writers on dancing

Volume 4, Number 17 - May 1, 2006

more current articles!

From Berlin:
Bejart's "Ring Around the Ring" and Sasha Waltz
by George Jackson

Letter from San Francisco
Ballet San Jose, Eiko and Koma, Liz Lerman
by Rita Felciano

Richard Move
by Lisa Rinehart

Full Circle
by Kate Mattingly

Saluting Agnes de Mille
by Susan Reiter


Gay Morris, DanceViewTimes writer, has a new book out:







A Game for Dancers: Performing Modernism in the Postwar Years, 1945-1960

did you miss these?

San Francisco Ballet's "Sylvia" by Paul Parish

Bolshoi Ballet's "Spartacus" and "Swan Lake"
by Marc Haegeman

Paradigm and The Bang Group at Thalia Dance: Complete Cabaret
by Nancy Dalva

Youth America Grand Prix Closing Night Gala
by Susan Reiter

what we're reading

Lewis Segal (in the LA Times) on "The Three Faces of Sylvia"

Nadine Meisner (in the St. Petersburg Times) on contemporary dance in Russia

Rachel Howard takes a second look at Mark Morris's "Sylvia" in her blog


New York City Ballet Spring Season Opens!

We can dream, can't we?
by Nancy Dalva

In the summer of 1958, at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, George Balanchine choreographed dances passages for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “A Winter’s Tale.” As a child, Balanchine not only saw “Midsummer” but appeared in it, as an elf in a production at the Mikhailovsky Theater, in St. Petersburg, when he was eight. Many of its lines stayed with him, and as an adult he could recite (in Russian) many of the speeches, seeming particularly to like “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and nodding violet grows.” READ MORE

New casting in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
by Michael Popkin

New York City Ballet’s break for March and April is over and the company is opening its Spring season with a series of performances of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Nine of the season’s first fourteen performances are of this ballet and the company is taking the occasion to work a large number of its younger dancers into the key roles; three different casts are rotating this week and two more will be added next week. To watch “Midsummer” this week at City Ballet has thus been to observe a process of maturation and a shift in generations. Most of the dancers involved, with the exception of the company’s two beloved senior ballerinas Darci Kistler and Kyra Nichols and of Maria Kowroski — who returned to the stage Thursday night as Titania after an absence of nearly ten months – are very young and it seems that each night’s program involves at least half a dozen debuts. READ MORE

Get a gimmick
by Mary Cargill

The Diamond Project opened with a modest little solo in the middle of a generous (or indulgent) evening of Eliot Feld ballets, most new to the New York City Ballet. The evening opened with the NYCB debut of “Intermezzo”, choreographed in 1969 for Feld’s American Ballet Company. "Intermezzo" has much in common with Jerome Robbins’ “Dances at a Gathering”, also made in 1969, but, unless Feld was a very fast worker, he could not have been influenced by it. The simple piano pieces (Chopin for Robbins and Brahms for Feld) and romantic swoosh of both ballets was probably mutual reaction to the sometimes raucous 1960’s. READ MORE


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