Magazine article The New Yorker


Magazine article The New Yorker


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American Ballet Theatre

The season opens with a bit of skirt-swishing fun: the Spanish-themed "Don Quixote." The production, full of colorful crowd scenes, offers ample opportunities for showing off with fans, capes, guitars, and whatever else falls to hand. If it's fireworks you're after, see Isabella Boylston and Daniil Simkin (May 17 evening, May 20 matinee), but this is also a good opportunity to catch debuts, including Misty Copeland in the role of the passionate Kitri, on May 16 and the evening of May 20. Christine Shevchenko, an exciting soloist, gets her first stab at a leading role in the May 17 matinee. The New York premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's new fantasy ballet, "Whipped Cream," takes place on the following Monday. - May 17 at 2 and 7:30, May 18-19 at 7:30, and May 20 at 2 and 8: "Don Quixote." - May 22 at 6:30 and May 23 at 7:30: "Whipped Cream." (Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center. 212-477-3030. Through July 8.)

New York City Ballet

There are three programs to choose from in the final week of the "Here/Now" festival. On Program 8, the highlight is Justin Peck's new ballet, "The Decalogue," set to a piano score by Sufjan Stevens (their third collaboration). However, that mixed bill requires sitting through Jorma Elo's hard-driving, twitchy "Slice to Sharp," a throwback to a time, not so long ago, when the Finnish choreographer's ballets were ubiquitous. Program 9 offers a chance to revisit Alexei Ratmansky's "Concerto DSCH," from 2008, a sporty romp set to Shostakovich, one of the most popular works of the past decade. (That program also includes Christopher Wheeldon's "After the Rain Pas de Deux.") - May 17 at 7:30 and May 19 at 8: "Jeux," "The Shimmering Asphalt," "Unframed," and "Fearful Symmetries." - May 18 at 7:30 and May 20 at 8: "Chiaroscuro," "Slice to Sharp," "Stabat Mater," and "The Decalogue." - May 20 at 2 and May 21 at 3: "Red Angels," "Varied Trio (in four)," "Barber Violin Concerto," "Polaris," "After the Rain Pas de Deux," and "Concerto DSCH." - May 23: "A Midsummer Night's Dream." (David H. Koch, Lincoln Center. 212-496-0600. Through May 28.)

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

The company, a solid presence on the American flamenco scene for more than thirty years, will offer three new ensemble works by contemporary flamenco choreographers, plus various solos, at BAM's intimate Fisher theatre. Keep an eye out for Angel Munoz, a performer of enormous spontaneity and verve, who will be dancing a solo and also presenting a new work, "Caminos," for three men. (321 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn. 718-636-4100. May 16-21.)

Parsons Dance

David Parsons is best known for an effective gimmick: the strobe-lighted, gravity-flouting illusions of his 1982 solo "Caught." That signature piece is on both programs again this season, joined by a more up-to-date device: small drones that buzz around the dancers in "Hello World," a premiere that grapples with human and technological evolution. There's also "UpEnd," a fresh collaboration between Parsons and Ephrat Asherie, a skilled and imaginative b-girl whose open spirit should fit well with the company's enthusiastic, athletic style. (Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St. 212-242-0800. May 16-21 and May 23. Through May 28.)

Michelle Boule

Long a cherished performer, at once down-to-earth and enigmatic, Boule has been choreographing her own work for the past few years, pieces that struggle to vivify esoteric ideas, sometimes graced by low-key humor. …

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