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A year ago, in one of the most memorable performances I’d seen the company give, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed in Battery Park City, just after the choreographer’s passing. The weather—the epitome of summer—was so perfect, it seemed to mock the sadness that hung over the vast audience, emotions still raw from Merce’s absence. [...]

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Is there any artist more pleasing than Matisse (1869-1954) — his intoxicating palette, his depiction of life’s basic delights and joys, his simple approach to the human form? Probably not, but he also pursued abstraction with rigor, as evident in MoMA‘s exhibition, Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917, on view through October 11. During this period, he [...]

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Opera houses have long featured singers with one-word names—Farinelli and Senesino, to name but two from centuries past—but of late, opera stars tend to have more mortal, first and last name combos, even if they were known by single names like Caruso, Callas or Pavarotti. One Tuesday night, a one-named singer took the stage at [...]

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When Saboru Teshigawara was last in the Lincoln Center Festival with Bones in Pages (2006), the set was a huge part of the performance. A wall of wooden cubbies, thick books with their pages fanned out, shards of glass. It seemed that the theatrical setting was every bit as important as the three performers. (Four, [...]

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In its final week of Met performances for the season, ABT is presenting Romeo & Juliet (through Saturday). Along with Swan Lake, it’s probably the chestnuttiest of the company’s many chestnuts, but with good reason – the Prokofiev score, the lavish costumes, and the timeless, tragic story. It’s also a great showcase for the lead [...]

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Two productions with major stars in leading roles have only a handful of performances remaining.  For one play, the tickets are free; for the other, you will probably have to pay upwards of $400. Common sense (and economics) would suggest that the former is a better deal than the latter.  Seeing Al Pacino as Shylock [...]

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A few years ago, I was pressured into seeing Passing Strange at the Public Theatre. Didn’t sound like my sort of thing, but many smart people whom I admire and respect told me the show was a must. What’s more, they held that Stew’s story was not dissimilar to my own.  I went, I’m glad, [...]

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During ABT‘s Tuesday night program of classic repertory, Hee Seo slipped and fell in the middle of Allegro Brillante, landing on her side and bent elbow; she was fine. It was a mistake, but it was also awesome. To fall, you are probably dancing unselfconsciously and full out. It also reminds us of the risk [...]

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Monsters behind a tree, ghosts in the attic, heat waves in a swamp… all byproducts of an overactive child’s imagination, perhaps? Not if you’re seeing the work of Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), as wonderfully surveyed in the Whitney’s current exhibition — Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield — intriguingly curated by artist [...]

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For fans of musical theater, it’s well worth making the effort to catch two Broadway-bound personalities that can still be seen in more intimate settings—but only for the rest of this week. The first is Sutton Foster’s one-woman show/cabaret act, “An Evening with Sutton Foster,” which can be seen at the Upper East Side’s Café [...]

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.