These Are the Performances Our Readers Loved the Most This Year
We asked you for nominations, compiled your suggestions and had you vote on your favorites. Here's what you chose:
Best Viral Video
Winner: "Kids Meet a Ballerina," featuring Pacific Northwest Ballet's Elle Macy
• Syncopated Ladies' "Everybody Mad" Beychella cover
• Ballet Nacional de España's performance at Oteyza fashion show
• "Doomed," featuring RubberLegz and James Gregg
Most Moving Performance
DESCENT. Photo by Jay Newman, courtesy Kinetic Light
Winner: Alice Sheppard/Kinetic Light in DESCENT
• Dance Theatre of Harlem and artists from Collage Dance Collective in
Geoffrey Holder's Dougla
• National Ballet of Canada in John Neumeier's Nijinsky
• The Royal Ballet in Liam Scarlett's Swan Lake
Winner: TU Dance and Bon Iver's Come Through
• Menil Collection, Houston Ballet and the Merce Cunningham Trust's Merce Cunningham Dance and Concert, Arrivals and Departures: Cage, Cunningham, and Johns
• Sonya Tayeh and The Bengsons' you'll still call me by name
• The Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago's Orphée et Eurydice
Best Dance Documentary
Winner: Ballet Now, directed by Steven Cantor
• Gravity Hero, directed by Trey McIntyre
• Bobbi Jene, directed by Elvira Lind
Most Inventive New Work
Winner: Odeon, by Ephrat Asherie Dance
• GAY GUERRILLA/for julius, by MADBOOTS DANCE
• Paramodernities, by Netta Yerushalmy
• Silent Scream, by Olivier Wevers; performed by Whim W'Him
• Keone and Mari Madrid's e-book, Ruth
Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College's dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world.
"But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there," she says. "His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, and I said okay, I'm in."
Today, it's fair to say that Lanteri has far surpassed his goal of creating scholarship opportunities. But NYCDA has done so much more, bridging the gap between the convention world and the professional world by forging a wealth of partnerships with dance institutions from Marymount to The Ailey School to Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many more. There's a reason these companies and schools—some of whom otherwise may not see themselves as aligned with the convention/competition world—keep deepening their relationships with NYCDA.
Now, college scholarships are just one of many ways NYCDA has gone beyond the typical weekend-long convention experience and created life-changing opportunities for students. We rounded up some of the most notable ones:
We knew that Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's production of West Side Story would challenge our preconceived notions about the show.
But a recent Vogue story gives us a taste of just how nontraditional the Broadway revival will be. Most notably, van Hove is cutting "I Feel Pretty" and the "Somewhere" ballet, condensing the show into one act to better reflect the urgency of the 48-hour plot. (The choice has been approved by the West Side Story estate, including Sondheim, who has "long been uncomfortable" with some of the "I Feel Pretty" lyrics.)
"The show must go on" may be a platitude we use to get through everything from costume malfunctions to stormy moods. But when it came to overcoming a literal hurricane, Houston Ballet was buoyed by this mantra to go from devastated to dancing in a matter of weeks—with the help of Harlequin Floors, Houston Ballet's longstanding partner who sprang into action to build new floors in record time.