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Theme and variations

George Balanchine was famous for “non-story” ballets, but when you put three of his works — the usual number to fill up an evening — together, you always get some kind of narrative.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Ultimate Balanchine’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010

More Jewels

Get your Jewels bearings

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2009

Crowning glory

In 1967, George Balanchine created Jewels for New York City Ballet, and in short order this evening-length triptych — Emeralds , Rubies , and Diamonds — became the crown jewel of 20th-century dance.
Boston Ballet's Jewels
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 27, 2009

Adam and Eve

A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009

Mastering the masterpieces

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.
Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2008


The end of a three-week, thousands-of-miles-from-home season is never the right time to assess a dance company.
The Kirov's Balanchine at City Center
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2008


At long last love?

Boston Ballet has been playing the Romeo and Juliet dating game for almost 25 years now.
Boston Ballet hitches up with John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 20, 2008

Mastering the motion

“Masters of Motion” is the kind of catch-all title for a dance bill that encompasses everything and puts you in mind of nothing.
‘Masters of Motion’ in Providence
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2008


Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dizzy dance of a drama, meandering mystifyingly between May Eve and Midsummer Eve under a moon that goes from new to full swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.
Boston Ballet illumines George Balanchine’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 24, 2008

Not quite Nina

On hearing the opening notes of the Kronos Quartet composition and seeing the dancers lit in sunny yellow, I feared we were about to be subjected to one of those “up with people” ballets.
Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia look to find their footing
By JANINE PARKER  |  June 27, 2007

Love and death

“Classic Balanchine” as opposed to . . . “Jazz Balanchine”? “Porno Balanchine”? What was the alternative?
Boston Ballet's "Classic Balanchine" has all the basics
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 09, 2007


Stacked deck

Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is Romeo and Juliet ’s ugly stepsister.
The Royal Ballet’s Manon
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 21, 2006

Up and down

Dance is all about direction.
Boston Ballet looks for direction
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 18, 2006

Dancing to the music?

Seeing Mark Morris Dance Group do his L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato here in Boston back on January 20 and then New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Symphony in C the following evening in New York was a rem
Mark Morris and George Balanchine
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 02, 2006