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March 2014 Blog Posts (6)

Paul Taylor’s 1982 “Mercuric Tidings” Trumps His 2014 Premiere

On the evening of March 20th 2014, as part of the Diamond Anniversary celebration of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Koch Theater, the troupe offered a triple bill that included a recent world premiere and an enduring favorite from 1982. The first two,…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Brings Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Darkly Compelling Adaptation of “Swan Lake” to NYC

I’m not a fan of the fact that standing ovations, once reserved for truly superb performances, have become almost routine in NYC. Often, in spite of not being able to see the curtain calls while everyone in front of me is up and blocking my view, I remain stubbornly in my seat if I feel that plain old clapping is sufficient. Yet on the evening of Friday, March 15th 2014 at City Center, I was on my feet with the rest of…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève Returns to the Joyce With a New York Premiere

The evening of March 25th 2014 was opening night for a six-day run at the Joyce Theater of “Glory”, a mostly glorious offering choreographed by Greek-born Andonis Foniadakis for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. A press release referred to the piece as “an evening-length work” but that depends on your definition of an evening at the theater. “Glory” is…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

I Say Flamenco, You Say Flamingo!

Like the lyrics of a popular song, "you say tomato, I say tomahto," I say Flamenco, they say flamingo.  Well, a tomato, even when pronounced tomahto, stays a tomato.  Flamenco, when pronounced flamingo, no longer stays Flamenco ---it becomes a pink bird.

One of the greatest challenges I have encountered in the art of Flamenco is explaining what I do.  When I explain that I am a Flamenco ("fluh"-MEN-co") dancer more often than not the response is "Oh, I was in Spain and saw…

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Added by Linda Machado on March 24, 2014 at 11:54pm — 2 Comments

"The Red Dress" Brings the Dance Artistry of China to the Koch

For the third year, China Arts and Entertainment Group is treating NYC dancegoers to an all-too-limited engagement of a lavish and exquisitely performed dance theater piece at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Opening night of "The Red Dress" on Thursday March 6th 2014 will be followed by performances on the evenings of March 7th and 8th and a matinée on March 9th. Don't miss this chance to see superbly trained dancers, gorgeous costumes, immaculate ensemble work,…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 7, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

New York City Ballet Offers a Music Lesson Along With Four Ballets Set to Scores by French Composers

As a welcome surprise during the New York City Ballet matinée on Saturday, March 1st 2014 at the Koch Theater, the recently renovated orchestra pit rose so that Interim Music Director Andrews Sills could give us an interesting history lesson with the musicians in full view. Under the direction of Guest Conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen, they played passages from Debussy’s “Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun” and from works by Saint-Saëns, Wagner, and Chopin while Sills explained that Debussy…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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