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Thursday, April 29, 2021

How to Breathe New Life Into Martha Graham’s Dances? Infuse Them With Art. by Gia Kourlas

As part of GrahamFest95, the choreographer’s dance company celebrates its 95th anniversary with four films pairing dances with works by Hauser & Wirth artists.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

‘I Wish I Got Pregnant in March!’ Inside the Dance Baby Boom. by Gia Kourlas

Many dancers have taken advantage of a byproduct of the pandemic — time away from performing — to try out a new role: motherhood.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A Choreographer Diving Into Grief Looks to Whales by Gia Kourlas

In a haunting new digital work, “Whale Fall,” Mayfield Brooks mourns Black bodies.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Review: Reveling in the Tap Magic of Ayodele Casel by Gia Kourlas

Casel’s joyful and generous spirit is as vivid as ever in a new virtual presentation by the Joyce Theater.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Review: The Brooklyn Academy Dips a Toe Back in With Live Skating by Gia Kourlas

The Brooklyn Academy of Music presented its first live performance in more than a year: Le Patin Libre, a contemporary skating company.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Watching From a Distance: What Gives a Virtual Dance Life? by Gia Kourlas

Alexei Ratmansky returns to the stage with a playful Bernstein ballet, while Netta Yerushalmy revives a darker moment in time.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Twyla Tharp and Her Body of Perpetual Motion by Gia Kourlas

“American Masters: Twyla Moves,” a new PBS documentary, is also a portrait of a singular dancer over time.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Ballet Is Hard Enough. What Happens When You Lose a Year? by Gia Kourlas

An elite male principal. A veteran ballerina. A rising apprentice. Three dancers talk about life and work during the pandemic.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

A Ballerina Takes a Leap of Faith, This Time in Herself by Gia Kourlas

Lauren Lovette, the New York City Ballet principal, is retiring from the company but not from dance.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

What Is a Ballet Body? by Gia Kourlas

With performances on pause, many dancers are rethinking their relationship to weight.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Falls for Big Ugly Ballet Stereotypes by Gia Kourlas

Why is it so hard to show the dance world as it is? This Netflix series about students at a ballet school is yet another cartoonish depiction.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Ann Reinking: Playful, Refined and With Legs for Days by Gia Kourlas

Discipline and abandon gave the dancer an ingrained elegance, an internal organization of the body that you sense even when it’s not pronounced.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Don’t Box Them In. Their Dancing Belongs to the World. by Gia Kourlas

Heather Lang and Ebony Williams of “Jagged Little Pill,” talk about their work on Broadway and dealing with life on pause.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Jerome Robbins: You’re Missed in This ‘West Side Story,’ Daddy-o by Gia Kourlas

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s dances for the Broadway revival swarm and sweep, but Robbins’s choreography was something more central: the libretto.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

My ‘Face Is My Voice’: A Deaf Dancer Lands Her Dream Role by Gia Kourlas

Alexandria Wailes deftly weaves choreography and American Sign Language in Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls.”

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A Choreographer Learns From the Club: ‘Live True, Dance Free’ by Gia Kourlas

Ephrat Asherie collaborates with her jazz pianist brother to place Ernesto Nazareth’s music in a world of breaking, house, hip-hop and vogue.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

What Happens When Extreme Action Meets Elusive Language? by Gia Kourlas

In Elizabeth Streb and Anne Bogart’s “Falling & Loving,” dancers and actors share the stage with the Guck Machine, which emits a waterfall of food andother objects.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: ‘Freddie Falls in Love,’ a Mixtape Dance-ical by Gia Kourlas

In Al Blackstone’s show, the songs are what set the characters on their journey, not the steps.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This Choreographer Can Make Your Play Move by Gia Kourlas

Raja Feather Kelly, who has left his mark on several Off Broadway shows, specializes in what he calls “virtuosic behavior.”

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

There’s Great Dance on Broadway. Hello, Tony Awards? by Gia Kourlas

Standard or (worse yet) slight fare gets nominated for best choreography while quality work — “Oklahoma!,”“The Prom” — goes unrecognized. An exception: Camille A. Brown’s dance…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Home Is Where the Greek Drama Is by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer and performance artist Ann Liv Young is using her Bushwick apartment — and her daughters and animals — in her version of “Antigone.”

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Dark ‘Oklahoma!’ Brings Barefoot Modern Dance to Broadway by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer John Heginbotham and the director Daniel Fish want the dance to “change the way we experience the show.”

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

She Dances. He Directs. How They Created a Balletic Battle of the Sexes. by Gia Kourlas

The wife-and-husband team of Sara Mearns and Joshua Bergasse talk about working together on “I Married an Angel” for Encores! Reader, she Lindy Hops.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

When Extremes Attract: Dance and Horror’s New Pas de Deux by Gia Kourlas

Gaspar Noé’s “Climax” is the latest movie to push the ecstatic, frightening qualities of dance into horror. A body holds plenty of space for terror.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

#SpeakingInDance: The Heartbeat of ‘Choir Boy’ by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Camille A. Brown deftly uses the tradition of step to add “a heartbeat to the story” of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s musical play, now on Broadway.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

At ‘The Prom’ on Broadway, It’s Time to Dance (and Flip) by Gia Kourlas

A talk with the director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw: “The world has gotten so serious. It’s time to be on a dance floor together.”

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Ballet Crowd, Bustin’ Out All Over ‘Carousel’ by Gia Kourlas

Amar Ramasar, Brittany Pollack and Craig Salstein get a chance to stretch on Broadway. With Justin Peck, they talk about the challenges and rewards.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

This Angel in America Takes Wing With Help From 5 Shadows by Gia Kourlas

Using intricate choreography and cues, the Angel Shadows — dancers and puppeteers — propel the Angel into the air and operate her heavy wings.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Rockettes Own Christmas. But Spring Is a Tough Nut to Crack. by Michael Cooper and Gia Kourlas

They tried early spring, late spring and Harvey Weinstein. But the Rockettes have yet to create a warm-weather franchise to rival their Christmas show.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Shall They Dance? Making ‘La La Land’ Move by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Mandy Moore worked on Damien Chazelle’s movie musical. Among her jobs: teaching Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling how to dance.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

About Last Night: Georgina Pazcoguin on Her First Broadway Opening Night, in ‘Cats’ by Gia Kourlas

Ms. Pazcoguin, a soloist with the New York City Ballet, plays the elegant Victoria in the current revival of “Cats” on Broadway.

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