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Bodies Moving: Boston’s 10 best fall dance events

A season of terpsichorean delights
Kayaking the Arctic, celebrating life across atolls, and finding the ways the artist's hand and dancer's body intersect, this season of dance offers audiences a varied journey.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  September 14, 2011

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A postmodern dance lineage sings

Forest forays
Brown's newest work, Les Yeux et l'âme , is a suite of dances from Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera Pygmalion , which Brown directed in Europe last year.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 23, 2011

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Jonah Bokaer takes chances

Charting chaos
Bokaer didn't provide any grandiose program notes or play up the profound implications in his dances, but by the end of the performance we'd seen small transformations and beautiful visions, and even confronted big questions about control and randomness, civilization and nature.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 09, 2011

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Developing dances at the ICA

Summer summary
Summer Stages Dance wrapped its 14th season Saturday afternoon at the Institute of Contemporary Art with a presentation by four choreographers who've been working with the students at Concord Academy through July.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 02, 2011

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Photos: Summer Reunion: Alumni of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at the ICA

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company presents an alumni reunion show at the ICA theater on July 15, 2011.
By: JOEL VEAK  |  July 22, 2011

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Bill T. Jones alumni shine at the ICA

Summer Reunion
During the Q&A that followed last weekend's "Summer Reunion" of former dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Jones — unable to attend — was represented on stage by a large bouquet of white roses. (Zane, who died in 1988, was probably watching through a heavenly viewfinder.)
By: DEBRA CASH  |  July 21, 2011



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Kidd Pivot's Dark Matters at Jacob's Pillow

Puppets and masters
The two-act drama, performed last week at Jacob's Pillow, blends the conventions of Japanese puppetry and Kabuki, movie animation, shadowplay, and contemporary dance into a spectacle of porous identities.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 12, 2011

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Jane Comfort and Sharon Eyal at Jacob's Pillow

Feminist one-two punch
The dramaturgy behind Jane Comfort's gimlet-eyed pageant in Beauty, on delicious display at Jacob's Pillow Doris Duke Theatre this past week, is spot-on.  
By: DEBRA CASH  |  July 06, 2011

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The Floordlords celebrate 30 years

Hip-hop heaven
B-boys — b-girls had scant presence on this program — have gone commercial, but today's freestyle breaking technique builds on moves cut three decades ago (although a grainy Floordlords video indicates that the current generation has discarded stirrup pants for profanity-laced t-shirts).
By: DEBRA CASH  |  June 28, 2011

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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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Larissa Ponomarenko bows out

End of an era
The bad news — really bad news — this past week is that principal dancer Larissa Ponomarenko is retiring after 18 years with Boston Ballet. (She will, however, be staying on as a ballet master.)
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 26, 2011

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The BIBC, 'Next Generation,' and more of Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins'

Ballet notebook
It's been a busy week and a half. The first ever Boston International Ballet Competition took place May 12-16 at John Hancock Hall, climaxing with a gala awards ceremony and performance last Monday. On Wednesday, at the Opera House, Boston Ballet presented its second annual "Next Generation" performance.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 26, 2011

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Brian Crabtree's unified fragments

Stanzas
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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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins'

Mind games
After the frenetic gutbusting of its Elo Experience and "Bella Figura" programs, Boston Ballet is closing out its 2010–2011 season with a breath of classical fresh air — or so it would seem.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 26, 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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Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'

Everything is beautiful
"Bella figura" in Italian is more than a phrase — it's a philosophy. It makes life beautiful. "Bella Figura" as the title of Boston Ballet's latest program is an invitation to find beauty in three disparate choreographic styles — one of them incorporating topless women (as well as men).
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 02, 2011

Opera House Midsummer Night's Dream

Photos: Boston Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream

At the Opera House through April 17
A Midsummer Night's Dream | Opera House
By: ERIC ANTONIOU  |  April 13, 2011


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