Marina Harss

Marina Harss is the dance critic for WNYC. Her reviews and previews air during Morning Edition. Harss is a journalist and critic based in New York City, writing on all aspects of dance, and occasionally on opera. Her features, profiles and interviews appear regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Dance Magazine, and She is currently at work on a biography of the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to be published by Farrar Straus and Giroux.

Marina Harss appears in the following:

From Danish Ballet to Sport-Inspired Modern Dance

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

This summer, the Royal Danish Ballet lands in New York, Mark Morris brings a world premiere and the Film at Lincoln Center presents its annual festival of dance on camera.


Beatles, Beach Boys and More On the Spring Dance Stage

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp present their unique takes on bands of the 1960s, while American Ballet Theater brings a world premiere by Alexei Ratmansky.


100 Solos for 100 Years of Merce Cunningham

Monday, April 15, 2019

This week marks what would have been the groundbreaking choreographer's 100th birthday, prompting a global celebration of his life and work.


Flamenco Takes Over New York

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Over the next several weeks, acclaimed flamenco dancers and their companies will be performing distinctly unique styles of the traditional dance all over New York City.


Sufjan and Kanye at City Ballet, Brazilian Dance at BAM

Monday, January 28, 2019

This winter, New York City Ballet presents rarely-seen works and premiers a new collaboration. At BAM, Brazilian dance takes center stage.

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Holiday Dance Traditions (And No, Not ‘The Nutcracker’)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

It’s not just sugar plum fairies in December. Alvin Ailey holds its annual holiday season at New York City Center. And Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo return to the Joyce.


Willem DaFoe on Being van Gogh, Talal Derki's 'Of Fathers & Sons'

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Willem DaFoe on “At Eternity’s Gate.” Talal Derki on “Of Fathers & Sons.” Marina Harss on the city's many variations of "The Nutcracker." 

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Choreographers Take Center Stage

Monday, October 15, 2018

WNYC's dance critic Marina Harss takes a look at two exciting ballet events taking place in the city this October.

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Two Very Different Shows, One Common Theme – New York

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

One exhibit looks at the work of Jerome Robbins in New York City and another at the influential Judson Dance Theater.


Fall Dance Preview: From Ballet to Bach

Monday, September 17, 2018

Several new works will premiere throughout New York City. Our dance critic highlights several to check out.


As Fall Season Begins, More Allegations Rock New York City Ballet

Thursday, September 06, 2018

A principal male dancer and the company are implicated in a lawsuit brought by a woman who alleges he sent explicit photos of her without her knowledge or consent.

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Dances to Watch (and Learn) at Lincoln Center This Summer

Thursday, July 12, 2018

From big band to Mozart to minimalist revivals, there's a lot of dancing going on for visitors to watch and even participate in.


Spring Dance: A 19th-Century Ballet Revival and a Show Inspired By 'Soul Train'

Friday, June 01, 2018

In June, the American Ballet Theatre presents a new "Harlequinade," while choreographer Rennie Harris takes us back to the days of Soul Train with his show 'Funkedified.'


Spring Dance: A New Company from Cuba and Old Favorites from Jerome Robbins

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cuban-born choreographer Carlos Acosta brings his company to New York for its U.S. debut. And then next month, New York City Ballet begins a weeks-long celebration of Robbins.

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Fresh Perspective on Classic Works in Dance This Spring

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Basil Twist mixes colorful puppetry with Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," the Dance Theatre of Harlem revives "Dougla" and Dada Masilo brings new "Giselle" to the Joyce Theater.


Ballet Is Back on Broadway This Spring

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

We’re used to ballet at Lincoln Center, but that’s changing as choreographers and dancers perform in musicals, like the revival of "Carousel." Plus, more dance events this spring.


New York City Ballet at a Crossroads

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It starts the winter season without longtime leader Peter Martins after he retired amidst harassment allegations. And a look ahead to two other dance companies, from Cuba and France.

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Two Beloved Stories Retold Through Dance

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

One is based on a Hollywood movie that's a cult classic among dancers. The other is from a Persian and Arabian folktale about two star-crossed lovers.


Fall Culture Moment: Dance

Friday, October 20, 2017

A preview of dance performances to look out for this season. 


Fall Arts Preview: Pina Bausch's Early Work Returns and Dancing to Coltrane

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bausch's company returns to BAM to perform the work that introduced her to American audiences. And turning "A Love Supreme" into movement.

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