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 …

Ballet

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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> …

India

A Review of “John” by Annie Baker | The New Yorker

At first, you may think that “John” is going to be another Baker dude fugue, but it’s the women who quickly take and then hold the stage. The twenty-nine-year-old Elias Schreiber-Hoffman (rendered, with just the right amount of sourpuss passive-aggressiveness, by Christopher Abbott) enters, …

Aaron Sorkin

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 …

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 …

Cirque du Soleil

'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

A 50 ans, Sylvie Guillem, la plus grande danseuse française de son époque effectue sa tournée d'adieu. Elle était lundi soir à Lyon pour les Nuits de …

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> …

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