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The DanceView Times, New York edition

      Volume 2,  Number 16    May 3, 2004           The weekly online supplement to DanceView magazine

Mindy Aloff's

Letter from New York

Philip Hamburger, writer

Natalie Charkow Hollander, sculptor

Willem de Kooning, painter

Beate Gordon, scholar and gentlewoman



read past Letters


New York City Ballet's Spring Season


A Meaty, Varied Program

Kammermusik No. 2/Afternoon of a Faun/Sonatine/Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
New York, NY
April 28, 2004

by Susan Reiter


Liebeslieder Walzer, As Good As It Gets

Liebeslieder Walzer
New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
29 April, 1 May 2004

by Mindy Aloff



Treats at the Ballet

The Four Seasons/Stabat Mater/Symphony in C
New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
New York, NY
April 30, 2004

by Meital Waibsnaider


Links to previous NYCB spring season reviews:

Étoiles, imported and homegrown by Mary Cargill (opening night)

An Inclusive Festival Opens

Breaking Lines Dance Festival
Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
New York, NY
April 22, 2004

By Susan Reiter


What's On This Week?

Balanchine Centennial Events:

May 4
Stamp Dedication Ceremony

The U.S. Postal Service has created stamps to honor four great 20th
century American choreographers — George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille and Martha Graham. A special free concert in honor of the first-day-of-issue will feature performances by New York City Ballet, Ailey II, and American Ballet Theater.
New Jersey Performance Arts Center
Victoria Theater
1 Center Street between Ronald H. Brown Street and Park Place Newark, New Jersey 888-466-5722

May 4-June 27 (opened January 6)
The Balanchine Centennial Exhibition at New York City Ballet
Balanchine's career is covered in a photography exhibit curated by company veteran Edward Bigelow.
New York State Theater Lincoln Center 66th Street and Broadway 212-

Ballet and Dance Events:

May 4
Mary Seidman and Dancers

Trisha Brown Studios
625 West 55th Street at 7pm

May 4-9
New York City Ballet

The spring gala, broadcast Wednesday on PBS's Live at Lincoln Center, 
highlights NYCB's second week of this portion of its Balanchine Centennial season. This week also includes more performances of Liebeslieder Walzer, Divertimento No. 15, Episodes, Vienna Waltzes, La Valse and The Four Temperaments, as well as the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Shambards. In addition, Noelani Pantastico (soloist) and Olivier Wevers (principal) of the Pacific Northwest Ballet will dance the second movement of Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet on Sunday. 5/4 at 7:30pm, 5/5-5/7 at 8pm, 5/8 at 2 pm and 8pm, 5/9 at 3pm.
New York State Theater
Lincoln Center
66th Street and Broadway

May 4-9
Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre

Pascal Rioult presents his works to the Firebird Suite and another
Stravinsky favorite, Duo Concertant, called Black Diamond. At 5/4 at 7:30pm, 5/5-7 at 8pm, 5/8 at 2pm and 8pm, 5/9 at 2pm and 7:30pm.
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Ave. at 19th Street

May 5-8
The Pig Iron Theatre Company

Shut Eye is an intriguing puzzle of tightly choreographed vignettes,
songs and dances conceived and co-directed by director and founder of the Open Theater, Joseph Chaikin. At 7pm.
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues 212-924-0077

May 5-22
Noemie Lafrance

Lafrance's new site-specific choreography is a cinema-inspired, Noir,
is set in a parking garage. Noir invites the participating audience to view the "on-site" spectacle through the windshield of their parked cars. Performed by five couples, Noir is an adventurous performance that examines themes of suspense and love in narrative through the language of dance. The production is part of the 2004 Whitney Biennial and Danspace Project's Out of Space series.
Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking GArage
105 Essex Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets 212-868-4444

May 6
Arthur Aviles Typical Theater

Aviles, who left Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1995,
presents Disco Project: Flow to the Groove. At 6.
Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
841 Barretto Street
Hunts Point, The Bronx

May 6-8, 13-15, 20-22
Joyce SoHo Presents

The first week of this showcase features Maki Morinoue, Mina
Nishimura, Bryon Carr and Geraldine Cardiel.
Joyce SoHo
155 Mercer Street

May 7-8
City/Dans: NYONY 2004

The Subway Series
Organizers Nancy Duncan and Ivan Sygoda have asked a dance activist in 
four of the boroughs to develop work with city youth that explores issues they face in their day-to-day urban lives and present it on a shared program. Spearheading the creativity of these young New York dancers are Arthur Aviles (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), Stephan Koplowitz (The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn), Abigail Rosin (Groove With Me, Manhattan), and Paz Tanjuaquio (Frank Sinatra School for the Arts High School, Queens).
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in-th-Bowery
Second Avenue at 10th Street

May 7-9
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theate
This famous company, led by dance legend Judith Jamison, presents two
programs. On the first, performed on Friday evening and Saturday matinee, is comprised of Alonzo King's Heart Song, Elisa Monte's Treading, Robert Battle's Juba, and Alvin Ailey's Revelations. The second, performed on Saturday evening and Sunday matinee, is made up of Dwight Rhoden's Bounty Verses, Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder, and Revelations. At 5/7 at 8pm, 5/8 at 2pm, 8pm, 5/9 at 3pm.
New Jersey Performance Arts Center
Prudential Hall
1 Center Street between Ronald H. Brown Street and Park Place Newark, New Jersey 888-466-5722

—Dale Brauner




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