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Golden years

Alvin Ailey at the Opera House
The last thing I had in mind when I went to the Opera House Tuesday was raining on Alvin Ailey's parade — particularly since the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which he founded in 1959, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year while making its 41st annual Celebrity Series appearance in Boston.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2009


Review: Ballerina

A baby-steps ballet documentary
The subject of Bertrand Normand's 2006 French-television documentary is actually five ballerinas from the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 28, 2009


Brava Larissa!

Boston Ballet opens The Sleeping Beauty
The end of an era loomed last night as Boston Ballet opened The Sleeping Beauty — what's likely to be the last story ballet ever to be staged at the Wang Theatre.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 29, 2009


Home cooking

The National Philharmonic of Russia at Symphony Hall
If the name "National Philharmonic of Russia" puts you in mind of some provincial Slavic ensemble making the American rounds, you're not alone.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 23, 2009


Review: Zidane: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait

Almost as boring as Major League Soccer
It's an intriguing concept, but they wind up diminishing the French superstar midfielder.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 01, 2009


Interview: Ulrich Boser

Going after the Gardner thieves
As we reach the 19th anniversary of the theft of 13 priceless art objects from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there's been a renewed effort to identify the thieves and retrieve the Gardner treasures.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 24, 2009



Ulrich Boser takes on the Gardner heist
In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two men posing as police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the two security guards, and stole 13 pieces of art.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2009


Three's company

Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese rule at the MFA
The show's American curator, Frederick Ilchman, has snagged an improbable number of pairs and trios from the world's famous (and not so famous) museums.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 11, 2009


Crowning glory

Boston Ballet's Jewels at the Wang Theatre.
In 1967, George Balanchine created Jewels for New York City Ballet, and in short order this evening-length triptych — Emeralds , Rubies , and Diamonds — became the crown jewel of 20th-century dance.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2009


Pop goes Wittgenstein

Jean-Luc Godard at the Museum of Fine Arts
"We were indeed in a political film — that is to say, Walt Disney plus blood." You might have read that bit of '60s film voiceover in a book, but it's unlikely you've ever heard Anna Karina speak it.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 18, 2009


Review: Jiří Kylián's Black and White at Boston Ballet

Dance noir
The Czech choreographer/Nederlands Dans Theater director made an evening out of five pieces — No More Play, Petite Mort, Sarabande, Falling Angels, and Sechs Tänze — he'd created between 1986 and 1991.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2009


Adam and Eve

It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009


Truly Tess

Hardy, for once, gets his due
Any film/TV adaptation of Hardy is in fact rare.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 29, 2008

Arise and hail

Revels goes to Thomas Hardy's Wessex
"At first blush, Thomas Hardy seems an unlikely figure to associate with Revels." With due respect to Revels artistic director Patrick Swanson's program statement, this Hardy fanatic of almost 50 years begs to differ.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 16, 2008


Not so great

San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 02, 2008


Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Scores in nearly every department
Kevin Rafferty's 40th-anniversary documentary about the fabled Game of 1968 — when both teams were unbeaten and Harvard, after being completely outplayed by the 16th-ranked Elis, scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to "win" — has no designs on being innovative: contemporary interviews with the players are intercut with slightly fuzzy but quite acceptable footage of the game.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 24, 2008


Vertical energy

Irina Muresanu gave an emotionally compelling performance, even if her view of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto didn’t always jibe with conductor Jonathan McPhee’s.
The word “concerto” comes from the Italian for “to bring into agreement,” and it’s not always as easy as soloists and symphony orchestras make it seem.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 14, 2008


No chopped liver

 Wait Wait in Boston
NPR's weekly quiz show, Wait Wait....Don't Tell Me , visits the Wang Theatre with some recognizable panelists.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 14, 2008


Wising up

James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 22, 2008


State of the art

Boston Ballet’s third ‘Night of Stars’
Maybe it’s the economy, but Boston Ballet’s third-annual season-opening gala was a sober evening, without the orchestral overture that graced the first two affairs.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008


Cen que fas après lo balèti?

Lo Còr de la Plana, Somerville Theatre, October 3, 2008
“Bon soir!” someone from the audience shouted as the six members of Lo Còr de la Plana took the Somerville Theatre stage last Friday.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 14, 2008

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