American Ballet Theatre: French garden, nightclub, locker room and heaven

Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room” is performed by American Ballet Theatre through Sunday.

With the exception of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas,” all the dances on American Ballet Theatre’s fall season are the work of modern choreographers.  The sole premiere, Demis Volpe’s “Private Light,” is from a young Argentinean who’s been dancing with Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet.

“Private Light” has its charms, including five bare-chested young men enthusiastically kissing five women in pointe shoes, manipulating them, and then showing off their own buff bodies. The overlong piece, performed mostly in shadows, features guitarist Christian Kiss playing nine different pieces on three instruments, while dancers skitter around in gray shorts.

Opening night also included dances by Martha Clarke, Robby Barnett and Felix Blaska (their enigmatic 1979 trio “Garden of Villandry”) and Twyla Tharp. Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite,” a reduction of her “Nine Sinatra Songs,” was given a jerky performance by Luciana Paris and Herman Cornejo.

The evening’s main course, Tharp’s 1986 “In the Upper Room,” is a bath of symphonic sound (by Philip Glass) and movement, on a stage swathed in glowing smoke, for an ensemble of 13 dancers in either sneakers or bright-red pointe shoes (by designer Norma Kamali). Also on view this week are dances by Paul Taylor and Merce Cunningham — but if you’re a fan of Tharp, Kamali and Glass, you won’t want to miss the revival of “Upper Room,” which is nothing short of heavenly. 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Bloomberg: Going green will grant you longer life…

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Metro that cities are where fighting global warming can make a difference, and increase people’s lifespan.

International

Ban Ki Moon: "Climate change is an issue…

My message to you is: make your voice heard and your actions count. Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on. It’s time to lead.

Local

Earth Day New York food toolkits to help…

Hundreds of classrooms across New York City already have indoor container gardens that allow students to grow food right where they learn. But Earth Day…

Local

NYPD announces street closures for United Nations General…

The United Nations representatives are in town, and multiple city streets will be closed to traffic through Saturday, Sept. 26. The NYPD is urging those…

Television

10 Facts you won’t learn about Frankie Grande…

Frankie Grande is the worst and/or the best. Whether or not you're a fan, you'll want to know these facts about the polarizing player from "Big Brother 16."

Movies

Antoine Fuqua can kill someone with just a…

It's amazing what you can get done with the right tools. In designing the climactic battle in "the Equalizer," in which Denzel Washington's retired special…

Movies

Guess Ben Kingsley's worst filmmaking experience

Here's a fun game: Sir Ben Kingsley has made a lot of films since "Gandhi" in 1982, but at least one of them was a…

Books

Does Lena Dunham have any secrets left?

Get a sneak peek at her new book to determine if it’s worth the read.

NFL

3 things that went wrong in Jets loss…

The Jets have very little room for error with a far-from-explosive offense.

NFL

Eli Manning finally feeling good in West Coast…

The Giants have very little time before their next game, but they still took a moment to relish the team’s biggest offensive outburst since Week 1 of 2013.

College

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close…

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close in on FSU

NFL

Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.

Wellbeing

5 gadgets to protect you from sharks, concussions,…

The medical industry is inundated with devices looking after all aspects of your wellbeing, from monitoring your sleep patterns to warding off shark attacks. We…

Wellbeing

Are you a narcissist? We look at the…

I have a friend who constantly talks about herself and rarely asks any questions about my life. She is constantly preening, obsessed with her body,…

Wellbeing

Lacking new ideas, Apple Watch disappoints health experts

Technology pundits were quick to predict the demise of most fitness wristbands and smartwatches when the Apple Watch was announced. But health care professionals and…

Style

Sarah Doukas on social media, models and diversity

The maker of Kate Moss tells Metro how social media can drive the diversity change in the fashion industry.