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Harlequinade at ABT

Review: A Nearly Forgotten ‘Harlequinade’ Leaps Again at American Ballet Theatre

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, June 12, 2018 The choreography of Marius Petipa is practically synonymous with classical ballet. His ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote are part of the repertoire of major and minor ballet companies all over the world and are frequently ...

Review: Cuban Import Acosta Danza Makes a Powerful Debut at City Center

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, May 1, 2018 Carlos Acosta, who is world-renown for his virtuosic gifts and bravura performances as a classical ballet dancer, returned to his native Cuba to form his own company, Acosta Danza. With the help of the Cuban government and various international ...

Review: Martha Graham Dance Company Continues Its Legacy and Ensures Its Future With Teens@Graham

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in America, continued its 92nd season with performances of their Scared/Profane program at New York City Center this past weekend. On Saturday evening Janet Eilber, the artistic ...

Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center runs June 26 through July 14

Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes at Midsummer Night Swing at ...

ZEALnyc, June 21, 2018 It's that time of year again when the Damrosch Bandshell Plaza at Lincoln Center is transforming into an outdoor dance hall as Midsummer Night Swing commences its three-week residency, hosting a variety of artists performing a wide-range of dance styles. This much-anticipated series ...

Bassist William Parker in a Five-Night Residency at The Stone

Bassist William Parker Probes the Secrets of the Tone World ...

By David Rubien, Contributing Writer, June 21, 2018 A pillar of the New York improvised music community since the 1970s, bassist-composer William Parker is leading a residency at the Stone June 26-30. He says he will be exploring life in its component terms: vibrations, light, love. That ...

Coney Island New York fun at Luna Park and New York Aquarium

A Day @: Coney Island Is As Fun As It Ever ...

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2018 If the Hamptons is a haven for New York’s elite, then Coney Island is for everyone else. It’s not posh, but, boy, is it fun! It’s an offbeat mix of old-school amusement park, beachside restaurants, ...

Roger Daltrey New York Pops The Whos Tommy at Forest Hills New York

Roger Daltrey Rocks Out with the New York Pops in ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2018 Growing up, I didn’t always listen to the “coolest” music of the day. With parents who were into 80s New Wave (and wished the 70s disco era hadn’t existed), but kind of accepted classic rock, it was ...

Introspection album by guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and bassist Harvie S

Special Straight-Ahead Musings by Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and Bassist Harvie ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2018 On their 2018 release Introspection on Jazzheads Records, guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and bassist Harvie S succeed in presenting a guitar trio record that captures the timeless tradition of the ensemble while also producing exciting new sounds and timbres that set ...

The Royal Family of Broadway Review at Barrington Stage

Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway’ Strains to Please at ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2018 A new musical by William Finn is always worth seeking out, wherever it happens to be playing. Finn has a knack for crafting quirky shows about peculiar people, but in a very endearing way. From the cadre of lovable ...

Othello Proves Lies Conquer Love in Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park Review

Review: 'Othello' Proves Lies Conquer Love

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 19, 2018 After last summer’s uproariously trumped-up and absurdly controversial Julius Caesar and the magical elder fairyland of Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first production of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season seems relatively tame. But what ...

Art Break: Must-sees at New York City's New Museum, Eldridge Street and a 'Fine, Bright Day' at The LGBT Center

Art Break: Must-sees at New York City's New Museum, Eldridge ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 18, 2018 This week, Art Break shines the spotlight on the New Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the Bowery. Since its founding in 1977, the institution has given New Yorkers a front row seat to the international contemporary art scene, ...

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Versatility Rules at the Eclectic Alt-Guitar Summit, Starring Bill Frisell ...

By David Rubien, Contributing Writer, June 15, 2018 When a large percentage of jazz guitarists under the age of 50 tell you that their primary influence was Jimi Hendrix, you know something interesting is going on. While the guitar has become as prevalent in jazz as almost any ...

Steve Tibbetts's 'Life Of' Is Both Endlessly Expansive and Deeply Intimate

Steve Tibbetts's 'Life Of' Is Both Endlessly Expansive and Deeply ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, June 14, 2018 Guitarist Steve Tibbetts’ long association with ECM has produced nine albums that span influences from Southeast Asian gamelan to Americana to jazz fusion. His 2018 release, Life of, is a quiet, meditative record that Tibbetts describes as a “sequel” to 2010’...

Review: Paul Taylor Continues To Be a Reigning Force in Modern Dance

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2018 As Paul Taylor has become an elder statesman of modern dance, he’s extended his reputation to provide a platform and an introduction to other dance companies and dancers. On Sunday the Paul Taylor Dance Company presented a program that included ...

Review: Prepare to Scat and Boogie Woogie With Alvin Ailey’s ‘All Jazz’ Tribute

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 20, 2017 Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre is back with fervor this holiday season. Their five-week engagement which features a wide range from their repertory—both old and new—is sure to satisfy all dance and musical tastes. I recently ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is ‘Electrifying’ In Its Holiday Residency at City Center

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 This past Saturday evening’s performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in ‘Memoria;’ photo: Steve Wilson. The evening began with Memoria, ...

Review: New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival Presents a Delightful Sampler

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017 The marvelous Fall For Dance Festival, presented annually by New York City Center, is once again providing audiences with a sampler from various dance companies for an astounding low price of admission ($15 a ticket). On Friday, October 6, four ...

Review: Twyla Tharp Adds To Her Body of Work—’Dylan Love Songs’ at the Joyce

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 25, 2017 With the world premiere of Dylan Love Songs at the Joyce Theater, Twyla Tharp once again proved the power of popular music to inspire her special choreographic magic. No stranger to melding these art forms — having previously created the ...

Review: Bolshoi Ballet Confounds With Its ‘Taming of the Shrew’ at Lincoln Center Festival

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 31, 2017 I particularly enjoy story ballets. I think it’s fascinating to see the creative ways in which choreographers tell stories, describe characters and convey emotions using only movement and gesture without words. However, despite the fact that ...

Review: ABT’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular Lives Up To Its Name

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 5, 2017 American Ballet Theatre presented a program in which four different ballets utilized some of Tchaikovsky’s lesser-known compositions. Arguably the most famous composer of ballet music (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker), Tchaikovsky ...

Review: MOMIX Brings the Magical Southwest To the Joyce in ‘Opus Cactus’

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 3, 2017 MOMIX takes New York City by storm with Opus Cactus. After a twelve-year hiatus from performing locally, the company, founded and led by artistic director Moses Pendleton, is back for a new season at the Joyce Theater. Opus Cactus is a ...

Review: Life and Art Mix in Eifman Ballet’s ‘Red Giselle’ at New York City Center

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, June 5, 2017 The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg began a two week residency at the New York City Center on Friday, June 2, which continues through Sunday, June 11. Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, the company is offering two programs: the first ...

Review: ABT’s ‘Whipped Cream’ Is a Delicious Delight

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2017 American Ballet Theatre’s latest production is the delicious extravaganza titled Whipped Cream. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Mark Ryden, it is jam packed with visual adorableness and nonstop dancing. The original Whipped ...

Review: Parsons Dance ‘Celebrates the Joy of Movement’

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, May 26, 2017 Parsons Dance began a two-week residency at the Joyce Theater last week, which concludes this weekend. Much of the advance publicity was centered around a premiere (Hello World) which was to feature flying drones as part of the performance. ...

Review: Dance Theatre of Harlem Continues Its Legacy

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 Founded in 1969 and inspired by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Dance Theatre of Harlem was established as a beacon of hope for young people. Through training in classical art form, instilling discipline and focus, a ...

Review: Alvin Ailey II Is Electrifying In Their ‘New Program’ at NYU Skirball

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 5, 2017 Ailey II was founded in 1974 and was conceived by Alvin Ailey to establish a cultural community that provides opportunities for dance performances, education, and community programs. Inclusivity and outreach as well as combining new choreography ...

Review: Arch Contemporary Ballet Presents a World Premiere at Alchemical Theatre

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 5, 2017 “They didn’t dance for show. They danced for expression,” murmured an audience member, at the end of Arch Contemporary Ballet’s world premiere of INNATE PRISMROSE on March 26, 2017 at the downtown Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. Director ...

Review: ‘Che Malambo’ Seduces With Fiery Percussive Beats

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, March 29, 2017 The tango isn’t the only captivating dance to emerge from Argentina—behold, “Malambo,” a type of dance with origins dating back to the 17th century. Competitive duels, danced solely by men, that challenged skills of agility, strength ...

Review: Paul Taylor Dance Company Ends Its Run On a Joyful Note

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017 The concluding performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s run at Lincoln Center delivered an energetic and joyful punch to its audience, and celebrated the artistry and choreography of Paul Taylor, one of America’s groundbreaking ...

Review: Hamburg Ballet Presents ‘Old Friends’ Using a Mix of Musical Styles

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 The internationally acclaimed Hamburg Ballet made their Joyce Theater debut this past week when they presented the New York premiere of Old Friends (An Evening of Ballets). I always enjoy attending performances at the Joyce where every seat has ...

Ailey II Debuts With Both Old and New at the Skirball Center

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is nearing a six-decade milestone of presenting, and at the same time, revolutionizing modern dance as we know it today. Over the years the company has grown and in 1974 the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble was ...

Review: Paul Taylor Presents ‘Soup To Nuts’ and More at Lincoln Center

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 21, 2017 I hadn’t seen Paul Taylor’s signature dance, Esplanade, for many years, and I’m happy to report that it is still the joyous experience that I remembered. Beginning with everyday movements—walking, skipping, running, and even crawling—I ...

Review: Ballet de Lorraine Brings Its Artistry to the Joyce

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2017 The Centre Choregraphique National Ballet de Lorraine graced the stage at the Joyce Theater on Friday, February 10, with a varied program. The evening opened with Devoted, choreographed by Cecelia Bengolea and François Chaignaud. This New ...

‘Dance on Camera’ Film Festival Leaps into Lincoln Center

ZEALnyc, January 31, 2017 This year marks the 45th annual Dance on Camera Festival which takes place February 3-7, 2017 hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and co-produced with Dance Films Association.  The festival is the longest-running dance film festival in the world and presents ...

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Breaks Boundaries and Pays Homage to Rock Legend David Bowie

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, January 27, 2017 Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s 2017 season debuts at the Joyce Theatre with their world premiere of Gutter Glitter and New York premiere of Star Dust – A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie. These two distinctive works are sure to ...

Review: Dance as Social Commentary at the Joyce

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, January 9, 2017 When is dance more than dancing? Performances that lead to contemplation in addition to entertainment are crucial to the art of dance. Friday night’s performances at the Joyce Theater underscored the power of dance as social commentary. Lucky ...

Review: Ballet Trockadero will make your holidays bright (and you’ll LOL)

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, December 19, 2016 Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo (referred to as “The Trocks”) is made up of an international group of professional dancers who have a strong affinity and understanding of the formal, stylized art of classical ballet. What ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Continues to Thrill

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 14, 2016 The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater filled the stage of New York City Center on Sunday afternoon with exuberance and grace. The program began with r-Evolution, Dream, choreographed by Hope Boykin, a member of the Company since 2000. The ...

Review: Lucinda Childs Presents a Retrospective ‘Portrait’ at the Joyce

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 7, 2016 The Lucinda Childs Dance Company has returned to the Joyce Theater for a two-week residency, with the first week devoted to presenting Lucinda Childs: A Portrait (1963-2016)—a five-decade retrospective of one of America’s greatest modern ...

Review: Alvin Ailey’s ‘Young NY Night’ Premiere Dazzles

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2016 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center with an explosive five-week holiday season program created to enchant audiences. December 1st marked their first Young NY Night series aimed to attract and engage patrons ...

‘Nutcrackers’ in all shapes and sizes this holiday season!

ZEALnyc, December 2, 2016 Tis the season for snowflakes and sugarplums, and if you enjoy holiday traditions, there isn’t anything more traditional than attending a performance of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. This classic ballet features music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with a ...

Review: Ballet Hispánico in a ‘not to be missed’ performance at the Apollo Theatre

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, November 22, 2016  If you were around the Apollo Theatre this past weekend, you hopefully were able to catch a performance of Ballet Hispánico’s Reshape / Reverse / Replay, which was not to be missed. The performance began with Flabbergast (2011), ...

Review: ‘Natalia Osipova and Artists’ Present a Mixed-Bill with Mixed Results

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, November 14, 2016 The Russian-born classical ballerina Natalia Osipova, who enjoys international fame and recognition, has expanded her repertoire to include contemporary dance. Last year presenting a program of new works, she has followed up this year with ...

Review: Vail Dance Festival Presents a ‘ReMix’ with Great Results

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, November 8, 2016 The Vail Dance Festival has been in existence in Colorado since 1981 where it has developed a reputation for presenting a variety of dance programs. It also provides opportunities for professional dancers to dance works or perform with other ...

The Joyce Announces an Exciting 2017 with Scottish Ballet, Hamburg, Whelan and More

ZEALnyc, November 2, 2016 The Joyce Theater, the world’s only theater built by dancers for dance, has announced an exciting Spring 2017 that features world premiers and New York debuts in its intimate, elegant Chelsea home. The Joyce opens its season with  a collaboration between New York ...

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