ELIZABETH ZIMMER

Dance: Royal Ballet bugs out with Kafka's 'Metamorphosis'

Edward Watson, as Gregor Samsa, completes his transformation into a bug.Credit: Tristram KentonFranz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” written in 1915, is essentially a study in interiority. Nothing much happens: A man turns into a bug and his family is floored, at once compassionate and revolted.Arthur...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 10:57 PM

Fall for Dance comes to Central Park

American Ballet Theater is one of many participants in Fall for Dance.Credit: Gene SchiavoneTheatrical dance in the Western world began as the pastime of royalty, which makes the current Fall for Dance series — sponsored by the Public Theater — a subversive pleasure. For two weeks, beginning...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 1:38 AM

Dance: Vampires take the stage in Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty'

This beautifully staged scene captures the eerie gothic vibes of Matthew Bourne's latest production.Credit: Mikah SmillieOne of the dance world’s smartest men, Matthew Bourne, combines his two passions — dance history and musical theater — in his new production of “Sleeping Beauty.” Coming to City...

Friday, September 20, 2013, 10:00 PM

Benoit Swan Pouffer goes from ballet to Broadway in 'Soul Doctor'

How does one go from directing a ballet company to choreographing on Broadway? Benoit Swan Pouffer tells us how it happened.Credit: ProvidedBenoit Swan Pouffer, who is known for his ballet choreography, called Metro from his hometown of Paris to talk about his choreography for “Soul Doctor,” the...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 3:30 PM

Dance review: 'Forever Tango' sizzles with famous guest stars

Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have recently extended their run in "Forever Tango" through Aug. 18 due to popular demand.Credit: Walter McBrideLuis Bravo directs the Broadway revival of “Forever Tango,” and he also plays the cello in its superb musical ensemble. The parade of sultry...

Friday, August 9, 2013, 4:30 PM

Fall festival: New ballet troupes debut at the Joyce

Dancers perform Gregory Dawson's "Which Light in the Sky Is Us?"Credit: ProvidedBallet v6.0, a new festival curated by Martin Wechsler, brings emerging ballet troupes from around the country to the 500-seat Joyce Theater, each for two performances. Beginning with Philadelphia’s BalletX (directed...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 4:00 PM

Lincoln Center's 'Monkey' is East's 'Wizard of Oz'

Catch the Lincoln Center Festival presentation of "Monkey: Journey to the West" at the David H. Koch Theater.Credit: Stephanie BergerTurning a 16th-century Chinese novel into a touring show with acrobats, actors, contortionists and an orchestra pit full of Eastern and Western musicians was...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 3:00 PM

Dance review: '4Chambers' explores matters of the heart

It's a whole new meaning for "women leaning in" at "4Chambers."Credit: Julie LembergerTired of sitting half a block from performers in huge theaters? Try lying on the floor as their video images flutter on the ceiling or having dancers twirl you across a living-room floor. Let them place your hand...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 1:05 AM

Pilobolus dance troupe pairs with Penn and Teller

The team tousles with some tricky rope work. Credit: Grant HalversonThe men and women of Pilobolus are gorgeous, and their costumes leave very little to the imagination. The allure of buff bodies is a big part of the troupe’s enduring success. Now in their 42nd year, they keep us coming back by...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 11:55 PM

Dance: New York City Ballet shows its strong suits

NYCB's Spring Gala showed "Soiree Musicale," with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.Credit: Paul KolnikNew York City Ballet’s Spring Gala kicked off on May 8 with a crush of limos disgorging socialites in spring finery, including one woman in a fluffy pink gown so huge she could barely squeeze...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 10:58 PM

Dance review: '80s Spain comes to life through Ballet Hispanico

Dancers perform barefoot in "Jardi Tancat."Credit: Jeaux McCormickBallet Hispanico launched its 25th annual Joyce run with one work from the ‘80s and another about the decade. Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro has attracted both new and older Spanish choreographers, as well as a lively young...

Monday, April 22, 2013, 1:25 AM

Dance review: Everyone wins with Mark Morris' latest

Mark Morris Dance Group performs "Crosswalk."Credit: Stephanie BergerMark Morris deals pure pleasure out of his headquarters, the Mark Morris Dance Center. He invents little dance plays in which bodies speak the languages of love and confusion, joy and camaraderie.And this season his matchless...

Monday, April 8, 2013, 1:30 PM

Dance review: Second Avenue Dance Company is a mixed bag

Tomorrow is the last chance to catch Second Avenue Dance Company. Pictured is Andrea Miller's "Wonderland."Credit: ContributedTop choreographers flock to university dance programs because that’s where the money is. Dance departments pay artists to set works, new or vintage, on good student dancers...

Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:20 PM

Dance review: Paul Taylor presents playtime at Lincoln Center

Paul Taylor's "Offenbach Overtures" offers silly sentiments.Credit: Paul B. GoodePaul Taylor’s opening night at Lincoln Center primarily evoked exasperation. The last modern-dance master standing, Taylor boasts a troupe of superlative performers and witty designers, but the material onstage was...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 1:09 AM

Dance review: Going gaga for Kabuki

"Bell" examines the theme of woman driven mad by betrayal. It will be livestreamed on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at www.newyorklivearts.org. Credit: Ian DouglasIn the arts, certain themes resonate through time. One of these is the madness of betrayed women. Yasuko Yokoshi’s grand new project, “Bell,”...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:56 AM

Dance review: Martha Graham Dance Company features angels of all kinds

"Phaedra" is one of the Graham pieces featured in Program A, originally from 1962.Credit: CostasThe Martha Graham Dance Company just can’t catch a break. Finally back on its feet after years of legal turmoil, the 87-year-old troupe last year celebrated its move to the Greenwich Village studios...

Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:20 PM

In dance, sometimes it takes a village

Three dancers explore healing through spirituality in "Incidents."Credit: Ayodele CaselAn artist since childhood, Ron Brown was studying journalism when the dance bug bit him hard. For close to 30 years since then, he’s run a company based on the dance vocabulary of the African diaspora,...

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:36 AM

Review: Parsons Dance at the Joyce

Old favorites and two new works pack David Parsons’ dance program at the Joyce. The show opens with Parsons’ pretty, lilting “Wolfgang” (2005), choreographed to Mozart; it’s Paul Taylor Lite, an homage to the company where Parsons began his career. Next, we get “Caught,” a great 1982 piece that...

Friday, January 18, 2013, 1:19 AM

Tere O’Connor Dance: Window on a world

When Tere O'Connor wrote in the latest issue of Movement Research Performance Journal that he imagined assembling Merce Cunningham's followers into the "Hudson Movement," he couldn't have guessed that, a few weeks later, the mighty river to our west would jump its banks and wreak havoc on...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:28 PM

When performance trumps choreography

Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates its 18th anniversary this season. Desmond Richardson, the dancer who co-founded the group with choreographer Dwight Rhoden, has left the stage, but a new crop of fine performers carries on. They're marvelously diverse, young and strong and sassy.Rhoden...

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 10:42 PM