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Misty Copeland and Daniil Simkin in the Greatest Tragedy of Them All: Romeo and Juliet at the Met

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.28.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

American Ballet Theatre's Daniil Simkin and Misty Copeland in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (Photo:...

The Agony and the Ecstasy: 'Onegin' at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

On Sunday afternoon, at the close of the tragedy of Onegin, when Tatiana, wife to the noble Prince Gremin, ripped up the bounder Eugene Onegin's pitiful love letter and ordered him out of her boudoir, San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House erupted in cheers.

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: Dorian Gray at Milwaukee Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.16.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"All art is quite useless," Oscar Wilde proclaimed impudently in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde's assertion might well be leveled against the procession of new and refurbished dramatic ballets produced in recent decades.

'The Wanderer': A New Genre of Story Ballet by Jessica Lang

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Thankfully, with The Wanderer, Jessica Lang Dance gently challenges our egos. The company escapes our 21st-century frenzy for individualism to capture the dominance of nature in Lang's first evening-length work.

The Joffrey Ballet Soars in Ambitious Triple Bill: Stories in Motion

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The Joffrey Ballet's extraordinary mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this past weekend: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet.

Thrills and Chills: San Francisco Ballet in Giselle

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.30.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

San Francisco Ballet unveiled its latest Parisian import in Giselle on Sunday afternoon at the War Memorial Opera House, less than 24 hours after fielding a much-adored veteran in the same role in its season opener. With three more principal ballerinas poised to rotate through the iconic role through February 2, the fan clubs are buzzing.

American Ballet Theatre Bows Out in Los Angeles With Le Corsaire

Carla Escoda | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

With material like this, seasoned dancers have to act up a storm to prevent the whole thing from degenerating into a circus.