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Laura Shapiro

March 15, 2004 | Dance Review
A Dressed-Up Ballet

John Neumeier’s Nijinsky must be one of the best-dressed ballets ever seen at City Center, especially given the fact that it’s about a massive mental breakdown.

February 23, 2004 | Dance Review
In Brief: The Life and Times of Barry Goldhubris

Laura Shapiro reviews The Life and Times of Barry Goldhubris at P.S. 122.

February 9, 2004 | Dance Review
Lost in Translation

Susan Stroman tries to follow Balanchine across the high-low border at City Ballet, but doesn’t speak the language.

December 22, 2003 | Dance Review
Fancy Footwork

From a history of contemporary dance to Twyla Tharp’s ruminations on “creative DNA,” there’s a bonanza of new books for dance lovers.

December 15, 2003 | Dance Review
By George

City Ballet, his home from 1948 until his death in 1983, salutes the genius of Balanchine, whose Nutcracker remains a great classic.

December 1, 2003 | Dance Review
The Reich Stuff

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s mesmerizing Rain is an improbably moving spectacle—as minimalist as the Steve Reich score it’s danced to.

November 24, 2003 | Dance Review
Boy Wonderz

The Ballet Boyz not only demystify dance—they make it dazzling. RoseAnne Spradlin’s popularity, however, remains a mystery.

November 17, 2003 | Dance Review
Up With People

A Nikolais retrospective recalls his emphasis of technology over, you know, human beings; William Forsythe gives ABT its fall winner.

November 10, 2003 | Dance Review
In Brief: Sleeping Beauty

When Susan Marshall made Sleeping Beauty, she threw out nearly everything in the fairy tale except the dazed princess herself. Yet watching this absorbing work unfold at BAM’s Harvey Theater, I kept imagining that I could see fragments of the familiar story glimmering in the somber light.

November 3, 2003 | Dance Review
Gambolin' Man

A roll of the dice determines the order of elements in Split Sides—even when you’ll hear Radiohead’s music for Merce Cunningham’s dancers.

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