Urgent and invigorating, the Netherlands-based company Club
Guy & Roni was a highlight of the Jacob’s Pillow 75th
anniversary season. In their U.S. debut, choreographers Guy
Weizman and Roni Haver presented a fierce, edgy, athletic
performance featuring six female dancers, each roaring at
the center of her own universe. Playful and aggressive, the
movement captured the unsettled female psyche with clarity
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Egg, June 8
Bill T. Jones has been known for revealing a mosaic of diversity
on stage, with a mélange of ethnicities, body types and movement
styles. After 25 years, his work is strikingly relevant, addressing
global tensions and intensely intimate human relationships.
His recent work In Another Evening: I Bow Down, is
in the epic storytelling tradition Jones has perfected, with
the surprising addition of a young Bronx-based hardcore band
performing live on stage.
New York City Ballet
Performing Arts Center, July 15
With renewed community support, the New York City Ballet has
reclaimed its summer home on the stage that was designed to
feature the choreography of the Ballet’s founder, George Balanchine.
This summer’s program featured Balanchine’s iconic 1948 piece
Serenade, honoring Darci Kistler in the lead role amid
a striking corps de ballet cloaked in ankle-length blue gowns.
Ballet Folklórico de México
Egg, Oct. 24
Extraordinary costumes, percussive foot stomping and live
Mariachi music transformed the Egg into a festival of dance,
music and culture. Indigenous ceremonial dances, regional
traditions and Spanish-influenced flamenco expressed the diversity
of Mexican dance.
Mark Morris Dance Group
Egg, Nov. 16
Mark Morris Dance Group performed well with its usual athleticism
and crisp choreography. However, the highlight of their visit
to Albany was the unveiling of an inspiring educational program
that the company has developed at their new Brooklyn studio,
which offers community classes for children and adults with