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Friday, December 2, 2022

Review: Dancing to Tears for Fears, Until They’re Worn Out by Gia Kourlas

The Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat presents “LOVETRAIN2020,” a work set to hits by the British duo, for his company’s Brooklyn Academy of Music debut.

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Here Are the Best Dance Performances of 2022 by Gia Kourlas, Brian Seibert and Siobhan Burke

After a few slow, sad years, the dance calendar returned to something like abundance, with standout shows that leaned into joy and community.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dream Logic Mixed With ‘a Catalog of My Interests Back in 1996’ by Gia Kourlas

The veteran choreographer Sally Silvers celebrates her 40th anniversary season with “Pandora’s New Cake Stain,” a version of her first evening-length work.

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Tiny Dancers Who Make ‘The Nutcracker’ Sparkle by Gia Kourlas and Erik Tanner

In New York City Ballet’s production this year, the children, most of them new to the show, are back to normal. Pint-size, that is.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Review: Two Years Later, Garth Fagan Dances Out His Company’s 50th by Gia Kourlas

The “Lion King” choreographer brings his company to the Joyce Theater in programs that feature his work and dances by the talented Norwood Pennewell.

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

‘Wakatt’ Review: A Dance for Our Times Travels to a Dark Place by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly explores the fear that permeates society in the North American premiere of “Wakatt” at NYU Skirball.

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Neil Greenberg’s New Dance ‘Betsy’ Is a Wild Child by Gia Kourlas

White privilege, racism, two pandemics: This choreographer takes it all on with the help of “The Nutcracker” and two of dance’s go-to composers.

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Dancing at Paul Taylor, a New Generation Finds Its Footing by Gia Kourlas

For its Lincoln Center season, the Paul Taylor Dance Company presents premieres by Lauren Lovette and Amy Hall Garner, along with the classics.

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

After a Severe Injury, James Whiteside Is Dancing on a New Knee by Gia Kourlas

The American Ballet Theater principal ruptured a tendon in December. He recently took his first step back to the stage with “Whipped Cream.”

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Smoke, Mirrors and Passing the Torch at American Ballet Theater by Gia Kourlas

The company continues its fall season with the delight that is “The Dream,” and a Christopher Rudd premiere with an all-Black cast and creative team.

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Friday, October 21, 2022

The Brilliance and the Blahs of City Ballet. (And Then There’s Solange.) by Gia Kourlas

Reflections on the fall season of New York City Ballet, which remains in transition with a new generation raring to go.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Camille A. Brown’s Latest Dance Challenge? To Have Fun. by Gia Kourlas

The busy choreographer returns to the stage, maybe for the last time, in her celebrated trilogy exploring Black life.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Review: Seven Dancers Step Into the Rhythm of a Moroccan Night by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Fouad Boussouf presents his mystical “Näss” at the Joyce Theater as part of the Crossing the Line Festival.

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Monday, October 17, 2022

What Comes After a Storm? From Twyla Tharp, a Softer World by Gia Kourlas

The prolific choreographer tells a new story with two classic works at New York City Center: “In the Upper Room” and “Nine Sinatra Songs.” In that order.

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Friday, October 14, 2022

What Is the Power of Unity Phelan’s Dancing? ‘I’m Clay.’ by Gia Kourlas

Phelan, a principal at New York City Ballet, has gone from rising to risen with a stellar fall season that has shown her range in a string of debuts.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: At Fall for Dance, Resilience Takes Center Stage by Gia Kourlas

The City Center festival continued with Kyiv City Ballet, a Christopher Wheeldon duet and a daring work for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: City Ballet Dresses Up for Another Fashion Letdown by Gia Kourlas

With music by Solange and ballets by Kyle Abraham, Gianna Reisen and Justin Peck, the company’s annual fashion gala prizes costumes over dancing.

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Yvonne Rainer, a Giant of Choreography, Makes Her Last Dance by Gia Kourlas

With more than a half-century of work behind her, Rainer goes out swinging with “Hellzapoppin’: What About the Bees?,” which takes on themes of race and resistance.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Review: Dressed Up in Saran Wrap and Ready to Dance by Gia Kourlas

The South African choreographer Robyn Orlin mixes culture and politics with the help of the stunning performance artist Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

What Does a Dancing Body Feel Like in Ukraine? ‘I Am a Gun.’ by Gia Kourlas

The country’s experimental dance artists, independent and resilient, are using their skills in a new arena: war.

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Trisha Brown on the Beach: Catch a Wave of Dancing Bliss by Gia Kourlas and Angelo Silvio Vasta For The New York Times

This year, the Beach Sessions at Rockaway Beach features the Trisha Brown Dance Company in a program of early works.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Review: Finding a Collective Groove in Church and in House Dance by Gia Kourlas

In “Lifted: A Gospel House Musical,” the choreographer Rennie Harris tells a tale of redemption and healing loosely inspired by “Oliver Twist.”

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Review: Black Grace Dances Out a Different Kind of Buzz by Gia Kourlas

This New Zealand company returns to the Joyce Theater with two New York premieres, but neither are as penetrating as “Handgame,” a vintage gem.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Holding Out for a Hero? Ballet Theater Has It Covered. by Gia Kourlas

Daniel Camargo’s breakout season at American Ballet Theater changed his rank from guest artist to principal. (Now, all he needs is an apartment.)

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Friday, July 8, 2022

At Ballet Theater, Visions of the Natural World and ‘Swan’ Debuts by Gia Kourlas

Catherine Hurlin makes a major debut as Odette-Odile and the company presents the New York premiere of a mystical work by Alonzo King.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Review: Remaking the Ballets Russes, With a Queer Spin by Gia Kourlas

Christopher Williams, a choreographer captivated by the otherworldly, presents the New York premieres of “Les Sylphides” and “Afternoon of a Faun.”

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Review: How Deep Is Your Love? A Ratmansky Ballet Dives In by Gia Kourlas

Alexei Ratmansky’s “Of Love and Rage,” a New York premiere for American Ballet Theater, tells its story through fluent dancing bodies.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Review: At Ailey, Love Is a Battlefield, Film Noir Style by Gia Kourlas

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center with an anniversary and a premiere by its resident choreographer, Jamar Roberts.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Ballet Theater Returns to the Met With a Gimmicky ‘Don Quixote’ by Gia Kourlas

American Ballet Theater opens its summer season at the Metropolitan Opera House with a triple cast, comic production. Where will it go next?

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Review: Witching Up ‘Giselle.’ (The Horror, oh the Horror.) by Gia Kourlas

English National Ballet brings Akram Khan’s “Giselle” to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a production that prizes style over substance.

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

‘MJ’: Dancing the Pain, and Dancing the Pain Away by Gia Kourlas

What is the role of choreography on Broadway? Two musicals, “MJ” and “A Strange Loop,” shed light on the dancing body.

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