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Articles by Leslie Holleran

Judson Dance Theater

November 1, 2012 by

The rebels who redefined modern dance
“When they entered, they were hidden by huge winglike constructions made from parachutes. Carolyn Brown moved down the center line of the rink on pointe, while the men rolled down … Continue reading

Telling New Tales

November 1, 2012 by

Creating an original story ballet
Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet The Bright Stream was a highlight of American Ballet Theatre’s performance calendar in 2011. A welcome addition to the year’s full-length classics and mixed bills, it received rave reviews … Continue reading

Igor Stravinsky

September 1, 2012 by

The 20th century’s leading ballet composer
“The first night of the ballet was the most astonishing event. …At the first sounds of the music, shouts and hissing started in the audience, and it was difficult for … Continue reading

Face to Face: Liz Lerman

July 28, 2011 by

35 years of questioning
“For me, beginning to study dance seriously at the age of 5 meant entering a quiet world of intense physical training where talking was banned and even a certain kind of thinking … Continue reading

Face to Face: Peter Boal

May 2, 2011 by

Reviving Giselle in the Pacific Northwest
Balletomanes everywhere know the story: A young peasant girl falls in love with a deceptive duke and dies of a broken heart. But Pacific Northwest Ballet will be the first … Continue reading

Face to Face: David Leventhal

September 1, 2010 by

For more than 13 years, David Leventhal has delighted audiences around the globe. As a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, he has performed in 45 of the company’s works, including lead roles in … Continue reading