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Friday, April 18, 2014

Hot lips: Ballet Hispanico smooches its way through an amorous season premiere by Robert Johnson

The company's new contemporary repertory isn’t necessarily high-minded, and it certainly isn’t dreary.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

In four spectacular dances, the Trisha Brown Dance Company edges close to immortality by Robert Johnson

The choreographer paints a tumultuous world, flashing with mysterious energy yet oh so tender.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Youth America Grand Prix gives young dancers and aspiring choreographers a boost by Robert Johnson

While the number of competitors increases and schools try to award more scholarships, jobs for dancers aren’t keeping pace. In the United States, anemic arts funding is strangling the ball…

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Matthew Rushing, a modest star, lends his luster to New Jersey Ballet gala by Robert Johnson

"I’ve been surrounded by geniuses," Rushing says. "So I have a very high standard."

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bootcamp for dancers: Ailey II turns young hopefuls into seasoned professionals by Robert Johnson

"I took off my heels. I took off my fancy little dress, and I had about 20 minutes to learn this piece," says Shay Bland.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Martha Graham Dance Company returns, alive with youthful passions by Robert Johnson

The most important thing the Graham company can teach other contemporary dance troupes built around the work of a single choreographer is never, ever give up the fight.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

After 60 years, Paul Taylor continues to explore America through his dances by Robert Johnson

The current repertory gives a sense of this choreographers' breathtakingly varied achievement. Yet part of the pleasure for longtime fans comes from noticing connections among works, and the…

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

With its new 'Firebird,' American Repertory Ballet ignites a ballet legend by Robert Johnson

"You have to bring these ballets back, not only to preserve what was, but also to discover your own path," says choreographer Douglas Martin

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

'New Jersey Ballet Celebrates New Jersey' with three premieres plus one by Robert Johnson

The ballet company has dedicated three performances to presenting new works that celebrate local artists in honor of the state’s 350th anniversary.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

At New Jersey Ballet, dancers and young musicians root for the home team by Robert Johnson

"This is a celebration of young artists, and the future of New Jersey — that’s how we see it," says the company's assistant artistic director, Paul H. McRae.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

At New York City Ballet, the bouquets are wilting by Robert Johnson

The company is twisting itself out of shape to produce novelties, when its directors should have realized long ago that since Balanchine’s death their most important task is preservation.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Shen Wei Dance Arts: adventures in space and time by Robert Johnson

"I dream about animals all the time," says this choreographer of "The Rite of Spring." "That’s another crazy thing. They speak to me in languages, in Chinese or En…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In his 'Aubade,' choreographer Douglas Dunn beholds the glory of a new day by Robert Johnson

Dancer Christopher Williams has a pugnacious physicality. Yet the landscapes through which he passes feature natural wonders and larger-than-life figures, which dwarf him with their grandeur.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: giddyup old pony, it's a bright Chinese New Year by Robert Johnson

This year's ambitious program promises to expand the celebration into a "total experience" for the audience, the choreographer says.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet: nimble movers keep pace with the latest trends from overseas by Robert Johnson

Even when the troupe bows to a master choreographer, its focus remains on youth.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dance Theatre of Harlem returns in 'Gloria' by Robert Johnson

In many ways, "Gloria" continues the work begun by DTH founder Arthur Mitchell, a former New York City Ballet star who created the company with ballet master Karel Shook in respons…

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Friday, January 10, 2014

In choreographer Heather Kravas' new dance, 'S' is for society by Robert Johnson

Whether in synch with absent companions or possibly pursued by them, Kravas' characters are never allowed their freedom.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

In Focus Dance, choreographers who are ready to tour set off in all directions by Robert Johnson

According to festival curator Laurie Uprichard, American choreographers can't be pigeon-holed.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Alvin Ailey dancers go for the glamour in Wayne McGregor's 'Chroma' by Robert Johnson

Ailey has imported works by European artists before, but Wayne McGregor's "Chroma" is all about making a stunning impression — not just with frenzied movement, but also with hand…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tchaikovsky swings with 'Ellington at Christmas' by Robert Johnson

"You have to move, when you hear this music," says choreographer Robert Garland.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has an edgy British import, amid this season's novelties by Robert Johnson

Speaking of 'Chroma,' choreographer Wayne McGregor says he wanted "an "empty" space where "the body would provide the color."

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday season steps off on little feet: American Repertory Ballet performs 'The Nutcracker' by Robert Johnson

While only skilled performers dare attempt them, the dances of the divertissement are an idealized expression of the life force and the movement potential within a child.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

In her new 'Play/Pause,' Susan Marshall's dancers rock to a dystopian beat by Robert Johnson

The characters in “Play/Pause” live under a microscope, isolated but without privacy. Their interactions are cold and brief as they slide off one another, exhausted.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

American Ballet Theatre's shipwrecked premiere, and two waterproof ballerinas by Robert Johnson

Fans should not miss Polina Semionova in "Theme and Variations" tonight, or Veronika Part in "Les Sylphides" on Sunday.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty': don't leave the windows open at night by Robert Johnson

A moment during the garden party during which Tchaikovsky’s music slows and a footman kicks an onstage gramophone suggests Bourne’s attitude toward his source material.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Time warp: San Francisco Ballet's tame 'Cinderella' fails to heed the clock by Robert Johnson

In a successful ballet, of course, the whole fairy tale armature is simply an excuse for dancing, but here ingenuities of plot and scenery take center stage with the choreography seemingly a…

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Friday, October 18, 2013

San Francisco Ballet opens with a terrific mixed bill, and plenty more to come by Robert Johnson

The company aims to overwhelm us with an avalanche of thrilling new repertory.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A splashy, new "Don Quixote" brings the Royal Ballet to local movie houses by Robert Johnson

"It’s about getting ourselves out there," says Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare, who claims that 40,000 people in Britain watched the transmission of "Alice’s Adventur…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

American Repertory Ballet unveils a new 'Romeo' set to Prokofiev's timeless score by Robert Johnson

"The music is shockingly gorgeous," says Douglas Martin, who has choreographed a new "Romeo and Juliet" that American Repertory Ballet will present on Friday.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In "Fold Here," a new work by Gallim Dance, the furnishings are existential by Robert Johnson

"It doesn’t matter if you tell stories or you don’t tell stories," says choreographer Andrea Miller. "It matters if you’re courageous, and if you’re taking big risks.&…

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

'Forever Tango' slinks back on Broadway, with a couple of guests by Robert Johnson

Argentina’s sexy national dance is its own best advertisement, and with a company of "backup" dancers who are nothing short of brilliant, the tango doesn’t need help from anyon…

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