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Charlotte D'Amboise: Star Quality

Charlotte d’Amboise has long been known on Broadway as a true triple threat: the winning choice in roles that call for dancing, singing, and acting. Her verve, charm, deft comic timing—and great shoulder-and-hip action—have buoyed many a dance-heavy musical in the past two decades. From her Tony-nominated appearance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway to Susan Stroman’s […]

Dancing in Tune With the Earth

Eiko & Koma take Cambodian Stories on their latest tour. Eiko & Koma in Offering, a portable work developed after 9/11. Photo courtesy Eiko & Koma. It’s a breezy night in late May 2004. People are still gathering at the gate of New York’s St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, hoping to grab a chair […]


Becoming Lola: A Damn Yankees vamp.     When Gwen Verdon debuted as Lola in 1955’s Damn Yankees, a star was born. Her onstage charisma and sassy flair made her—and the role—iconic. Broadway audiences never forgot. Lola has been a challenge for everyone who has attempted the part since. But in the recent Arena Stage […]


From sexy to sassy to Shining Sea.     With their powerful thighs and boundless energy, Paul Taylor’s women seem more yang than yin. Then there’s Annmaria Mazzini. Her delicate features and physical abandon send a whiff of something different floating out to the audience. She wandered through the recent revival of From Sea to […]

Compagnia Aterballetto

From left: (front couple) Macha Daudel and Roberto Zamorano, (rear couple) Ashen Ataljanc and Walter Matteini in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Les Noces Photo by Richard Termine for The New York Times, courtesy BAM   Compagnia Aterballetto Next Wave Festival Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY November 8, 9–12, 2005 Reviewed by Nancy Alfaro   The theater […]

Prometheus Dance

Tommy Neblett and Diane Arvanites-Noya in Wreckage. Photo by Jaye R. Phillips, courtesy Prometheus Dance Prometheus Dance Boston Conservatory Theatre, Boston, MA May 26–30, 2005 Reviewed by Iris Fanger   Prometheus Dance presents movement pieces that veer toward theater in their strong images and characterizations, although they do not spin out a specific story. Its […]

British Dance Edition

Random Dance Company premiered Wayne McGregor?s Nemesis at the British Dance Edition Festival 2002. Ravi Deepres, Courtesy British Dance Edition British Dance Edition Various venues Birmingham, England January 30?February 2, 2002 Reviewed by Donald Hutera As the U.K. was being buffeted by wet, windy weather in late January, a small army of people in Birmingham […]

Pennsylvannia Ballet 2001

Pennylvania Ballet dancers donned Liz Prince?s retro-futuristic costumes for Trey McIntyre?s Plush. Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet Pennsylvania Ballet The Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA February 7?11, 2001 Reviewed by Lewis Whittington By the time viewers got to Plush, the much-anticipated Trey McIntyre premiere that closed an ambitious but skittish modern program from the […]