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Published: October 9, 2013
Category: review

An Odette for the Ages

By Rachel Straus

Sara Mearns as Odette. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

On Sept. 17, New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns entered the pantheon of great interpreters of Swan Lake. Dancing the lyrical Odette (white swan) with elegiac grace, and the sharp Odile (black swan) with erotic hauteur, Mearns almost redeemed Peter Martins’s staging of []

Published: February 12, 2013
Category: review

At City Ballet, ‘New’ Is Hardly New

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — New York City Ballet has become the house of retrospection. Not only because of the Balanchine legacy, but also because some of its newest works are suffused with images of the past, delivering culturally conservative messages. Take Justin Peck’s third City Ballet work, Paz de la Jolla, which premiered Jan. []

Published: April 29, 2011
Category: review

The Dance Against Cancer Wins

By Rachel Straus NEW YORK — Dance Against Cancer, the April 25 benefit performance at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC), began with a movie. On screen, New York City Ballet principal Maria Kowroski said the last performance her mother saw her dance before she died of cancer was Balanchine’s “Mozartiana.” Later, when Kowroski []