Improved Cleveland Ballet Shines in ‘The Nutcracker’ [REVIEW]

Cleveland BalletThe NutcrackerPlayhouse Square – Connor Palace TheatreCleveland, OHDecember 3-5, 2021 By Steve Sucato Cleveland’s premier The Nutcracker production by the Cleveland Ballet returned once again to Playhouse Square December 3-5 after a yearlong hiatus because of the global pandemic. The annual production that regularly plays to sold-out audiences, was performed for the first time at the larger Connor Palace Theatre. In doing so, the … Continue reading Improved Cleveland Ballet Shines in ‘The Nutcracker’ [REVIEW]

NBC’s The Voice Finalist John Holiday Shines in ‘After/Glow,’ a Contemporary Interpretation of Schumann’s Dichterlieben [FILM REVIEW]

By Steve Sucato If director Ryan McKinny’s film After/Glow were nothing visually but 50-minutes of blank screen to the soundtrack of countertenor John Holiday’s angelic voice singing Robert Schumann’s 1840 song cycle Dichterliebe (“A Poet’s Love”), that would still be reason enough to head to the Helio Arts website where the film is now streaming. Add to that new spoken word poems by Marc Bamuthi … Continue reading NBC’s The Voice Finalist John Holiday Shines in ‘After/Glow,’ a Contemporary Interpretation of Schumann’s Dichterlieben [FILM REVIEW]

Slick Meets Surreal in ‘Circles: going in’ [REVIEW]

STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy SosCircles: going inAugust Wilson African American Cultural CenterPittsburgh, PAOctober 28-30, 2021 By Steve Sucato The long-awaited world premiere of STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos’s Circles: going in, felt like the stylistic culmination of years of choreographer Staycee Pearl finding her voice. Not that the evening-length fusion of dance club vibe and contemporary, hip hop, and modern dance … Continue reading Slick Meets Surreal in ‘Circles: going in’ [REVIEW]