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Past and Present on Parade: New York City Ballet at Washington's Kennedy Center

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Installed at the Kennedy Center this past weekend, New York City Ballet bowed to its glorious past and flaunted its protean present in two dazzling programs.

'On the Town': No Frank, No Gene, No Jules, No Problem

Barry Singer | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

My daughters, Lea and Sara, ages 9 and 12, were very skeptical about On the Town as a revival. MGM's 1949 movie version is one of their absolute favorites.

Peter Walker: A New Voice on the Dance Scene

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 03.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

For a 22-year-old, Walker is refreshingly cognizant of one of dance's most perturbing problems: the need for a choreographer to somehow establish himself as novel when so much has already been produced for the stage.

A Conversation With Luke Ingham, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.03.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Luke appeared as the Nutcracker Prince in this season's opening night performance of the Tchaikovsky favorite. Yuan Yuan Tan joined him in the brilliant Grand Pas de Deux of Act II. The duo proved dynamic. "I'm at the stage where I still really enjoy doing Nutcracker," he said.

A Heavenly Match: Jerome Robbins and Liam Scarlett at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The sight never fails to thrill: like an exceptionally bright star, the Space Station zooms across the sky at nearly five miles per second, manned by American, Russian, European and Japanese astronauts who spend their days conducting scientific research and testing the effects of zero gravity on their bodies

Human and Superhuman: Ballet San Jose in MasterPieces of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.23.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

In his warm-up speech on Saturday night, Ballet San Jose's new CEO, Alan Hineline, alerted the audience to the "superhuman level of athleticism" on display in the third and closing piece of the evening, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.

Old New York in 'On the Town'

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.25.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The sights and sounds of old New York are just a few of the marvels of the musical On the Town, newly revived at the Lyric Theater. If you see a subway sign marked IRT, you know you are in the right place.

'On The Town' Is One Helluva Broadway Show

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Bronx is still up and the Battery is still down, but the rest of this delightful new Broadway revival of On the Town has been given a facelift tha...

Once More, Back On The Town

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Playgoers who haven't walked away from a Broadway musical beaming since before they can remember should head over to Times Square for On The Town, the 1944 musical which introduced Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins.

Fiddler on the Roof Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I must admit that my eyes were tearing as I left the theatre. Yes, it is still powerfully moving. So may I suggest that you order or rent a copy of the film and spend three happy hours immersed in this wonderful story.

CultureZohn: Tiler Peck And Robert Fairchild: Dancing As Fast As They Can

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

"You have to practice finishing," Tiler reminds the toe students after a series of turns, "you can't just stop in mid-step and freeze." A good lesson for life as well as ballet.

Ricardo Bustamante: Profile of a Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Last week's premiere at San Francisco Ballet proved to be an all-around artistic feat - again for Ratmansky, for the entire company of San Francisco Ballet and, yes, for Shostakovich who had not penned these compositions for the ballet stage.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Francis Levy | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

What does it feel like to be loved for one's beauty or perfection? Naturally, it's something that everyone who has never had that kind of beauty or t...

Afternoon of a Faun: A Life of Dancer Tanaquil LeClercq

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Tanaquil LeClercq was a lithe, angular beauty, a dancer who graced ballet until polio struck, paralyzing her and ending her career at age 27. Nursing ...

Anna Sokolow Way Honors Modern Dance Great - December 4-8

Adria Rolnik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Through From the Horse's Mouth "talk/dance" format, Anna Sokolow Way will offer a firsthand look at the personal experiences of dancers, actors, critics and musicians who worked with Anna over the course of her 60-year career in dance.

Aisle View: Lenny's New York in the Berkshires

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On the Town with youthful high spirits from the music, empathy from the actors, and comedy firing on all cylinders. "New York, New York" in Pittsfield, well worth the trip up the Taconic.

Introducing Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber as San Francisco Symphony's Tony & Maria in West Side Story

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

"it's a timeless story. Different classes, different backgrounds all of that stuff rings true and always will. And the fact that I'm going to be representing Tony for a lot of folks is not lost on me."

En Pointe! An In-Depth Look at the Pointe Shoe

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The National Museum of Dance has an exhibit about pointe shoes that dancers and dance-lovers will want to check out. We reached out to Assistant Director Sarah Hall Weaver to learn more about it and are excited to share some of the details with you here.

The Possibilities of the Art: Ashley Wheater and Jazz at the Joffrey

Johnny Nevin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

2013-02-19-NEVINPULL.JPGThe more dramatic the movement, the harder it is to stay balanced; the higher the leap, the more difficult it is to land it gracefully. Those may sound like universal principles of motion, but you'd never know it from watching Ashley Wheater move.

Is Beauty Enough, or Do We Need Meaning? (An Adventure at the Ballet)

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet To The People lured her date to a performance of San Francisco Ballet's season opener with the promise that she would sit through the Super Bowl with him the next day.

Complacency in AIDS Fundraising?

Mike Smith | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
Mike Smith

Dancers Find their Voice at DRA Broadway Cares Event The "Dance from the Heart" event in New York this week, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight...

Review: Joffrey's 'Spring Desire' Program

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Catherine L. Tully

Love, longing and sensuality are at the core of the Joffrey Ballet's "Spring Desire" program. Age of Innocence opens the evening with its tense, formal underpinnings -- expertly juxtaposed with moments of passion.

Paul Taylor Dance Company's New York Season

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
Margaret Fuhrer

Paul Taylor's greatest gift is shading -- adding a stroke of darkest charcoal to a brilliant moment, a sweep of white to a dusky one. His choreography...

WATCH: 'West Side Story' Flashmob Hits Times Square

Posted 01.12.2012 | Gay Voices

The film version of "West Side Story" may be half a century old, but its ardent fans are clearly still a force to be reckoned with. A flashmob inv...

City Center: A Remarkable History

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.