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West Side Story does it all

A classic refinished
The touring production now at the Colonial Theater (through July 9) suits a modern audience without extinguishing the show's greatest assets.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 24, 2011

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Dawn Kramer's 'Body of Water'

Haiku in motion
Dawn Kramer's dance-and-video concert, "Body of Water," last weekend at Mass College of Art, ended with haiku projected on the walls of the performance space. It was almost too much.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 09, 2011

American Ballet Theatre in Boston

Tudor, Millepied, Ratmansky, and Wheeldon at ABT

Expanding the envelope
NEW YORK — American Ballet Theatre devoted only four performances of its two-month spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House to a mixed bill of short ballets.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 06, 2011

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Brian Crabtree's unified fragments

The 10 dance fragments looked like a close-knit family with a couple of fractious siblings.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 25, 2011

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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins,' plus a soupçon of tap

The pleasures of craft
Boston Ballet is ending the season with four prime examples of ballet choreography, displaying not only the rigors of classical technique but the different kinds of images technique can be crafted to evoke.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 19, 2011

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Nell Breyer and Lostwax dance the unconscious

Dream games
Two offerings by Boston Cyberarts over the weekend opted for divergent ways of gaining enlightenment.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 12, 2011

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The meaning of 'THE'

Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'
William Forsythe's 1991 ballet The Second Detail begins with 13 dancers in ice-blue leotards and tights, facing away from the audience.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 09, 2011

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Beijing Dance/LDTX fight the good fight

Struggle and solidarity
Life is a struggle, according to the four works on Friday's program by Beijing Dance/LDTX (presented by the Celebrity Series at the Tsai Performance Center).  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 06, 2011

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Jorma Elo and Anna Sokolow

What's in that box?
In silence a man slowly pushes a large, light-filled box across a dark stage. The box is bigger than an outhouse and smaller than a garage, and the light shows through only one side.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2011


Boston Conservatory does Graham and Limón; Doug Varone gets literary at the ICA

Heroes and civilians
One thing that distinguishes the early modern dancers from their contemporary descendants is idealism, or the lack of it.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 25, 2011


Psy at the Majestic, Savion Glover at the Opera House

Getting off the ground and into it
Montreal breeds a seemingly infinite number of new-circus companies.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 02, 2011


Review: Nicholas Leichter at the ICA

Funkin' around
Except for an impressive list of sponsors and presenters, Nicholas Leichter doesn't tell us much about The Whiz , his gloss on Sidney Lumet's 1978 movie The Wiz , a gloss on the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz , which could be the most beloved and riffed-upon artifact of American culture.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 01, 2011


Live! — sort of

Fela! on screen
The success of the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" experiment augurs well for dance on the big screen. Simulcast at select theaters, with tickets priced higher than for a movie but much cheaper than for a live opera, these events generate a sense of anticipation.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 14, 2011


Review: Alexei Ratmansky's startling new Nutcracker

Love and snow
The greatness of Alexei Ratmansky's new Nutcracker , which American Ballet Theatre premiered on December 23 at Brooklyn Academy's Opera House, lies in two famous scenes, both recognizable yet reconceived and reanimated by the choreographer. The snow scene and the grand pas de deux are usually staged as climactic showpieces for acts one and two, in this most familiar of the old Russian ballets. With characteristic humanism, Ratmansky makes them something more.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 07, 2011


The Best Boston Dance Stories of 2010

Tradition, innovation, and (loving) parody animated the year's dance
Some of the past year's most interesting dance events recaptured iconic moments in our history, either as usable texts for today's dancers or as a springboard into reinterpretation, parody, and nostalgia.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 22, 2010


A dance critic's take on Black Swan

Bad-girl chat
WARNING: This article contains spoilers regarding the ending of Black Swan .
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 14, 2010


Review: BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker

Plus a visit from Beth Soll
BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker, plus a visit from Beth Soll
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 14, 2010

Review: Basil Twist's Petrushka

Plus Alwin Nikolais at Boston Conservatory
Puppetry is as old as theater itself.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 16, 2010


Review: Trajal Harrell's vogue and anti-vogue

Plus Boston Ballet's La Bayadère
Trajal Harrell's 20 Looks or Paris Is Burning at Judson Church (S) is as obscure as its title.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 10, 2010


Review: Rubberbandance at the ICA

Slinks and kinks
Hip-hop, in common with tap dancing, can look like a succession of tricks when it's not grounded by a story or a great personality.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2010


Review: A House in Bali

Evan Ziporyn's tenuous idyll
A House in Bali , Evan Ziporyn's dense syncretic opera, regales you with sounds, moves, images, and contradictions. It's a little like visiting Bali for the first time. The strangeness can be overwhelming, but you'll never forget the clangor.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 12, 2010

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