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Sharon Basco

Contributor, The ARTery, WBUR

Sharon Basco is a a journalist, critic and public radio producer.

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Boston Ballet Moves Forward With A Sure Step

June 08, 2016
Misa Kuranaga and Irlan Silva in Karole Armitage's "Bitches Brew." (Courtesy of Gene Schiavone/Boston Ballet)

Entering its 53rd season, the Boston Ballet is focusing on its future, with two recent announcements to entice its audience: a new work for 2017-’18 by Wayne McGregor and a five-year partnership with choreographer William Forsythe.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago At Celebrity Series — Female Choreographers CAN Apply

April 12, 2016
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performing William Forsythe's piece "N.N.N.N." (Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg.)

From its conception 38 years ago, the company has strived to be engagingly diverse and inclusive of different mentalities with a repertoire of pieces choreographed mostly by women.

The Lives Of Artists On TV — From ‘Flesh And Bone’ To ‘Mozart In The Jungle’

March 14, 2016
Sarah Hay in Flesh and Bone (Courtesy Starz)

The living is not always easy for the fictional artists of television. Taking a look at “Flesh and Bone” and “Mozart in the Jungle” — and remembering the great “Slings & Arrows.”

The Rarely Danced ‘Onegin’ Makes Its Triumphant Return To Boston Ballet

March 02, 2016
Petra Conti as Tatiana and Eris Nezha as Onegin. (Courtesy of Ian Barnard/Boston Ballet)

In its fourth production of the ballet, the company exquisitely stages the story of country girl Tatiana falling in love with Onegin, a sophisticated visitor from St. Petersburg, based on Pushkin’s story “Eugene Onegin.”

In ‘Lois Greenfield: Moving Still,’ The Photojournalist Captures The Ephemeral

December 08, 2015
Paul Zivkovich, 2014 (Courtesy Lois Greenfield)

The photojournalist’s new book “Lois Greenfield: Moving Still” celebrates the past 20 years of her dance photography.

Best Advice For Audiences Of Circa’s ‘Opus’? ‘Come Along And Unexpect’

November 12, 2015
Circa performing "Opus." (Justin Nicholas)

Australian-based Circa is in Boston this weekend to perform “Opus.” Artistic director Yaron Lifschitz says it is a creation that looks at how the private/personal/intimate relate to the public/group/political.

Boston Ballet Takes On Neumeier’s Demanding ‘Third Symphony Of Gustav Mahler’

October 19, 2015
The Hamburg Ballet in John Neumeier's "Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler." (Holger Badekow/Hamburg Ballet)

“This is the equivalent to what ‘Swan Lake’ is for women: this is ‘Swan Lake’ for men,” says Boston Ballet corps member Shelby Elsbree of the “Third Symphony,” that’s set for Opera House performances Oct. 22 to Nov. 1.

Where Are The Women In Ballet?

September 18, 2015

Yes, they far outnumber the men in ballet school. But the opposite is true when you look at who has the top artistic leadership positions in world class ballet companies.

WHAT For Kids Spins The Tale Of ‘The Fool Of The World’

July 15, 2015
Melanie Clark and "The Fool" Ian Hamilton in "The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship." (Michelina Risbeck)

WHAT for Kid’s “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship” is a sweet way to while away a summer night even if the action is a bit muddled, writes Sharon Basco.

Boston Ballet Caps Season With A Classic Balanchine And Comical Robbins

May 18, 2015
The Boston Ballet in Jerome Robbins' "The Concert." (Gene Schiavone)

This season’s final program, “Thrill of Contact,” features an engaging and varied quartet of dances, from the familiar George Balanchine “Theme and Variations” to the colorful Jerome Robbins’ farce “The Concert (or, the Perils of Everybody).”

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