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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


Slideshow: Chunky Move at ICA

Chunky Move performs I Want to Dance Better at Parties at the Institute of Contemporary Art, March 27, 2009
The Australian troupe Chunky Move performed its 2004 work I Want to Dance Better at Parties at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art from March 27 to 29.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2009


Note shapes

Mark Morris at the Majestic
When the Celebrity Series announced that the Mark Morris Dance Group would do three older pieces for its annual Boston appearance, we got a chance to revisit works we haven't seen in a while.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 24, 2009


Sticks and bones

Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex, Joe Goode at Northeastern
Kelley Donovan's Borrowed Bones at the Dance Complex last weekend featured Donovan and nine accomplices in 40 minutes of intense dancing.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 20, 2009


Diaghilev days

The Ballets Russes come to town
The Ballets Russes come to town
By: DEBRA CASH  |  March 19, 2009


Ascending elegies

Meredith Monk at the Guggenheim in New York City
As we made our way up the ramps of the Guggenheim during the second part of Meredith Monk's Ascension Variations , we encountered a man in red curled up on his side on the floor, cradling a Jew's harp against his teeth.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 11, 2009


Crowning glory

Boston Ballet's Jewels at the Wang Theatre.
In 1967, George Balanchine created Jewels for New York City Ballet, and in short order this evening-length triptych — Emeralds , Rubies , and Diamonds — became the crown jewel of 20th-century dance.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2009


Slideshow: Boston Ballet's Jewels

 Boston Ballet performs George Balanchine's Jewels .
Photos from George Balanchine's Jewels, performed by the Boston Ballet.
By: ERIC ANTONIOU  |  February 27, 2009



Zoe|Juniper at the ICA
Zoe/Juniper at the ICA
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 26, 2009



Female dancers  Isabel Bayón, Soledad Barrios featured in Flamenco festival
Isabel Bayón played an eternal feminine archetype, surrounding herself with proud, seductive gestures.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 17, 2009


Review: Jiří Kylián's Black and White at Boston Ballet

Dance noir
The Czech choreographer/Nederlands Dans Theater director made an evening out of five pieces — No More Play, Petite Mort, Sarabande, Falling Angels, and Sechs Tänze — he'd created between 1986 and 1991.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2009


Dancing ballet or not

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Celebrity Series program at the Cutler Majestic last weekend could have been a primer of the ways not to dance ballet.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 10, 2009


Wisps and a volcano

Crabtree, Morgan, Dorfman
Two concerts last week by mid-career artists who are still looking into life's persistent questions: Brian Crabtree, Marjorie Morgan, and dancers at the Dance Complex, and David Dorfman Dance at Salem State College.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 03, 2009


Clara Ramona at BU

Styles show
Boston-based Mavi Dance produced the performances of Clara Ramona's "Sangre flamenca en gira" ("Flamenco Blood on Tour") at the Boston University Dance Theater last weekend, but the international dance group offered only two numbers on the long program.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 26, 2009


Review: Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center

Tidal wave
Gotham was awash in dance during early January as the annual Dance on Camera Festival coincided with the conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (better known as APAP, the national bookers' convention).
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 20, 2009


Adam and Eve

It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009


Daniel Nagrin

Daniel Nagrin was one of the last surviving stars of modern dance's second generation.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 12, 2009


Sizzling frost

Dance heat 2009
The winter dance season starts out promoting international coexistence.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  December 29, 2008

Year in Dance: Reusable histories & durable trends

No startling breakthroughs, but that's okay
Conservation is a good thing in these times, and some of the most interesting performances drew on the uses of history — personal history, performance history, and even some inventions that sought to overturn history.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 24, 2008


Mixed nuts

Ballet Rox's Urban Nutcracker
Ballet Rox's Urban Nutcracker , the ultimate multicultural Christmas celebration, has become so inclusive, it's almost a blur.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 19, 2008


Not so great

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

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