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Tim Rushton bring existential relevance to town
Choreographer Tim Rushton makes unusual, high-powered dance movement and blends it with slick but modest theatrical appurtenances, sound scores that claim your attention, and important program notes.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 04, 2010



Nora Chipaumire and Thomas Mapfumo at the ICA, BoSoma and Contrapose at BU
Nora Chipaumire’s lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukarahundi , presented at the ICA last weekend by CRASHarts, had the makings of a multimedia extravaganza.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 27, 2010


Happy returns

Boston Ballet’s Coppélia , Alvin Ailey at the Wang
George Balanchine didn’t go in for productions of the old classic ballets.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 20, 2010


Here’s looking at you

Boston Ballet sees into the heart of Coppélia
Set in the usual small village — this one in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe — Coppélia might look like just another pleasant 19th-century ballet about a boy, a girl, and another girl. But appearances can be deceiving — and that’s theme of this work, whose title character is a life-size mechanical doll.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 30, 2010


Conductor karaoke

Xavier Le Roy at the ICA
Surrealists who work with movement have to manage a demanding slight-of-hand.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  April 06, 2010


Airs and graces

Stephen Petronio at the ICA, Black Grace at the Paramount
Somewhere in the middle of Stephen Petronio’s terrific hour-long dance I Drink the Air Before Me last Friday night, the dancers exited and the space went dark.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 23, 2010


High stepping

Dancing with the stars
The heavy-hitter repertory shows this season come from ALVIN AILEY and GEORGE  BALANCHINE . But why not welcome spring by taking a chance on fresh experiences as well?
By: DEBRA CASH  |  March 11, 2010


Old masters

Anna Sokolow and Joseph Gifford
Last month, students at Boston Conservatory and Boston University paid tribute to two notables of modern dance's second generation in the best possible way: by performing their work.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 02, 2010



'11+1' at Outpost 186
The hour's worth of film and dance that followed my absurdist journey offered flashbacks, edges, mysterious messages, and a thunderstorm. In 1924, Tristan Tzara described Dada as a resistance to the pretensions of art, "a snow of butterflies released from the head of a prestidigitator." I left Inman Square feeling energized.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 09, 2010


Squiggles and lines

Alonzo King at the ICA, Mark Morris at the Opera House
The eponymous directors of Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group both came from backgrounds in modern dance with sprinklings of other styles, and they both subsequently invented movement vocabularies to serve their choreographic ideas.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 02, 2010


New stuff

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and much more in New York
One thing that impressed me was that dance invention seems to be making a comeback as a major challenge for young choreographers after years of being stirred into the multimedia stew.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 19, 2010


From Mozart to milonga

All kindsa dance hits the stage
We Bostonians may swathe ourselves in sweaters and lock our doors against the blustery weather, but once the music begins, dance performances can help us shake off the shivers — and often transport us to more temperate climes.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  December 29, 2009


2009: The year in dance

Milestones and memories
You could say there were two tremendous forces that propelled dance into the world of modern culture: the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev and the choreography of Merce Cunningham.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 22, 2009


Anniversary waltz

Caitlin Corbett Dance Company at 25
Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Tsai Center last weekend, achieved another of its people-dance successes, a two-part series of one-minute duets featuring 36 big, small, awkward, suave, surprising, funny, and raring-to-go dancers and non-dancers of all ages.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 15, 2009


Is it magic yet?

Boston Ballet's Nutcracker
When you've seen every Boston Ballet Nutcracker for the past 20-odd years, and reviewed most of them, it can get a little hard to locate the magic. Then again, when you survey other Nutcracker s around the world you appreciate that there's no place like home, and not many that are as good.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 02, 2009



Trey McIntyre at the ICA
The most substantial item in the assortment of dances by the Trey McIntyre Project last weekend was an oddly proportioned 20-minute meditation on climate change and Glacier National Park. McIntyre, whose company appeared at the ICA as part of the CRASHarts series, has gotten a lot of press exposure as an up-and-coming choreographer with serious ideas.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 24, 2009



Merce Cunningham in the Park Avenue Armory; Christopher Wheeldon at City Center
If you wanted to know what happened at the Merce Cunningham memorial a week ago Wednesday in the Park Avenue Armory, you could get a thousand answers.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 04, 2009



Boston Ballet’s ‘World Passions’; Streb Brave at the ICA
Boston Ballet’s artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, wants us to think of his company as utterly contemporary, but it’s a tricky balance to pull off.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2009


Photos: Boston Ballet's World Passions

Photos from the Boston Ballet's "World Passions" at the Opera House
Photos of the Boston Ballet's "World Passions" collection, including Jorma Elo's Carmen ; Helen Pickett's Tsukiyo ; Viktor Plotnikov's Rhyme ; and Marius Petipa's Paquita.
By: ERIC ANTONIOU  |  October 26, 2009


Both ears and the tail for this Carmen

Boston Ballet's 'World Passions'
"World Passions," the collection of four works that Boston Ballet opened at the Opera House last night, was more pleasant than passionate until Kathleen Breen Combes sashayed out as the title character in Jorma Elo's Carmen .
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 28, 2009


Sunday school

Ronald K. Brown at the ICA
Ronald K. Brown’s flamboyant choreography comes with a big serving of spirituality.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 21, 2009

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