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Monday, January 24, 2022

City Ballet Promotes Seven Dancers as Performances Resume by Gia Kourlas

A crew of corps de ballet members, six women and one man, head into the delayed winter season with a new rank: soloist.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Review: Dancing That Unfolds Like a Prayer by Gia Kourlas

The Northern Irish choreographer Oona Doherty looks at despair through an ethereal lens at the Irish Arts Center.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Reggie Wilson Explores the Power of Moving Together by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer continues his research into African American worship and the Black Shakers in “Power” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Friday, December 24, 2021

What Is ‘West Side Story’ Without Jerome Robbins? Chatty. by Gia Kourlas

Justin Peck takes over choreographic duties in the Steven Spielberg adaptation of the 1957 musical in which words, not bodies, rule the screen.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

School of American Ballet Appoints New Leaders by Gia Kourlas

Darla Hoover is to be chair of faculty and Aesha Ash will fill the newly created position of associate chair at the New York City Ballet-affiliated academy.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

A Witty Mastermind of Les Ballets Trockadero Comes Home by Gia Kourlas

Peter Anastos returns to the comedic troupe he helped found for “Nightcrawlers,” a Jerome Robbins sendup at the Joyce Theater.

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Friday, December 10, 2021

Ailey’s New Secret Weapon: The Heroically Unmannered James Gilmer by Gia Kourlas

His days as a ballet prince are in the past. Now this regal member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings his own drama to the stage.

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Exploring the Dimensions of Black Power at Alvin Ailey by Gia Kourlas

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center with stage premieres by Robert Battle and Jamar Roberts and a stunning “Lazarus.”

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Best Dance of 2021 by Gia Kourlas, Brian Seibert and Siobhan Burke

A year of uncertainty was capped by a happy ending: a rush of performances this fall, including standouts by masters (Twyla Tharp) and breakout stars (LaTasha Barnes).

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A Choreographer Gives ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ a Makeover by Gia Kourlas

In the postponed premiere of “Wednesday” at New York Live Arts, Raja Feather Kelly asks: “Who has the right to tell anyone’s story?”

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

This Year’s ‘Nutcracker’ Kids: Taller, Older and Savoring It All by Gia Kourlas

The return of New York City Ballet’s holiday classic will look a little different this season, with children 12 and above and new costumes for the party scene.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Review: Stephen Petronio Looks to the NYC of His Past for Inspiration by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer returns to the East Village — and La MaMa — with “Petronio Punk Picks and Other Delights,” landing in a place of nostalgia.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Twyla Tharp: ‘Each One of the Dances Is My Hope for a Perfect World’ by Gia Kourlas

In “Twyla Now,” a program of works featuring ballet stars and a youthful ensemble at New York City Center, Tharp merges the past with the present.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Review: Sensation and Skin, in a Theater Housed in Bodies by Gia Kourlas

Luciana Achugar presents the premiere of “Puro Teatro: A Spell for Utopia” at the new, improved Chocolate Factory, but its pleasures feel one-sided.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Review: Reimagined Gibney Company Makes a Long-Winded Debut by Gia Kourlas

Gina Gibney unveils an expanded company in three premieres by Sonya Tayeh, Alan Lucien Oyen and Rena Butler at the Joyce Theater.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Review: Choreographic Skeletons From a Lost Pandemic Time by Gia Kourlas

In “Review,” the choreographer Madeline Hollander reimagines months of unseen dance performances at the Hamilton Fish Pool in Manhattan.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Review: What Does Ballet Need Now? Not Retro Fantasy. by Gia Kourlas

American Ballet Theater’s fall gala featured “ZigZag,” an energetic yet dated premiere by Jessica Lang to songs sung by Tony Bennett.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Silky Ballet Solos and Irresistible Tapping Toes Close Fall for Dance by Gia Kourlas

The New York City Center festival presented exceptional works by Alexei Ratmansky and Ayodele Casel, including a captivating premiere.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Emerging Through the Fog of a Pandemic With ‘Giselle’ by Gia Kourlas

American Ballet Theater returns to Lincoln Center with its full-length production — and with it, a breakthrough performance by Skylar Brandt.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Rising Out of the Pandemic, City Ballet Ushers in a New Era by Gia Kourlas

The fall season comes to a close at New York City Ballet, with a flurry of farewells and new beginnings.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Hello, Opera? Meet Social Dance. It’s a Showstopper. by Gia Kourlas

To Camille A. Brown, the choreographer and co-director of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at the Metropolitan Opera, this production is about legacy.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Farewell to a Ballerina With Borscht Belt Humor and ‘Legs of Life’ by Gia Kourlas

Maria Kowroski, the reigning principal of New York City Ballet and the last company member to have worked with Jerome Robbins, takes her final bow.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Road Back: ‘How Am I Ever Going to Dance Again?’ by Gia Kourlas and Sabrina Santiago

We talked to three New York City Ballet dancers — Megan Fairchild, Jovani Furlan and India Bradley — in the months leading up to their return to the stage.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Review: Lindy Hopping Into the Present With Caleb Teicher and Co. by Gia Kourlas

In “Sw!ng Out,” Teicher and a creative team bring vernacular dance to the Joyce. Tacked onto the end? A jam for all.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Review: The Costume Dramas of New York City Ballet by Gia Kourlas

The Fall Fashion Gala returned with new works by Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller that felt like fast fashion: flimsy.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: With Balanchine and Confetti, City Ballet Is Back by Gia Kourlas

New York City Ballet opened its fall season on Tuesday with its first full-scale performance since the pandemic began. It felt like a rainbow.

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Balanchine, the Teacher: ‘I Pushed Everybody’ by Gia Kourlas

He used to say he would be remembered more for his teaching than his ballets. The film “In Balanchine’s Classroom” provides a glimpse of that.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

‘Release. Joy. Love.’ A Dance Festival at Little Island. by Gia Kourlas

Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard have organized a festival that celebrates percussive dance and artists of all ages.

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Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse’s Wife, Gets Her Due This Fall by Gia Kourlas and Josefina Santos

Gwen Verdon gets her due at the Fall for Dance Festival with “Sweet Gwen Suite,” a reimagining of three works made for TV in the late 1960s.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Madeline Hollander’s ‘Review’ at Performa Is Apt for the Moment by Gia Kourlas

Madeline Hollander’s “Review” at Performa, in which performers will mark dances that have been canceled or postponed, seems an apt response to our moment.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Whether Dancing or Still, the Body in ‘Ema’ Tells the Story by Gia Kourlas

In Pablo Larraín’s unsettling film, Mariana Di Girolamo stars as a dancer who finds freedom through reggaeton dance.

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All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre