Dance Bonanza from Litvak, Malashock

By Janice Steinberg | November 12, 2021 |

We’re vaccinated. We’re masked. And we’re returning to theaters to see dance! Last week, I got to shows by two companies, Litvak Dance and Malashock Dance. Both featured work by multiple choreographers, making it a dance bonanza.

“Ofrenda” a Day of the Dead Banquet

By Janice Steinberg | November 5, 2021 |

An ofrenda (offering) is an altar made to welcome departed family members on Day of the Dead. The welcome from “Ofrenda” was so spectacular, surely the nearly 3,000 living souls at the Rady Shell on Sunday were surrounded by legions of spirits, drawn to the heart-melting singing, thrilling percussive footwork, and parade of vivid costumes.

A Feast of Choreographic Invention: City Ballet’s “On the Move”

By Janice Steinberg | October 28, 2021 |

I was mesmerized by the dancers’ wrists, which in all three pieces are often flexed at dramatic 90-degree angles, both up and down. In another arresting gesture, they hold their wrists crossed as if shackled. And that’s just some of the choreographic invention on display from City Ballet’s Geoff Gonzalez last Saturday.

A Comedy About the Civil War? NCRT’s ‘Ben Butler’ Has Laughs as Collateral

By Bill Eadie | October 25, 2021 |

Richard Strand’s play, “Ben Butler,” is the embodiment of what Shakespeare meant when he wrote, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers…”

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