The New York Times
What, No Kick Line? A Novelty from the Rockettes
September 18, 2013
By Gia Kourlas
As the director of the Rockettes, Linda Haberman knew it was time to leave Santa behind. As she put it, “Christmas is kind of a safe place to live.”
Comfort zones have never interested Ms. Haberman. Beginning on March 27, she will unveil “Heart & Lights,” the Rockettes’ first spring production at Radio City Music Hall since 1997. Playing for 59 performances, it will have nothing to do with the Music Hall’s previous Easter spectacles. In the new show, Ms. Haberman brings New York City to life while continuing to modernize the precision dance company with more athletic, technically demanding choreography.
“You’re going to see a lot of stuff you’ve never seen the Rockettes do before,” Ms. Haberman said. “I’m definitely expanding their vocabulary. In this show, I felt like there were no limits.”
On Wednesday, a section from “Electricity,” a number inspired by Times Square, will be unveiled on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The dance is a showcase for Ms. Haberman’s radical new version of a kick line: it features a développé, in which the leg slowly unfolds and is held for a count, and includes only four kicks. “I’ve been experimenting with ways to create the same feeling without doing the literal kick line,” she said.