May 2012
Danza Contemporanea de Cuba in Mambo 3XXI. © Justin Nicholas. (Click image for larger version)

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba – Sombrisa, Carmen?! and Mambo 3XXI – London

The dancers of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba are a fabulously talented bunch and it’s a pleasure to see them back at Sadler’s Wells. It would be even more of a pleasure if all the choreography in their programme was the same quality as the dancing.

Scott Wells & Dancers – At Ease and Parkour Deux – San Francisco

For the twenty years his company has been around, Wells’s choreography has incorporated contact-improvisation, sports paraphernalia (balls of every size from ping pong to basketball, boxing gloves, skateboards), music from classical to rock, often in rapid succession, juggling and gymnastics.

Bringing Sport And Dance Together – BRB Dancer Choreographs Routine For Champion Gymnast

One of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Principal dancers, Matthew Lawrence, is currently just as busy in a gymnastics hall as he is on the stage as he works on his latest exciting creation – a routine for the Welsh and five times British champion gymnast Frankie Jones…

Post:Ballet. © David DeSilva. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco International Arts Festival – May 2012

Every May for the past nine years the SFIAF presented an amazing array of live music, theater and dance from all over the world. Most of these performers would never be seen here in San Francisco if it weren’t for festival director Andrew Wood’s fanatic desire to bring as many diverse groups as the limited budget will allow.

Aurelie Dupont and Herve Moreau in Sasha Waltz's Romeo and Juliet. © Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Paris

The actual Roméo and Juliette sections of Waltz’s work are captivating, but when they stop dancing, it’s harder to remain invested in what’s going on around them. Even in an abstract version of Roméo et Juliette, Romeo and Juliet remain the focal points.

Aurelie Dupont and Josua Hoffalt in Manon. © Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Manon – Paris

As Manon, Dupont started out as sweet and innocent. Overall, her Manon seemed almost empty, like a vessel for people to put eroticism into or to act upon.

Leticia Stock in Ballo della regina. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Sylphide & Ballo della Regina – London

Balanchine famously described a choreographer’s job as being like a chef’s, and his Ballo della Regina perfectly fulfils the role of amuse-bouche in the Royal Ballet’s latest double bill, waking us up and sharpening our appetites for the more serious fare of Bournonville’s lovely La Sylphide. It’s the fourth ballet the company has tried out in this role and I think it’s the most successful.

Alina Cojocaru and Steven McRae in La Sylphide. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Ballo della Regina and La Sylphide

27 pictures by Dave Morgan…

John Speed Orr and Erin Yarbrough-Stewart in Through. © Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Swipe, Through, Symphony of Psalms – San Francisco

If you prefer ballet in a more intimate space with easily accessible choreography, energetically performed by dedicated dancers …you might want to check out Smuin Ballet which has come a long way from its original roots.

Grand Rapids Ballet Company dancers in Black Swan White Swan. © Chris Clark. (Click image for larger version)

Grand Rapids Ballet Company – Black Swan White Swan – Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Company Black Swan White Swan Grand Rapids, Peter Martin Wege Theatre 12 May 2012 www.grballet.com Save Tchaikovsky’s brilliant original score there was little choreographer Mario Radacovsky’s psychological ballet Black Swan…

Alina Cojocaru and Angel Corella in Giselle. © Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – New York

…with Cojocaru the steps are sublimated into the character and the situation. She seems to be experiencing the ballet anew, moment by moment, with the audience. No surprise, then, that her mad scene is hypnotic, and changes from performance to performance…

Open Call for Choreographers and Composers poster graphic. © DanceEast.

Dance East, National Centre for Choreography – Open call for choreographic LAB

For its second Choreographic LAB, DanceEast is seeking four choreographers and four composers with a minimum of three years experience in making work in a range of genres. This is an intensive two week residential LAB…

Dane Hurst in L'après-midi d'un faune. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company – What Wild Ecstasy, SUB, Faun, Art of Touch – London

Rambert… offers a mix of new commissions with rarely-seen work from their archives. Some items had much more impact than others, though not necessarily the ones you might imagine from the programme.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in North Star. © Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company – North Star and other works – Pittsburgh

Lubovitch’s signature …a style whose free-flowing, cascading and highly musical movement qualities appear as effortless to dance as beautiful.

In Paris: Mikhail Baryshnikov. © Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhail Baryshnikov / Dmitry Krymov – In Paris – San Francisco

Baryshnikov, now 64, still moves with style and finesse, but the choreography doesn’t offer any opportunities beyond a pseudo-Spanish cliché.

The Birds' wings fill the width of the space: Elisa Ribbes, Agnes Boulanger, Nina Khokham, Sakiko Oishi. © Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson. (Click image for larger version)

La Création du Monde – A Post-War Cubist Collage Returns to the Stage

On 24 May CCN Ballet de Lorraine of Nancy will premiere “La Création du Monde, 1923-2012” for the KVS Festival in Brussels. Our re-creation of the original Ballets Suédois production is the centrepiece for a new work by Congolese choreographer, Faustin Linyekula.

Otis-Cameron Carr and Antonette Dayrit in Mark Baldwin's What Wild Ecstasy. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert Dance Company in L’après-midi d’un faune and What Wild Ecstasy

27 Pictures by Dave Morgan

The Place Prize logo. © The Place

The Place Prize 2012/13 – Dance Commissions Announced

The 16 entrants competing for The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, have been awarded a total commission fund of £100,000.

Tyler Angle and Tiler Peck in Two Hearts. © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala – New York

I think it’s safe to say that neither of the new works knocked the planet off its axis…

Salka Ardal Rosengren and Thibault Lac in Zombie Aporia. © Jean Luc Tanghe. (Click image for larger version)

Daniel Linehan – Zombie Aporia – London

If this were a danced game of “Call My Bluff” then Linehan provides a 45-minute description of the word ‘Aporia’. But, if anyone turned up expecting to see zombies, they would have been very disappointed.

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