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Dido's fate

Mark Morris at the Majestic
Henry Purcell might not have approved Mark Morris’s contemporary take on Dido and Aeneas, but he probably would have recognized it for its formality and anti-naturalism.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 03, 2008


Where the chips fell

Marjorie Morgan, Karl Cronin, Lucinda Childs, and Boston Ballet
Dance history reverberated across Boston during the past few weeks, affirming that how we live now owes a lot to how we’ve chosen to remember — and forget.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 28, 2008


Combat and rain

Nai-Ni Chen at John Hancock Hall
Taiwanese choreographer Nai-Ni Chen danced with Cloud Gate Dance Theater before moving to New York in 1982, and her work, like theirs, is a suave amalgam of traditional Chinese elements and modern dance.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 13, 2008


Drama manqué

Leine & Roebana at the ICA, Contrapose at Green Street
Sporen , by the Dutch company Leine & Roebana, had two false beginnings before settling down to an hour of movement exploration.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 12, 2008


Decoding Balanchine

Nancy Goldner on Mr. B
Nancy Goldner’s diminutive new book about George Balanchine’s choreography is deceptively readable.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 06, 2008


Fusion forms

Lorraine Chapman, Kinodance, Black Grace
Modern dancers who aren’t tethered to a specific technique can forage the whole world for useful movement and effects. We saw three completely different examples recently.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2008


Scenes from the city

The Kirov at City Center, plus Jerome Robbins, Stephen Petronio, and Cloud Gate
I missed more things in two and a half days last week than I managed to take in, so whatever I might infer about dance in the New York vortex could have come out a different way if I’d reversed my priorities.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 08, 2008


Gambits in repertory

Ohad Naharin’s Minus One
Ohad Naharin’s Minus One isn’t a single piece of choreography.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 02, 2008



Liz Lerman and Sayat Nova
“Out of Darkness” worked under the assumption that remembered pain can be translated into effective stage action.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 27, 2008



Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
There’s got to be more to the future than the spectacle of gaudier and gaudier soulless cyberbodies.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 12, 2008


Tellers and a show

Josh Hilberman, Jody Weber, and Beth Soll
Dancers do a lot of talking about their work these days. This can be disarming and engaging as a lead-in to a performance, but it seldom gives away any secrets.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 03, 2008


Stepping stones

Tudor and Limón at Boston Conservatory
The dance is large and sweeping, the music (by an unnamed recorded chorus and organist) majestic.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 25, 2008


Hard stories

Bill T. Jones at the ICA, Noche Flamenca at the Majestic
Bill T. Jones has always loved double meanings.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 19, 2008


Trailing Ailey

The Groove at the Wang
Neither the Ailey company nor The Groove ’s choreographer, Camille A. Brown, acknowledged these roots.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 12, 2008



'Ten's the Limit' at the ICA
The notion of confining entries to 10 minutes seems arbitrary — why not four choreographers doing 20-minute dances?
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 22, 2008


Urban cheek

BalletRox's Nutcracker
There are several meanings to the word popular, and BalletRox’s The Urban Nutcracker satisfies the truest of them.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 11, 2007


Not through yet

Paul Taylor at the Shubert, plus Morgan Thorson’s Faker
Paul Taylor brags that he’s violated just about every taboo in American culture over his 50-plus years of creative work and he’s not through yet.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 05, 2007


Social settings

Seán Curran at the Tsai Center
Seán Curran’s dance looks like a formal exposition of movement, but after a while you begin to imagine webs of social interactions, relationships, and hidden histories.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 30, 2007


Chris and friends

Wheeldon’s Morphoses at City Center
The hype was huge, but Wheeldon seems to have a modest agenda.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 29, 2007


Teasers and tidbits

Bunraku at the Majestic; Marcus Schulkind at Green Street
The puppeteer’s face and body reflect what the puppet is going through, as if the puppet were giving life to him instead of the other way around.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 09, 2007


Illusion and bedrock

Invisible Wings, plus Henri Oguike and Bridgman/Packer at Jacob’s Pillow
Oguike, I think, makes movement like a mime artist.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 27, 2007

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