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Plugged In

The latest in all media     The Royal Ballet in Ashton’s Scènes de Ballet. Photo by Dee Conway, Courtesy ROH. DVDs   Frederick Ashton: Triple Bill Les Patineurs, Divertissements, Scènes de Ballet. Opus Arte. $29.99. Though best-known for the sunny comedy of La Fille Mal Gardée and the shimmering magic of The Dream, […]


In Memoriam Tony Stevens (1948–2011) Tony Stevens’ musical theater class at Steps on Broadway was always packed. From current Broadway stars to former musical theater veterans, his students all came for the same reason: Stevens’ ability to share his vast knowledge and complex choreography, with an unabashed appetite for fun. His vibrant spirit, gentle manner, […]

Vital Signs

    In Vertigo Dizzy with recent success, Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company visits the U.S. this month for the North American premiere of Mana, Vessel of Light. The piece, choreographed by founder Noa Wertheim, explores tensions between light and dark, hollow and whole, and interior and exterior. Set in black and white against the stark, […]

Seven Reasons Why Ballet Is Thriving

Some people have asked about the talk I gave in Sarasota, where I outlined my seven reasons ballet is NOT dying, in response to ballet-doomsday-sayer Jennifer Homans in her book Apollo’s Angels. (Her book is actually excellent until that last chapter.) So I decided to tweak my notes from my talk at the event for […]

Awards and Grants

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has named the inaugural 21 Doris Duke Artists, each of whom will receive a multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus up to $50,000 more for audience development and retirement funding. The selected artists were chosen in the fields of contemporary dance, theater, and jazz, via an anonymous peer review They […]

Goldberg: The Brandstrup-Rojo Project

Linbury Studio Theatre Royal Opera House, London September 21–26, 2009 Reviewed by Margaret Willis   Tamara Rojo in Brandstrup’s Goldberg. Photo by Johan Persson, courtesy The Royal Ballet.   Take one intelligent ballerina. Add a thoughtful, inventive choreographer and six dancers from differing facets of the art. Light up the stage with effective patterns, and […]

A New Romeo And Juliet Film Is Happening And We're Freaking Out

You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann’s version. We are purists here.) Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan’s choreography […]

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