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San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 02, 2008


Smaller is better

Boston Ballet's Nutcracker at the Opera House
Next fall, Boston Ballet will move all its performing operations to the Opera House from Citi Performing Arts Center's immense and unfriendly Wang Theatre.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 05, 2008


Gongs with robot

Gamelan Galak Tika does crossover
The Balinese gamelan, a close-knit ensemble of percussion, flute, and voices, preserves some of the oldest music in the world as an essential part of ritual and secular occasions.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 25, 2008



Philadanco at the ICA
The four pieces on the program that Philadanco brought for its Boston debut last weekend at the Institute for Contemporary Art were all-dance numbers showcasing a troupe of highly polished, supercharged dancers.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 18, 2008


Steps . . . and more steps

Boston Conservatory and BoSoma make dance work hard
Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street doesn’t look anything like a dance of the 21st century, but at the end of Boston Conservatory’s fall program last weekend it fit right in.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 17, 2008


Conflict and convergence

Bill T. Jones and Celtic Tap at the ICA
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition is an elegant layering of dance, design, music, and words.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2008


Wising up

James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 22, 2008


State of the art

Boston Ballet’s third ‘Night of Stars’
Maybe it’s the economy, but Boston Ballet’s third-annual season-opening gala was a sober evening, without the orchestral overture that graced the first two affairs.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008


Floor show

Sara Hook at Harvard
Sara Hook explains the title of her cabaret piece Salad Days as a reference to youth and indiscretion.  
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 01, 2008



Caitlin Corbett’s dance for the masses
Tom’s Wealth: A Dance for the Masses , which premiered last weekend at the Tsai Center, is about the physical equivalent of these toys and talismans.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 24, 2008


Winged feet

Dance around town
Dance highlights from the fall season.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  September 11, 2008



Cirque du Soleil at Bayside
The show could almost have been a metaphor for the national state of boisterous excitability.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 09, 2008


Dainty cabaret

Keigwin + Company bring the elements to Jacob’s Pillow
Larry Keigwin’s genial take on the perennially popular theme of the four elements (water, fire, earth, air) didn’t add anything profound to the cosmic intelligence.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008



Trey McIntyre at the Pillow
Are we in the midst of a dance boom?
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 27, 2008


Legs plus

Aspen Santa Fe at Jacob’s Pillow
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s program at Jacob’s Pillow last week sampled four choreographers while showing off the dynamic 11-member company.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008


Funny bones

Stockholm 59° North at the Pillow
It was the darkly comic offerings of Mats Ek in the middle, and the personable interpretations that gave the evening its distinction.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 19, 2008


Soft power

Sara Rudner at Concord Academy and the ICA
It's neither a set piece of choreography nor an improvised free-for-all.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 04, 2008


Post-traumatic earth

Eiko + Koma and Tere O’Connor at Concord
With the most unassertive, seemingly egoless moves, Eiko & Koma can evoke the sensations and moods of a universe.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 23, 2008


States of unrest

Hofesh Schechter, Natural Dance Theatre, Ko + Edge at the Pillow
“Dance is a tool to look at other things,” choreographer Hofesh Shechter told an interviewer, but during the company’s US debut at Jacob’s Pillow last weekend you’d be forgiven for just looking at the fantastically virile dancing.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  July 15, 2008


Modern romantics

Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008


Young and old

Mark Morris at Tanglewood
The presence of company veterans infuses Mark Morris Dance Group with a maturity that both grounded and lifted this presentation to a higher plane.
By: JANINE PARKER  |  July 02, 2008

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