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The Boston Ballet’s Don Quixote

In the long string of ballet productions extracted from Miguel de Cervantes's novel Don Quixote, the delusional Don has become a minor character, charging into situations where he shouldn't go and causing trouble instead of good works.
Old Don, old tricks
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 04, 2012
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Ballet Hispanico falls short

All three dances presented by Ballet Hispanico at the Cutler Majestic last weekend depended heavily on costume effects to convey their messages.
Dress-up
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 16, 2012
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Wim Wenders films Pina Bausch

Wim Wenders's Pina memorializes the late choreographer Pina Bausch with reverential tributes from her past and present dancers and excerpts from four of her works.
Their saintly boss
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 20, 2012
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Kidd Pivot's Dark Matters at Jacob's Pillow

The two-act drama, performed last week at Jacob's Pillow, blends the conventions of Japanese puppetry and Kabuki, movie animation, shadowplay, and contemporary dance into a spectacle of porous identities.
Puppets and masters
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2011
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Jane Comfort and Sharon Eyal at Jacob's Pillow

The dramaturgy behind Jane Comfort's gimlet-eyed pageant in Beauty, on delicious display at Jacob's Pillow Doris Duke Theatre this past week, is spot-on.  
Feminist one-two punch
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 08, 2011
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The Floordlords celebrate 30 years

B-boys — b-girls had scant presence on this program — have gone commercial, but today's freestyle breaking technique builds on moves cut three decades ago (although a grainy Floordlords video indicates that the current generation has discarded stirrup
Hip-hop heaven
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 01, 2011


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West Side Story does it all

The touring production now at the Colonial Theater (through July 9) suits a modern audience without extinguishing the show's greatest assets.  
A classic refinished
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 24, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins,' plus a soupçon of tap

Boston Ballet is ending the season with four prime examples of ballet choreography, displaying not only the rigors of classical technique but the different kinds of images technique can be crafted to evoke.  
The pleasures of craft
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 20, 2011
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Nell Breyer and Lostwax dance the unconscious

Two offerings by Boston Cyberarts over the weekend opted for divergent ways of gaining enlightenment.  
Dream games
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 13, 2011
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The meaning of 'THE'

William Forsythe's 1991 ballet The Second Detail begins with 13 dancers in ice-blue leotards and tights, facing away from the audience.
Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 06, 2011
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Beijing Dance/LDTX fight the good fight

Life is a struggle, according to the four works on Friday's program by Beijing Dance/LDTX (presented by the Celebrity Series at the Tsai Performance Center).  
Struggle and solidarity
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 08, 2011


Youth movement

In the current Fusionworks production, Locally Grown , artistic director Deb Meunier and her company are welcoming two dance groups from local high schools.
Fusionworks’ Locally Grown
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010
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From Mozart to milonga

We Bostonians may swathe ourselves in sweaters and lock our doors against the blustery weather, but once the music begins, dance performances can help us shake off the shivers — and often transport us to more temperate climes.
All kindsa dance hits the stage
By DEBRA CASH  |  January 01, 2010
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Plugging in

For the past six years, Festival Ballet Providence has presented an evening of short works, Up Close on Hope , in their Black Box Theater on Hope Street.
Festival Ballet move to Metallica and Radiohead
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2009
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The human condition

In the ambitious program they will perform this weekend (November 20 and 21 at Rhode Island College), members of Fusionworks Dance Company will premiere three pieces that look at the human condition from several perspectives.
Fusionworks’ probing fall concert
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2009
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Close encounters

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
Keep your eye on this Bird
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 07, 2009


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The society of the spectacle

Of Montreal live at the Paradise, April 21
Of Montreal live at the Paradise, April 21
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 01, 2009
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Note shapes

When the Celebrity Series announced that the Mark Morris Dance Group would do three older pieces for its annual Boston appearance, we got a chance to revisit works we haven't seen in a while.
Mark Morris at the Majestic
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 24, 2009
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More new than old

During his decade-long tenure at Festival Ballet Providence, artistic director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric has not only created a polished ensemble of dancers but fostered an impressive clutch of choreographers.
Hope gets its close-up at Festival Ballet
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 10, 2009
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Clara Ramona at BU

Boston-based Mavi Dance produced the performances of Clara Ramona's "Sangre flamenca en gira" ("Flamenco Blood on Tour") at the Boston University Dance Theater last weekend, but the international dance group offered only two numbers on the long program
Styles show
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 26, 2009
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Stirring the pot

The new year ushers in some lively shake-ups and stirrings among Portland's theater community.
Changes are afoot in the local theater scene
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2009


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Sizzling frost

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

This fall’s offerings of dance performances have an international flavor, as well as featuring the talents of Rhody-grown dance groups.
Must-see moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008
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Winged feet

Dance highlights from the fall season.
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By DEBRA CASH  |  September 08, 2008
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Soft power

It's neither a set piece of choreography nor an improvised free-for-all.
Sara Rudner at Concord Academy and the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 29, 2008
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Modern romantics

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008


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Young and old

The presence of company veterans infuses Mark Morris Dance Group with a maturity that both grounded and lifted this presentation to a higher plane.
Mark Morris at Tanglewood
By JANINE PARKER  |  July 02, 2008
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Mood swings

“All Feet Left” includes dance, theater, live music, and visual art, and the centerpiece of it all is DoubleShift Dance Theatre’s presentation of Walk Away.
DoubleShift’s stimulating Walk Away
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 17, 2008
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Text messages

Cross-pollination in the arts shows up in many media, but it is perhaps most evident in dance.
CTS Dance Company’s reverent movements
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008
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Grand finales

Jeffrey Rink has just ended his 18th and final season as music director of Chorus pro Musica. He’ll be missed.
The Cantata Singers’ Weill retrospective, Mark Morris leading Dido , Chorus pro Musica’s Carmen
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 03, 2008