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Blanca Li and Maria Alexandrova. (Nico@Artlist )

Eclectic” doesn’t begin to describe the career of Spanish-born dancer-choreographer Blanca Li. After training in flamenco and modern dance, Li went on to create more than 30 wide-ranging stage productions, as well as choreography for artists including Beyoncé, Daft Punk, and Pedro Almodóvar. Li makes her much-anticipated City Center debut from March 30 to April 1 with the evening-length work Goddesses & Demonesses, in which she and Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Maria Alexandrova conjure Greek myths to explore womanhood.

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March 17, 2017 by New York City Center


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA, photographed by Paul Kolnik.

“Believing firmly that through dance one can change minds or uplift—not just entertain, but also educate—seems to me to be the backbone of the company,” says Robert Battle, the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In the wake of a traumatizing year in American life, Battle feels that the time is right for the Company to once again step into the fray of current events. This year, Ailey’s annual holiday season at New York City Center shines a brilliant light on a variety of important issues, from Apartheid to police brutality to the powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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December 5, 2016 by New York City Center


Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Run Mary Run; photo by Bill Cooper

“This project is important for me. It is my dream. This is how I want to express my personality.” That’s how Natalia Osipova describes her determination to commission Natalia Osipova & Artists, a program of contemporary dance that opens at City Center tonight after premiering at Sadler’s Wells in June.

To fling herself so whole-heartedly into contemporary work is an unusual decision for a ballerina to make while she is still at the absolute peak of her classical career. Sylvie Guillem may have blazed the trail, but that was at a point when she knew her Sleeping Beauties and Swan Lakes were numbered. Osipova, on the other hand, is taking this path at the age of 29—when she is simultaneously climbing the pinnacles of traditional technique. “To mix classical and contemporary. That is my wish,” she says.

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November 10, 2016 by New York City Center


Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz, and Michelle Dorrance, photographed by Matt Karas.

At City Center, what you see onstage is just the beginning. Behind the back wall of the theater is a hive of creative activity: nine stories of rehearsal rooms, offices, and dance studios that were inaugurated by Balanchine in the 1940s. You might find the likes of Twyla Tharp, Wendy Whelan, and Kyle Abraham rehearsing there on a given afternoon. This season, three acclaimed choreographers will take up residence, thanks to City Center’s Choreography Fellowship program: Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz, and Michelle Dorrance.

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October 13, 2016 by New York City Center


Damian Woetzel, Ron Myles, and Lil Buck in rehearsal in Vail, photographed by Patrick Fraser.

For just over two weeks every summer, an illustrious and varied ensemble of dancers, musicians, and choreographers come together in the spectacular Rocky Mountains to present the Vail International Dance Festival. The level of creativity is as heady as the altitude, with artists throwing themselves into unexpected collaborations and taking on unfamiliar repertory, creating world premieres in a condensed timeframe and with an adventurous sense of possibility.

“Beautiful place, tons of collaborations, amazing dancers, and a huge mesh of cultures,” is how Lil Buck, the astounding Memphis jooker, sums up the Vail vibe. This November, Lil Buck will be among the many Vail mainstays headed east for Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC, presented by New York City Center. A star-studded four-day extravaganza, ReMix will capture the unique collaborative energy that has become Vail’s signature under artistic director Damian Woetzel.

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October 4, 2016 by New York City Center
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