August 2012
Anna Pavlova in Russian costume. From 1911. Courtesy of BFI ©. (Click image for larger version)

Anna Pavlova on Screen – London

Rambert provided the marvellous quote: ‘Pavlova excited in people the desire to dance where Diaghilev inspired in people a love of ballet and a love of choreography’.

Mark Morris Dance Group – Dido and Aeneas – New York

It is something of a cliché to say it, but the guiding principle of Morris’s Dido – as in the more recent Socrates – is simplicity. No single element – musc, words, dance – is privileged above the others.

Hong Kong Dance Company in Spring Ritual-Eulogy.© Conrado Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – Spring Ritual-Eulogy – Hong Kong

Overall, this thoughtful piece confirms Yang as a choreographer of intelligence and originality. Design, lighting and music are all excellent, as is the dancing from this fine ensemble company.

Kathak soloist Bageshree Vaze.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance – New York

…remarkable, offering a two-hour program of five diverse Indian dance styles, showing a balance of narrative and pure dance works, in an exciting mix of solos, duets, and ensemble performances. The quality of the dancing was high.

Sue Jin Kang as Marguerite and Marijn Rademaker as Armand in The Lady of the Camellias.© Sunkyung Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Stuttgart Ballet in Lady of the Camellias

21 pictures by Sunkyung Jang

Book cover.© Dance Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist

Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist Edited by Richard Cave & Libby Worth Dance Books, Paperback 2012, 289 pages, illus., DVD £20.00 Dance Book publishers page Conference site Jann Parry report on the conference…

Peng Yu-Chen and Brandon Freeman in Gina Patteron's The Inconstant.© David deSilva. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s SKETCH 2, The Women Choreographers & ODC/Dance Summer Sampler – San Francisco

The idea behind Amy Seiwert’s SKETCH 2 is to promote women ballet choreographers. Included in the press kit was an informal survey of twenty-four ballet companies with income over $5 million in the United States. Of the 302 works to be performed this upcoming season only 27 were by seventeen women.

Benjamin Behrends, Jane Rehm and company in Oh, Inverted World.© David Allen. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Oh Inverted World, Soon These Two Worlds, Medea – New York

‘Oh, Inverted World’ is fun and fresh, and it proves McIntyre – who also leads his own company, the Trey McIntyre Project – to be a choreographer of many talents.

From the Gala flyer: Kei Akahoshi in Water.© Daniel Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Ashanti Charity Gala with New Works & Dancers from RB and ENB – 30 September 2012

A Dream of Africa 2012 Gala, Sunday September 30th 2012 @ 7.30 at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS

Allysen Hooks, BJ Randolph, and Evan Teitelbaum in Closing Bell.© Amber Star Merkens. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Twin, Closing Bell – Jacob’s Pillow

Once in a while we experience one of those serendipitous evenings in which we show up with few expectations, only to encounter an oasis of structure, understated virtuosity and, best of all, musical intelligence.

Members of the Bolshoi Ballet perform Oath of the Ushers.© Moanalani Jeffrey. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Dancers – Napa Valley Festival del Sole – San Francisco

I don’t regret spending two afternoons in the warm sun before the unbelievably early performances ( 6 and 6:30 curtain times), but overall, the dancing, no matter how artistic or technically accomplished, is seriously hindered by the productions and/or venues.

Anais Chalendard and Junor Souza in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Swan Lake

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Nigel Charnock in Ten Dixon Road© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Nigel Charnock, 1960 – 2012

As a celebrated creator and performer throughout the world Nigel was simultaneously acclaimed as both “a national treasure” (Arts Council of England) and branded “the unreconstructed bad boy of physical theatre” by London Metro.

ENB's Laurretta Summerscales displaying the Moschino painting.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Summer Fundraising Party – London

A very enjoyable evening, which raised over £40,000, for which huge thanks to Swarovski and other sponsors and donors…

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