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Brian Brooks Moving Company | Photo Matthew Murphy Brian Brooks Moving Company | Photo Matthew Murphy

REVIEW: Brian Brooks Moving Co. At Gotham Dance Festival 2012

When it comes to Brian Brooks Moving Company, endurance is an understatement.  In the opening of the Joyce’s Gotham Dance Festival, the company commanded attention with smooth, seamless movement and an ability to take and give weight with ease.  In its New York premiere, the company’s most recent work Big City mirrored the constant…

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in "Violet Kid" | Photo by Juileta Cervantes Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in "Violet Kid" | Photo Juileta Cervantes

REVIEW: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at the Joyce

Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance held court with a captive, hometown audience last week, like an impossibly hip and worldly friend that fascinates with tales from abroad. For the past year and a half, Cedar Lake has been performing everywhere but the Big Apple, taking up with Europe’s presenters as often…

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"Sit, Stand Kneel" | Photo Gallim Dance "Sit, Stand Kneel" | Photo Gallim Dance

PREVIEW: Gallim Dance at the Joyce Theater

Two weeks ago, Gallim Dance opened the doors to its new home in Brooklyn at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew. In addition, the lucky attendees were offered a sneak peak at Andrea Miller’s new work Sit, Kneel, Stand to be premiered at the Joyce Theater June 8th-10th. It was an overwhelming experience, not only to see such exclusive sights, but also to witness the growth that Gallim Dance has undergone.

Gallim has gained its reputation by utilizing Ms. Miller’s extremely physical movement vocabulary coupled with raw emotional construction to expose deep and visceral themes. However, the choreography has never really strayed from its firm roots in the genre of “Dance”, staying true to more traditional choreographic tools.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in "Violet Kid" | Photo by Juileta Cervantes Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in "Violet Kid" | Photo by Juileta Cervantes

Cedar Lake Finally Dances in New York

For a year and a half, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has performed almost everywhere but New York City. But from May 15-27 they are back at the Joyce Theater with two programs. They’ll feature six pieces by six different choreographers, five NYC premieres, and one world premiere. Ana-Maria Lucaciu, one…

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"Hemels" performed by Introdans | Photo Hans Gerritsen "Hemels" performed by Introdans | Photo Hans Gerritsen

REVIEW: Introdans at the Joyce Theater

Ballet has always held itself in a different genre, treasuring technique and choreographic innovation within that aesthetically clean framework. Prestigious visionaries like George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián found their own unique ways of transforming the classical to the contemporary, historically breaking new ground and allowing a next generation of creativity to progress and discover new ways to enrapture audiences. One of the national dance companies of the Netherlands, Introdans was met with high expectations for their US debut at the Joyce Theater. Ballet desperately needs new flag-bearers. The result this week was disappointing in its transparency.

Roel Voorintholt, artistic director of Introdans, opened with Heavenly, featuring divinity-themed revivals from three different choreographers. The first work, Fünf Gedichte (five poems), was choreographed by Nils Christe and premiered in 1996.

Movie Poster for Documentary Film "First Position" Movie Poster for Documentary Film "First Position"

FILM PREVIEW: First Position

First Position is a documentary tracking young ballet dancers in competition for the the annual Youth America Grand Prix. Outsiders of the dance world often marvel at the discipline, commitment and sheer tenacity of those trying to be professionals in the business. Dancers however, never think twice about what it…

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Ballet Hispanico | Photo Eduardo Patino Ballet Hispanico | Photo Eduardo Patino

REVIEW: Ballet Hispanico Program A at the Joyce Theater

Ballet Hispanico holds a great luxury in their diverse and vibrant company members. Known for a colorful blending of classical and contemporary vocabularies with the grounded and passionate traditions of Latin dance, the company moves to further stretch boundaries with the works presented in their current season. The key to success for the evolving company lies in presenting their dancers as the athletic movers they are without losing the subtlety that draws audiences in. This balance was achieved to various degrees in program A of their current Joyce season.

Angel Corella stars in Barcelona Ballet | Photo Erin Baiano Angel Corella stars in Barcelona Ballet | Photo Erin Baiano

REVIEW: Barcelona Ballet at New York City Center

In 2008, American Ballet Theater star, Ángel Corella , stepped beyond the role of dancer and added Artistic Director to his resume. Now four years later, Barcelona Ballet (formerly Corella Ballet) will gain Corella’s full-time devotion when he retires from his principal role at ABT at the end of this season.

In its second visit to New York City Center, the newly renamed company looked to merge the worlds of classical ballet and traditional Spanish dance in the world premiere of Pálpito (Spanish for “hunch”). A lengthy program note tells us of “a main character who is trying to free himself from the strings that have bound him to his former role of a dancer,” naturally played by Corella who will say goodbye to American Ballet Theatre this June. But before the ballet begins, I can’t help but to worry how the dramatically written synopsis will unfurl onstage.