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      Volume 2,  Number 17    May 10, 2004           The weekly online supplement to DanceView magazine

Mindy Aloff's

Letter from New York

Shock and Awe
Veronika Part
Pollock’s Toy Museum

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ABT's Season Opens With a Sizzling Gala

Opening Night Gala
American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
May 10, 2004

by Susan Reiter


New York City Ballet's Spring Season

Real Time

Live from Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100
Wednesday, May 5, 2004

by Nancy Dalva



NYCB's Evening in Vienna: Some Stunning Debuts

Divertimento No. 15/Episodes/Vienna Waltzes
New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
New York, NY
May 6, 2004

by Leigh Witchel


A Splendid Four Temperaments

Divertimento No. 15/Stabat Mater/The Four Temperaments
New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
New York, NY
May 8, 2004

by Mary Cargill


Wheeldon's Blood-drenched Reels

New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
8-9 May 2004

by Mindy Aloff

What's On This Week?

Balanchine Centennial Events:

May 10
Balanchine's Women

George Balanchine loved women and loved to create ballets for the
women who inspired him. This seminar, moderated by former New York City Ballet principal Jacques 'Amboise, explores how Balanchine recognized the individual qualities of his dancers and enhanced them, while encouraging each to grow as an artist by challenging their skills. Balanchine ballerinas Karin von Aroldingen, Merrill Ashley, Melissa Hayden, and Allegra Kent share their thoughts and memories about working with the man and the choreographer in class, in the studio and on the stage. At 6pm-8pm.
New York State Theater Lincoln Center 66th Street and Broadway 212-

May 10-June 27 (opened January 6)
The Balanchine Centennial Exhibition at New York City Ballet George 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 10
American Ballet Theatre

ABT's spring season opens with a gala that gives an overview of the
season. The special night includes two segments of the company's new production of Raymonda, the first movement of Ballet Imperial (part of ABT's Balanchine Centennial nod), the Shades section of La Bayadere and one-time viewings of Balanchine's Tarnatella, David Parson's Caught and several piece d'occasion items. The rest of the week is filled with its first mixed bill, highlighted by the latest production of Anthony Tudor's Pillar of Fire, and La Bayadere. 5/10 at 6:30, 5/11-15 at 8pm, 5/12 and 5/15 at 2pm.
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Columbus Avenue at 64th Street

May 11
The Bridge

Curated by Sara Juli, this series brings emerging theater and dance
artists together in a performance event that investigates the boundaries of these two media. Fovea Floods, Risa Jaroslow and Dancers, Terra Incognita Theater Inc., Christalyn Wright and PerformanceXperience take part. At 8pm.
Williamsburg Arts Nexus
205 North 7th Street between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street Brooklyn 718-599-7997

May 11-16
New York City Ballet

This third week of the spring Balanchine 100 Celebration brings back
the impressive Union Jack, with its stately prossessionals, glamorous wrens and fun-loving sailors. Two sets of guest stars visit NYCB. Noelani Pantastico (soloist) and Olivier Wevers (principal) of the Pacific Northwest Ballet make their second appearance in the second movement of Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet on Tuesday. For the performances on May 12, 16 and 18 of Ballo della Regina, the leading roles will be danced by Boston Ballet principal dancer Lorna Feijóo and San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Gonzalo Garcia. Other highlights include Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering, Christopher Wheeldon's controversial new ballet, Shambards, and Balanchine's Episodes, The Four Temperaments, Divertimento No. 15 and Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir. 5/11 at 7:30, 5/12-14 at 8pm, 5/15 at 2pm and 8pm, 5/16 at 3pm.
New York State Theater
Lincoln Center
66th Street and Broadway

May 11-16
Richard Alston Dance Company of London

British choreographer Richard Alston creates dances flowing in lyrical and richly sculpted movement, graced with a distinct English accent. For its debut NY appearance, the company brings a triple bill
climaxing with Alston's latest creation, Overdrive, to a score by Californian Terry Riley. Dances to the music of Rameau and Ravel complete the program. The ten-dancer company is joined onstage by young British pianist Jason Ridgway. 5/11-15 at 8pm, 5/16 at 2pm.
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Ave. at 19th Street

May 11-22
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Lubovitch offers the world premiere of Pentimento, a new dance created specifically for the unusual interior of the
church. At 8pm.
Washington Square United Methodist Church
135 West Fourth Street

May 12-22
Noemie Lafranc
Lafrance's new site-specific choreography is a cinema-inspired, Noir, i
s set in a parking garage. Noir invites the participating audience to view the "on-site" spectacle through the windshield of their parked c ars. 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 12-17
Choreographic Honors 2003-2004

A selection of the works created by Juilliard Dance Division students d
uring the school year. At 8pm.
Juilliard Theater
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
Broadway at 65th Street

May 13
David Hurwith

Hurwith's Antediluvians Company performs "My Cheese is Sweating," a
program of New York premieres. At 8pm.
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues 212-924-0077

May 13-15, 20-22
Joyce SoHo Presents

The second week of this showcase features Ramona Ganssloser, Julian
Barnett, Jenny Rocha, and Tami Stronach.
Joyce SoHo
155 Mercer Street

May 13-16
Company Rindfleisch

A program of choreography by Elke Rindfleisch. At 8:30pm.
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in-th-Bowery
Second Avenue at 10th Street

May 14
Movement Research Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Gala

Meredith Monk performs at a gala at 6pm. At 9pm, a party
toasting the founders and 25 years of nurturing experimentation in
dance, performance,education, dialogue, and collaboration. The evening includes a Judson Dance Theater reconstruction by Yvonne Rainer and performances by Steve Paxton, David Gordon with Valda Setterfield, Ralph Lemon, Julie Atlas Muz, and Ann Liv Young.
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
51 North First Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 14-15
Dancing Asia/New York

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a program
highlighting Asian and Asian-American dancers in New York is presented. Performers include H. T. Chen, Yoshiko Chuma, and Uttara Asha Coorlawada.
Asia Society
Park Avenue at 70th Street

May 14-15
Alan Good

Good presents an evening of innovative choreography.
Williamsburg Arts Nexus
205 North 7th Street between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street Brooklyn 718-599-7997

May 14-15
Out of Space@BRIC Studio

The second installment of this series features the provocative duet
Verano by Yanira Castro, a women's quartet by Ron Brown/Evidence dancer Shani Collins, breakdancer Nilaja "Diva" Richardson, a solo with a stool by Sarah Van't Hul, and a solo in and around a vat of chocolate kisses by Zoe Klein. Curated by Marýa Wethers. At 8pm.
57 Rockwell Place, 2nd Floor
718-855-7882 ext. 53

May 15
Symphony Space presents Dance Sampler

Symphony Space’s annual four-hour mini-marathon brings a diverse
selection of New York contemporary dance together in an evening with 17 choreographers. This year’s program will include: ChameckiLerner, Christopher Elam/Misnomer Dance Theater, David Gordon/Pick Up Performance Company, Gus Solomons, Jr., Dixie Fun Dance Theatre, Dwight Rhoden/Complexions, Guta Hedewig, Hannah Spongberg, Ivy Baldwin, Jody Oberfelder Dance Proejcts, Keely Garfield, Linda Gieres, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Neil Greenberg, nicholasleichterdance, Regina Nejman and Richard Daniels. At 7pm.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 96th Street

May 15-16, 29-30 and June 5-6, 19-20
Out of Space/SITE: Douglas Dunn

Dunn presents his outdoor dance The Higgs Field. At Noon-1pm.
The Pinetum
West side of Central Park at 85th Street


May 16

A monthly multimedia audience-response performance showcase.
Williamsburg Arts Nexus
205 North 7th Street between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street Brooklyn 718-599-7997

—Dale Brauner




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