Click here to read my interview with New York City Ballet principal dancer Teresa Reichlen, which was published last week in the February issue of the Brooklyn Rail. I chatted with Reichlen about preparing for her debut in George Balanchine’s Diamonds, her busy winter season with the company, and why she’s taking a break from college to throw herself full-throttle into her dancing.
Find my review of Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis, which recently played for two weeks at the Joyce Theater, in the October issue of the Brooklyn Rail. Edward Watson gives a virtuosic performance as Gregor Samsa, yet in this production “ballet succeeds more as a plot point than as a medium for the storytelling.” Click here to read the full review.
I’m back! After taking a few months off from dance writing to acclimate to a new job, I’m happy to return. Last week I spoke with New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns about the works she’s dancing during company’s fall season (including Swan Lake), her upcoming Fall for Dance debut (in a new duet by Justin Peck), and the ballet she wants to retire with (but not anytime soon). Click here to read the interview, which was printed in the September […]
It’s been a good year for Richard Rodgers fans. After a hit revival of Carousel at the New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet’s recent all-Rodgers triple-bill, New York City Center’s Encores! series presents the beloved Broadway composer’s On Your Toes — a blend of vaudeville and classical ballet — from May 8-12. The production, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, boasts a cast of seasoned Broadway performers alongside top ballet dancers, as well as George Balanchine’s original 1939 […]
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I expected to be disappointed. At least a little bit. After watching superb film of the Royal Ballet in Frederick Ashton’s 1960 staging of La Fille Mal Gardée — including two Ballet in Cinema screenings led by the expert Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez — I strongly suspected my first experience with Fille at the theater would miss the mark. A trip to London, I assumed, would be needed to see this charming work — part romantic comedy, part pastoral […]
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Through the Ballet Cook Book Dinner Series — gatherings featuring meals made from recipes in Tanaquil Le Clercq’s cookbook — New York City Ballet soloist Antonio Carmena, baker extraordinaire Susan LaRosa, and I are embarking on a kind of time travel, preparing the favorite foods of the 20th-century’s most famous dancers and staying true to their (often old-fashioned) cooking methods. Our April 13 dinner, where we prepared five recipes by ballerina Melissa Hayden, had special significance: Hayden’s son, Stuart Coleman, […]
Categories: American Ballet Theatre, Ballet, Ballet Cook Book Dinner Series, Food, George Balanchine, New York City Ballet • Tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antonio Carmena, Ballet Cook Book, Ballet Cook Book Dinner Series, chicken wings, cookbook, cooking, Eastern European food, Eastern European Jewish food, food, fruit compote, Jacques d'Amboise, Jeff Gageby, Jewish cooking, Jewish food, Lincoln Kirstein, Melissa Hayden, Meryl Rosofsky, Michael Pereira, Mildred Herman, Paul Epstein, potato latkes, Radio City Music Hall, recipes, Ryan Wenzel, Stars and Stripes, Stuart Coleman, stuffed cabbage, sweet and sour meatballs, Tanaquil Le Clercq