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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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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: In ‘The Winter’s Tale,’ the Silk Flows Better Than the Steps by Gia Kourlas

Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of this Shakespearean romance, performed by the National Ballet of Canada, is part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Channing Tatum Gives ‘Hail, Caesar!’ a Tap-Dancing Kick by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Christopher Gattelli’s “No Dames!” number in the film offered Mr. Tatum a showcase and took him out of his comfort zone.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A New Director for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival by Gia Kourlas

Pamela Tatge, the director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, is to take over beginning April 18.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Bread and Puppet Theater Takes Up the Cause of a Puerto Rican Nationalist by Gia Kourlas

“The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera” casts the imprisoned man as a victim.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

In ‘Flesh and Bone,’ Moira Walley-Beckett Leaps Darkly Into Ballet by Gia Kourlas

Ms. Walley-Beckett, a “Breaking Bad” writer, applies a similar sensibility to the dance world in a new series for Starz.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Critic’s Notebook: Misty Copeland Makes Her Broadway Debut in ‘On the Town’ by Gia Kourlas

Ms. Copeland, of American Ballet Theater, is briefly playing the role of Ivy, a.k.a. Miss Turnstiles, in the hit Jerome Robbins revival at the Lyric Theater.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Whitney Embraces Dancenoise, a Brash ’80s Performance Duo by Gia Kourlas

The museum will showcase the work of Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton, who brought an intense, highly choreographed whirlwind of unison dancing and brutal slapstick to the East Village.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Prince’s Fate, Entwined With Desire by GIA KOURLAS

In “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” at City Center, Mr. Bourne’s reinterpretation of a classic raises the ballet’s inherent sexiness and gives Tchaikovsky’s m…

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Critic’s Notebook: ‘American Ballet Theater: A History,’ a PBS Documentary, Is a Love Letter to a Dance Form by Gia Kourlas

The film, an “American Masters” episode directed by Ric Burns, features interviews with critics, dancers and directors.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Dance Review: Review: ‘NewYorknewyork @Astor Place,’ a Multilayered Production by Gia Kourlas

This dance-theater work from Mark Dendy at Joe’s Pub includes a cast of historical and contemporary characters from Astor Place and the surrounding area.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

N.Y.U.’s Center for Ballet and the Arts Seeks Female Choreographers by Gia Kourlas

The Center announced it would award the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers starting this fall.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

David Alvarez on ‘Billy Elliot,’ the Army, and ‘On the Town’ by Gia Kourlas

Mr. Alvarez, who won a Tony for “Billy Elliot,” said ballet prepared him for basic training.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Two Ailey Dancers to Leave for New Roles in St. Louis by Gia Kourlas

The Alvin Ailey dancers Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd will become co-artistic directors of the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, where Antonio trained.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Jack Ferver Takes Inspiration From Fred Herko by Gia Kourlas

In “Night Light Bright Light,” the dancer and choreographer Jack Ferver draws inspiration from the dancer and choreographer Fred Herko.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dance Review: Bebe Miller Introduces Two Choreographers in Gibney Series by Gia Kourlas

Two choreographers and their work take the spotlight in the final installment of the DoublePlus series.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

‘The Rite of Spring,’ Basil Twist’s Spin on Stravinsky by Gia Kourlas

Basil Twist uses silk, smoke and other materials in his work “The Rite of Spring,” part of the White Light Festival.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Sign of a New Spring in Rockettes’ Steps by Gia Kourlas

Radio City Music Hall’s resident dance company is using its first spring show since 1997 to try a new range of movements beyond its traditional kick lines.    

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dresden Ballet Dancer Wins Lead Role in New Starz Series by Gia Kourlas

Sarah Hay, an American member of the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, has won the lead role in the upcoming Starz series, “Flesh and Bone.”

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