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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The breakdown: Hands! Hips! Hats! The Why and How of Fosse/Verdon Dance Moves by Brian Seibert

To get at the Fosse style, a dance critic breaks down “Who’s Got the Pain?,” the only film number Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon performed in together.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cholly Atkins Taught Motown to Dance. His Moves Get an Update in ‘Ain’t Too Proud.’ by Brian Seibert

The Temptations’ dancing was essential to their allure. Sergio Trujillo makes it more intricate, stylistically varied and narratively sophisticated.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

When Straight White Men Dance by Brian Seibert

In Young Jean Lee’s play, with choreography by Faye Driscoll, dance is a way for characters to repair relationships and communicate with one another.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Ridiculous! Fabulous! On Broadway, Tapping in Quotation Marks by Brian Seibert

What does tap mean in musicals these days? It’s often used as a sparkly outfit — a symbol of Broadway’s past, danced by nostalgists and drama nerds.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: The Bitter Tears of Dean Moss & Co. by Brian Seibert

“Petra,” by the director-choreographer Dean Moss, riffs on a Fassbinder film and sadomasochistic relationships.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

For Michelle Ellsworth, Practice Makes … More Practice by Brian Seibert

Ms. Ellsworth is a performer whose ambivalence about performing is baked into the title of her new work, “The Rehearsal Artist.”

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Review: All Life’s a Swirling Proscenium in ‘The Red Shoes’ by Brian Seibert

The staging is the star in Matthew Bourne’s pass-the-popcorn adaptation of the movie.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

What Is a Dance Doing in the Middle of Enda Walsh’s Play? by Brian Seibert

In “Arlington,” a dance segment takes us into the subtext: “the pressure put on a body in confinement.”

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: ‘Pandaemonium’ Gives Unhappiness a Light Touch by Brian Seibert

The show, a hybrid of physical theater and cinema directed by Lars Jan, at New York Live Arts, offers a musical window on a silent couple.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Critic's Notebook: In Savion Glover’s ‘Shuffle Along,’ Tap’s Reach Has Its Limits by Brian Seibert

Mr. Glover is joining the cast of this musical, but it has no role for a star dancer, unlike “Jelly’s Last Jam” or “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk.”

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: Arcane Collective Turns a Beckett Trilogy Into Physical Theater by Brian Seibert

“Return to Absence” and its companion, “Ebb,” at New York Live Arts, took a silent-movie approach to adapting “Molloy,” “Malone Dies” and “The Unnamable.”

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

‘Cabin in the Sky’: Translating a Dated Body Language by Brian Seibert

The musical, mostly forgotten since the 1940s, will be choreographed by Camille A. Brown for the Encores! series at City Center.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Maurice Hines Opens His Heart in ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ by Brian Seibert

Mr. Hines, who has been performing for most of his life, uses his autobiographical show to teach the next generation and to keep memories alive.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

In ‘Fiddler,’ a Balancing Act to Rival Tevye’s by Brian Seibert

Hofesh Shechter had never choreographed for a Broadway show, but his childhood experience led him to embrace the challenge of adjusting the work of Jerome Robbins.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review: ‘Bolshoi Babylon,’ Russia’s Famed Ballet Troupe in a Scandal’s Glare by Brian Seibert

This HBO documentary on the Bolshoi Ballet, directed by Nick Read, tells the story of the 2013 acid attack on its artistic director, arranged by a soloist in the troupe.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: ‘Antigona’ Is Noche Flamenca’s Teeming Take on the Greek Tragedy by Brian Seibert

Settling into a six-week run at West Park Presbyterian Church, the troupe has found ways to subtly mirror and amplify the emotions of its star.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

In ‘Double It,’ Going for That Circus Atmosphere by Brian Seibert

Chen Shi-Zheng, who created the pop-opera “Monkey: Journey to the West,” encourages his troupe of young acrobats to goof off in his new production.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: Michael Flatley’s New Show Has Unicorns, Rainbows and Some Footwork, Too by Brian Seibert

“Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games” is your last chance to watch Mr. Flatley dancing. And with him, you’ll get flames, fog-banks and explosions.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review: ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ Chronicles the Rise of Misty Copeland by Brian Seibert

Nelson George’s documentary delves into the talent and drive — and the career-threatening injuries — of American Ballet Theater’s first black female principal dancer.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘An American in Paris’ Brings Ballet Values to Broadway by Brian Seibert

As director and choreographer of “An American in Paris” at the Palace Theater, Mr. Wheeldon proves the power of wordless storytelling.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dance Review: American Dance Machine Troupe Debuts by Brian Seibert

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, a repertory company for musical-theater dance, made its debut at the Joyce Theater on Tuesday.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

City Ballet Stars Land Major Musical Theater Roles by Brian Seibert

In a mix of happenstance and connections, three members of New York City Ballet will soon perform in major musicals.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sarasota Ballet Signs Artistic Director to 10-Year Contract by Brian Seibert

Iain Webb, a former dancer with The Royal Ballet, was first appointed to the position in 2007 on a four-year contract.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Critic’s Notebook: ‘After Midnight’ Harks Back to the Cotton Club Days by Brian Seibert

The only way virtuosic jazz tap has made it onto Broadway this century is in a vehicle that purports to jump back eight decades.    

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Performance Art Review: Brian Rogers’s ‘Hot Box’ at Chocolate Factory by Brian Seibert

Brian Rogers’s “Hot Box,” at the Chocolate Factory, uses video projections and noise for its impact.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Theater Review: ‘Heat Wave’ Revue at Queens Theater in the Park by Brian Seibert

The choreographer and style setter Jack Cole is celebrated in “Heat Wave,” a musical revue.

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