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Stephen Petronio and Company Come to The Joyce

Stephen Petronio and Company Come to The Joyce

Stephen Petronio’s season looks like a fascinating mix, with his latest cutting-edge dance—infused with a Nordic sensibility—counterbalanced with a pivotal work from a decade ago. For the first time, he is adding someone else’s work to the company’s repertory: a 1970 structured improvisation by seminal Judson Dance Theater innovator Steve Paxton. And he has brought...
One Night of Tom Gold Dance

One Night of Tom Gold Dance

When New York City Ballet’s winter season ends Sunday, you’d expect the dancers to relax and put their feet up. But one contingent of prominent company members will be back on stage the following evening, performing works by their former colleague Tom Gold. Principal dancers Sara Mearns, Abi Stafford, Jared Angle, Tyler Angle and Robert...
Modern Masters at Montclair Art Museum

Modern Masters at Montclair Art Museum

Beginning Feb. 12, Montclair Art Museum, located at 3 South Mountain Ave. in Montclair, N.J., will host the exhibition Look Now: Modern and Contemporary Art from Private Collections. The exhibit will feature multi-media works by 31 modern masters and cutting-edge artists—including Roy Lichetnstein, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Harrison and Ryan McGinness—through June 17. For more...
Architecture on Screen

Architecture on Screen

This Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, The Center for Architecture and MUSE Film and Television present Architecture on Screen, selections from the 29th Montreal International Festival of Films on Art. The two-day affair will see films about Copenhagen’s city hall (A City Hall for All Occasions), Bauhaus, Le Corbusier and Daniel Burnham, among others, as...
Bard Graduate Center's The Actress as Artists' Muse

Bard Graduate Center’s The Actress as Artists’ Muse

Return to a world in which stage actresses were treated like rock stars Feb. 9 with The Actress as Artist’s Muse: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and Ellen Terry. The special lecture at the Gallery at Bard Graduate Center will find art historian Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur and former director of Dahesh Museum...
Art Crawl 2012 Kicks Off Feb. 4

Art Crawl 2012 Kicks Off Feb. 4

This Saturday, Feb. 4, join ARTLOG for the first Art Crawl of 2012. Beginning at 3 p.m. at The New Museum, 235 Bowery, the fifth annual event (presented in partnership with Thrillist, The New Museum, Columbia University Alumni and The Appraisers Association) will celebrate the Lower East Side’s leading galleries from 3–7 p.m., concluding with...
Oh, Those Dancing Feet: The best of dance in 2011

Oh, Those Dancing Feet: The best of dance in 2011

Yes, there were plenty of lowlights, but a look back at the year in dance provides a good number of wonderful memories—performances that thrilled, inspired or surprised, that resonated long after one left the theater. Here, in no particular order, are those that stood out. Festival Dance by Mark Morris The initial delight in March...
Air Kisses at the Armory: Elizabeth Streb brings large-scale choreographic feats to the Park Avenue Armory

Air Kisses at the Armory: Elizabeth Streb brings large-scale choreographic feats to the Park Avenue Armory

Forget that notorious comic-book Broadway musical; if you want to see truly amazing and daring—not to mention outrageously creative—performers defy gravity and travel at speeds you may not want to contemplate, make your way to the Park Avenue Armory. For the second of that adventurous institution’s December dance presentations, Elizabeth Streb is transforming the Armory’s...
Of ‘Home’ and ‘Revelations’: the Alvin Ailey company return to City Center

Of ‘Home’ and ‘Revelations’: the Alvin Ailey company return to City Center

Moving in both new and familiar ways, but always with its own distinctive élan and communicative energy—the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is back for their annual five-week City Center season. While there hasn’t been anything resembling a major shake-up, the company is under new artistic direction, with Robert Battle having succeeded Judith Jamison following...
Marilyn Assoluta: Tribute to a Bountiful Horne

Marilyn Assoluta: Tribute to a Bountiful Horne

The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s luncheon honoring Marilyn Horne Oct. 31 was admiring, affectionate and moving, but not syrupy—Horne herself wouldn’t have stood for that. The mezzo-soprano has been an irrepressible comedienne on stage and off, and is just as apt to be wry at her own expense as about any other topic. At the Guild’s...
Shaker, Rattle and Dance: The Shakers get their chance to shine in ‘Angel Reapers’

Shaker, Rattle and Dance: The Shakers get their chance to shine in ‘Angel Reapers’

Martha Clarke has long seemed especially at home in European milieus when creating her evocative dance-theater works. Although she’s a quintessentially American artist, her works have been primarily inspired by European visual art (Hieronymus Bosch, Toulouse-Lautrec), literature (Chekhov, Kafka), music (Scriabin) and film, which was the impetus for her dark, earthy Kaos, seen at New...
Paul Taylor Goes Buggy

Paul Taylor Goes Buggy

Paul Taylor’s fascination with—and affection for—insects is well-known, and has manifested itself in his choreography. His 1988 Counterswarm set two fiercely combative hordes of insect-like creatures against each other to thrilling effect, and in 1961 he created Insects and Heroes, in which the dancers moved in and out of stylized cages. Both of these were...
Ballet Next Premieres Nov. 21 at The Joyce

Ballet Next Premieres Nov. 21 at The Joyce

He retired from New York City Ballet last month with considerable fanfare. She slipped away from American Ballet Theatre earlier this year so unexpectedly that even dance insiders had no idea she’d given her final performance. Now these former principal dancers, Charles Askegard and Michele Wiles, are ready for their next move: a new venture...
The One-Night-Only Return of Nina Ananiashvili

The One-Night-Only Return of Nina Ananiashvili

Nina Ananiashvili may have retired in a flower-strewn farewell performance from American Ballet Theatre last year, but the seemingly ageless ballerina is still dancing with the State Ballet of Georgia, the company she has directed since 2004 in her native land. That’s Georgia as in the former Soviet Republic—and the birthplace of George Balanchine. And...

On the Scene at The Bessies

Monday’s Bessie Awards—much altered in format and relocated to the Apollo Theater—provided quite a fascinating evening on many counts. It was great to see throngs of Downtown dance luminaries and presenters lining up to go inside that legendary, way-uptown venue, and to observe the likes of ballet’s Wendy Whelan, Marcelo Gomes and Christopher Wheeldon in...
The Alchemy of Same-Sex Relationships

The Alchemy of Same-Sex Relationships

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7–9 p.m., Gahl Sasson will lead a workshop entitled “The Alchemy of Same-Sex Relationships: Tips from Mystical Traditions for Attracting and Harmonizing Love Signs and Soul Mates” at The New York Society for Ethical Culture. The workshop will explore the concepts of soul-mates and astrological compatibility, delve into the mystical...
Fall for the Restored City Center

Fall for the Restored City Center

After an extensive overhaul, City Center is back open in time for Fall for Dance For the dance world, there can be no better news than the return to action of a newly renovated City Center, for many decades a welcoming home to dance companies. From providing New York City Ballet with its first home...
The Evolution of Dance Company Morphoses

The Evolution of Dance Company Morphoses

The company’s name is familiar and the time of year is the same. But when Morphoses opens at The Joyce next week, it will be a very different enterprise than the one that had October seasons at City Center from 2007 to 2009. Much evolution has led to the performances of the world premiere of...
Farrell and Balanchine at the Joyce

Farrell and Balanchine at the Joyce

If tickets are scarce at the Joyce Theater this week, it’s because of two illustrious names: George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell. These performances by the Suzanne Farrell Ballet are the 10-year-old troupe’s first proper Manhattan showcase; there was a brief run at the New Victory Theater in 1999 by an earlier, more freelance version of...
The New SONiC Youth

The New SONiC Youth

A new music festival for the under 40 takes over Manhattan If the words “composer” and “orchestra” conjure up images of stodgy concert halls replete with white-gloved conductors in tails and orchestra pits full of faceless musicians in black formal wear, this year’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Music Festival will be sure to...
NOW PLAYING: Film Capsule Reviews by Armond White

NOW PLAYING: Film Capsule Reviews by Armond White

50/50 The buddy comedy genre faces cancer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is helped through the crisis by Seth Rogen. Decent emotions get cheated of depth by blithe, non-spiritual approach. Dir. Jonathan Levine. Colombiana Striking entertainment but also an emotional action movie. As a sexy, damaged assassin hunting down drug dealers to avenge her parents, Zoe Saldana gives...