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In ‘Golem,’ the Troupe 1927 Shares a Stage With a Claymation Co-Star

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Sottile Theater on the College of Charleston campus, like so many stages, was riddled on a recent afternoon with “spikes”: pieces of glow-in-the-dark tape designed to help actors find their exact spots on an unlit stage.<p>The baffling array of dashes, plus signs, arrows and …

John F. Nash

Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ With Extra Fog, Moral and Atmospheric

Light barely seems to penetrate the atmosphere of “The Merchant of Venice” in the brooding, powerful production from Shakespeare’s Globe that’s being presented through the weekend as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Little illumination filters through the carved wooden walls that dominate the …

William Shakespeare

Review: A Restaged ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ Still Sparkles

“Small Mouth Sounds,” a quiet gem of a play by Bess Wohl that was first seen Off Broadway at Ars Nova last year, has been restaged at the Pershing Square Signature Center with all its wit, compassion and sparkle fully intact. The sound of silence onstage has rarely made such sweet music.<p>For much of …

Rock climbing

Entretien avec Jérôme Bel, un chorégraphe qui ose tout

Danseur de "Gala" (Véronique Ellena)Jérôme Bel occupe aujourd’hui une place à part sur la scène internationale de la danse. Au point d’être un des …

Ben Brantley on Learning to Embrace Broadway Revivals

So you think you’ve seen it all before — and recently, too.<p>I was of your mind once. Time was when looking at the schedule of a new theater season in New York would bring on a blinding déjà vu headache that threatened to send me to bed. “Not that show again,” I would think. “Didn’t I just see it a …

Long Day's Journey into Night

This Broadway Season, Diversity Is Front and Center

It has been a long journey from “Tradition” to “Tradición.”<p>A half-century ago, “Fiddler on the Roof” barreled onto Broadway with a now-famous opening song, “Tradition,” that helped theatergoing audiences relate to a story of particular significance to Jewish Americans.<p>This fall a new musical, “On …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

London Theater Journal: A Scorching Momma Rose

LONDON – The small, determined woman who is sharing her obsessions so enthrallingly from the stage of the Savoy Theater here is unmistakably a product of the United States. She’s as American as apple pie — or perhaps the homemade blueberry kind she says she’s so tired of; as American as the Great …

Review: At Indian Dance Festival, Subtleties in the Sway of a Torso

Since India has many languages, it would take a true polyglot to comprehend all its poetry. On Friday, when the Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance held an indoor program enticingly called “An Evening of ‘Poetry, Danced’ ” at Pace University’s Schimmel Center, the audience was given words in …

India

Review: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hamlet’

LONDON — He is, he complains sulkily, “too much in the sun.” That is correct on so many levels.<p>When the title character of “Hamlet” offers this self-diagnosis early in the highly pictorial production that opened on Tuesday night at the Barbican here, the image matches the word. For the Prince of …

Benedict Cumberbatch

Johan Renvall, American Ballet Theater Principal, Dies at 55

Johan Renvall, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater whose range there from 1978 to 1996 could stun audiences with spectacular classical technique and — in dramatic ballets — powerful intensity, died on Monday in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He was 55 and lived in Manhattan.<p>The cause …

Performing Arts

Review: Taking In the New York International Fringe Festival, From Ferry to Theater

The tall young man in the baseball cap was upwind of me, which should have made me cautious, but my attention was a bit divided. It was Monday night and I was at a play, part of the New York International Fringe Festival. I was also standing at a railing on the Staten Island Ferry as it churned …

Festivals

Way Off Broadway, But Maybe Not for Long: What’s Playing (and What’s Working) in the Berkshires

What used to be called the straw-hat circuit is long gone, as is the customary summer haberdashery that gave it its name. Stars no longer caravan …

Dance links w/b Sunday August 23, 2015 - Dance Links - reviews & features

Posted<p><b>Links – Sunday August 23, 2015</b><p>Review - <b>Sylvie</b> <b>Guillem</b>, <i>Life in Progress</i>, Sydney: Deborah Jones blog<p>Feature - <b>Awakening to the joys</b> of <i>The Sleeping</i> …

The Death of the American Dance Critic

Why are there so few mainstream outlets covering the art form?<p>Misty Copeland has become something of a household name in recent months. In late June, she became the first black ballerina to be named principal at American Ballet Theater, one of the most storied companies in the U.S., and her success …

Journalism

City Center Adds to Season With Wendy Whelan, Ballet and Flamenco

Wendy Whelan, the former New York City Ballet dancer whose retirement has been anything but quiet, will perform at City Center as part of three programs that have been added to round out the theater’s spring season.<p>She will be joined the Royal Ballet principal dancer Edward Watson as they reprise …

Review: The Battery Dance Festival Evokes Courtship Rituals Amid Flying Hats

The Battery Dance Festival, presented by the Battery Dance Company in Lower Manhattan for 34 years, has become known for its international roster. This year artists from India, Norway and Poland are among those appearing along the Hudson River — routinely backed by stunning, if blinding, sunsets — …

In the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Archives, a Magical Past and Present Unite

BECKET, Mass. — Jacob’s Pillow, the oldest dance festival in the United States and always eclectic and international in taste, began in the early 1940s. But its founding director, Ted Shawn, had been here since 1931, and when he died in 1972, still at the helm, he left the festival with archival …

Review: Martha Graham’s ‘Embattled Garden,’ Deconstructed

In the August heat, Janet Eilber, the artistic director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, apologized for the “breathless and sweaty” conditions in the Martha Graham Studio Theater, a storied spot cooled only by fans. She also joked with the audience that the steamy atmosphere was exactly right …

Alexei Ratmansky – Simple and Wise, a Q&A about Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT

American Ballet Theatre in Alexei Ratmansky’s <i>The Sleeping Beauty</i>.<br>© Doug Gifford. (Click image for larger version)Simple and Wise, a Q&A about …

Russia

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance – New York

Pallavi Krishnan in <i>Cholkettu</i>.<br>© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)<b>Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance<br>Featuring: Sanjukta Wagh, Jiva</b> …

Festivals

The Way Station

Annie Baker’s “John” (a Signature Theatre Company production, at the Pershing Square) is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light. It’s a handsome object, “old” in structure. While most new plays run for two hours or less—about the length of a TV movie—Baker’s fourth …

Pulitzer Prize

Review: ‘Informed Consent’ Tests the Ethics of Genetic Research

In “Informed Consent,” a thoughtful and engrossing play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, a research scientist specializing in genetic diseases finds herself embroiled in controversy when her fierce dedication to her work, and her deeply personal reasons for pursuing it, lead her into murky ethical …

Watch: Exploring the evolution of ballet pointe work — News — Royal Opera House

Former Ballet Mistress Ursula Hageli recently explored the development of ballet pointe work as part of a Ballet Evolved Insights event.<p>Hageli …

Royal Opera House

Smoke and Mirrors at Edinburgh festival review – circus that's brainy and beautiful

Don’t be deceived by the title, which suggests one of those anodyne, soft-focus circus shows with a mirrorball and lots of dry ice. This two-hander by the New Mexico-based Ricochet Project is a brutal and uncompromising look at how we tie ourselves up in knots; how we contort the body and the …

'I would have jumped off a roof for Mao': how Li Cunxin danced to freedom

Li Cunxin was just 11 when Chinese officials came to his home in rural Shandong and told him he’d been selected to study at the Beijing Academy of Dance. It was 1972, the height of Mao’s cultural revolution, and an entire nation was being shoehorned into creating a new communist China. Cunxin had …

La danseuse tire sa révérence  - Hier soir à Lyon... la tournée d'adieu de Sylvie Guillem

Elle avait dit qu'elle ne ferait pas le spectacle de trop : alors à 50 ans Sylvie Guillem la plus grande danseuse française de son époque s'est …

American Ballet Theatre – The Sleeping Beauty – New York

American Ballet Theatre in Alexei Ratmansky’s <i>The Sleeping Beauty</i>.<br>© Doug Gifford. (Click image for larger version)<b>American Ballet Theatre <br>The Sleeping</b> …

Metropolitan Opera

Great performances: Michael Redgrave as Uncle Vanya

Laurence Olivier wasn’t exactly famous for his generosity towards rival actors. But even he was moved to write in his autobiography that Michael Redgrave’s Uncle Vanya was “the best performance I’ve ever seen in anything”. Olivier may, of course, have been swayed by the fact that he himself …