Sara Mearns in George Balanchine's “Walpurgisnacht Ballet.” Photograph by Paul Kolnik

A Midsummer Night’s Breeze

As France was mourning the loss of its Nice fellow citizens, the warm tribute which the NYCB paid to French musical heritage with an all-French-composers evening proved heartening. It doesn't matter that the program was planned long before the attacks happened; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
Sara Renda in “Le Corsaire” at Fiesole, Dance Gala. Photograph Alessandro Botticelli

Young Stars on Summer Night

At the Roman Amphitheatre in Fiesole, a town on a hill that dominated Florence from above, the sidereal luminosity of a cloudless night, married with the soft (for once) hum of the cicadas and the breathtaking roman and etruscan stones reminiscent of classical artistic glory, provide the ideal setting for a dance gala.



Onegin ROH 2015 - Photograph by Alice Pennefather

The Cult of Fragility

One of the greatest challenges—and for me, joys—of being a dance critic is navigating the not infrequent clash between contemporary values and those embraced in classical ballet, a centuries-old institution that venerates ‘tradition’ in all its old-world, patriarchal glory. What messages of value can women divine from stories that glorify female fragility and are primarily written and directed by men?