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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


No place like home

Boston Ballet's Giselle fits right in
The first thing audiences see when the curtain goes up on Boston Ballet's Giselle is our heroine's charming Rhineland-village home, a rustic abode that in Peter Farmer's set is framed by birches, a symbol of fidelity.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 07, 2009


Photos: Boston Ballet's Giselle

Photos from the Boston Ballet's Giselle , opening October 1, 2009
Giselle at the Boston Opera House
By: ERIC ANTONIOU  |  October 02, 2009


Requiem detexted

Nicole Pierce at the Armory
Mozart's Requiem is one of the most controversial works in the classical repertory. Mozart had completed only parts of it and sketched other parts when he died, unexpectedly at age 35, in 1791. His death ignited immediate speculation and myth.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 30, 2009


Smaller, bigger, better

Boston Ballet’s fourth ‘Night of Stars’
Is Boston in the midst of a ballet boom? You could certainly believe that if you attended Boston Ballet’s fourth annual season-opening gala last Saturday.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 22, 2009


Terpsichore's delight

A season of foot (and body) work
There's no end to variety to the fall's dance season, from a Boston Ballet classic to Hawaiian hula and "extreme action" acrobatics.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  September 14, 2009

merce list

Giant's steps

Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)
Merce Cunningham's death on July 26 wasn't unexpected. He'd been in frail health since this past winter. He was in a wheelchair for his 90th-birthday celebration in April at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In June, the Cunningham Foundation announced plans for the future of the company and the repertory after his death.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 04, 2009


Annie variations

David Parker at Summer Stages
The Bang Group's performance at Concord Academy Thursday night wrapped the audience in rings of intimacy and surprise. Choreographer/director David Parker, acting as MC, paid loving tribute to Summer Stages Dance, where he and the company have appeared and taught for 10 years.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 28, 2009



Chris Elam's Misnomer Dance
Chris Elam's Misnomer Dance Theater performed three seriously zany works Thursday night under the title "Being Together," in their third appearance for Concord Academy Summer Stages Dance.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 21, 2009



Postmodern dance takes flight
Postmodern dance's conceptual, physical, and metaphysical roots spread far and wide, as four summer festival performances attested last week.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2009


Dancing in a new direction

Notes from 'Ballets Russes 2009'
The 100th birthday of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes prompted the expected centennial tributes in Boston: a "Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909–1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art" symposium and exhibition at Harvard University in April, and a "Ballets Russes 2009" festival this month.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2010


Blood, bone, and mirrors

Prometheus at the ICA
At the beginning of Between Blood & Bone , a man and a woman stand at opposite sides of an empty space. A few minutes or a lifetime later, they're curled together on the floor, wrapped in the tightest possible embrace.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 19, 2009


Slideshow: Ballets Russes at the Wang

Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Centennial Celebration
Boston Ballet performs "Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Centennial Celebration" at the Wang Theater
By: ERIC ANTONIOU  |  May 15, 2009


Setting the Wang on fire

Boston Ballet's 'Ballets Russes'
Burning down the house” is a metaphor, but at the Wang Theatre last weekend, the Boston Fire Department was on hand to ensure that it remained one.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 20, 2009


Dark night of the soul

Boris Eifman's Eugene Onegin
St. Petersburg's Eifman Ballet presents Eugene Onegin at the Cutler Majestic Theatre this weekend.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009


Golden years

Alvin Ailey at the Opera House
The last thing I had in mind when I went to the Opera House Tuesday was raining on Alvin Ailey's parade — particularly since the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which he founded in 1959, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year while making its 41st annual Celebrity Series appearance in Boston.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2009



'Merce' at MIT
Merce Cunningham has used computers as co-creators for his choreography since 1991, and it was his evolving dance Loops that inspired the six works shown Friday night at the MIT Museum to open the sixth Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 29, 2009


The real deal

Boston Ballet's Sleeping Beauty
Nineteenth-century ballets are not all alike. But Boston Ballet's Sleeping Beauty is the real McCoy.
By: BY MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 29, 2009


Brava Larissa!

Boston Ballet opens The Sleeping Beauty
The end of an era loomed last night as Boston Ballet opened The Sleeping Beauty — what's likely to be the last story ballet ever to be staged at the Wang Theatre.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 29, 2009


Long-lasting launch pad

Ballets Russes week at Harvard
Of the nearly 70 ballets that made up the repertory of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, only a few inhabit our stages today. But the Diaghilev adventure still inspires legions of choreographers, antiquarians, archivists, scholars, and gossips.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 21, 2009


Boston's Best Arts and Entertainment 2009

What a difference 100 years makes  
We are a culture-rich city — a veritable cauldron of talent and fun, and have been so since Anne Bradstreet inscribed the gates of Harvard. In Boston, the arts never stand still.
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 16, 2009

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