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After 25 years, Mark Morris's gender-bending, Charles Burns-inspired 1970s Nutcracker still pushes the boundaries of the classical ballet. With a cast of Mark Morris company dancers as well as returning performers from the Hard Nut's quarter-century history, it's also something of a family reunion. Brooklyn Magazine stepped backstage during its short run at BAM this year to take a look at one of Brooklyn's most beloved Christmas traditions. Chelsea Acree, party guest, snow, Russian, flower. "I've been...
Mark Morris Dance Group finished their run of The Hard Nut at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House last week, and as promised, the cheeky 70s-era take on The Nutcracker gave full grown adults the opportunity to indulge in the spectacle of dancing Barbies and GI Joes, fits of sparkles, and most importantly: remote-control rats. The massive mod-inspired set created a palate of black, white, and red in the opening party scene, with large scale set pieces...
Brooklyn’s own Urban Bush Women premiered their Coltrane inspired work last week at Brooklyn Academy of Music. On the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and the 30th anniversary of Urban Bush Women’s company work, Walking With ‘Trane was delivered as a concept album (Side A and Side B). Inspired by the life and work of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, this evening length dance demonstrated a rare commitment to resolution. This commitment is not...
German choreographer Sasha Waltz brought Continu to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a short visit this past weekend, opening on Friday and closing on Saturday. While the work highlighted a large variety of Waltz’s most innovative aesthetic ideas from the last decade, the evening as a whole fell curiously flat. The audience is treated to her trademark partnering work, as intricate and seamless as ever, with haunting gestural phrases delivered by Waltz’s mature...

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