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Slideshow: ''Dance/Draw'' exhibit at the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts the the "Dance/Draw" exhibit from October 7, 2011 through January 16, 2012.
The Institute of Contemporary Art | Through January 16, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 21, 2011
ballet list

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

Second sight

May in Boston has always been Storybook Ballet Month, as Boston Ballet finished off its season with Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty or Don Quixote , something classical and highbrow and reassuring. That, after all, is what Boston audiences want, right?
Boston Ballet reprises Jirí Kylián’s Black & White
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010

Both ears and the tail for this Carmen

"World Passions," the collection of four works that Boston Ballet opened at the Opera House last night, was more pleasant than passionate until Kathleen Breen Combes sashayed out as the title character in Jorma Elo's Carmen .
Boston Ballet's 'World Passions'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

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

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


Legs plus

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s program at Jacob’s Pillow last week sampled four choreographers while showing off the dynamic 11-member company.
Aspen Santa Fe at Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008

Drama manqué

Sporen , by the Dutch company Leine & Roebana, had two false beginnings before settling down to an hour of movement exploration.
Leine & Roebana at the ICA, Contrapose at Green Street
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 12, 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

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

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


City limits

There’s nothing like the first weekend of beautiful weather to raise skepticism about digitally mediated experience.
Boston Cyberarts’ ‘The Body’s Limit’ at Green Street, ‘Ten’s the Limit’ at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  April 24, 2007

Bird brain

The plays of Anton Chekhov don’t take well to dance.
Boris Eifman’s The Seagull
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 29, 2007

Building blocks

New ballets must be one of the world’s most expensive consumable products.
Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Marc Bamuthi Joseph
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 06, 2007

Drama dance

Half a century ago something known as dance drama occupied a large part of the modern-dance repertory.
Complexions at the Tsai Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 06, 2007

Screen scenes

One persistent question surrounding the 35th Dance on Camera Festival, which winds up this Saturday at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, is “Just what is dance film?” As a category it’s even more accommodating than dance itself.
Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 09, 2007


Stairway to Paradise?

It’s a mark of Mikko Nissinen’s ambitions for Boston Ballet that last night’s benefit Gala Performance at the Wang Theatre ended with such a défilé .
Boston Ballet's Gala performance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 26, 2006

Second thoughts

When Yeats wrote, “How can we know the dancer from the dance?”, he probably wasn’t thinking of the effect different casts can have on the performance of a ballet.
Boston Ballet’s Carmen , round two
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 25, 2006

Up and down

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

Talent shows

Amazing but true: each year since 1989, the tireless curatorial team at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park have scoured the New England area to put together a show highlighting artists from the area.
The 2006 DeCordova Annual, plus ‘Art, Theatre, and Engineering’ at MIT
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 28, 2006

Hit and miss

Boston Ballet didn’t need Mark Morris’s blessing in 1999, and it doesn’t need it now.
Visiting and home teams swing for the fences  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 22, 2006


New & newish

Helen Pickett’s Etesian , which opened Boston Ballet’s “Grand Slam” program of contemporary works last Thursday, began with a lone dancer adrift on a sea of darkness.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Grand Slam’  
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 21, 2006

Who's who

It’s never easy for a touring dance company to imprint its identity on audiences with just one program.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 07, 2006