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Review: Dancing Across Borders

Dancing beyond conventions, also
Anne Bass’s documentary about a 16-year-old Cambodian boy whom she brought to the US to study at the School of American Ballet looks at first to be limited by its feel-good story arc, but it dances beyond that.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 21, 2010

New stuff

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and much more in New York
One thing that impressed me was that dance invention seems to be making a comeback as a major challenge for young choreographers after years of being stirred into the multimedia stew.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 19, 2010
bird list

Close encounters

Keep your eye on this Bird
Laura Jacobs, who was the dance critic here at the Phoenix in the mid 1980s, is the author of Landscape with Moving Figures, a collection of writing from the New Criterion that's as polemic as it is poetic. But she's also a novelist. Like Women About Town (2002), The Bird Catcher focuses on a young woman finding her way in 21st-century Manhattan.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 05, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

Plays from A to Z 
Theater around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 28, 2009

Play by Play: March 20, 2009

Plays A to Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009

Play by Play: March 13, 2009

Plays A to Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009

Review: Jiří Kylián's Black and White at Boston Ballet

Dance noir
The Czech choreographer/Nederlands Dans Theater director made an evening out of five pieces — No More Play, Petite Mort, Sarabande, Falling Angels, and Sechs Tänze — he'd created between 1986 and 1991.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2009

Sizzling frost

Dance heat 2009
The winter dance season starts out promoting international coexistence.
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 29, 2008

Year in Dance: Reusable histories & durable trends

No startling breakthroughs, but that's okay
Conservation is a good thing in these times, and some of the most interesting performances drew on the uses of history — personal history, performance history, and even some inventions that sought to overturn history.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 24, 2008

State of the art

Boston Ballet’s third ‘Night of Stars’
Maybe it’s the economy, but Boston Ballet’s third-annual season-opening gala was a sober evening, without the orchestral overture that graced the first two affairs.  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008

Dainty cabaret

Keigwin + Company bring the elements to Jacob’s Pillow
Larry Keigwin’s genial take on the perennially popular theme of the four elements (water, fire, earth, air) didn’t add anything profound to the cosmic intelligence.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008

North Shore's snazzy revival of contact

Plus, Gurnet’s Essential Self-Defense
For a Broadway show, contact is closer to Twyla Tharp than George M. Cohan.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 17, 2008

Prodigies old and new

Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue at ABT, Ratmansky and Robbins at NYCB
Tharp’s dances almost invariably have a euphoric effect on their first audiences, even when they miss their mark and don’t hold up over the long run.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 10, 2008

Where the chips fell

Marjorie Morgan, Karl Cronin, Lucinda Childs, and Boston Ballet
Dance history reverberated across Boston during the past few weeks, affirming that how we live now owes a lot to how we’ve chosen to remember — and forget.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 28, 2008

Mastering the masterpieces

Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
It’s not exactly a trip down Memory Lane, but this weekend Boston Ballet is revisiting some pieces and choreographers it hasn’t performed in the Mikko Nissinen era.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2008

Balancing act

Interview: Mikko Nissinen and Boston Ballet
It’s been quite a year for Boston Ballet.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2008


Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
There’s got to be more to the future than the spectacle of gaudier and gaudier soulless cyberbodies.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 12, 2008

Quo vadis?

Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
“Next Generation” is the kind of ballet-program title that might have you asking yourself what happened to “This Generation."
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 10, 2008


'Ten's the Limit' at the ICA
The notion of confining entries to 10 minutes seems arbitrary — why not four choreographers doing 20-minute dances?
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 22, 2008

Rich menu

And Hubbard Street Dance deliver
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago proved a worthy finale for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 75th-anniversary season.
By JANINE PARKER  |  August 29, 2007

Converging streams

Ailey does Ailey and Tharp, plus Caitlin Corbett
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offered two milestones in the development of contemporary dance during its annual Celebrity Series visit to the Wang Theatre last week.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 01, 2007

Terpsichore’s delight

The joys of spring dance
Traveling troupes and local dancemakers spring up around the Boston area this season.
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 13, 2007

L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

 A year in dance
This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006

Jumpin’ Joel

Movin’ Out is more than just a hit parade
To say that Movin’ Out is more than a jukebox musical only begins to describe its ambitions.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 29, 2006

Harvard Square

Ground zero for so much, for so many
Harvard Square was very different 40 years ago.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 15, 2006

Stepping right up

Twyla’s Dylan in New York; Rhythm at the Regent
Bob Dylan’s music isn’t the first thing you’d think of as the basis for a dance show.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 01, 2006

Lines and phases

Steve Reich’s 70th at BAM
Lots of people have choreographed Steve Reich’s music.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 10, 2006

Great music, great dance

Getting inside Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe
An excerpt from Phoenix dance critic Marcia B. Siegel's Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance .
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 28, 2006

Movin’ in

Twyla and Billy are back
Most of the people screaming and rocking at the Opera House last Wednesday night probably thought they were at a Billy Joel concert.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 23, 2006

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