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Ballet Next in "Tintinnabuli" | Photo Paul B. Goode Ballet Next in "Tintinnabuli" | Photo Paul B. Goode

REVIEW: Ballet Next at the Joyce Theater

Ballet Next opened its season at the Joyce Theater Tuesday with Alison Cook Beatty’s premier of “Tinntinnabuli.” Set to Arvo Part’s “Tabula Rasa”. The piece begins on a solemn note. The audience is peering in on a dark and fearful hour. Michele Wiles prays desperately into a beam of light…

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Hofesh Shechter Company in "Political Mother"| Photo Julieta Cervantes Hofesh Shechter Company in "Political Mother" | Photo Julieta Cervantes

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter’s ‘Political Mother’ at BAM

It is rare that a viewer can describe a dance performance as a full-bodied experience, but that is exactly what occurred for those seated in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, during Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother. Israeli born, British based musician turned choreographer, Hofesh Shechter, engulfs viewers with…

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Shen Wei Dance Arts' "Rite of Spring" | Photo Bruce R. Feeley Shen Wei Dance Arts' "Rite of Spring" | Photo Bruce R. Feeley

REVIEW: Fall For Dance Festival 2012 at New York City Center: Program 5

Program 5 Shen Wei Dance Arts Laboratory Dance Projects CIRCA María Pagés The Fall for Dance Festival always seems to offer a healthy smorgasbord of dance treats. Program 5 of the festival offered the usual variety from intellectually stimulating work to compromised artistry. To open the evening, Shen Wei Dance…

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Darrah Carr Dance Company in Dingle Diwali | Photo Matthew Murphy Darrah Carr Dance Company in Dingle Diwali | Photo Matthew Murphy

PREVIEW: Bessies Nominees Sean Curran and Darrah Carr

“Speaking an old language in a new way with a contemporary accent,” are the words that come to mind for Bessie nominee Sean Curran while discussing collaborations happening in New York’s dance scene. Curran’s own collaboration with Darrah Carr Dance Company earned both the company and guest choreographer a Bessie…

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Megan Fairchild and Chase Finlay in George Balanchine's "Duo Concertant" | Photo Paul Kolnik Megan Fairchild and Chase Finlay in George Balanchine's "Duo Concertant" | Photo Paul Kolnik

REVIEW: New York City Ballet’s “Black and White”

In many Balanchine works, the first strains of a Stravinsky score serve as musical nitroglycerin: poised in stable tension, dancers suddenly explode into movement well matched to the music’s complexity and precision. Such was the case Saturday afternoon in New York City Ballet’s “Black and White” program, which continues the…

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Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham’s ‘Chronicle’ | Photo Michele Ballantini Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham’s ‘Chronicle’ | Photo Michele Ballantini

REVIEW: Fall for Dance Festival 2012 at New York City Center: Program 2

Program 2 Juilliard Dance American Ballet Theater The Hong Kong Ballet Martha Graham Dance Company It was a night for classics at New York City Center’s Program 2 of Fall For Dance Festival. The spectrum of work illuminated the deep historical tradition of codified technique and striking discipline. Juilliard’s senior…

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