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Thursday, December 1, 2022

A new ballet tips ‘Evita’ Perón off her pedestal by Sarah L. Kaufman

In Ballet Hispánico’s “Doña Perón,” choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa studies the enigmatic, charismatic Argentine icon.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12PM
Friday, November 25, 2022

Cracking open ‘The Nutcracker’s’ dark Russian past by Sarah L. Kaufman

Behind the holiday classic lies an unsavory history that may change the way you think about it.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18AM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Christmas whirls into town with Kansas City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, comic toys and clever animals steal the show in a "Nutcracker" production especially geared for children.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:32PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

‘Hamilton’ choreographer couldn’t find a show he liked. So he wrote one. by Sarah L. Kaufman

“I only want to write things that move," says Andy Blankenbuehler, writer-director-choreographer of off-Broadway’s “Only Gold.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Friday, October 28, 2022

For dancers performing in museums, first rule is: Don’t bump into art by Sarah L. Kaufman

Resident choreographers add physical verve to the static world of art exhibitions. But carefully. Very carefully.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:33AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Mark Morris’s tribute to Burt Bacharach is what the world needs now by Sarah L. Kaufman

Nothing is as it seems with this brilliant dance journey performed at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:03PM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Russia’s Bolshoi, Mariinsky cancel top choreographer Alexei Ratmansky by Sarah L. Kaufman

The name of the Vladimir Putin critic was removed from his ballets in the Russian companies.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:07PM

‘13 Tongues’ is not enough to tell a story, but the vibe is glorious by Sarah L. Kaufman

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre captivates with the extravagant beauty of its dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:55PM

Washington Ballet artistic director Julie Kent is stepping down by Sarah L. Kaufman

She departs next year to become one of the artistic directors of the Houston Ballet.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:55PM

Dancemaker Mark Morris’s homage to Burt Bacharach was no light lift by Sarah L. Kaufman

The choreographer has created “The Look of Love,” an homage to the 1960s-70s pop hitmaker that his company will perform at the Kennedy Center from Oct. 26-29.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:07AM
Friday, October 14, 2022

McCarthyism silenced this Black icon. Now dancers are making noise. by Sarah L. Kaufman

One of the nation's top entertainers, Hazel Scott blew up piano jazz in the 1940s. Then she vanished. A Washington arts presenter and Dance Theatre of Harlem are launching a revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:13AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

United Ukrainian Ballet to make U.S. debut at Kennedy Center in February by Sarah L. Kaufman

The classical company of war exiles will dance new “Giselle” by famed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky; guest stars include top ballerina Christine Shevchenko.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:19PM
Friday, September 23, 2022

Marilyn Monroe was a great dancer. You wouldn’t know it from ‘Blonde.’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

Plus, nine more things you should remember about her, Hollywood history and "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:43AM
Monday, September 19, 2022

The artful messaging of the queen’s funeral: The monarchy endures by Sarah L. Kaufman

This was a theater of power, its purpose to show unshakable continuity as the gears of state and crown still smoothly wheel around.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:55PM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Beloved dancer’s death on Ukraine battlefield underscores cost of war by Sarah L. Kaufman

Dancer and teacher Oleksandr Shapoval, a father of two who volunteered for the army, is remembered as “a pure and bright soul.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:25AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

In promising fall dance trend, real-life figures inspire the lineup by Sarah L. Kaufman

The art and legacies of Burt Bacharach, Eva Peron, Maya Lin and musician/activist Hazel Scott spark works around the region.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:05AM
Monday, August 29, 2022

Six drag queens you should be following on YouTube by Sarah L. Kaufman

These expert entertainers offer it all: Transformation. Barbiecore. Activism.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:24AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Solange Knowles makes perfect sense as New York City Ballet composer by Sarah L. Kaufman

The Grammy-winning artist, the latest of NYCB’s major music collaborators, is deeply creative with an appetite for dance.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:07AM
Friday, August 5, 2022

So you think I can dance? by Sarah L. Kaufman

Our dance critic tried 15 dance apps. Here’s what she learned, and her top picks for fine-tuning your moves.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Saturday, July 30, 2022

Tips from dance stars for sore summer feet by Sarah L. Kaufman

New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and others offer hard-won wisdom on blisters, flip-flops, foot funk and ice buckets.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

New Washington Ballet dances try to solve puzzles of life and death by Sarah L. Kaufman

Washington Ballet unveils world premieres by Jessica Lang, Brett Ishida and Mthuthuzeli November, and bids farewell to two longtime dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

In a terrible week, the much-needed balm of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, Tiler Peck and Sara Mearns lead an excellent cast in Balanchine's version of the Shakespeare comedy.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

Creating a space for ballet dancers ‘where Blackness is not an issue’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Reframing the Narrative,” at the Kennedy Center June 14-19, pulls together an all-star team of Black dancers and choreographers from around the world for performances and other public e…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Summer dance means fresh air and fresh ideas in motion by Sarah L. Kaufman

Outdoor highlights include American Dance Festival, Chicago SummerDance, Jacob’s Pillow and Bard SummerScape

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:06AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Susan Jaffe might blow up the entire way we think about ballet by Sarah L. Kaufman

The former ballerina's vision for American Ballet Theatre could bring the acclaimed company into the 21st century.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM
Monday, May 9, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022

Washington Ballet’s ‘Giselle’ brims with charm and musical delights by Sarah L. Kaufman

In production at the Warner Theatre through Sunday, the emphasis is on fine dancing, while storytelling could be sharper.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM
Friday, April 22, 2022

How Netflix helped Kyle Abraham create his new dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

The A.I.M. founder and his dancers used weekly viewing and discussion sessions to inform “An Untitled Love,” which comes to the Kennedy Center April 29-30.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:12AM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

When war hit Ukraine, dancers mobilized like never before by Sarah L. Kaufman

The global ballet community rallies to help young Ukrainians and families find new homes — and pursue their art.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:33AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

Why Misty Copeland should be American Ballet Theatre’s new director by Sarah L. Kaufman

The acclaimed ballet company can make history and look to the future by naming a woman of color as its leader.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42AM
Friday, April 1, 2022

American Ballet Theatre turns in an exhilarating ‘Don Quixote’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, an effervescent cast lifts a production geared to excite.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM

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