Author Archive | Carolyn Kelemen

The cast of 'Gissele.' Photo courtesy of The Kennedy Center.

‘Giselle’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Romantic Giselle gets new life When The Paris Opera Ballet performs Giselle at The Kennedy Center through the weekend, you won’t see the traditional, slow entrance from the wings by the “Wilis” – those spooky maidens whose fiances failed to marry them before their deaths. Instead, these brides-to-be (who die on the eve of their wedding) […]

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Nina Kaptsova in Coppélia. Photo by Damir Yusupov.

‘Bolshoi Ballet’s Coppélia’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Bolshoi Ballet adds comic flair to Coppélia Subtlety has never been considered a characteristic of the Bolshoi Ballet. The reputation of the 236-year-old Russian company suggests dance that is flashy, gymnastic, acrobatic, spectacular and, at times, circus-like. Now we can add comedy to the list of attributes as seen in the Bolshoi’s 2009 revival of Coppélia, […]

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Psychic No. 1253. Photo by Takashi Shikama.

Dance Review: ‘Noism’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelermen

If off-the wall comedy, space-age dancing, technical wonders, and choreography that defies definition turn you on, catch tonight’s performance of choreographer/lighting designer/architect/poet Jo Kanamori’s contemporary dance troupe at the Kennedy Center. Every so often a performance rolls around that rises above the routine excellence and the predictability of the usual dance troupe. This time it came […]

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