Coming to a Movie Theater Near You: Ailey, SFB and Ballet Hispanico
Let's face it: We love the sunshine and the chance to dance outdoors in fresh summer air, but the season can get hot. Sizzling. With a blistering heat index of over 100 degrees in New York City, there's no better time to slip into the air-conditioned oasis of a movie theater. And if dance performances are part of my theater's lineup, I'm so there.
Starting next week at 115 movie theaters across the country, you can catch Lincoln Center at the Movies, a series of three encore performances presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Fathom Events. If you haven't seen Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico and San Francisco Ballet in person (or if you're a die-hard fan), it's a great chance to see these companies in some of their most beloved works. Here's what's on deck:
Get the full Ailey experience with this broad-ranging quadruple bill, featuring Wayne McGregor's alien-like Chroma; Ronald K. Brown's stirring and spiritual Grace; Robert Battle's syncopated, energetic Takademe; and Alvin Ailey's signature work Revelations.
Ballet Hispanico in Club Havana. Photo by Paula Lobo, Courtesy Fathom Events.
If you're an art lover, you'll want to check out Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's CARMEN.maquia, which is a Picasso-skewed take on the classic opera Carmen. Also on the program is Pedro Ruiz's Club Havana, the Cuban-inspired dance partyset in a nightclub.
Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Erik Tomasson, Courtesy Fathom Events.
Got a taste for star-crossed lovers, ballet packed with acting and ill-fated endings? Then you'll loveHelgi Tomasson's staging of Romeo & Juliet.
Aside from the performances, each evening will include bonus footage of the company in rehearsal and interviews with the dancers. To find a screening near you and to buy advance tickets, visit the events pages above for each company. All shows start at 7 pm local time.
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.