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Man power

Louis XIV might have been a narcissistic and whimsical tyrant, but he did a lot for dance. An accomplished practitioner,… The post Man power appeared first on The Spectator.

The third way

It all started in 1971, when a group of physically and artistically talented youngsters decided to create a dance company… The post The third way appeared first on The Spectator.

Inspired by Bach

It appears that J.S. Bach’s music is to theatre-dance what whipped cream is to chocolate. Masterworks such as Trisha Brown’s… The post Inspired by Bach appeared first on The Spectator.

Cranko’s legacy

Stuttgart Ballet’s rapid ascent to fame is at the core of one of the most interesting chapters of ballet history.… The post Cranko’s legacy appeared first on The Spectator.

Seasonal treats

There was a time when the term ‘world première’ was not as fashionable as it is these days. Great works… The post Seasonal treats appeared first on The Spectator.

Light and shade

Sun is one of those performances that confront reviewers with the eternal dilemma of whether or not it is appropriate… The post Light and shade appeared first on The Spectator.

Entertaining romp

Bold decisions are at the core of great artistic directorship. And Tamara Rojo, the ballet star leading English National Ballet,… The post Entertaining romp appeared first on The Spectator.

Don Q lite

Superstar Carlos Acosta makes little or no reference to Don Quixote’s established history in his programme note about the genesis… The post Don Q lite appeared first on The Spectator.

A trio of gems

Jewels is everything a George Balanchine admirer could ask for. The sumptuous triptych, set to scores by Fauré, Stravinsky and… The post A trio of gems appeared first on The Spectator.

Hooked on classics

Tradition is often frowned on. Yet, if properly handled, it can be sheer fun and pure bliss, as demonstrated by… The post Hooked on classics appeared first on The Spectator.

Boston’s artistry

Those who lament sluggishness in contemporary stagings of Balanchine’s ballets — and those who are responsible for it — should… The post Boston’s artistry appeared first on The Spectator.

The end of innocence

As far as memory serves, in my 46 years of being both in and at the ballet I have encountered… The post The end of innocence appeared first on The Spectator.


This weekend from October 2-4, 2015 Houston Ballet performs its final 3 shows of the Fall Mixed Repertory Program featuring Stanton Welch’s Tapestry, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and Garrett Smith’s Reveal. Reveal had its world premiere on September 24. The work is set to music by Philip Glass and focuses on the ideas of self-reflection and […]

How to Disappear in Full View

“Zero One” Yasuko Yokoshi Danspace Project New York, NY September 26, 2015 by Martha Sherman copyright © 2015 by Martha Sherman Together and apart, zero and one, twin Japanese dancers Manami and Sawami Fukuoka are entirely the same, and entirely different. Show More Summary

Inquiring minds want to know

Where are all the black ballet critics at the New York Times? Where are all the black critics for the classical arts at the New York Times? Why is Dance Magazine’s editorial staff six white women and one white man?...

observations 9-29

"Please turn off your cell phones and other electronic devices unless you are wearing a court-ordered electronic monitoring device on your ankle." We wonder if the usual pre-curtain announcement at New York City Ballet was altered this evening for the...

On the Road

Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet and the New York City Ballet Palace Theatre Stamford, Connecticut September 11, 2015 By Carol Pardo copyright © 2015 by Carol Pardo Fans of August Bournonville can thank the Stamford Denmark Friendship...Show More Summary

May I Have This Dance? Partnering In Ballroom

2 weeks agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Ballroom dance throws you into the deep end of partnering and there is something so satisfying about making it all work. These three key elements are what make a partnership successful.

observations 9-25

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Yuriko Kajiya has been chosen as one of Time Magazine's Next Generation Leaders. Watch this video and read the accompanying article in which Yuriko describes the obstacles that she had to overcome to achieve her level of dancing. Her account...

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