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Published: October 4, 2011
Category: review

“Ocean’s Kingdom”: Life Jackets Recommended

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — It’s not the silly, star-crossed-lovers plot that insults the intelligence in “Paul McCartney’s Ocean’s Kingdom.” Peter Martins’ athletic yet banal choreography isn’t the main cause of effrontery either. Nor is it the former Beatle’s score (his first for a ballet), although it does closely resemble the soundtrack to an animated []

Published: May 9, 2011
Category: review

Vintage Wine, Nubile Bodies

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Not a tutu or jewel-encrusted bodice was in sight at New York City Ballet’s opening night, May 3 in the former New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. The dancers wore the minimum — leotard and tights — but delivered the maximum, forming configurations of crystalline complexity as created by []

Published: January 3, 2011
Category: profile

New Artist of the Month: Robert Fairchild

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — New York City Ballet principal dancer Robert Fairchild, 24, has a favorite quote. It lives on his Facebook page, alongside information about his hometown (Sandy, Utah) and pictures of his new puppy (Griz). The quote comes from the television series “Friday Night Lights,” whose inaugural 2006 season coincided with []