Laura Shapiro

  1. BritishismsAt Lincoln Center’s Ashton Festival, a second-ranked company steals the show. Plus: Thrilling Kabuki!
  2. Body SnatchersRichard Move’s glorious, goofy homage to Martha Graham; Boris Eifman’s distinctly un-Balanchine Balanchine.
  3. Poetry in MotionAn artistic sensibility as beautiful and unforgiving as the Scottish moors informs Christopher Wheeldon’s new work for the City Ballet.
  4. The InsiderMark Morris once dismissed the dance world with a bohemian’s disdain. Now he’s embraced it, never losing his gift for emotional insight.
  5. Russe LimboHow do you solve a problem like Raymonda? An attempt to return to the ballet’s grand roots has mixed results. Plus, Peter Martins’s latest.
  6. Comfort FoodThough Lar Lubovitch’s graceful troupe still performs in offbeat venues, his work is solidly mainstream, disinclined to make waves.
  7. Poetry in MotionAn artistic sensibility as beautiful and unforgiving as the Scottish moors informs Christopher Wheeldon’s new work for the City Ballet.
  8. In Brief: Les ApplaudissementsEverything I’d read about Maguy Marin’s new work, including a rave review, made it sound ghastly: an hour of grim-faced walking around, inspired […]
  9. A New PergolesiBack in that brief, shining moment when Twyla Tharp was making dances for Mikhail Baryshnikov, everything she choreographed for him was also abo […]
  10. Merce MeAt the Joyce, Karole Armitage was showing her Cunningham roots; uptown at City Center, Paul Taylor dipped into his back pages.
  11. A Dressed-Up BalletJohn 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 m […]
  12. In Brief: The Life and Times of Barry GoldhubrisWe may be having a cold winter, but with so much political hot air swirling around, it’s as if the whole nation were trapped under some vast, pu […]
  13. Lost in TranslationSusan Stroman tries to follow Balanchine across the high-low border at City Ballet, but doesn’t speak the language.
  14. Fancy FootworkFrom a history of contemporary dance to Twyla Tharp’s ruminations on “creative DNA,” there’s a bonanza of new books for […]
  15. By GeorgeCity Ballet, his home from 1948 until his death in 1983, salutes the genius of Balanchine, whose Nutcracker remains a great classic.
  16. The Reich StuffAnne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s mesmerizing Rain is an improbably moving spectacle—as minimalist as the Steve Reich score itR […]
  17. Boy WonderzThe Ballet Boyz not only demystify dance—they make it dazzling. RoseAnne Spradlin’s popularity, however, remains a mystery.
  18. Up With PeopleA Nikolais retrospective recalls his emphasis of technology over, you know, human beings; William Forsythe gives ABT its fall winner.
  19. In Brief: Sleeping BeautyWhen Susan Marshall made Sleeping Beauty, she threw out nearly everything in the fairy tale except the dazed princess herself. Yet watching this […]
  20. Gambolin’ ManA roll of the dice determines the order of elements in Split Sides—even when you’ll hear Radiohead’s music for Merce Cu […]
  21. Lost in SpacesTwo haunted retrospectives kick off the dance season: one with Bill T. Jones and his late partner, Arnie Zane; the other with Twyla rocking out.
  22. In Brief: Campagnie Felix Ruckert‘Do you want to participate a little bit?” asked a charming man with a French accent as each of us stepped cautiously into the performance area […]
  23. Lovable MessYou’ll forgive the clash of styles, the mix of periods, even Death in hot pants—because St. Louis Woman is so exuberantly […]
  24. What’s the Pointe?A company’s New York debut is all over the place; ABT’s big new work of the spring season fades behind the beautifully executed classics.
  25. In Brief: HereAfterIdiotic ballets come along from time to time, just the way idiotic books, movies, songs, and dance reviews do. And how could they not? If you in […]
  26. Animal MagnetismChristopher Wheeldon’s delightful new ballet takes off from The Carnival of the Animals but makes it a West Side story; Peter Marti […]
  27. Caged BirdsMerce Cunningham scatters dancers across a stage, in warm counterpoint to John Cage’s opaque score.
  28. Site LinesWhen Sara Michelson is at work, dance is likely to be happening everywhere inside—and out—of the theater. Boris Eifman’s Rus […]
  29. In Brief: Mr. XYZAnyone who’s skeptical about the stage magnetism of a middle-aged former ballet dancer with a bad knee should get right over to the Joyce Theate […]
  30. In Brief: BoundHeidi Latsky says her new work, a 50-minute piece called Bound, was inspired by Bernard Schlink’s novel The Reader. On the surface, the two coul […]
  31. Leaps of FaithBased on Othello, Paul Taylor’s monumental new dance spins a tale of jealousy and anguish; it was just one reason why Taylor’ […]
  32. Shall We Dance?David Gordon and Valda Setterfield poignantly contrast quotidian moments in the life of a married couple with the daily routines of the younger […]
  33. A Bronx TaleThere’s nothing typical about Arthur Aviles Typical Theater, which draws deeply on the choreographer’s Hunts Point roots; Crutchmast […]
  34. Pyrrhic VictoryMartha Graham’s dancers won the right to present her work, but with few exceptions, the young company seems timid, the work dated; Peter […]
  35. New York Awards 2002Vibrant, creative, edgy, demanding (only sometimes!), smart, funny. For this year’s awards, we’ve chosen eleven New Yorkers who not […]
  36. The NutcrackerNew York City Ballet
  37. Body ArtAt the Next Wave Festival, Berlin dance phenom Sasha Waltz tempers the bleak, impersonal vision of Körper (“Bodies”) with an ambival […]
  38. She’s Got WayWhat sounds like Billy Joel (on a roll) and looks like Twyla Tharp (on a tear)? Movin’ Out, Tharp’s sexually charged, full-throttle dance […]