From Across the World and Across Town, Dance Knocks at Your Door

From Across the World and Across Town, Dance Knocks at Your Door

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled practically every live performance in the country, creating financial havoc for the thousands of Americans employed in the theater, dance, and music industries. The upside: The world’s best dance companies are releasing both new and archival works for free, on their websites, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram Live, […]

Women From Across the World Dominate Chelsea’s Dance Card

Women From Across the World Dominate Chelsea’s Dance Card

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER NOTE: In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Live Arts and The Joyce Theater have suspended their programming. For details, click on the applicable links below, to be taken to their websites. Scottish Ballet | Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this boundary-breaking troupe returns to town with a double bill: Sophie Laplane’s Sibilo, to […]

‘Live Feed’ Commissions at New York Live Arts

‘Live Feed’ Commissions at New York Live Arts

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | New York Live Arts celebrates Women’s History Month and the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a series of new works by award-winning female choreographers, starting this weekend with Kimberly Bartosik/daela’s through the mirror of their eyes, which has a score by Sivan Jacobovitz and an all-star cast […]

Noise, Nothingness, Hopper: This Month, in Chelsea Dance

Noise, Nothingness, Hopper: This Month, in Chelsea Dance

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance | This triple bill, choreographed by Chelsea resident Lavagnino, features two works to music by composer Martin Bresnick: the 2016 Veiled, and the brand-new Tales of Hopper. The latter plucks characters from eight moody paintings by Edward Hopper, and locates them in transparent set pieces by designer Jesse Seegers; […]

Shanghai Ballet Brings ‘Swan Lake’ to Town

Shanghai Ballet Brings ‘Swan Lake’ to Town

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Nutcracker season is just barely over, and a new bevy of ballet is swooping down on New York, with feathery wings. There are productions of Swan Lake in the months ahead, and leading the flock this weekend is the Shanghai Ballet’s 80-dancer-strong Grand Swan Lake. Derek Dean directed and staged the […]

New Year, New Moves: January 2020 Dance

New Year, New Moves: January 2020 Dance

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | From January 10 through the 14th, arts presenters from all over the world converge on the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference, where artists of all stripes set up opportunities to showcase their work. Ordinary dance fans can share the abundance at these Chelsea spots: […]

Sex, Violence, and Vaudevillians Signal New Work in the Ailey Repertory

Sex, Violence, and Vaudevillians Signal New Work in the Ailey Repertory

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | Donald Byrd’s new Greenwood, a Rashomon-like dramatization of the cause and consequences of the 1921 attack by whites on an affluent black neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, drew me to one of Ailey’s “all-new” evenings—but it was the company premiere of Lar Lubovitch’s Fandango, first performed by his troupe in 1990, that […]

Holiday Dance From Across Cultures

Holiday Dance From Across Cultures

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker | The ur-flake in the upcoming blizzard of Nutcrackers is Balanchine’s gargantuan holiday spectacular for New York City Ballet, featuring 90 dancers, 62 musicians, and over a 100 students (in two casts) from the School of American Ballet. The familiar Tchaikovsky score, gorgeous costumes by Karinska, and sets by […]

Noche Flamenca: Big Hearts Clatter at The Joyce Theater

Noche Flamenca: Big Hearts Clatter at The Joyce Theater

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | Spanish-speaking flamenco fans will find themselves in heaven at The Joyce. The 26-year-old ensemble Noche Flamenca, founded by Madrid-born Soledad Barrio and her husband, New Yorker Martín Santangelo, has settled in through Dec. 1 with dazzling guitarists, percussionists, singers, and a small cadre of dancers. The show is as much a […]

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