So long sugar

In the last two years, I’ve been exploring a life without processed foods, specifically sugar.  The journey began by doing a 30 day Green Smoothie challenge – one smoothie a day.  I found GreenSmoothieGirl but there are many green smoothie advocates out there.  After those thirty days, I found a new enjoyment of greens…spinach, swiss…

Anna’s Americana

A company that’s making it work: Anna’s Americana by the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble on December 4th provided a glimpse into Anna Sokolow’s investigation of the human condition in the intimate space of The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Alan Danielson’s Are We There Yet (2000) accompanied three works by Sokolow, Preludes (1984), Homage to Edgar Allan Poe (1993), and Frida (1997). Directed by longtime Sokolow…

Not all who wander are lost

Jessica Lang Dance premiered The Wanderer at BAMFisher in a wintery diorama that showcased Artistic Director and Choreographer Jessica Lang’s comprehensive design. Starting a few minutes late on Friday, December 5th allowed time to observe the stage. Five white trees made of coiled rope hung from the ceiling, four white ledges protruded from one wall, a white ladder dangled…

BWW Reviews: The Flames of Paris

Mikhailovsky Ballet paid homage to universal struggles for justice in their opening performance of The Flames of Parisat the Koch Theater, Friday, November 15th. Originally created to mark the 15th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, The Flames of Paris as a narrative succeeded because it appealed to the people (any people group experiencing the desperate, unifying force of oppression) while…

WAVE RISING – Cycling the Tide

No ghouls or ghosts in Program C at John Ryan Theater in the annual Wave Rising Series, although the three piece program had its share of tricks, treats, and characters. Deviated Theatre’s The Short Forever presented aerialists in its dance opera; The People Movers Not So Shiny bicycle jaunt dwelt on the meaning of success;…

#StrikeOutALS

When people unite in passion, a movement is born.  In the chaos of our imperfect world with civic unrest and injustice, a silly task with a serious message granted some of us a reprieve.  The ALS Association implemented its Ice Bucket Challenge which has proven to be one of the most successful social media campaigns of…

Education & Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

ABT hosts the Bard

  American Ballet Theatre‘s Shakespeare Celebration on July 2nd delved into magical mishaps while bidding adieu to dancers Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews. The evening began in a lush wonderland of Frederick Ashton‘s The Dream and ended with the choppy waters of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky’s The Tempest. Driven by patriarchy, both ballets presented hierarchy and tradition as…

Big Apple Gets a Taste of Beantown

Boston Ballet’s fiftieth anniversary tour culminated in an in-your-face Lincoln Center season. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen took risks – a victory lap outside of the company’s home city on the home stage of hallmark American ballet companies – but he looked pretty pleased as he strode up the aisles of the David H. Koch Theater…

Melia laughs with Balanchine

Wednesday, May 28th, New York City Ballet presented a program bookended by Balanchine. Concerto Barocco articulated propriety and decorum in delicate glances; Jerome Robbin’s Other Dances promulgated gentle desire in the pas de deux; Benjamin Millipied’s Neverwhere delved into power plays; and Balanchine had the last laugh with the exuberant laissez-faire Who Cares? In each…