Art and industry: Suzanne Farrell reclaims Balanchine

From left: Andrew Shore Kaminski, Violeta Angelova and Ian Grosh perform “Agon.” The Suzanne Farrell Ballet appears at the Joyce through Sunday.

A 30-year career as a path-breaking ballerina is a hard act to follow, but Suzanne Farrell has carved out a worthy second act. Her own ensemble, based at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., dedicates itself primarily to the work of George Balanchine, whose muse she was for decades.

Making its Joyce debut in four Balanchine pieces, the troupe reveals many sides of the great choreographer. The program opens with “Haieff Divertimento,” a rarely seen 1947 work that Farrell reconstructed. Some of her dancers look very young; Violeta Angelova, an experienced European performer, swims in an enormous tutu during a pas de deux from “Diamonds,” partnered by Bulgarian Momchil Mladenov, the company’s senior male.

One longs for the live music that’s a hallmark of first-string Balanchine; here we make do with recordings. “Meditation,” a startling 1963 duet to Tchaikovsky, communicates the passion Balanchine had for Farrell.  The excellent Elisabeth Holowchuk channels the wild, free spirit of the young Farrell.
Michael Cook seems to mourn her even as she’s in his arms, pleading with her as she dances away.

The company does well by the 1957 “Agon,” a Balanchine touchstone that strips the ballet vocabulary to pure line in response to Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking score. In the rendering at the intimate Joyce there were echoes of the 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause,” which the choreographer, who loved American movies, undoubtedly knew. While the ballet’s angular, splayed positions are as abstract and industrial as anything Balanchine made, the performers seem filled with the passion and frustration of mid-century teenagers, hitting their marks while longing to break free.


Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking


K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.


Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…


Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…


2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…


NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…


Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.