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Boston’s winter dance scene: Tapping and walking, stomping and flying

Boston's winter dance scene dips into the past, climbs onto the cutting-edge, and hosts guests from Spain, Brazil, Montreal and Copenhagen.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  December 26, 2012


Outer moves, inner beauty: Looking back on the year in Boston dance

Here, in no particular order, are some of the highlights of the year in Boston dance.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  December 14, 2012


Boston Ballet's Nutcracker: Visions of Sugarplums

Boston Ballet's stunning re-visioned Nutcracker is the best $2 million–plus investment this company has ever made.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  December 07, 2012


Matthew Guerrieri on duh duh duh DUM

In The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination (Knopf), Matthew Guerrieri, music critic for the Boston Globe , calls the iconic duh duh duh DUM opening "short enough to remember and portentous enough to be memorable."
By: DEBRA CASH  |  December 05, 2012


Interview: Chet Walker Revisits Bob Fosse's 'Pippin'

Magic To Do
Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk. Bob Fosse did.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  November 21, 2012


Ryan Casey and Lorraine Chapman: looking up, looking back

Lexington native Ryan P. Casey makes audiences look way, way up: at 6' 9", this fresh-faced 21-year-old senior at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study has already appeared on So You Think You Can Dance , and performed with tap innovator Michelle Dorrance.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  October 31, 2012


Boston Ballet: falling Awake

Almost every dance by Jorma Elo opens with men rushing from the wings and erupting in big, climactic leaps.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  October 31, 2012


Heavenly creatures

Apsara are the heavenly dancers of Khmer mythology, the shape-changing nymphs whose bas-relief images have adorned the walls of the temple of Angkor Wat since the 12th century.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  October 25, 2012


Lar Lubovitch dance company at the Citi Shubert Theatre

Originally a visual artist, choreographer Lar Lubovitch "paints the music in space" so that the stage acts as a vibrant canvas and his ensemble often coheres in a single robust or mesmerizing gesture.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  October 17, 2012


Talking to Sherman Alexie

The people who made Spokane Indian writer Sherman Alexie's semi-autobiographical The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the second-most censored book of 2010 didn't realize they were doing him a favor, he told us.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  October 09, 2012


Sequence 8: Out of the Box

When acrobat Colin Davis appears at the beginning of Sequence 8 in the role of a suit-and-tie-wearing radio announcer, a kind of Ira-without-Glasses, he is introducing acrobatics with a meta-narrative.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  October 02, 2012


A Glimpse Beyond: Cemetery Gaits

Two newcomers enter the paradisiacal garden that will be their final resting place.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  September 20, 2012


Ten dance shows for fall

Shooting hoops
Young powerhouse dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham brings his company to Boston in its area debut.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  September 19, 2012


Interview: Karole Armitage dances with Marie Antoinette

Karole Armitage jettisoned her sobriquet as the "punk ballerina" years ago, but the Tony-nominated former Merce Cunningham dancer continues her edgy choreographic foray with her contributions to the upcoming world premiere of playwright David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette, a coproduction of the American Repertory Theater and the Yale Repertory Theatre.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  August 31, 2012


From the Horse's Mouth at Jacob's Pillow and Two Alike at the ICA

Dancing the Y Chromosome
A lot has changed for American men dancers since Jacob's Pillow founder Ted Shawn felt he had to replace the sissified image of the ballet danseur with brawny "tillers of the fields."
By: DEBRA CASH  |  July 17, 2012


Vertigo at Jacob’s Pillow

In 2005, graffiti artist Banksy stenciled the Palestinian side of the concrete separation barrier between Israel and Gaza with the dark silhouette of a little girl lofted upward by a bouquet of balloons.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  July 11, 2012


Boston Ballet struts Robbins, Lander, and Martins

Free and fancy
It's almost enough to make you nostalgic for World War II.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  May 15, 2012


Interview: Chita Rivera can still bring it

She created the roles of Anita in West Side Story, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and Aurora in Kiss of the Spiderwoman.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  May 01, 2012


Boston Ballet reignites Elo, Kylián, and Bruce

From ‘Sharp’ To ‘Sharper’; Boston Ballet's "Play With Fire"
Choreographers in America rarely get to rethink and revise their work.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  March 07, 2012


Cool moves

Home teams and visitors
The spring opens with strong programs from local dancemakers.
By: DEBRA CASH  |  February 28, 2012
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