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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


Daniel Nagrin

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

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


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


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


Still doing it

A Chorus Line at the Opera House
In the finale of A Chorus Line , 16 dancers do a precision routine against a mirrored backdrop that makes them seem like a cast of thousands.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 16, 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


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


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


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


Prodigies old and new

Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue at ABT, Ratmansky and Robbins at NYCB
Tharp’s dances almost invariably have a euphoric effect on their first audiences, even when they miss their mark and don’t hold up over the long run.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 10, 2008


Dido's fate

Mark Morris at the Majestic
Henry Purcell might not have approved Mark Morris’s contemporary take on Dido and Aeneas, but he probably would have recognized it for its formality and anti-naturalism.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 03, 2008

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