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Published: May 28, 2012
Category: review

Cedar Lake Ballet’s Strange Programming Choice

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet opened its two-week Joyce Theater season on May 15 with a triple bill, featuring two new-ish works about unremitting struggle, performed by a cadre of fierce young dancers. In addition to their shared urban existential anguish, Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid (2011) and Crystal Pite’s Grace []

Published: May 17, 2012
Category: review

Wheat 1, Chaff 2 at New York City Ballet Gala

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — New York City Ballet titled its spring gala on May 10 “À la Française, ” and indeed it was, with all of the works having French connections of one sort or another. French composer Marc-André Dalbavie’s Trio No. 1 (2009) was Ballet Master-in-Chief Peter Martins’ choice of score for []

Published: May 1, 2012
Category: history

Michael Kidd: Energizing the golden age of musical theater

By Rachel Straus

When approached to choreograph the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Michael Kidd read the screenplay about woodsmen looking for wives and thought, “Surely, those guys would never dance.” His solution was to use a barn-raising competition as a jumping-off point for a number in which the brothers fought for the []