Performing Arts: Theater and Dance

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Don Quixote review – the Bolshoi puts its best foot forward

Royal Opera House, London Strutting matadors, fiery señoritas and outstanding soloists show the scandal-hit company at its virtuoso best<p>When I was first learning about ballet as a child I read a lot of books that summed up the plots of famous old classics with phrases like: “There is a lot of …

Royal Opera House

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 …

Entertainment

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 …

Entertainment

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 …

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> …

Ballet

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

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 …

Ballet

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
Popular Fiction

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 …

Ballet

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

Assembly Checkpoint Ricochet Project’s show examines what it means to be happy, and the result is neither safe nor cosy but it is completely mesmerising<p>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 …

Film (UK)

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

Forced into ballet as a child in Mao’s China, Li Cunxin defected to the US and had to work as a stockbroker to support his family back home. But he never quit dancing. As he brings the Queensland Ballet to Britain, he talks about his traumas and triumphs – and shock at seeing people take their …

China

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> …

Ballet