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A Beatle gets a ballet

The synopsis for the new Peter Martins/Paul McCartney ballet Ocean's Kingdom reads like a pastiche of 19th and early-20th-century plots.
Oceanic love
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: Festival Ballet celebrates Balanchine

There is a long list of reasons why George Balanchine is regarded as the greatest and most influential choreographer of the 20th century.
By George
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2010
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Sparring with the Ultimate

There’s never been a more brilliant exemplar of the ballet art than George Balanchine.
Boston Ballet in The Four Temperaments, Apollo, and Theme and Variations
By MARICA B. SIEGEL  |  May 14, 2010
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Happy returns

George Balanchine didn’t go in for productions of the old classic ballets.
Boston Ballet’s Coppélia , Alvin Ailey at the Wang
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2010
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Reality riffs

When Jerome Robbins's New York Export: Opus Jazz boogied onto the scene in 1958 then took Europe by storm. Created for Ballets: U.S.A., a company of ballet, modern, and jazz dancers that Robbins had put together for a government-sponsored cultural exch
Jerome Robbins's Opus Jazz on PBS
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 19, 2010
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New stuff

One thing that impressed me was that dance invention seems to be making a comeback as a major challenge for young choreographers after years of being stirred into the multimedia stew.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and much more in New York
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 22, 2010


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John Harbison plus 10

Classical music in Boston is so rich, having to pick 10 special events for this winter preview is more like one-tenth of the performances I'm actually looking forward to.
Picking from a packed concert schedule
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 01, 2010
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Dancing in a new direction

The 100th birthday of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes prompted the expected centennial tributes in Boston: a "Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909–1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art" symposium and exhibition at Harvard University in April, and
Notes from 'Ballets Russes 2009'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009
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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
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Dancing ballet or not

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Celebrity Series program at the Cutler Majestic last weekend could have been a primer of the ways not to dance ballet.

By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 10, 2009
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Review: Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center

Gotham was awash in dance during early January as the annual Dance on Camera Festival coincided with the conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (better known as APAP, the national bookers' convention).
Tidal wave
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 20, 2009


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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
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Not so great

Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 02, 2008
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State of the art

Maybe it’s the economy, but Boston Ballet’s third-annual season-opening gala was a sober evening, without the orchestral overture that graced the first two affairs.  
Boston Ballet’s third ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 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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Prodigies old and new

Tharp’s dances almost invariably have a euphoric effect on their first audiences, even when they miss their mark and don’t hold up over the long run.
Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue at ABT, Ratmansky and Robbins at NYCB
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 10, 2008


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Russian revel?

The Russians are coming!
Looking ahead to Ballets Russes 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2008
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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
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Decoding Balanchine

Nancy Goldner’s diminutive new book about George Balanchine’s choreography is deceptively readable.
Nancy Goldner on Mr. B
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 06, 2008

Oppositions

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
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Scenes from the city

I missed more things in two and a half days last week than I managed to take in, so whatever I might infer about dance in the New York vortex could have come out a different way if I’d reversed my priorities.
The Kirov at City Center, plus Jerome Robbins, Stephen Petronio, and Cloud Gate
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 08, 2008


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Quo vadis?

“Next Generation” is the kind of ballet-program title that might have you asking yourself what happened to “This Generation."
Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 10, 2008
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Moonbeams

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
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Above the fray

Modern dance choreographers from Martha Graham onward have sometimes been described as too abstract or inaccessible.
Parsons Dance's musical moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2008
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Holiday favorites

For many of us, the holidays would not be the same without the familiar melodies and musical traditions we’ve grown to love.
Revive the tradition
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 28, 2007
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Chris and friends

The hype was huge, but Wheeldon seems to have a modest agenda.
Wheeldon’s Morphoses at City Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 29, 2007


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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
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Two tales retold

The big ballet companies are shackled tighter than ever to the idea of the story ballet.
NYCB’s The Nightingale and the Rose, ABT’s Sleeping Beauty
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 12, 2007
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That’s amore

The Light in the Piazza is an ambitious if old-fashioned musical.
The Light in the Piazza; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Love’s Labour’s Lost
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 05, 2007
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Tragic tropes and anti-tropes

The only question to ask about a new Romeo and Juliet, besides “Why?”, is “Why New York City Ballet?”
NYCB's Romeo , Boston Ballet's Giselle
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 18, 2007