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Thursday, June 23, 2022

New Washington Ballet dances try to solve puzzles of life and death by Sarah L. Kaufman

Washington Ballet unveils world premieres by Jessica Lang, Brett Ishida and Mthuthuzeli November, and bids farewell to two longtime dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

In a terrible week, the much-needed balm of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, Tiler Peck and Sara Mearns lead an excellent cast in Balanchine's version of the Shakespeare comedy.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

Creating a space for ballet dancers ‘where Blackness is not an issue’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Reframing the Narrative,” at the Kennedy Center June 14-19, pulls together an all-star team of Black dancers and choreographers from around the world for performances and other public e…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Summer dance means fresh air and fresh ideas in motion by Sarah L. Kaufman

Outdoor highlights include American Dance Festival, Chicago SummerDance, Jacob’s Pillow and Bard SummerScape

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:06AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Susan Jaffe might blow up the entire way we think about ballet by Sarah L. Kaufman

The former ballerina's vision for American Ballet Theatre could bring the acclaimed company into the 21st century.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM
Monday, May 9, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022

Washington Ballet’s ‘Giselle’ brims with charm and musical delights by Sarah L. Kaufman

In production at the Warner Theatre through Sunday, the emphasis is on fine dancing, while storytelling could be sharper.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM
Friday, April 22, 2022

How Netflix helped Kyle Abraham create his new dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

The A.I.M. founder and his dancers used weekly viewing and discussion sessions to inform “An Untitled Love,” which comes to the Kennedy Center April 29-30.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:12AM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

When war hit Ukraine, dancers mobilized like never before by Sarah L. Kaufman

The global ballet community rallies to help young Ukrainians and families find new homes — and pursue their art.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:33AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

Why Misty Copeland should be American Ballet Theatre’s new director by Sarah L. Kaufman

The acclaimed ballet company can make history and look to the future by naming a woman of color as its leader.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42AM
Friday, April 1, 2022

American Ballet Theatre turns in an exhilarating ‘Don Quixote’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, an effervescent cast lifts a production geared to excite.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM

What it’s like to be a Russian artist now by Sarah L. Kaufman

A dancer, director and conductor reflect on what Putin’s funding, and his war in Ukraine, mean for the arts in Russia.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Friday, March 25, 2022

Putin suggests sweeping changes at Bolshoi, Mariinsky theaters by Sarah L. Kaufman

The state-controlled news agency Tass reported that Putin asked loyalist conductor Valery Gergiev to consider the idea of merging Moscow’s Bolshoi and its St. Petersburg rival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42PM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Lagging ticket sales, sets stuck on ships: The dance world is struggling to get back on its feet by Sarah L. Kaufman

Getting back onstage won’t be easy for some time, observers say. But there’s some good news ahead, too.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Friday, March 11, 2022

From stage to battlefield: Some ballet dancers have taken up arms by Sarah L. Kaufman

Ukrainian ballet dancers take up arms as ballet world responds to Russian invasion.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Friday, March 4, 2022

Step Afrika’s ‘Drumfolk’ brings the 1739 Stono Rebellion to life through the power of stepping by Sarah L. Kaufman

When the drums vanished from enslaved Africans’ hands, the beat leaped into the body — and into American culture.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

Spring dance, leaping forward with new works, fresh ideas and favorites by Sarah L. Kaufman

Highlights across the country include Mark Morris, Lil Buck, American Ballet Theatre and “Reframing the Narrative” at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Saturday, February 19, 2022

Mark Morris tells the hard truth about what it means to be an artist today: ‘Everything’s terrible right now’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

“I’m not going to say, ‘Hooray, I’m celebrating and everything is great.’ It’s just not true. People have lost their whole careers," says the outspoken choreographer.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

‘MJ’ director Christopher Wheeldon on how he brought Michael Jackson’s dancing to life by Sarah L. Kaufman

“I can make the shape, but what is the intention and the attitude behind that? The people who worked with Michael and danced with him understand that,” the choreographer says of creating…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

Washington Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ is finally at the Kennedy Center, intimate and also more ambitious than ever by Sarah L. Kaufman

Eun Won Lee and Gian Carlo Perez add depth to a visually striking but uneven production, which runs through Sunday.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

This exuberant dance video is an inspiring showcase of living legends by Sarah L. Kaufman

An answer to the youthful dances typically featured on TikTok, there’s no song to lip-sync, no moves to copy — just pure joy, delivered by great artists of the dance world.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Saturday, February 5, 2022

A 107-year-old woman seizes the spotlight at the Dance on Camera Festival by Sarah L. Kaufman

Fundamental human values are the focus of this 50th-anniversary festival: unconventional joys, convulsive histories and social justice.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Alvin Ailey illuminates what 2021 looked like from a dance perspective: Agitated. Stressed. Detached. by Sarah L. Kaufman

How do you move dancers around in a studio when everyone’s got to stay six feet apart? The answer defines the two premieres given by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Cente…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:06PM
Saturday, January 29, 2022

As director of the Ailey company, Robert Battle pushed his own creativity aside. The pandemic brought it back. by Sarah L. Kaufman

“In the quiet ... I could hear my choreographic voice again,” says the artist, whose troupe will be at the Kennedy Center Feb 1-6 .

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Friday, January 28, 2022

How four Washington Ballet dancers are diving back into ‘Swan Lake’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

Getting through the past two years has left these dancers with new perspectives on mental health, their bodies and their art.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Friday, December 10, 2021

With ‘West Side Story,’ choreographer Justin Peck brought dance into the Spielberg universe by Sarah L. Kaufman

The former New York City Ballet dancer says that while working with Spielberg on the remake of the classic movie musical, he showed the director how movement is its own language.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Best of dance 2021: Paul Taylor live at the Kennedy Center, Ashwini Ramaswamy and Jacob Jonas’s short films by Sarah L. Kaufman

Despite the covid confinement, dance artists found many ways to unleash their creativity.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Saturday, December 4, 2021

At the Kennedy Center, Michelle Dorrance’s tappers pay homage to Ella Fitzgerald and Christmas by Sarah L. Kaufman

World premiere of ‘An Ella’quent Holiday Swing’ turns the Eisenhower Theater into a swinging jazz party.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:42PM
Thursday, November 25, 2021

At the Kennedy Center (at last), Miami City Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a perfect Thanksgiving story by Sarah L. Kaufman

After a non-“Nutcracker” year, the holiday ballet returns with a satisfying, traditional take.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:03PM

Don’t share the lipstick! How ballet companies are planning covid-free ‘Nutcrackers.’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

No kids under 12? Virus-tested tykes in custom-designed masks? Protocols vary. But please don’t breathe on the musicians.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Friday, November 19, 2021

Akram Khan delivers a powerful indictment of war in ‘Xenos’ at the Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

The London-based choreographer is on his final tour of this searing solo performance.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM

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