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New York Dance Scene, January 2015 Updater

January 15th, 2015

 

Dear Dancers,

 

Instead of reposting all of my reviews from BroadwayWorld.com, I’m giving you this constantly updated link to my BWW archive with all of my reviews: http://www.broadwayworld.com/author/Sondra-Forsyth#.UxoKUV6vzC8

My most recent reviews are of “Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” and the Broadway show “On the Town”. Next up, the…

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New York City Ballet Delights With a Varied Robbins Triple Bill

The All Robbins program offered this spring season by New York City Ballet is a testament to the range and depth of the choreographer’s genius. “Glass Pieces”, the 1983 work to the driving rhythms of music by Philip Glass, is an ideal opener with its masterful blend of postmodern and classical movement styles that call to mind the pulsating urgency of urban life.

On Friday, May 9th 2014, Rebecca Krohn and Amar Ramasar were outstanding in the section of “Glass Pieces”…

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American Ballet Theatre Delights With Gallic-Flavored Highjinks in “Don Quixote”

On the rain-soaked evening of May 16th 2014, ABT delivered a mood-boosting performance of “Don Quixote” for a full house of grateful dancegoers at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Dazzling Gallic-flavored dancing and full-throttle comedy to the music of Minkus helped to push dire flash flood warnings out of the minds of many in the audience. I heard plenty of comments during intermissions by people who said that driving in from the suburbs or sloshing through sidewalk puddles…

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“The Men Dancers, Plus!” Celebrates the Life of the Legendary Frederic Franklin

A roll call of dance greats – performers, directors, critics, and historians – took the stage one after the other at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City on the evening of May 30th 2014 to share their memories of one of the greatest of them all, Frederic Franklin.

 

Known to everyone as Freddie, the affable and gifted star delighted audiences during an astonishing eight-decade career beginning with his debut at 17 and closing with his portrayal…

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The School of American Ballet Celebrates 50 Years of Workshop Performances

On June 3rd 2014, The School of American Ballet’s 50th annual Workshop Performance at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center once again proved that Balanchine was right when he famously said “But first a school”. That remark was Mr. B’s response after Lincoln Kirstein invited him to come to the United States to co-found a ballet company in 1933. Eight decades later, as evidenced by the overall high level of talent and artistry on stage, SAB continues to deserve its reputation as this…

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Boston Ballet Triumphs at the Close of Its 50th Anniversary Season During First Ever Visit to the Big Apple

On June 27th 2014 at the Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center during The Boston Ballet’s first ever engagement in New York City, the company proved to be better than the New York City Ballet at dancing Balanchine. I know I’m not alone in holding that opinion because I overheard several people seated near me express the same sentiment during the enthusiastic applause for Symphony in Three Movements. The principals and soloists were superb, but the corps de ballet was the true star…

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Limón Dance Company Offers Somethings Old and Somethings New

A judicious mix of now-classic Limón works from the 1950s and 1960s along with pieces by current choreographers made for a superb evening of dance on Friday, May 3rd 2014 at the Joyce. For me, Limón’s decades-old masterworks have stood the test of time. Not only that, but I applaud artistic director Carla Maxwell for choosing to keep them alive for today’s dancegoers. As I always used to tell my ballet students, we can’t hang our history on a wall in a museum. The only way to preserve our…

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Celebrates 45 Years After Coming Back from the Brink

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 2014 run at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the second New York season after a nine-year hiatus, drew to a satisfying close on the afternoon of Sunday, April 27th with a well-chosen triple bill. The beloved troupe, America’s first African…

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Ballet Hispanico Offers Contemporary Dance with a Latin Flavor for a Two-Week Run at the Joyce

Opening night of Ballet Hispanico’s 2014 spring season at the Joyce on April 15th once again featured the fascinating fusion of Latin themes with contemporary movement that has become Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro’s trademark during his four years at the helm.…

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Youth America Grand Prix Comes of Age With Grace, Artistry, and Professionalism

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Youth America Grand Prix, known to all as YAGP, the international competition founded by former Bolshoi principals Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev offered a three-evening celebration at the Koch from April 9th to 11th 2014 that completely converted this former naysayer into a diehard fan. All of my complaints from…

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The School at Steps Draws a Crowd for an Injury Prevention Workshop

On the evening of Sunday, April 6th 2014, an Injury Prevention Workshop wrapped up The Complete Dancer Series for the 2013-2014 academic year at The School at Steps. At $10 per ticket with student discounts, the event attracted an impressively large audience of parents, dance teachers, and dance students. Many of the children looked to be as young as eight or nine. They were by and large interested and attentive, with hands waving eagerly in hopes of getting a…

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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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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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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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"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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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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Fans of New York City Ballet “See the Music” of Three 20th Century Violin Concertos

Balanchine once said, “See the music, hear the dance”. The audience at the Koch Theater on the afternoon of February 22nd 2014 had the opportunity to do exactly that when the works of three very different choreographers brought treasured violin concertos to life. Kudos to Concertmasters Arturo Delmoni…

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New York City Ballet Treats NYC to “Coppelia” After a 5-Year Hiatus

During February 2014, the third snowiest on record in NYC, winter weary dancegoers are welcoming the mood-boosting comedy and charm of the New York City Ballet’s version of “Coppelia”. Staged by Balanchine with the legendary Alexandra Danilova in 1974, the production has musical passages for added male variations from “La Source” and “Sylvia” interpolated into Delibes’…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 17, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

Ethan Stiefel Brings Royal New Zealand Ballet to NYC

On February 12th 2014 at the Joyce Theater, Royal New Zealand Ballet under the artistic direction of iconic ballet star Ethan Stiefel opened a five-day run that marks the conclusion of the troupe’s first U.S. tour in 21 years. Dancegoers in four cities -- Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, and New York –- have had the chance to see the admirable results of Stiefel’s vision and hard work with 61-year-old company since he took the helm in September of 2011 at…

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New York City Ballet Delivers Two Hits and a Miss in a Triple Bill

With Fashion Week 2014 under way in the tents at Lincoln Center from February 6th to 13th, New York City Ballet dusted off Peter Martins’ 2012 tribute to iconic designer Valentino for the evening performance at Koch Theater on Saturday, February 8th. A description of “Bal de Couture” on the company’s web site enthused that we would feel…

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