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Jubilation from the Jungle

Jubilation from the Jungle

Javier Dzul’s Mayan rituals rewrite life out of chaos Mexico Maya, the latest work from choreographer Javier Dzul, would be unfathomable without knowing that Dzul grew up in the jungle.  The title of the work refers to the Mayan tribal community in Mexico where Dzul was raised and learned Mayan ritual dance. Conceived in three...
Making Art A.S.A.P at APAP

Making Art A.S.A.P at APAP

Local festival brings dance, theater and music to town at reasonable prices    Who said ticket prices for dance, theater and music were too high for the average New Yorker? In fact, usually they are but in January every year, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) comes to town offering a multitude of artistic delights...
Arts Foretold: A Checklist

Arts Foretold: A Checklist

Local artists bring new visions to various city venues throughout 2014   •Composer James Blachly founded the Sheep Island Ensemble with a single, beautiful goal: bringing people together through great music. Whether playing Bartok in a concert hall or Scottish songs at a loft party, Blachly and his ensemble create a community of music lovers, which you...
Go Where the Energy Flows

Go Where the Energy Flows

Dardo Galletto bring Tango’s melody and beat to local New York  When the legendary Fazil’s dance studio near Times Square closed in 2008, the ethnic dance community was shattered.  Fazil’s was a home, a family, a space where hundreds of dancers, musicians, and aficionados spent twelve hours a day.  No one imagined that New York...
High STePz

High STePz

Savion Glover rocks the Joyce Savion Glover started tapping when he was seven, a prodigy who first made his name starring on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid, Jelly’s Last Jam and Black and Blue, later winning a Tony Award for choreographing Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk in 1995. Recognizing his genius,...
Dances by the Disciples

Dances by the Disciples

Five choreographers pay tribute to Bill T. Jones  “He stands for so much politically, emotionally and visually,” says dancer choreography Heidi Latsky iin praise of Bill T. Jones of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. “He came along in the late ‘70s and broke all kinds of rules. He’s brilliant and daring. His works resonate...
The Season of Cambodia

The Season of Cambodia

Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs Apsara Mera at BAM   Cambodian classical dancers move as slowly as rain sliding down a window, their hands curving and curling in intricate patterns as they look out into space as if enchanted by an unseen world. Supremely elegant in gold bangles and shimmering dresses and elaborate headdresses that replicate...
Keeping Ballet Honest

Keeping Ballet Honest

New York Theater Ballet rediscovers and thrills Many people love dance but not ballet:  too mannered, too toney.  To counteract that perception, Diana Byer founded the New York Theater Ballet to inspire both a love for, and comprehensive understanding of, the art and how it evolves.  To that end, the NYTB presents revivals of classic...
Joining Forces

Joining Forces

‘Focus Dance’ at Joyce Theater Rarely can dance lovers get to more than one performance a week and even less often do they have a chance to see two choreographers’ work on one program. How terrific then that the Joyce Theater is presenting “Focus Dance” Jan. 8-13. Part of a weeklong series of performances organized...
Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy

Pina Bausch’s last work comes to the Brooklyn Academy of Music When Joe Mellilo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, traveled to Wuppertal, Germany, in June 2009, to see choreographer/director Pina Bausch’s new work, “… como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si …”   (Like moss on a stone), he had no...
Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikes

Fagan and Marsalis’ ‘Lighthouse/Lightning Rod’ Opens Fall Season at BAM Choreographer Garth Fagan and co-founder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis met through their love of jazz. More than 30 years ago, Fagan took his company to hear Marsalis play, and afterward Marsalis caught rehearsals of Garth Fagan Dance. They were...
Bravo Bailar!

Bravo Bailar!

New York Celebrates the Art of Flamenco No one can make the mistake of calling New York the home of flamenco, but ever since the Great White Way crowned Jose Greco “New Broadway Personality of the Year” in 1952, the city has made flamenco its own. Aficionados make daily pilgrimages to Lincoln Center’s Performing Arts...
Dido Undragged

Dido Undragged

Mark Morris  presents female revelers Stephanie Blythe almost stole the show from the Mark Morris Dance Group singing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas while Morris’s dancers performed his 1989 depiction of the love-doomed ancient queen of Carthage. Blythe faced, and largely met the same challenge that Kirsten Flagstad did in her 1952 reference recording of Dido:...
Up with Tutus

Up with Tutus

Ballet music—one man’s evolution The older I get, the smarter, wiser and more talented Verdi becomes. Funny how it works that way. When I was about 15, Verdi was basically a purveyor of corny tunes accompanied by oompah-pah. How had he managed to compose that masterly requiem, amid those silly operas? These days, I stand...
In Retro Step

In Retro Step

Paris Opera Ballet’s Bourrees The Paris Opera Ballet, France’s national ballet company, had both a rocky and triumphant opening night last week. It was a momentous occasion: their first New York visit since 1996; their final U.S. appearance under the direction of outgoing chief Brigitte Lefèvre. The company arrived after stops in Chicago and Washington,...
The CityArts Interview

The CityArts Interview

Béatrice Massin Béatrice Massin is a specialist in Baroque dance. She was co-choreographer of Lully’s Atys when the opera was presented by Les Arts Florissants at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last fall. She has choreographed for several films and directs her own dance troupe, Compagnie Fêtes Galantes, and school, the Atelier Baroque. She brings...
With Catlike Tread

With Catlike Tread

Jason Samuels Smith at the Joyce Theater Jason Samuels Smith electrifies the stage with the grace and fierceness of a cat. The heir of Gregory Hines, he pushes the boundaries of tap, with a sure grasp of its history and potential. Only 31, Smith has already won numerous awards, including the 2009 Dance Magazine Award,...
On Your Gardel

On Your Gardel

Romula Larrea Show Off the Tango Revolution Despite the popular image of the tango as a dance performed by stiff-necked couples dressed in tails and chiffon jerking their heads about like lizards, tango as an artform issued forth from the poor urban districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo at the end of the 19th century,...
Critics Picks

Critics Picks

CLASSICAL Reading Music: The Music Manuscripts Online project began in 2007, providing more than 900 manuscripts (almost 42,000 pages) of classic compositions now digitized and described for posterity. View works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Puccini, Schubert and Schumann, among many others, all in their own hand....
Youth and Life Force

Youth and Life Force

Bolshoi and Kirov vitality preserved  Legendary Russian dancers show why they are legends in the new DVD Treasures of the Russian Ballet (ICA Classics/Naxos). It contains performances by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet and (then) Leningrad’s Kirov filmed by the BBC in London from 1956 to 1963, some on stage, some in the television studio. The longest...
CRITICS’ PICKS

CRITICS’ PICKS

GALLERIES Editorial Eye: Aperture Foundation presents “Delpire & Co.,” featuring a half-century of achievement in the life and career of visionary French publisher, editor and curator Robert Delpire. Through July 19, Aperture Foundation, 547 W. 27th St., 4th Fl., 212-505-5555, aperture.org. [Valerie Gladstone] CLASSICAL Fiddler with the Phil: Violinist Pinchas Zukerman plays with the New...