A Choreographer Who Doesn’t Tiptoe Around the Music

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance, Music

The Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood, the Ojai Music Festival—these would be familiar stops on a solo musician’s or conductor’s itinerary. But they are also settings where Mark Morris is a welcome fixture, thanks to his depth and range of musical knowledge, and abiding commitment to the important, irreplaceable role of music within choreography. His company, [&hellip
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Gene Kelly, When He Was Young

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance

In the middle of the 1943 film musical Thousands Cheer—a clunky wartime rouser, certainly one of the lesser-known of the 23 Gene Kelly films recently shown by the Film Society of Lincoln Center—there is a number in which you can observe the Kelly persona and style taking shape. Playing Eddie Marsh, a cocky, rule-breaking soldier [&hellip
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Pilobolus Returns With Trademark Whimsy and New Twists

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance

Many people enjoy Pilobolus, some adore it, some find it exasperating. There are plenty of people in the first two categories, since Pilobolus reliably keeps the Joyce Theater filled for four weeks each summer. Whatever your point of view, you can’t deny that this unique, quirky ensemble—now middle-aged at 41—remains true to its principles. A [&hellip
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Up with Tutus

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Dance, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Up-With-Tutus600 Ballet music—one man’s evolution The older I get, the smarter, wiser and more talented Verdi becomes. Funny how it works that way. When I was about 15, Verdi was basically a purveyor of corny tunes accompanied by oompah-pah. How had he managed to compose that masterly requiem, amid those silly operas? These days, I stand [&hellip
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The CityArts Interview with Baroque Dance Legend Béatrice Massin

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Dance, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

interview2 By Joel Lobenthal Béatrice Massin is a specialist in Baroque dance. She was co-choreographer of Lully’s Atys when the opera was presented by Les Arts Florissants at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last fall. She has choreographed for several films and directs her own dance troupe, Compagnie Fêtes Galantes, and school, the Atelier Baroque. She [&hellip
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Stevie Wonder, Again the Apple of Ronald Brown’s Eye

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance

When Ronald K. Brown meets the music of Stevie Wonder, you can expect the results to alter and expand your ideas of that beloved veteran pop musician’s songs. This always thoughtful, exploratory choreographer probes deeply in his works, often drawing on spiritual ideas and celebrating the connections between people. Brown, whose company Evidence returns to [&hellip
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With Catlike Tread: Tap Dancer Jason Samuels Smith at the Joyce Theater

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Dance, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

jason-samuels-smith-at-the-joyce (2) by VALERIE GLADSTONE Jason Samuels Smith electrifies the stage with the grace and fierceness of a cat. The heir of Gregory Hines, he pushes the boundaries of tap, with a sure grasp of its history and potential. Only 31, Smith has already won numerous awards, including the 2009 Dance Magazine Award, an Emmy for a television [&hellip
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