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Published: April 21, 2016
Category: review

Miami City Ballet Gets it Right. Mostly

By Rachel Straus NEW YORK–Miami City Ballet’s gala opening night (April 13), presented by the Joyce Theater at the former New York State Theater, offered what gala opening nights should offer: A taste of a company’s new and old repertoire, a best-foot-forward presentation of its stars and corps, and programming that leaves one hungry for []

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: February 27, 2012
Category: review

Les Ballets Monte Carlo's Stylistic Evolution

By Rachel Straus NEW YORK — Back in 1996, when Les Ballets Monte Carlo made its U.S. debut, its artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot was perceived as having the most American looking of European ballet companies. New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff described BMC’s offerings as “neoclassical.” This was code for Balanchine, whose work the []

Published: October 24, 2011
Category: review

Rediscovering the Fight in “Agon”: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Suzanne Farrell is hailed for her staging of George Balanchine’s ballets. So it was with great anticipation that the Suzanne Farrell Ballet was greeted at the Joyce Theater on Oct. 20 for its six-day, sold-out run. The company, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, began as a series of masterclasses []

Published: September 23, 2011
Category: review

Israel Galván: Upending the Flamenco Tradition, Artfully

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – Flamenco dancer Israel Galván could be the modern-day soul-mate to the famed Vaslav Nijinsky. Like the Russian ballet dancer (d. 1950), he hails from a prestigious dance family and had the finest training. Also like Nijinsky, when he turned to choreography, he distorted his dance tradition’s codified vocabulary beyond recognition.

Galván, []

Published: September 14, 2004
Category: review

The Magnificent Tapper of Our Time: Savion Glover

By Rachel Straus Tap virtuoso Savion Glover moves loose as a shoestring to produce a razor-sharp sound. He sings bebop with his feet. And he considers himself a drummer more than a dancer, though he has won at age 31 more awards than any other tap dancer of his generation. Mr. Glover opened the sixth []