Tag Archives | Christopher Wheeldon


Review: ‘Brigadoon’ at New York City Center

I was about to resignedly sigh about another tired revival of a favorite musical from the Golden Age, when along came Brigadoon from the remarkable New York City Center “Encores!” series to force me to instantly retract. Instead I fling my hat in the air to welcome a brilliantly cast, directed, and choreographed example of […]

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Review: ‘New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Peck, and Ratmansky’ at The Kennedy Center

Last evening’s ballet concert at The Kennedy Center was one of those magical evenings of dance. Sipping champagne and not talking politics, balletomanes gathered on the sprawling deck that surrounds the Center’s Opera House before, during, and after the New York City Ballet unveiled Program A in its much too short residency through the weekend. As […]

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Review: ‘Ballet Across America’ at The Kennedy Center Opera House

What does 21st-century ballet look like? For The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America program, principle dancer and celeb ballerina Misty Copeland, 34, and 29-year-old New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer-on-the-rise Justin Peck were invited to select works that represented ballet in America now. Copeland is, of course, most famous for being the first African […]

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Review: Ballet Across America Showcases a New Day in Dance at The Kennedy Center

Since its debut in 2008, The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America series continues to showcase the best of ballet from regional companies across the nation. This fourth time around, there are the added elements of athleticism, those thrilling moves that American dancers do so well, plus diversity, social consciousness and definitely edginess, curated by two […]

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Review: ‘An American in Paris’ at the Academy of Music

If you “love a Gershwin tune” (and who doesn’t?), An American in Paris, presented by Broadway Philadelphia for a limited run this Thanksgiving week at the Academy of Music, is the show for you! Based on the Oscar-winning 1951 film, with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, a script by Alan Jay Lerner, […]

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Review: ‘Cinderella’ With the San Francisco Ballet at The Kennedy Center

There are no pumpkins to be found in this Cinderella. The San Francisco Ballet’s version, created by Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and librettist Craig Lucas, departs from the Perrault story most of us are more familiar with, borrowing instead from the Brothers Grimm and crafting something entirely their own. In this magnificent production at the Kennedy […]

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Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at The Kennedy Center

The Winter’s Tale: Warm Production for a Cold Winter’s Night Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has taken a challenging late Shakespearean play – The Winter’s Tale from 1623 – and revitalized it into a mostly exquisite 21st-century ballet that breathes soul and spirit into an often cobwebby work. The National Ballet of Canada’s co-production with the Royal […]

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New York City Ballet: Program B: 21st-Century Choreographers’ at The Kennedy Center

Principal dancer Teresa Reichlen unwraps her leg into a développé, a blade curling a bow, then—suspends—playfully, before hiding it away. Her partner, principal Zachary Catazaro, approaches with a respectful, confident stride. Arms intertwine; pliés arc toward one another. A connection tied in an epic, melodic strain of music. Reichlen’s foot gathers in, then gives away, […]

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‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’ at The Kennedy Center

Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater returned to The Kennedy Center last evening with a tribute to its famous six-foot tall Texan director. Ailey died 25 years ago and filling his size-12 shoes has got to be tough job. When Ailey’s star protégée Judith Jamison retired in 2011, Robert Battle became director and is “pushing boundaries,” […]

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Sara Mearns (Odette) and Jared Angle (Prince Siegfried) in 'Swan Lake.' Choreography by George Balanchine 
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The New York City Ballet Comes to The Kennedy Center 3/26-31 & Interview with Dana Jacobson by Carolyn Kelemen

Do I hear a waltz? A waltz is a waltz is a waltz unless, of course, it’s the New York City Ballet dancing the beautiful Vienna Waltzes this weekend at The Kennedy Center. Then it’s something special! The ballet, first danced in 1977, is more than the usual noteworthy George Balanchine creation. It’s a celebration of dance and […]

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Aleksandar Antonijevic in 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.' Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann, courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada.

National Ballet of Canada’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Canadian dancers chase away winter blahs Washington area folks are dealing with the winter doldrums and the concern about RGIII’s surgically repaired knee. If you’re looking for some daylight, hurry to buy tickets to the National Ballet of Canada’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a welcome relief, at The Kennedy Center through next Sunday afternoon. For sheer entertainment, nothing tops […]

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