Out of all the ballets in the classical cannon, Le Corsaire possesses one of the thinnest and most nonsensical plot lines around, but who cares. Lovers of classical dance have been flocking to this ballet for more than 150 years for the high-flying choreography and the Mariinsky Ballet’s production, at the Kennedy Center through Sunday, […]
New York City Ballet returns to Washington this week for its annual visit to the Kennedy Center with two programs that include two works from the company’s legendary founder George Balanchine, a Justin Peck ballet, a new work from Kyle Abraham, and a number of offerings from Jerome Robbins. There is a lot to see […]
The Washington Ballet’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty, running through Sunday at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, is a breakthrough for D.C.’s hometown ballet company. It is also a study in high classicism. After two and a half years under the careful direction of Julie Kent and Victor Barbee, the dancers of the Washington […]
A lone figure stood in the spotlight at the start of what I’ve come to think of as Washington’s most sparkling gala event. In the Opera House space which could have easily swallowed her up and with rustling of bejeweled gowns as latecomers hastily made their way to their seats, Nyla Pettis stood tall, looking […]
American Ballet Theatre’s production of Harlequinade, at the Kennedy Center through Sunday, transforms old-fashioned commedia dell’arte stock characters and situations into something elegant and beguiling. That’s largely due to the sound judgement of the ballet company’s artist in residence, Alexei Ratmansky and his careful and charming reconstruction of this Marius Petipa ballet. Les Millions d’Arlequin, […]
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House through Sunday, is brilliantly imagined and executed. Forget your Disney conceptions, or even the Rostislav Zakharov or Frederick Ashton ballet precursors to the same score by Sergei Prokofiev. Bourne and his New Adventures Company, in this revised version of his 1997 production, bring an idiosyncratic but deeply stirring […]
What’s more seasonally entertaining than the country’s oldest continuing production of The Nutcracker? Sprucing it up with new finery that enhances the company’s fabulous performances. That’s what Ballet West did last year under Adam Sklute’s artistic direction. What’s marvelous is that the $3 million update was channeled not toward an overdose of digital dazzle but […]
Opening today in major U.S. cinemas, The Royal Ballet’s production of Kenneth MacMillan’s riveting Mayerling is not for the faint of heart. It is also not recommended for children under 12. The ballet, this performance of which was filmed live last month at The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, has just about everything […]
A three day premiere at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD brought friends, colleagues, artists and art enthusiasts together for show, What’s Going On: Life, Love, and Social Justice, a bio-dance to continue the legacy of one of the most iconic singers in 1960’s and 1970’s, DC native, Marvin Gaye.
The Washington Ballet’s Contemporary Masters program, which opened Wednesday night at the Harman Center for the Arts and continues through Sunday, is a master class in late 20th Century modern dance works that is both thought-provoking and awfully fun to watch.