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      Volume 2,  Number 18    May 17, 2004           The weekly online supplement to DanceView magazine

American Ballet Theatre's Spring Season

Ananiashvili: Dancing Like a Dream in La Bayadère

La Bayadère
American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
May 14, 2004

by Gay Morris



Michele Wiles: Getting to the Heart of Hagar

Petite Mort/Sechs Tanze/Pillar of Fire/Within You Without You
American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
May 12, 2004

by Susan Reiter


Roberta Marquez: a Tiny, Proud Nikiya

La Bayadère
American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York
May 14, 2004

by Mary Cargill



ABT's Season Opens With a Sizzling Gala

[reposted from last week's edition for those who missed it]

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

Guest Performance: Ballo della Regina

Ballo della Regina, Episodes, Union Jack
New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
12 May 2004

by Mindy Aloff



Brick to Brown

Dances at a Gathering/Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
Dances at a Gathering/Union Jack

New York City Ballet
May 11, 2004 and May 15, Matinee, 2004

by Mary Cargill


Beauties, Crime and High Drama on the Lower East Side

Noir, A site-specific choreography
Noémie Lafrance
The Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage
New York, NY
May 5-29, 2004

By Meital Waibsnaider


Dance Criticism: Cross-Cultural Views

Eastern European Criticism Initiative
Budapest, Hungary
April 2004

by Kate Mattingly


What's On This Week?

Balanchine Centennial Events:

May 17
Balanchine’s Music

Panel: Robert Craft, Andrea Quinn, Solomon Volkov
Moderator: Richard Moredock
George Balanchine said, "The music is the floor in which we dance."
The music always was the springboard to the ballet, so naturally the final New York City Ballet seminar of the year focuses on Balanchine's inspirational and artistic relationship with Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. At 6pm-8pm.
New York State Theater Lincoln Center 66th Street and Broadway 212-

May 17-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 212-870-5570

Ballet and Dance Events:

May 17
Crossing Boundaries

Dance Anonymous, Mariangela Lopez, Tami Stronach and Moeno Wakamatsu
take part in this month's showcase.
Dixon Place at Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street betwen Seventh and Eighth Avenues

May 17
Choreographic Honors 2003-2004

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

May 17
Tribute to Yuriko: Boundless Talent

Japan Society holds a special tribute to the life and work of Yuriko,
ground-breaking modern dancer, innovative choreographer and the first Japanese-American star of the Broadway stage. This multi-media homage includes an introduction by Emiko Tokunaga, Artistic Director of Boston Conservatory Summer Dance, archival video footage, a live performance of Yuriko’s choreography by Miki Orihara, principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, and an open discussion with Yuriko and Paul Taylor, moderated by The New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff. At 7:30pm.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues

May 17-22
American Ballet Theatre

ABT's spring season continues with five more performances of La Bayadere and the United States premiere of its new production of Raymonda, with choreography by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa
and glorious music by Alexander Glazounov. Bolshoi ballerina Svetlana Zakharova guests as Nikya in La Bayadere on 5/17 and 5/19 evening. 5/17-22 at 8pm, 5/19 and 5/22 at 2pm.
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Columbus Avenue at 64th Street

May 17-22
Lar Lubovitch Dance Compan
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 18-22
Battleworks Dance Company

Robert Battle presents the New York City premiere of his company. The p
erformance will feature the world premiere of Spoken and the New York City premiere of Alleluia, as well as include Mood Indigo, Takademe, The Hunt, and Two. At 7pm.
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues 212-924-0077

May 18-23
New York City Ballet

The spring portion of the Balanchine 100 Celebration continues with performances of La Sonnambula, La Source, Robert Schumann's "Davidsbundlertanze," Square Dance, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and Chaconne (along with several others). In addition, Boston Ballet principal dancer Lorna Feijóo and San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Gonzalo Garcia conclude their visit with the final performance of Ballo della Regina. 5/18 at 7:30, 5/19-21 at 8pm, 5/22 at 2pm and
8pm, 5/23 at 3pm.
New York State Theater
Lincoln Center
66th Street and Broadway

May 18-23
This Philadelphia-based company stages the New York premiere of Steal
Away, choreographed by Alsonzo King, Artistic Director of LINES Ballet of San Francisco. Two ballets for men, Eleo Pomare's Back to Bach and Christopher Huggins's Blue, will also have their New York premieres. Guest artists are also scheduled to appear. 5/18-21 at 8pm, 5/22 at 2pm and 8pm, and 5/23 at 2pm and 7:30pm.
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Ave. at 19th Street

May 18-September 3
Margot Fonteyn in America: A Celebration

In an exhibition developed by Joy Brown and Robert Gottlieb, Fonteyn's career in the United States is explored. The great ballerna made her American debut on October 9, 1949, when Sol Hurok presented the Sadler's Wells Ballet (later the Royal Ballet) at the Metropolitan Opera House, featuring Fonteyn in the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Featured in the exhibit are costumes, haute couture, photographs, and films, including the pointe shoes Fonteyn wore on that opening night. Some of Fonteyn's greatest roles, in ballets including Swan Lake, The Firebird, Ondine, and Marguerite and Armand, are represented by costumes from the Royal Ballet Archives, and her elegance is expressed through her dresses on loan from Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent. This tribute coincides with the international celebration of the Frederick Ashton Centennial, which will be a focus of the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival. On 5/20, Victor Jessen's shot-in-secrecy film of Fonteyn in The Sleeping Beauty is screened at 5:30pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium.
The New York Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
Amsterdam Avenue at 63rd Street

May 19
Performance on 42nd Presents Strange Pilgrims

Choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin leads her troupe of dancers to
workshop a new piece, Future Past, and to revisit her Rearrangement (or, a Spell for Mortals) (2003). At 8pm.
Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria
120 Park Avenue at 42nd Street

May 19-22
Noemie Lafrance

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 19-23
Nina Winthrop and Dancers

Wintrope presents CUMULUS, a multidisciplinary work about time, aging a
nd the accumulation of memories, as well as other works.
The Flea Theatre
41 White Street at Broadway

May 20-23

VanDance, in collaboration with Bruce Ornstein’s Acting Workshop, p
resents the world premiere of “?”. Using a cast of fourteen performers - seven dancers and seven actors - and an original score by Israeli composer Alon Nechushtan, “?” questions our perception of  r eality by challenging the boundaries of performance. 5/20-22 at 8pm, 5/23 at 7pm.
Williamsburg Arts Nexus
205 North 7th Street between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street
Brooklyn 718-599-7997

May 20-22
Joyce SoHo Presents

The third week of this showcase features Camille Brown, Randee Paufve, D
aniela Hoff and Kaori Ito.
Joyce SoHo
155 Mercer Street

May 20
Troika Ranchi

Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio present Surfacing. At 8:30pm.
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
Second Avenue at 10th Street

May 21
Dances by Isadora

This company is dedicated to the preservation of the repertoire and t
echnique of Isadora Duncan through the medium of performance and educational workshops.
At 4:30pm.
Central Park's Bethesda Fountain, mid-park at 72nd Street

May 21-23
Andrew Jannetti & Dancers

5/21 at 9pm, 5/22 and 23 at 8pm.
Cunningham Studio
55 Bethune Street 11th Floor

May 22
Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory Performance Projec
The former Bolshoi and New York City Ballet principal dancer presents h er company of pre-professional dancers, joined by guests Andrei Kisselev, from Broadway's "Riverdance," and Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim B
eloserkovsky, principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre, in a program of classical and contemporary ballets. Dvorovenko and and Beloserkovsky will perform the contemporary pas de deux Farewell, choreographed by Maria Chimengilly to music by Mozart.
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59 Street

May 22
The Conjunto Folklorico

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance presents this family
program of merengue dance rhythms and steps and highlights from the Dominican carnival traditions, including the diablos cahuellos masquerade and the roba de galina rag dancers of the gagá processional dance. At 1pm.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 96th Street

May 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

Dale Brauner




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