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Ballet Director Pleads Guilty to Driving While Impaired

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

City Ballet Director Peter Martins was charged with a DWI on January 1 but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Tuesday.

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Dancers' Union Files Labor Charge Against NYC Ballet

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

There's drama behind the scenes at City Ballet after the troupe announced the creation of a smaller touring company.

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Arts Highlights 2011: New York Critics, Writers Weigh In

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We asked some of our favorite culture vultures to weigh in on what to expect in the coming year in the arts. Here's what they said.


Chinese Lunar New Year Hops into Town

Monday, January 03, 2011

Say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Here are our top choices for how to ring in the Lunar New Year in New York.

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Three to See: Catch These Broadway Plays Before They Close

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

When it comes to spectacle, the scale and scope of Broadway is nearly impossible to match. Here are three plays to see before the curtain comes down for the last time just after the New Year.

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The "Trocks" in NYC: Lashes, Tutus and Extra-Large Pointe Shoes

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The New York City-based ballet company "Les Ballets de Trockadero de Monte Carlo"  kicked off a three-week season of ballet and comedy on Tuesday night, with extra-large pointe shoes poised to crack up audiences. Check out WNYC's rehearsal slideshow here.

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NYC Burlesque Artists on 'Burlesque'

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Burlesque," which was directed by Steve Antin and stars Cher and Christina Aquilera, has grossed over $30 million since it opened over Thanksgiving weekend, even as Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 37 percent "rotten" tomato rating. We asked several mistresses of tease to weigh in on the film that's selling the glamor of their dancing on the silver screen.


Unicorns and Fishbowls: Professional Actors Perform Kids' Plays at the 52nd St. Project

Thursday, December 09, 2010

This weekend, the 30-year old non-profit will put on 10 plays written by kids and performed by big-name actors like Lili Taylor and Frances McDormand.


NY Arts Icons Awarded Kennedy Center Honors

Monday, December 06, 2010

Two New Yorkers—"Fela!" choreographer Bill T. Jones, and "Hello, Dolly" composer Jerry Herman—take home national honors.


Three to See: Catch These Plays Closing This Week

Thursday, December 02, 2010

If you've got some down time this weekend, these three plays are a sure bet to escape the season of hectic holiday hyperspeed.


New York Dance Companies Merge

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bill T. Jones, co-founder, artistic director and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company, discusses the merger.


Terrance McKnight Interviews Ntozake Shange and M. Nahadr about 'For Colored Girls'

Friday, November 19, 2010

Is For Colored Girls still relevant? Let us know by posting a comment here!

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NY Choreographer Shen Wei Brings Street Performance to Times Square

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wei, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, kicked off a world tour of street performances in Times Square on Thursday.

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American Ballet Theatre to Visit Cuba in Honor of Ballerina

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This November, the American Ballet Theatre will perform in Cuba for the first time in half a century. The company, based in New York City, has long had ties to the island: Cuba’s prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso, moved to the United States, and then joined the ballet theatre in 1940.


30 Dances in 30 Days

Friday, July 30, 2010

On the patio of a soulless corporate plaza, amid the mirrored towers of the financial district, the lunchtime entertainment has arrived.  Everyday at noon for 30 days, Canadian dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier is performing the same 30-minute dance piece to a crowd of transfixed tourists and harried suits.

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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Wakes Up in Queens

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Moments before the sky opened up to a sticky summer storm, a dry wooden dragon appeared in Kew Gardens. Traditional lion dancers performed on the concrete as Buddhist monks blessed the dragonhead, which happened to be attached to a one-ton wooden boat.


Theatrical Bellydance Conference Sways Through the City

Friday, July 09, 2010


Bellies up! New York's first large-scale bellydancing conference pops its hips on the Lower East Side this weekend.

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Small and Select, Theater Festivals that Seek Out the Best

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Every August, the sprawling International Fringe Festival brings 1200 performances from over 200 countries to 20 venues around the city (or thereabouts.) In the meantime, there are a number of smaller festivals popping up with promising new fare.


Making Shakespeare in the Park

Friday, June 04, 2010

WNYC takes you behind the scenes of one of the city's major theatrical institutions. Watch the video for details.


Central Park Summerstage: Closer Than You Think

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Free concerts in the summer contain all the elements of complete mayhem, and the Summerstage series in Central Park is no exception.