November 27, 2019

Mark Twain once said, “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.” Although Twain probably didn’t see much ballet in his lifetime, his words aptly describe an art form that is almost slavish in its devotion to a vaunted past....

November 20, 2019

Dimitris Papaioannou has death on his mind. The last image in The Great Tamer, which made its New York premiere at BAM, buries itself into your gut. As if it leaped off the canvas by a Dutch master and onto the Howard Gilman Opera House stage, a vanitas of an open book...

November 19, 2019

In the Bantu language, the word sénsa means “coming to visibility,” “to appear from far away,” and “to reveal itself.” It seems like a word for magicians, priests, and alchemists. Their work, after all, transpires betwixt and between the before and the after. The momen...

October 24, 2019

Swan Lake has been having a moment. Enchantingly flexible, it has accommodated interpretations as diverse as Matthew Bourne’s with its all-male swan corps to Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China’s, which features the Swan Queen balancing on top of her paramour’s head. M...

October 11, 2019

Back when I was a naïve teenager, I gobbled up Danielle Steel novels like they were fat-free Snackwell cookies (It was the ‘90s). Then, I grew up and shifted to more substantive literature. It’d been at least two decades since I’d read one, and I might have gone the re...

October 1, 2019

It’s been said that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did . . . but backward and in heels. Although that quip originated in a 1982 Frank and Ernest cartoon by Bob Thaves, the sentiment can resonate just as much today as it did yesterday....

September 19, 2019

By themselves, the props hold little interest. When set in motion, they become the elements of a large-scale artistic sculpture. As for their meaning once assembled? Well, that’s where the magic of 600 Highwaymen’s Manmade Earth resides. 

These props...

June 17, 2019

It may be one of the most famous lines in English literature. Appearing near the end of Charlotte Brontë’s beloved bildungsroman, the titular Jane Eyre declares, “Reader, I married him.” These four words chime climactically for the “friendless orphan” who finds love wh...

June 13, 2019

YYDC’s movement looks like it feels yummy on the body, all elastic lunges, cushiony pliés, and gestures that sketch the air like cursive. Dancing in two of the three world premieres in the BAM Fisher program, The Edge of 30°, founder and artistic director Yin...

June 11, 2019

The transdisciplinary artist NIC Kay uses the expression "get well soon" as the jumping off point for their latest work, a triptych of hour-long performances that unfold over three days. Site-specific in nature, the world premiere of [GET WELL SOON]...

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