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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Deep River’ presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the Kennedy Center by Justin Rustle

It’s hard to believe that in over 40 years of performing, their appearance last week in the Eisenhower Theater marked San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Kennedy Center debut.…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Impermanence’ presented by the Sydney Dance Company at The Kennedy Center by Justin Rustle

Making their Kennedy Center debut in the Eisenhower Theater, Sydney Dance Company’s “Impermanence” put a spotlight on the dancers’ ensemble work as well as director Rafael Bonachela�…

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Dance Review: Martha Graham Dance Company at George Mason University by Justin Rustle

The Martha Graham Dance Company won’t officially turn 100 until 2026, but as the oldest dance company in the United States, you can’t blame them for starting the party a little early. Th…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Dance Mosaic: A Showcase of Local Dance’ presented by Ballet Embody at Synergy Space by Justin Rustle

There is always something special about seeing dance in a space where you are so close to the performers you could reach out and touch them. Synergy Space, a converted dance studio space abo…

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Dance Review: George Mason University Dance Company’s 2024 Gala Concert at George Mason University Center for the Arts by Justin Rustle

It would be easy to forget that the performers in Saturday night’s performance by the students of the George Mason University Dance Company are just that—students. I have seen plenty of …

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Ballet 5:8 Presents: Butterfly’ at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts by Justin Rustle

Ballet 5:8, a contemporary dance company with strong religious influences based in Chicago, arrived on tour at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts last Saturday where they were joined f…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Dance Review: Grupo Corpo at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Justin Rustle

Grupo Corpo’s performance at the Kennedy Center Opera House featured a double bill of works by founding choreographer, Rodrigo Pederneiras. Founded in 1975, Grupo Corpo (Body Group) is one…

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Swan Lake’ presented by American Ballet Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Justin Rustle

It would be easy to review opening night of American Ballet Theater’s “Swan Lake” at the Kennedy Center Opera House (featuring the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, conducted by Ev…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dance Review: ‘A.I.M by Kyle Abraham’ at George Mason Center for the Arts   by Justin Rustle

Last Saturday night’s performance featuring “A.I.M by Kyle Abraham” was a showcase of the company’s virtuosity and versatility and the culmination of their week-long residency at Geo…

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Dance Review: Black Choreographers Festival at The Creative Alliance by Justin Rustle

I want to start by saying that as a White, male dance writer with the suspected ballet-modern-postmodern background, there are plenty of ways in which I am ill equipped to cover Saturday nig…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Black Choreographers Festival (at the Creative Alliance) Co-Founders Shianne Antoine and Camille Weanquoi by Justin Rustle

Now in its third season, the Black Choreographers Festival runs October 13-15 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. It will feature works by 15 choreographers over two performances along wi…

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Carmina Burana’ presented by Richmond Ballet at Wolf Trap by Justin Rustle

This past Wednesday night’s performance at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center was a historic event. John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” premiered in 1959. Original cast member and icon of Americ…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Theater Review: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ at Synetic Theater by Justin Rustle

Synetic Theater’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a gloriously silly, but tragic, romp based loosely on Edmond Rostand’s play of the same name which follows the life of Cyrano de Bergerac, t…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Capital Fringe Review: ‘Finding Home: Dance Journeys’ at Cafritz Hall by Justin Rustle

“Finding Home: Dance Journeys,” part of the 2023 Capital Fringe Festival at the DCJCC’s Cafritz Hall, featured works by choreographers Giselle Ruzany, Kyoko Fujimoto, Sylvana Christoph…

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Founding Choreographers’ by New York City Ballet (NYCB) at the Kennedy Center by Justin Rustle

Perhaps it is an unfair criticism of a performance that is meant to showcase the foundations and history of one of the oldest dance companies in America, but when you’re putting together a…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Kinetic Crossings’ at Baltimore Theater Project with Deep Vision Dance Company and Saiko Kino by Justin Rustle

This past weekend’s “Kinetic Crossings” at Baltimore Theater Project was a visual feast, featuring performances by Baltimore-based Deep Vision Dance Company and Japanese choreographer …

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‘A Quick 5’ and More with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Critic and Former Washington Post Dance Writer, Sarah Kaufman by Justin Rustle

And then there was one. In 2015, The Atlantic published an article called “The Death Of The American Dance Critic.” It lamented the fact that, with Gia Kourlas’ departure from Time Out…

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Momentum: A Mixed Bill’ by Ballet Theater of Maryland at Maryland Hall by Justin Rustle

Ballet Theater of Maryland’s “Momentum: A Mixed Bill” was a full evening of dance. It featured six performances by five choreographers—Lindsey Bell, Roman Mykyta, Ashley Taylor, Kari…

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Dance Review: ‘SPROUTS! New work by local emerging dance artists’ at Rhizome DC by Justin Rustle

Rhizome DC is one of those venues that, even if you’ve been there before, feels like a secret. From the outside it looks like a Shel Silverstein illustration, an old house sketched in by t…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Gabriel Mata: Artist Portfolio Showcase’ at Dance Loft on 14 by Justin Rustle

Gabriel Mata’s performance at Dance Loft on 14 was one of those performances that doesn’t end when you walk out of the theater; you have to sit with his work and let the ideas marinate. …

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Choreographer and Dancer Gabriel Mata by Justin Rustle

This Friday and Saturday, Dance Loft on 14 presents a deeper look into past, present, and future dance works of D.C.-based artist, Gabriel Mata. Gabriel Mata (pronounced: gah-bryehl mah-tah)…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Dance Review: ‘HOME: Longing and Belonging’ by Full Circle Dance Company at Baltimore Theater Project by Justin Rustle

Now in their 22nd season, Baltimore’s Full Circle Dance Company has a thoughtful model for producing an evening of dance. The company’s annual mixed-repertory performance is carefully cu…

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