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Vital Signs

Big Dancing in Small Parks  NEW YORK CITY  SummerStage is back, offering free outdoor performances in all five boroughs. This month, the Francesca Harper Project performs Harper’s Modo Fusion: Art Prototype, a foray into the world of beauty pageants that fuses dance with music and film in the East River Park, Aug. 16. In a […]

Shostakovich Trilogy by Alexei Ratmansky

American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 31–June 3, 2013   At right: Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes in Ratmansky’s Symphony #9. Photo by Marty Sohl, Courtesy ABT.     Alexei Ratmansky’s “Shostakovich Trilogy,” the most anticipated ballet premiere of the New York season, met lofty expectations. The choreographer, artist in residence […]

Is Ratmansky Changing Our View of the Soviet Union?

Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy turned out to be that rare thing: a new full-evening ballet not tied to a story, but with enough emotional weight for the audience to feel stimulated and satisfied. It’s a thought-provoking work of art, and it was great to see the audience at the premiere respond to it as warmly as […]

In Praise of Beats

How can we bring batterie back to its former glory?     Maxim Beloserkovsky teaching pre-professional men’s class at Ballet Academy East. Photo by Kyle Froman. Scratchy entrechat sixes. Brisé volés with no brio. Royales unfit for a king.   One of the toughest technical areas to master in ballet, batterie too often is relegated to […]

Inside Sergei Filin's Bolshoi Ballet (expanded version)

An exclusive interview     Vyacheslav Lopatin and Anastasia Stashkevich in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. Photo by Damir Yusupov, Courtesy Bolshoi. A former star of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin, has been artistic director of the company for almost two years. Trained at the Boshoi Academy, he joined the company upon graduation and became a principal […]

Before We Officially Announce Our 2013 "25 to Watch"…

It’s almost time to announce the new class of “25 to Watch,” one of our favorite Dance Magazine features of the year. In choosing the annual list of 25 standout artists and companies, we ask our contributing writers and senior advising editors to identify who is on the verge of a breakthrough, who has all […]

Quick Q&A: Nacho Duato (expanded)

The Spanish choreographer on running the Mikhailovsky After pressure from Spain’s ministry of culture in 2010, Nacho Duato left his company Compañía Nacional de Danza. He accepted a position as artistic director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, offered by the new general director, the Russian “banana mogul” Vladimir Kekhman. A year later, Kekhman […]

ABT Gala: Treasure Upon Treasure

We were in the presence of jewels, of incredible riches at the ABT gala last night. Every performance had a grandeur, every dancer was someone you wanted to keep watching. And there was just enough variety to keep you wanting more. It didn’t feel like a grab bag of hits, as it can sometimes feel. […]

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