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VIEWPOINTS – 2018 AMERICAN REALNESS wraps up, and it was as defiant as ever

Today marks the final day of American Realness, the annual festival that celebrates and challenges performative norms, particularly in the sphere of contemporary dance and performance at large. This year’s … Continue Reading →

Nature Theater of Oklahoma and EnKnapGroup's "Pursuit of Happiness"

VIEWPOINTS – UNDER THE RADAR 2018: A Festival Recap, Part 2

Today marks the final day of the Public Theater’s 2018 edition of its Under the Radar Festival. Here are my thoughts on six more shows. All in all, its been … Continue Reading →

Iestyn Davies and Sam Crane in Claire van Kampen’s “Farinelli and the King” at the Belasco Theatre.

VIEWPOINTS – Enriching legitimate theater with classical music: FARINELLI AND THE KING and MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN

As a fan of live performance across genres (theater, dance, opera/classical music, cabaret, etc.), I’ve often wondered whey there hasn’t been more meaningful cross-pollination between these types of performances, apart … Continue Reading →

A scene from Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel" at the Metropolitan Opera.

VIEWPOINTS – A recap of this season’s top holiday entertainments

Happy New Year, everybody! As we embark on 2018, I’d like to recap the roster of five worthwhile holiday-themed shows in New York I attended across the worlds of theater, dance, … Continue Reading →

Tiler Peck and Chase Finlay in New York City Ballet's "Swan Lake" at the David H. Koch Theater.
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Choreography by Peter Martins
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik
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2017 Year in Review – Dance

2017 was a good year for dance in New York. It was a time in which both the old guard continued to set the standard and up-and-coming artists proved there … Continue Reading →

The company of Hofesh Shechter's "Grand Finale" at BAM.

VIEWPOINTS – STATE OF SIEGE and GRAND FINALE give us timely, if tiresome, glimpses of the apocalypse at BAM

Things have been looking grim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where two Next Wave Festival offerings are giving audiences timely glimpses of the apocalypse. Unfortunately, I found both, despite … Continue Reading →

Sara Mearns in Matthew Bourne's "The Red Shoes" at New York City Center.

VIEWPOINTS – Matthew Bourne’s THE RED SHOES: Thriving at the intersection of dance and theater

One of my “aha” moments in dance was when I first encountered Matthew Bourne’s bold interpretation of Swan Lake nearly two decades ago in London. Using a corps of all-male … Continue Reading →

Hiroshi Sugimoto's newly-commissioned noh drama "Rikyu-Enoura" at Japan Society.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The newly-commissioned noh drama RIKYU-ENOURA at Japan Society is transporting

Last year, I immersed myself in the tradition of Japanese noh when the highly-regarded Kanze Noh Theatre graced New York to partake in the 2016 Lincoln Center Festival. It was … Continue Reading →

Mark Morris Dance Group and Silk Road Ensemble's "Layla and Majnun" at the Rose Theatre, courtesy of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Mark Morris’s choreographic interpretation of LAYLA AND MAJNUN captivates in Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

I recently caught the closing performance of Mark Morris’s utterly captivating Layla and Majnun, which had its New York premiere this past week under the auspices of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival … Continue Reading →

Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in "One Night Only", courtesy of Women's Project Theater

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s vaudevillian ONE NIGHT ONLY is a joy to watch

I recently caught up with Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s joyous, quirky Off-Broadway dance-theater hybrid One Night Only (Running as Long as We Can), courtesy of the folks at Women’s Project … Continue Reading →