Posts Tagged ‘New York City Ballet’

The Seven Deadly Sins at City Ballet

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

New York City Ballet’s new staging of “The Seven Deadly Sins ,” which had its premiere at the company’s spring gala on May 11, puts Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s dark, sinister “ballet chanté” of 1933 into a new context: a tinsel-town soundstage, complete with unison hoofers in the grand finale. Choreographer Lynn Taylor-Corbett, whose credits include Broadway’s “Swing,” has essentially created a Cliff Notes version of this irony-laced yarn, dragging principal dancer Wendy Whelan and guest artist Patti Lapone through seven shallow scenes of human transgression and stripping the work of its brooding soul.

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A New Apollo: Chase Finlay of New York City Ballet

Monday, May 9th, 2011

There is no better way to anoint a rising male ballet star than to award him the title role in George Balanchine’s “Apollo.” On May 5 at David R. Koch Theater, New York City Ballet corps dancer Chase Finlay hit the big time with “Apollo,” receiving three curt

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May Dance in New York City

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

By Rachel Straus May 1-2 Guggenheim Museum The popular Works + Process series presents “American Ballet Theatre on to Act II.” Current ABT dancers will perform excerpts from their upcoming Metropolitan Opera House season. ABT alumni will discuss the challenges dancers face in the second act of their careers.  You can watch the event each […]

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April Dance Happenings: New York City

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

By Rachel Straus  March 29 – April 9 Eiko & Koma The Japanese avant-garde artists, whose home has been the U.S. since 1976, present the New York premiere of Naked at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. They will be intermittently naked, but what will stand out are their glacially slow movement tableaus that change one’s perception […]

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February Dance Happenings in New York City

Monday, January 31st, 2011

By Rachel Straus February 4 and 5 @ 8:00 p.m. Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet at City Center Magloire’s choreographic inspiration is music. Lately, the German-born, composer-choreographer has been inviting emerging dance makers to his evenings at City Center’s studio. The program will include three world premieres: Constantine Baecher’s Sketches Of A Woman Remembering (a […]

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The Orchid of New York City Ballet

Monday, January 24th, 2011

By Rachel Straus If you’re a ballet lover, you know her name. Sara Mearns. New York Times senior dance critic Alastair MacAulay recently called her “the greatest American ballerina of our time.” On January 21, she performed in Jerome Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering (1969) and Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH (2008) with the New York […]

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P.T. Barnum Move Over

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

“To the greatest dancers on earth,” said New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins. On September 14 the Danish-born master of ceremonies pronounced this while making his annual, launch-the-season vodka toast. I don’t think Martins knew that his grand words echoed those of America’s most influential circus impresario. P.T. Barnum’s “greatest show on […]

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Dumbing Down with New York City Ballet’s Season Brochure

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I don’t know how many of you have had the honor of receiving New York City Ballet’s season brochure. When I pulled it out of my mailbox, I briefly mistook it for a Barney’s catalogue. Then I thought Robert Mapplethorpe might have come back from the dead to focus his heated lens on City Ballet’s […]

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Ballet drag

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Most drag queens develop their outré identities in backroom clubs and on dimly lit cabaret floors. Chase Johnsey discovered his alter ego in a much more rarified atmosphere: On opera house stages across the globe, performing female leads in Le Corsaire and Dying Swan. At age 18, Johnsey joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, […]

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