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  • A Quarreling Pair – Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company

    A Quarreling Pair – Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company

    Voice overs with audience laughter and commentary…and the “show” begins. And what a show it is. What might otherwise have ended up a frustrating exercise with differing elements that never quite came together, A Quarreling Pair gives us a far different experience. This variety show is a mix of theater, dance, and film but a mix that actually becomes one. Based on Jane Bowles’ 1945 puppet play, A Quarreling Pair is about two sisters with the attention on the adventures […]

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  • Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet – Indigo Rose

    Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet – Indigo Rose

    Choreographer: Jiri Kylian Energetic, bold, but also a work that reaches out for the extremes, as if it’s testing what it can get away with. However, in this sense it feels freeing as if the choreography has been purposed for precisely this reason. It’s a tribute to youth with all its craziness and wide-ranging moods. It’s about the body, how it dances and moves, and how it expresses the emotions that are attached to it. And finally it’s about just […]

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  • Dance Theater of Harlem – Fragments

    Dance Theater of Harlem – Fragments

    Having been sidelined by lack of funding a few years ago, Dance Theater of Harlem is now back and looking toward its up-coming 2013-14 season. This earlier example of Dance Theater of Harlem is why we’re thrilled to see this ensemble back on the dance scene.

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  • Matthew Bourne – Swan Lake

    Matthew Bourne – Swan Lake

    Les Ballets de Trockadero de Monte Carlo – an all male in drag troupe that gives us parody of classical ballet But Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake? A more contemporary, much less traditional version of parody of the classic Swan Lake than Les Ballets de Trockadero. Also, missing are the traditional pointe shoes and tutus. Much less stereotypic.. But, unlike the “Trocks”, we see both male and female in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and much more theater.

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  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Paquita Grand Finale

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Paquita Grand Finale

    Music: Ludwig Minkus Choreography: Marius Petipa The exaggerated movements; the silly, affected smiles; the missteps and intentional mistakes laced with the serious technique that only highly trained dancers are capable of. These “ballerinas” are ballerinas of parody. These “ballerinas” are the “Trocks”, the all-male in drag troup of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. But all parody aside, you have to love the series of fouette en tournant. Amazing enough for anyone…but for a man en pointe? Well, just plain […]

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  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Swan Lake Ballet Parody

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Swan Lake Ballet Parody

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery. But in the form of parody it can be the toughest to pull off. But the “Trocks” do it well; very, very well. And why do they do it so well? Because these guys can actually dance. And it’s darned near impossible to do this type of satire well without the under-lying skill, in this case, ballet. Portraying both male and female roles, the all-male corps pokes fun at the formal technique and […]

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  • Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet – Pharoah Sanders & Muriel Maffre

    Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet – Pharoah Sanders & Muriel Maffre

    Jazz saxophone legend Pharoah Sanders together with ballerina Muriel Maffre, San Francisco Ballet, and Corey Scott-Gilbert of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.. The tempo of this work accentuates the beauty we see in this performance. The clean definition of each movement, the beauty of the dancers’ physicality, and the confidence these dancers have in themselves to deliver a difficult performance flawlessly. Certainly Maffre’s angular figure is in sharp contrast to more diminutive ballerinas, but she has played her height to advantage, […]

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  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet – The Moroccan Project

    Alonzo King LINES Ballet – The Moroccan Project

    Extensions that reach to the stars with joints that contort, the Moroccan Project, in this respect, reflects the hallmark of founder of LINES Ballet, Alonzo King. However, the Moroccan Project is less about metaphor than is usual but certainly much more about rhythm! And the rhythm in The Moroccan Project? Exciting, infectious, ambitious…and just plain fun.

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  • Glory – Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève

    Glory – Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève

    Studio rehearsal: Glory Choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis and danced by Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve. Music by George Frederic Handel. Ballet meets modern/contemporary dance. A beautifully executed ballet performance with the emotion and rich magery of modern. I love how the choreography seems to “cut through” the music in rapid contrast to the music’s tempo while at the same time the music is the perfect accompaniment. And the energy of the dancers? A consistent, continuous flow. Glory is nothing […]

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  • Pina 3D – Life

    Pina 3D – Life

    You can literally feel the sense of desperation, urgency, and all things that life itself is…expressed by this dancer. And his exceptional sense of timing and phrasing bring this out all the more. “Dance, dance, or we are lost,” in Pina Bausch’s words just before she died and the inspiration for the film Pina, the brilliant tribute to this amazing choreographer. Wonderful camera work! The richness of this film as a reflection of the richness of Ms Bausch’s life is […]

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