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 […]

‘August’ Dance Works of the Fall

‘August’ Dance Works of the Fall

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | William Forsythe is arguably the smartest person working in dance today, and his current year-old touring show, William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance, just might be the best concert you’ll see this year. Forsythe, now pushing 70, has spent the bulk of his career in Germany, but is currently back […]

Palissimo Company, at Heller Gallery, Fundraises to Help ‘Hebel’

Palissimo Company, at Heller Gallery, Fundraises to Help ‘Hebel’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | “Human and humane” is the apt description of Palissimo Company—artistic director Pavel Zuštiak’s dynamic, deeply affecting, 2004-founded collaborative platform for research, development, and production of live arts, whose exploration of the human condition captures the imagination and stirs the soul. Merging, they tell us, “the abstract aspects of dance with the […]

Chelsea Resounds with Live Music and Dance

Chelsea Resounds with Live Music and Dance

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | The first Joyce season designed by new Director of Programming Aaron Mattocks sparkles with remarkably diverse artists, all of whom present works featuring live music. Kicking off the new regime this week (Sept. 17-22) is Montreal’s RUBBERBAND, an ensemble of 10 dancers directed by Victor Quijada, whose resume includes a stint with […]

Drive East Fest is a Fine Vehicle for Indian Classical Music and Dance

Drive East Fest is a Fine Vehicle for Indian Classical Music and Dance

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | Dance connoisseurs look forward to August and the arrival in town of Drive East, a weeklong festival of South Asian music and dance by some of India’s brightest stars. Bijayini Satpathy opened the fest on Monday, with a brilliant demonstration of Odissi dance, comprised of exquisite shapes, colors, and sounds emanating […]