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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Exploring the Dimensions of Black Power at Alvin Ailey by Gia Kourlas

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center with stage premieres by Robert Battle and Jamar Roberts and a stunning “Lazarus.”

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Best Dance of 2021 by Gia Kourlas, Brian Seibert and Siobhan Burke

A year of uncertainty was capped by a happy ending: a rush of performances this fall, including standouts by masters (Twyla Tharp) and breakout stars (LaTasha Barnes).

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A Choreographer Gives ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ a Makeover by Gia Kourlas

In the postponed premiere of “Wednesday” at New York Live Arts, Raja Feather Kelly asks: “Who has the right to tell anyone’s story?”

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

This Year’s ‘Nutcracker’ Kids: Taller, Older and Savoring It All by Gia Kourlas

The return of New York City Ballet’s holiday classic will look a little different this season, with children 12 and above and new costumes for the party scene.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Review: Stephen Petronio Looks to the NYC of His Past for Inspiration by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer returns to the East Village — and La MaMa — with “Petronio Punk Picks and Other Delights,” landing in a place of nostalgia.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Twyla Tharp: ‘Each One of the Dances Is My Hope for a Perfect World’ by Gia Kourlas

In “Twyla Now,” a program of works featuring ballet stars and a youthful ensemble at New York City Center, Tharp merges the past with the present.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Review: Sensation and Skin, in a Theater Housed in Bodies by Gia Kourlas

Luciana Achugar presents the premiere of “Puro Teatro: A Spell for Utopia” at the new, improved Chocolate Factory, but its pleasures feel one-sided.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Review: Reimagined Gibney Company Makes a Long-Winded Debut by Gia Kourlas

Gina Gibney unveils an expanded company in three premieres by Sonya Tayeh, Alan Lucien Oyen and Rena Butler at the Joyce Theater.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Review: Choreographic Skeletons From a Lost Pandemic Time by Gia Kourlas

In “Review,” the choreographer Madeline Hollander reimagines months of unseen dance performances at the Hamilton Fish Pool in Manhattan.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Review: What Does Ballet Need Now? Not Retro Fantasy. by Gia Kourlas

American Ballet Theater’s fall gala featured “ZigZag,” an energetic yet dated premiere by Jessica Lang to songs sung by Tony Bennett.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Silky Ballet Solos and Irresistible Tapping Toes Close Fall for Dance by Gia Kourlas

The New York City Center festival presented exceptional works by Alexei Ratmansky and Ayodele Casel, including a captivating premiere.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Emerging Through the Fog of a Pandemic With ‘Giselle’ by Gia Kourlas

American Ballet Theater returns to Lincoln Center with its full-length production — and with it, a breakthrough performance by Skylar Brandt.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Rising Out of the Pandemic, City Ballet Ushers in a New Era by Gia Kourlas

The fall season comes to a close at New York City Ballet, with a flurry of farewells and new beginnings.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Hello, Opera? Meet Social Dance. It’s a Showstopper. by Gia Kourlas

To Camille A. Brown, the choreographer and co-director of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at the Metropolitan Opera, this production is about legacy.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Farewell to a Ballerina With Borscht Belt Humor and ‘Legs of Life’ by Gia Kourlas

Maria Kowroski, the reigning principal of New York City Ballet and the last company member to have worked with Jerome Robbins, takes her final bow.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Road Back: ‘How Am I Ever Going to Dance Again?’ by Gia Kourlas and Sabrina Santiago

We talked to three New York City Ballet dancers — Megan Fairchild, Jovani Furlan and India Bradley — in the months leading up to their return to the stage.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Review: Lindy Hopping Into the Present With Caleb Teicher and Co. by Gia Kourlas

In “Sw!ng Out,” Teicher and a creative team bring vernacular dance to the Joyce. Tacked onto the end? A jam for all.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Review: The Costume Dramas of New York City Ballet by Gia Kourlas

The Fall Fashion Gala returned with new works by Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller that felt like fast fashion: flimsy.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: With Balanchine and Confetti, City Ballet Is Back by Gia Kourlas

New York City Ballet opened its fall season on Tuesday with its first full-scale performance since the pandemic began. It felt like a rainbow.

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Balanchine, the Teacher: ‘I Pushed Everybody’ by Gia Kourlas

He used to say he would be remembered more for his teaching than his ballets. The film “In Balanchine’s Classroom” provides a glimpse of that.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

‘Release. Joy. Love.’ A Dance Festival at Little Island. by Gia Kourlas

Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard have organized a festival that celebrates percussive dance and artists of all ages.

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Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse’s Wife, Gets Her Due This Fall by Gia Kourlas and Josefina Santos

Gwen Verdon gets her due at the Fall for Dance Festival with “Sweet Gwen Suite,” a reimagining of three works made for TV in the late 1960s.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Madeline Hollander’s ‘Review’ at Performa Is Apt for the Moment by Gia Kourlas

Madeline Hollander’s “Review” at Performa, in which performers will mark dances that have been canceled or postponed, seems an apt response to our moment.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Whether Dancing or Still, the Body in ‘Ema’ Tells the Story by Gia Kourlas

In Pablo Larraín’s unsettling film, Mariana Di Girolamo stars as a dancer who finds freedom through reggaeton dance.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Ailey II Names a New Artistic Director by Gia Kourlas

For the dancer, choreographer and director Francesca Harper, an “Ailey baby,” this new role is also a homecoming.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

At Rockaway, Dancing for the Sea, the Sky, the Sand and the Birds by Gia Kourlas

This season Beach Sessions has just one dance: “Repose,” a meditative, durational work by Moriah Evans.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

‘Can I Actually Sing?’ Meet New York City Ballet’s Songbird by Gia Kourlas

During the pandemic Clara Miller stretched beyond dance to find another artistic voice.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Review: In ‘You Are Here,’ Dancing and Splashing at Lincoln Center by Gia Kourlas

A selection of New Yorkers reflecting on their pandemic experiences became part of this piece, conceived and choreographed by Andrea Miller.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

‘Ailey’ Review: A Poetic Look at the Man Behind the Dances by Gia Kourlas

Jamila Wignot explores the life of Alvin Ailey in a new documentary that brings a choreographer to life through movement and words.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Aunts Is Back, Turning City Blocks Into Dance Floors by Gia Kourlas

This creative performance experiment presents a roving adventure through space with Aunts Goes Public!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Georgina Pazcoguin Gives a Candid Account of Ballet Culture in 'Swan Dive' by Gia Kourlas

Georgina Pazcoguin, a New York City Ballet soloist, has written a page-turner of a memoir.

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