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Published: October 24, 2017
Category: review

Ratmansky's Latest for ABT Pays Tribute to Home

By Rachel Straus

In Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina, seen in its premiere October 21 by the American Ballet Theater, the Russian choreographer creates an unsettled world, where freedom’s ecstasy is tendered but never fully awakened in the movements of ten dancers. This quality of being tantalizingly reigned-in is purposeful. It speaks to the place []

Published: June 25, 2012
Category: review

Precision vs. Passion in Romeo and Juliet

By Rachel Straus

BERLIN — John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet moves from strength to strength, which is why it has been performed continuously since its world premiere in 1962. Arguably the finest ballet version of the Bard’s tale, it was recently performed by Staatsballett Berlin before a packed house at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on []

Published: July 1, 2011
Category: history

Melissa Hayden: Ballet’s unstoppable force

By Rachel Straus

At 14, Gillian Murphy remembers walking into her first class with renowned ballerina Melissa Hayden, whose intense demeanor could seem harsh. “She bounded into the room and electrified us with her energy,” says Murphy, now a principal with American Ballet Theatre. “We learned something very important about seizing the moment, pushing []