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Review: Dancing Across Borders

Anne Bass’s documentary about a 16-year-old Cambodian boy whom she brought to the US to study at the School of American Ballet looks at first to be limited by its feel-good story arc, but it dances beyond that.
Dancing beyond conventions, also
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 23, 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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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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Theater around town
Plays from A to Z 
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: March 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009


Play by Play: March 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009
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Dance noir

Looking for a spooky Valentine? Try Jirí Kylián's Black and White .
The Czech choreographer/Nederlands Dans Theater director made an evening out of five pieces — No More Play, Petite Mort, Sarabande, Falling Angels, and Sechs Tänze — he'd created between 1986 and 1991.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 13, 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

Year in Dance: Reusable histories & durable trends

Conservation is a good thing in these times, and some of the most interesting performances drew on the uses of history — personal history, performance history, and even some inventions that sought to overturn history.
No startling breakthroughs, but that's okay
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 22, 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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Dainty cabaret

Larry Keigwin’s genial take on the perennially popular theme of the four elements (water, fire, earth, air) didn’t add anything profound to the cosmic intelligence.
Keigwin + Company bring the elements to Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008
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North Shore's snazzy revival of contact

For a Broadway show, contact is closer to Twyla Tharp than George M. Cohan.
Plus, Gurnet’s Essential Self-Defense
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 17, 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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Where the chips fell

Dance history reverberated across Boston during the past few weeks, affirming that how we live now owes a lot to how we’ve chosen to remember — and forget.
Marjorie Morgan, Karl Cronin, Lucinda Childs, and Boston Ballet
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 28, 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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Balancing act

It’s been quite a year for Boston Ballet.
Interview: Mikko Nissinen and Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2008
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Theatrics

There’s got to be more to the future than the spectacle of gaudier and gaudier soulless cyberbodies.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 12, 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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Bytes

The notion of confining entries to 10 minutes seems arbitrary — why not four choreographers doing 20-minute dances?
'Ten's the Limit' at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 22, 2008
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Rich menu

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago proved a worthy finale for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 75th-anniversary season.
And Hubbard Street Dance deliver
By JANINE PARKER  |  August 29, 2007


Converging streams

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offered two milestones in the development of contemporary dance during its annual Celebrity Series visit to the Wang Theatre last week.
Ailey does Ailey and Tharp, plus Caitlin Corbett
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 01, 2007
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Terpsichore’s delight

Traveling troupes and local dancemakers spring up around the Boston area this season.
The joys of spring dance
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 13, 2007
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L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
 A year in dance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006
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Jumpin’ Joel

To say that Movin’ Out is more than a jukebox musical only begins to describe its ambitions.
Movin’ Out is more than just a hit parade
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 29, 2006
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Harvard Square

Harvard Square was very different 40 years ago.
Ground zero for so much, for so many
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 15, 2006


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Stepping right up

Bob Dylan’s music isn’t the first thing you’d think of as the basis for a dance show.
Twyla’s Dylan in New York; Rhythm at the Regent
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 01, 2006
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Lines and phases

Lots of people have choreographed Steve Reich’s music.
Steve Reich’s 70th at BAM
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 10, 2006
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Great music, great dance

An excerpt from Phoenix dance critic Marcia B. Siegel's Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance .
Getting inside Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 28, 2006
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Movin’ in

Most of the people screaming and rocking at the Opera House last Wednesday night probably thought they were at a Billy Joel concert.
Twyla and Billy are back
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 23, 2006