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  1. To Pay PaulThe uncharacteristically symmetric new ‘Cascade’ reminds us yet again of Paul Taylor’s greatness – so why can’t he afford the rent?
  2. Donald ByrdIf you were in a generous mood, you could say that In a Different Light: Duke Ellington proves that Donald Byrd, its choreographer, can put on a […]
  3. RootsIn the historically minded “Black Dance” project, Philadanco’s dancers overcome earthbound choreography.
  4. Ann CarlsonAnn Carlson is her own kind of down-to-earth.
  5. Tone-DeafTwyla Tharp takes on Beethoven’s Seventh, but she’s too clever by half.
  6. The Royal Danish BalletThe Royal Danish Ballet can’t handle its own sweet history.
  7. Unsound SleepingDoug Varone goes in a new, narrative-based direction but never quite gets anywhere.
  8. The Stuttgart BalletFrom Stuttgart, dance that looks like advertising.
  9. Susan MarshallA millennial mishmash from Susan Marshall
  10. Saving GraceFurther proof that for the Alvin Ailey company, the dancing’s the thing.
  11. Muse CompanySuzanne Farrell’s endearingly ad hoc troupe captures the spirit of Balanchine.
  12. Pina BauschAt BAM, practically upbeat Pina Bausch lite.
  13. Heart TroubleThe nature of love inspires new American Ballet Theatre pieces by Lar Lubovitch (light and happy) and John Neumeier (not).
  14. Uncommon SenseDoug Varone’s compelling new “Plain Sense of Things” highlights an eclectic Limón Dance Company program at the Joyce.
  15. Martha ClarkeMartha Clarke’s Chekhovian misadventure earns points for effort.
  16. Harlem NocturneDance Theatre of Harlem’s winning dancers can’t redeem a ho-hum repertoire.
  17. In Brief: Susan Stroman’s ‘Contact’I went to the Mitzi E. Newhouse for Contact, Susan Stroman’s collaboration with the playwright John Weidman, to see Stroman, the current darling […]
  18. Dance: Mr. B’s QueenFormer City Ballet star Suzanne Farrell, George Balanchine’s last muse, dedicates herself to keeping his choreography alive.
  19. Misha-gossExcept for its striking take on a Mark Morris piece – and its charismatic leader himself – Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project has little to […]
  20. Jirí KyliánThe Czech choreographer Jirí Kylián has created an empire with the Nederlands Dans Theater in the course of his 24-year leadership. (He relinqui […]
  21. Golden Pond In the serene “Pond Way” and other works both old and new, glimpses of Merce Cunningham’s enduring genius.
  22. Back to the FutureChucking a century’s agglomeration of revisions, the Kirov looks to the original to inspire its astonishing new “Sleeping Beauty.”
  23. Don’t Look BackThough it’s yet another big historical narrative, ABT’s “Anastasia” is not without its charms.
  24. ‘Orfeo’Trisha Brown’s “Orfeo” is a high-flying delight.
  25. Fresh LegsThe School of American Ballet’s fledgling dancers rejuvenate some oldies.
  26. New York City Ballet’s American Music FestivalThe centerpiece of the New York City Ballet’s three-week American Music Festival was a program of jazz ballets to music by Wynton Marsalis and D […]
  27. ‘Swan Lake’Peter Martin’s big NYCB “Swan Lake” leaves one guessing at his motives.
  28. Overblowing ItFull-length productions from ABT clutter the Metropolitan Opera stage.
  29. The Doug Elkins Dance CompanyDoug Elkins’s latest dances lack focus.
  30. Pointless ExercisesUnder the supervision of Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech experiences a few technical difficulties.
  31. DanceGalaxy’s New York DebutPreceded by the usual flurry of interviews, DanceGalaxy, a chamber-size classical-ballet company, made its New York debut at the Joyce. The youn […]
  32. Friends of DistinctionMark Morris rounds up pals Yo-Yo Ma and Mikhail Baryshnikov for a pair of new works.
  33. Sophomoric SlumpPaul Taylor brings his sophisticated craft to City Center but leaves inspiration at home.
  34. ‘Giselle’The Ballet Nacional de Cuba gives “Giselle” an out-of-town tryout.
  35. Lila YorkVeteran Paul Taylor dancers often take to choreography as their careers evolve. The most popular of the Taylor brood just now is David Parsons, […]
  36. The King and HeThe NYCB devotes a week to the works of Jerome Robbins – its second-best choreographer ever, after you-know-who.
  37. Northern LightFrom Toronto, Christopher House brings an aura of agreeability.
  38. Eifman Ballet of St. PetersburgRussian was clearly the dominant language in the City Center lobby on opening night of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Encouraged, no doubt […]
  39. Tarnished SilverIn its fiftieth-anniversary re-creation of Balanchine’s best works, the New York City Ballet leaves out an essential ingredient: imagination.
  40. Belles Lettres“Lettres d’Amour” is the striking, titillating highlight of the new Alvin Ailey season.
  41. Ballett FrankfurtThe American choreographer William Forsythe has made his career in Europe, where his sensibility is best appreciated. For the past fourteen year […]
  42. Stardust MemoriesThe New York City Ballet’s fiftieth anniversary stirs thoughts of the days of Balanchine and illustrious dancers past.
  43. Happy AnniversaryFor Lar Lubovitch, 30 turns out to be really something; at the City Center, Twyla Tharp comes down firmly on the side of the cerebral.
  44. House RulesSusan Marshall introduces a moving new piece, Brooklyn-bound later this year, at Jacob’s Pillow.
  45. Remembering Jerome RobbinsThe death of Jerome Robbins, on July 29, was one of those rare events that make you realize a big chunk of a world you blithely took for granted […]
  46. In Brief: the Hamburg BalletThe Hamburg Ballet and its beloved choreographer have trouble translating.
  47. Prussian RouletteThe Stuttgart Ballet hedges its bets, sticking to proven crowd-pleasers.
  48. Mixed MediumMark Morris leaves audiences searching for a message in his brand new “Medium” – but wows them with the great “Dido and Aeneas.”
  49. In Brief: The American Ballet Theatre’s Le CorsaireAmerican Ballet Theatre’s final blockbuster effort for its spring season at the Met was the evening-length Le Corsaire, in a production, borrowe […]
  50. In Brief: the American Ballet TheaterABT’s cold-hearted “Snow Maiden.”
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