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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: With Balanchine and Confetti, City Ballet Is Back by Gia Kourlas

New York City Ballet opened its fall season on Tuesday with its first full-scale performance since the pandemic began. It felt like a rainbow.

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Balanchine, the Teacher: ‘I Pushed Everybody’ by Gia Kourlas

He used to say he would be remembered more for his teaching than his ballets. The film “In Balanchine’s Classroom” provides a glimpse of that.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

‘Release. Joy. Love.’ A Dance Festival at Little Island. by Gia Kourlas

Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard have organized a festival that celebrates percussive dance and artists of all ages.

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Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse’s Wife, Gets Her Due This Fall by Gia Kourlas and Josefina Santos

Gwen Verdon gets her due at the Fall for Dance Festival with “Sweet Gwen Suite,” a reimagining of three works made for TV in the late 1960s.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Madeline Hollander’s ‘Review’ at Performa Is Apt for the Moment by Gia Kourlas

Madeline Hollander’s “Review” at Performa, in which performers will mark dances that have been canceled or postponed, seems an apt response to our moment.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Whether Dancing or Still, the Body in ‘Ema’ Tells the Story by Gia Kourlas

In Pablo Larraín’s unsettling film, Mariana Di Girolamo stars as a dancer who finds freedom through reggaeton dance.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Ailey II Names a New Artistic Director by Gia Kourlas

For the dancer, choreographer and director Francesca Harper, an “Ailey baby,” this new role is also a homecoming.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

At Rockaway, Dancing for the Sea, the Sky, the Sand and the Birds by Gia Kourlas

This season Beach Sessions has just one dance: “Repose,” a meditative, durational work by Moriah Evans.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

‘Can I Actually Sing?’ Meet New York City Ballet’s Songbird by Gia Kourlas

During the pandemic Clara Miller stretched beyond dance to find another artistic voice.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Review: In ‘You Are Here,’ Dancing and Splashing at Lincoln Center by Gia Kourlas

A selection of New Yorkers reflecting on their pandemic experiences became part of this piece, conceived and choreographed by Andrea Miller.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

‘Ailey’ Review: A Poetic Look at the Man Behind the Dances by Gia Kourlas

Jamila Wignot explores the life of Alvin Ailey in a new documentary that brings a choreographer to life through movement and words.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Aunts Is Back, Turning City Blocks Into Dance Floors by Gia Kourlas

This creative performance experiment presents a roving adventure through space with Aunts Goes Public!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Georgina Pazcoguin Gives a Candid Account of Ballet Culture in 'Swan Dive' by Gia Kourlas

Georgina Pazcoguin, a New York City Ballet soloist, has written a page-turner of a memoir.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Using the Wisdom of Dance to Find Our Way Back to Our Bodies by Gia Kourlas

What does it mean to watch and move through space, in dance and in life? As we emerge from the pandemic, we still have a moment to hold on to all that’s slow.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

‘In the Heights,’ Where the Streets Explode With Dance by Gia Kourlas

The movie’s choreographic team, led by Christopher Scott, gets raw and real with dancers — so many! — who give in to thrilling perpetual motion.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Review: Fighting for the Right to Dance Giselle by Gia Kourlas

Katy Pyle’s company, Ballez, performs “Giselle of Loneliness,” a queer reimagining of the classic at the Joyce Theater.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

A Choreographer Finds His Way, Getting Lost in the Stars by Gia Kourlas

Kyle Marshall’s new works, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Shed, are about “creating something that actually feels joyful.”

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

All Her Life Studies: A Downtown Dancer Finds Her Voice by Gia Kourlas

In her evolving exploration of identity, Leslie Cuyjet is breaking out as a choreographer, making work that is both conceptual and personal.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Review: A Synergistic Duo Takes Back the Power of ‘Gloria’ by Gia Kourlas

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith present their latest work, a fierce, feminist look at objectification at Abrons Arts Center’s outdoor Amphitheater.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Review: Bill T. Jones’s Fragments for a Fragmented Time by Gia Kourlas

In a new production for the vast Drill Hall at the Armory, the idea is to let the trauma of a strange and unsettling year sink in: for better or worse.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What Is an Everyday Ballerina? A Luminous New Memoir Tells All. by Gia Kourlas

For Gavin Larsen, the author of “Being a Ballerina,” the drama of a life spent in dance is the dancing. Period.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Review: A Choreographer Looks Back on His Pandemic Year by Gia Kourlas

Stephen Petronio’s virtual program, presented by the Joyce Theater, explores isolation, longing and legacy, but doesn’t take those issues to a deeper place.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Basketball Game. by Gia Kourlas

Since March, the Brooklynettes have performed live at Barclays Center to crowds that are smaller than usual — but huge for dance.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Review: Sofia Coppola Brings New York City Ballet Back to Life by Gia Kourlas

Her film for City Ballet’s virtual spring gala, featuring a new solo by Justin Peck, explores the nooks and crannies of the company’s theater.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Jacques d’Amboise, a Ballet Star Who Believed in Dance for All by Gia Kourlas

The New York City Ballet legend, who went on to form National Dance Institute, lived to the fullest — and danced with that same spirit.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Review: Trisha Brown’s Dances Find a Home at Judson Church by Gia Kourlas

As part of a digital program presented by the Joyce, the Trisha Brown Dance Company focuses on early movement invention.

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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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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54