Performances Onstage This Month

A King Re-Gendered Setterfield in Lear. Photo by Patrick Moore, courtesy NYLA. Play King Lear? Valda Setterfield has done so many other things that when she turned 79, she felt ripe for the challenge. At the request of Irish maverick choreographer John Scott, she played (and danced) the plagued king in Ireland two years ago, […]

Big Moves on Broadway

Lin-Manuel Miranda (as Hamilton) and the ensemble. Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Hamilton.   On Broadway, there’s a certain excitement that comes with old shows (or not so old shows) closing. A closed show means a newly empty theater, a space for a newer, fresher, hopefully dancier show. Yesterday, I was reminded of the Broadway […]

What Exactly Is Contemporary Ballet?

  Ballet Hispanico in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Sombrerisimo. Photo by Paula Lobo, Courtesy Ballet Hispanico.   Anchored in the old, hungry for the new, contemporary ballet is a style that remains ambiguous. It allows the body to careen off balance and the stage relationships to shift. It’s less bent on creating masterworks, and more curious […]

Storied Success

What’s behind the recent comeback of narrative ballets?   The Royal Ballet’s Jonathan Howells and Sarah Lamb in Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Johan Persson, Courtesy Royal Opera House Everyone loves a good story. They drive our imaginations, teach us life lessons and entertain us. They also warn us not to hold grudges […]

Dance Matters: Dance Gone Viral

Companies are getting innovative on YouTube.   Nicole Wolcott and Larry Keigwin #sharethemattress. Photo by Whitney Browne, Courtesy Keigwin + Co. Chances are you watched the clip (at least once), gave it a “like” and shared it with a friend. New York City Ballet principals Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour dancing Christopher Wheeldon’s After […]

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