplative “Deep River,” performed by Lines Ballet at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, swims along, brimming with hope and love.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Alexei Ratmansky Unleashes the Pain of the War in Ukraine at NYC Ballet by Gia Kourlas

In “Solitude,” a stellar, haunting work that had its premiere on Thursday, New York City Ballet’s artist in residence brings a photograph to life.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Together ‘There Was Magic’: Two Fluid Dancers in Our Racing Times by Gia Kourlas

The nonbinary dancers Ashton Edwards and Taylor Stanley made history in their magnetic performance of Justin Peck’s “The Times Are Racing” at New York City Ballet.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Twyla Tharp Showcases Two New Dances and a Revival at the Joyce by Gia Kourlas

For her latest program at the Joyce Theater, the one-of-a-kind choreographer showcases two new dances, along with a revival of “Ocean’s Motion.”

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Sutton Stracke Travels to Spain With Merce Cunningham’s Ashes by Gia Kourlas

The current season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” meets Merce Cunningham in an incongruous mash-up of reality TV and modern dance.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Review: At City Ballet, Tiler Peck Lets the Music Show the Way by Gia Kourlas

Peck’s choreographic debut for the company, the lively “Concerto for Two Pianos,” shares the spotlight with Alexei Ratmansky’s mysterious, wonderful “Odesa.”

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chita Rivera’s Ballet Roots Shaped Her Dancing by Gia Kourlas

Chita Rivera saw herself as a dancer, and that’s fitting: Her early ballet training was her secret weapon — and it never left her body.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Review: A Japanese ‘Boléro’? It’s a Spooky Ride of Revenge. by Gia Kourlas

At Japan Society, “Nihon Buyo in the 21st Century,” a rare showcase in New York of this style of Japanese dance, forges a link between the past and present.

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Review: A Japanese Take on Ravel’s ‘Boléro’ Is a Rare Showcase by Gia Kourlas

At Japan Society, “Nihon Buyo in the 21st Century,” a rare showcase in New York of this style of Japanese dance, forges a link between the past and present.

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Friday, January 5, 2024

In a Land of Primary Colors, Home Is Where the Bounce House Is by Gia Kourlas

As part of Under the Radar, Nile Harris resurrects his play that weaves together text, sound, minstrelsy and dance to explore the American experience.

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