Wendy Whelan rehearsing Yvonne Rainer's Trio A. Photo by Mark Kornbluth, Courtesy Danspace Project.
Amidst the plethora of dance events happening in New York City this month, here are three that caught our eye.
Ballerina Cross-Fade at ABT
Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in Cranko's Onegin. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT.
The role of Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin will be more emotional than ever for audiences at American Ballet Theatre's spring season. Diana Vishneva, one of today's most intense and versatile ballerinas, has chosen that tumultuous role for her send-off from ABT on June 19 and 23. (She will continue as a principal with St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet.) Meanwhile, Alessandra Ferri, still lusciously limpid at age 54, returns to the role June 20 and 22. Marcelo Gomes plays the fickle Onegin for Vishneva; Roberto Bolle partners Ferri. abt.org.
Heffington at the High Line
Ryan Heffington. Photo by bcarrworks photography, Courtesy Heffington.
If you've ever thought wistfully of how cool it would have been to see Sleep No More before it was the trendiest ticket in town, you're in luck. Randy Weiner, one of the producers behind that runaway hit, has teamed up with kooky choreographer extraordinaire Ryan Heffington to create Seeing You, a new immersive experience set underneath Manhattan's iconic High Line. Tickets are currently available through August 31. seeingyou.nyc.
An Avant-Garde Landmark Reenvisioned
David Thomson rehearses Trio A with Pat Catterson. Photo by Mark Kombluth, Courtesy Danspace Project.
Yvonne Rainer's seminal 1966 work Trio A is known for its steady, uninflected pacing. Now that pacing has been drastically slowed down by artist/producer David Michalek. For SlowDancing/Trio A, an installation at Danspace Project, Michalek has filmed 46 diverse dancers, each performing seven seconds of the difficult coordination, and stretched it to last well over an hour. The result is a video installation that takes over the sanctuary of St. Mark's Church from June 23 to July 1. The cast includes Wendy Whelan and downtown favorites Jodi Melnick and David Thomson. danspaceproject.org.
Devon Teuscher performing the titular role in Jane Eyre. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT
Story ballets that debut during American Ballet Theatre's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House are always the subject of much curiosity—and, sometimes, much debate. Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre was no different. The ballet follows the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Brönte's novel as she grows from a willful orphan to a self-possessed governess, charting her romance with the haughty Mr. Rochester and the social forces that threaten to tear them apart.
While the ballet was warmly received in the UK when Northern Ballet premiered it in 2016, its reception from New York City–based critics has been far less welcoming. A group of editors from Dance Magazine and two of our sister publications, Dance Spirit and Pointe, sat down to discuss our own reactions.