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Published: September 24, 2012
Category: review

New York City Ballet Fetes Stravinsky/Balanchine

By Rachel Straus

Photo by Paul Kolnick: Robert Fairchild in “Apollo”

NEW YORK – Opening night of New York City Ballet’s fall season on Sept. 18 launched the company’s two-week homage to the groundbreaking collaboration between Stravinsky and legendary choreographer George Balanchine.

The season runs through Sept. 30, with twelve Balanchine ballets to []

Published: November 11, 2003
Category: review

A triumphant return for Martha Graham company

By Rachel Straus

One sign of a masterpiece is that it never looks dated. Friday’s performance of “Embattled Garden” by the Martha Graham Dance Company at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College met that standard.

“Garden” is set in an architectural phantasm by designer Isamu Noguchi. Instead of a biblical garden, this eden resembles []