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Published: November 28, 2016
Category: review

Nederlands Dancers Mostly Outshine Choreography

By Rachel Straus A roar of approval from the sold-out crowd greeted the four marvelous Nederlands Dans Theater performers following Crystal Pite’s The Statement (2016), seen in its local premiere at New York City Center on Nov. 18. Pite has been the associate choreographer of NDT since 2008. The roots of her movement style stem []

Published: November 8, 2016
Category: review

Mark Morris Offers Gems of India, and Brooklyn Too

By Rachel Straus for MusicalAmerica.com November 8, 2016 As the curator of the White Lights Festival’s “Sounds of India” series, choreographer Mark Morris brought his company to the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, in a gem-like program that illuminated his own, personal relationship with India. In 1981, Morris toured that country as a performer with Laura []

Published: October 20, 2016
Category: review

Fall for Dance Offers a Grand, International Finale

By Rachel Straus, MusicalAmerica.com October 20, 2016

Shantala Shivalingappa. Photo by Hector Perez

There is a popular saying that “dance is a universal language.” This statement raises eyebrows among dance anthropologists. They argue that dance is a language, like any other, and it needs to be studied in order to be understood. That argument []

Published: February 1, 2016
Category: profile

Musical America Artist of the Month: Pam Tanowitz

By Rachel Straus Pam Tanowitz is an ideal example of why we opted to call this column, which this month celebrates its seventh consecutive year, “New” Artist of the Month rather than “Young” Artist of the Month. We at MusicalAmerica.com believe in equal opportunity. Let’s hear it for late bloomers with unconventional career paths. Unlike []

Published: December 9, 2015
Category: review

New Ailey Work Paints a Terrifying Dystopia

By Rachel Straus NEW YORK–The long-awaited new work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by Robert Battle, who took the artistic helm of this renowned company in 2011, did not disappoint. Awakenings, which premiered on Dec. 4 at New York City Center, begins as feverishly as it ends. The work’s intensity is typical Ailey. []

Published: October 30, 2013
Category: review

Is Wayne McGregor for Real?

By Rachel Straus

LONDON–When a dance work is purported to derive from a series of digital images, is the dancing qualitatively different? The short answer is no. But thinking about this question was the most interesting part of watching Wayne McGregor’s Atomos, which had its world premiere (Oct. 9-12) at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Digital interface []