September 2012
Sasha Waltz and Guests in Continu.© Sebastian Bolesch. (Click image for larger version)

Sasha Waltz and Guests – Continu – London

Waltz is about big ideas in ‘Continu’ but if you don’t pick up on them there is not a lot of choreography to keep you going.

Joaquin de Luz and Megan Fairchild in Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky/Balanchine Firebird quad bill – New Work

The highlight of the program was the seldom-performed Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”. It is a deceptively shadowy work, a fairy tale in the guise of a conventional divertissement.

Justin Peck.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Justin Peck – New York City Ballet – Dancer and Choreographer

“It’s very lonely out there… I mean, it would be nice to have some sort of mentorship with regard to what it takes to be a choreographer.”

Artistic Director Tamara Rojo Announces English National Ballet New Season

To be honest I don’t think her first announcements are a landmark in repertoire terms – but it was never going to be unless some ballet fairy deposited a few extra million in the company coffers to allow instant change.

Robert Wilson & Philip Glass' collaboration Einstein on the Beach.© Lesley Leslie-Spinks. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Wilson and Philip Glass – Einstein on the Beach – New York

This is the third mounting of the work since its première in 1976 at the Avignon Festival, where it quickly became the stuff of legend. What was this strange, endlessly-repetitive, oddly compelling work?

bgroup's A Short Lived Alteration of an Existing Situation - voted very highly by the audience but didn't make it through to finals.© Ben Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

Place Prize for Dance – Semi-Finals with 16 works – London

Nothing in contemporary dance is more guaranteed to provoke controversy than the Place Prize, now returning for its fifth edition, organised by the excellent team at The Place…

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Place Prize for Dance 2012/13 – Finalists Announced

And the four Finalists are: h2dance (Hannah Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard), Riccardo Buscarini, Rick Nodine, Eva Recacha. Congrats to all, more details in the press release.

Book Cover. © Christina Gallea Roy. (Click image for full version)

Book – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow by Christina Gallea Roy

This is a fascinating story… an important one. Gallea relates the growth, and eventual decline, of the company – known originally as International Ballet Caravan and later as Alexander Roy Ballet Theatre – with an amazing amount of detail…

Soledad Barrio.© Zarmik Moqtaderi. (Click image for larger version)

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca – Soledad and others – New York

Soledad Barrio makes every moment look improvised. You watch, you wait, and you hold your breath.

Chase Finlay in Apollo.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Apollo, Orpheus, Agon – New York

What is there to say about Orpheus, except that it seems to slip deeper into the recesses of time? I’ve read that at the première, the critic and poet Edwin Denby was so moved by it that he sat dumbfounded during intermission, unable to stand. It is difficult to imagine such a reaction today.

Maria Kochetkova and Hansuke Yamamoto in Possokhov's Classical Symphony.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programme C: Morris, Possokhov, Wheeldon – London

The evening certainly demonstrated the admirable qualities of the SFB dancers: their hard-working, good-humoured, go-for-it approach and the range of different talents in the company. The goodwill they generate in the audience is remarkable. Here’s hoping they come back for a return visit soon.

Amber Scott as Odette in Swan Lake.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Swan Lake – Melbourne

As the 50th anniversary season draws to a close, it is clear that things have come full circle. The company began with a Swan Lake in 1962; it celebrates this major milestone with another.

San Francisco Ballet in Mark Morris' Beaux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in London – Programme C

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Rambert Dance Company in Monolith.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company – Hush, Monolith, Faune, What Wild Ecstasy – Hong Kong

The choice of programme was something of a curate’s egg – disappointingly so in view of the company’s rich repertoire – but two out of the four works were excellent and the dancing was spectacular.

Christopher Wheeldon with dancers Tiit Helimets & Sarah van Patten.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – A day with San Francisco Ballet

Dave Morgan spends a day with San Francisco Ballet, armed only with his camera…

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Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble – Carnival by Mark Morris, Rebirth – Pennsylvania

When it was announced that Mark Morris would choreograph a new piece for Philadelphia’s Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the collaboration sounded promising.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Wheeldon's Ghosts.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programme B: Tomasson, Wheeldon, Page – London

San Francisco’s second programme was better balanced than the first, with contrasting works created for the company within the past two years.

Jin Yao and Kostyantyn Keshyshev in Cinderella.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Cinderella – Hong Kong

I saw the first cast led by Jin Yao, the top ballerina in the company. Her acting was superb, and her dancing too had a warm glow throughout.

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programme A: Balanchine, Liang, Wheeldon – London

I loved the way the SFB dancers were so confident with the choreography (of Divertimento No 15), at ease after an understandably tense start.

Vito Mazzeo, Tiit Helimets & Sarah van Patten in Tomasson's Trio.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in London – Programme B

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

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