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Published: February 8, 2012
Category: review

Ballet's Global Currency

By Rachel Straus

Like the 18th-century itinerant ballet masters who entertained and often taught aristocrats, choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and Wayne McGregor crisscross the globe, creating dances for the world’s elite ballet companies and their audiences. On Jan. 28, New York City Ballet devoted an entire evening at the former New York State Theater []

Published: March 21, 2011
Category: review

Martha Graham: The Gold Is in the Old

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Keeping the artistic legacy of Martha Graham (1894-1991) alive is a conundrum. The choreographer pioneered a technique that physicalized feelings of loss, desire, rage and resignation. But today her dance aesthetic, with its cubist lines and hyper-intense characters, can feel passé, despite its universal themes. Last week (March 15-20), []

Published: June 26, 2003
Category: review

Dancers give form to emotion at Purchase: Doug Varone and Dancers

By Rachel Straus

Doug Varone and Dancers scintillate. By creating passionately intense works that probe human experience, Varone’s dances captivate the heart and the eye.

Saturday, the nine-member, 17-year-old company performed at the choreographer’s alma mater, Purchase College. Varone’s program – “Aperture” (1994), “As Natural as Breathing” (2000), “In Thine Eyes” (1996) and “Of the []