Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dance Review: Dance Gotham at NYU Skirball Center

Though I’m about to see several very professional companies at the NY Skirball Center, the energy feels more like a dance competition than a performance.  There’s intensity, discussion in between pieces and altogether a "more real than nervous for the first day of kindergarten" tight-lipped thing happening.  Instantly Dance Gotham feels like a representation of […]

Dance Review: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet… Everything You Expect and More!

Sunday evening I had the distinct pleasure of traveling by subway all the way up to the tip-top of the Bronx to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts to see a company I have heard so many great things about but have never seen live. Well let me tell you, in short Lines Ballet […]

Dance Review: Fraulien Maria, Doug Elkins and Friends

Doug Elkins’ Fraulien Maria is an absolute joy.  Featuring exuberant, unbridled dancing and a soundtrack that everyone can sing along to, Elkins’ loving send-up of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "The Sound of Music" is a must-see for the Holiday season. A man in a tuxedo takes the stage at Dance Theatre Workshop while the […]

Theater Review: Dreamgirls Captures the Essence of the Apollo in its 75th Anniversary Year

Dreamgirls captures the essence of the Apollo Theater as the Apollo celebrates its 75th anniversary season. Known as the theater “where stars are born and legends are made,” the Apollo has helped great performers on their road to fame including Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Ella […]

Dance Review: Smoke and Mirrors and Magic Tricks, Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine at BAM

Had I seen Chunky Move’s special effect heavy Mortal Engine in a hotel in Vegas, I would have been blown away by its artistic integrity. At BAM, I’m blown away by the way that its artistic integrity is lost in an extravaganza of moving projections, laser lights and fog; smoke and mirrors so to speak. […]

Dance Review: Tze Chun, Calculated Stumbles Towards the Future

While many people bemoan the dawning of the quarter century marker, choreographer Tze Chun nails it in stride…or flight.  The twenty-five year old’s Tze Chun Dance Company shows a work in progress, new work and a rep piece this weekend at The Tank. Having presented at numerous venues in the city and prepping for a […]

Dance Review: Reviving and Premiering Hispanic Dance- Ballet Hispanico at The Joyce

It’s Tuesday night at The Joyce Theater and the red velvet curtains open to reveal Ballet Hispanico, led by the recently appointed artistic director, Eduardo Vilaro, as they revisit some oldies but goodies and premiere several new dances. The first revival of the night, Goodnight Paradise, created in 1994 by Ramon Oller, is a physical […]

Broadway Dance Review: To All Fela-Fanatics… Don’t Just Go See FELA! Go See it Again and Again and Again!

FELA!, the new Broadway musical that marries the biopic story of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with his music, is a raw insightful adaptation of 37 Arts’ off Broadway version to the great white way.  This production is enhanced by the incredible spacial perspective and evocative powers of the design team.  The visionary choreography/direction from Bill T. Jones, […]

Dance Review: Carrie Ahern at the Brooklyn Lyceum

Theories about creation tend to take one of two routes, either there was always something, or, before there was, there was not. Sensate, Carrie Ahern’s new work at the Brooklyn Lyceum, speaks strongly for the first of these ideas. Walking into Ahern’s version of the Brooklyn Lyceum is stepping into a world that has always […]

Dance Review: Through “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” Complexions Moves Us- Now Celebrating 15 Years!

Complexions Contemporary Ballet presents a program of crowd-pleasers.  Dubbed the “15th Anniversary Medley # 1: A collection of audience favorites,” the program shows off the variety of repertoire the company has accumulated.  With beautifully constructed physiques the dancers articulate artistic abstractions.  Exhilarating, daring athleticism is displayed by the dancers whose superb skillfulness is masked in […]

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