2020–21 Season Preview: The In-the-Works Shows We're Looking Forward to Most

With how rapidly the performance landscape has shifted—and continues to shift—as the world grapples with COVID-19, looking ahead can feel fraught. Many artists, organizations and presenters remain in holding patterns. Nevertheless, we wanted to celebrate the projects that have been announced that excite us, even if their details (in particular, their planned performance dates) are […]

It’s Time to Acknowledge the Muses

Watching FX’s “Fosse/Verdon,” one thing comes across very clearly: Gwen Verdon was far more than just an extraordinary dancer—she was a creative force. The series, adapted from Sam Wasson’s 2013 biography “Fosse,” originally planned to focus solely on the choreographer. But the creators retooled it to highlight Verdon and Fosse’s creative partnership after they researched […]

Discovering a Whole New Misty Copeland

In the middle of one of New York City Center’s cavernous studios, Misty Copeland takes a measured step backwards. The suggestion of a swan arm ripples before she turns downstage, chest and shoulders unfurling as her legs stretch into an open lunge. She piqués onto pointe, arms echoing the sinuous curve of her back attitude, […]

News of Note: What You May Have Missed in August 2019

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month. Comings & Goings At The Royal Ballet, Anna Rose O’Sullivan and Luca Acri have been promoted to first soloist, Romany Pajdak, Isabella Gasparini, Tomas Mock and David Yudes to soloist. Gary Avis and Samantha Raine have been appointed […]

Meet the A.I.M Dancer Whose Choreography Kyle Abraham is Investing In

Kyle Abraham’s powerhouse A.I.M has recently been expanding its model. Last spring, the company invited Andrea Miller to create a work, A.I.M’s first commission by a guest choreographer. The program also included pieces by Bebe Miller and Doug Varone—marking a shift from all-Abraham repertory shows. This fall, for its Joyce season, A.I.M is again trying […]

What Should We Do When Great Choreographers Make Work That's…Not So Great?

When George Balanchine’s full-length Don Quixote premiered in 1965, critics and audiences alike viewed the ballet as a failure. Elaborate scenery and costumes framed mawkish mime passages, like one in which the ballerina washed the Don’s feet and dried them with her hair. Its revival in 2005 by Suzanne Farrell, the ballerina on whom it […]

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