October 2013
Juliet Burnett.© James Braund & Australian Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 3

Juliet Burnett (a Senior Artist with Australian Ballet) is in unchartered territory – injured and offstage for the first time in over 10 years. We are following her rehab – Part 3: “Now pain-free…”

Sam Coren, Bruno Karim Guillore and Philip Hulford in Hofesh Shechter's Sun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hofesh Shechter Company in Sun

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Mora Godoy in Chantecler Tango.© Federico DeBartolo. (Click image for larger version)

Mora Godoy – Chantecler Tango – Paris

…Chantecler Tango’s assertion that it is “bringing the genre up to date” should be taken with a pinch of salt, but expectations were high for the first tango musical staged in Paris since Tanguera, created in 2002.

Boston Ballet in La Bayadere.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – La Bayadere – Boston

As for the whole ballet, it’s a 19th century expression of the racist Orientalist view that says India is a land of groveling slaves and despotic rajahs, unbridled lust and pervasive corruption, abundant opium and yielding odalisques. …Once past all that, however, it’s a lavish and thrilling spectacle with abundant pleasures for eye and ear.

Zahra Killeen-Chance in To be Glorified.© Solomon Mortimer. (Click image for larger version

Zahra Killeen-Chance – To Be Glorified – Auckland

To be Glorified was a seductive foray into relational aesthetics which resulted in around 30% of the performance material being provided by the audience….

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Cinderella – New York

San Francisco Ballet continued their East Coast season with the New York premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella. The staging is lavish…

Houston Ballet in Mark Morris's Pacific.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – Pacific, Twilight, Solo, Play – New York

Houston Ballet made a quick visit to the Joyce in NY last week. Its single program included works by Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Hans van Manen and Stanton Welch – Marinna Harss reviews…

Twyla Tharp.© Richard Avedon. (Click image for larger version)

Bringing Twyla Tharp’s Bach Partita Back

Because of the ephemeral nature of choreography, it’s unusual for a ballet that has lain dormant for decades to return to life. But this fall, it will…

Eifman Ballet in Anna Karenina.© Hana Kudryashova. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Anna Karenina – Hong Kong

Quintessential Eifman packed with athletic choreography, striking theatrical effects and superb dancing, it makes gripping entertainment if not high art.

Hannah Vassallo as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.© Simon Annand. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – New York

For all Bourne’s imagination, his version makes even less sense than the original.

Boy Blue Entertainment in The Five and the Prophecy of Prana.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue Entertainment – The Five and the Prophecy of Prana – London

The longest and most technically ambitious performance work created by the company to date, it’s an adrenaline-fuelled collision of thunderous beats, physical feats and striking visuals…

Julia Gillespie and the company in Barak Marshall's The Castaways.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – The Castaways, Subterrain, The Comedy of Change – London

There are many stand-out moments in Marshall’s work, in its humour, visual impact and through the regular break-away from the spoken text in synchronised group dancing to catchy tunes of a middle-eastern, gypsy or Yiddish style…

Kristjan Ingimarsson in BLAM!.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Kristjan Ingimarsson / Neander in BLAM!

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

CCDC in Lai Tak-wai's Timeline.© Cheung Chi Wai. (Click image for larger version)

City Contemporary Dance Company – It’s My Turn showcase – Hong Kong

It’s My Turn is the 2013 edition of City Contemporary Dance Company’s annual showcase for new choreography… Although this wasn’t a vintage year, all four pieces offered something to enjoy…

Rambert in Barak Marshall's The Castaways.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Barak Marshall’s The Castaways

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Carlos Garbin, Mark Lorimer, Chrysa Parkinson, Sue Yeon Youn and Sandy Williams in En Atendant.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – En Atendant, Cesena – New York

…for all that, the experience of watching En Atendant and Cesena was not an arid one. Instead, the two works managed to build an ascetic aura, like witnessing (or even taking part in) a kind of monastic ritual.

Alina Cojocaru and Vadim Muntagirov in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire (premiere) – Milton Keynes

A first night of superlatives and Tamara Rojo’s done the country (not just London) a terrific service in her first full-evening commission. You’d be daft to miss Le Corsaire as it tours the UK. Bravo all.

Evgenia Obraztsovain Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet (Obraztsova and McRae)

Casting of Evgenia Obraztsova and Steven McRae

Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in Romeo and Juliet.© ROH/Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet (Cuthbertson and Bonelli) – London

Cuthbertson isn’t one of those tiny doll-like Juliets who can get through the first scene on sweetness alone. Instead she gives hints of gaucheness …you’’d bet heavily against her wardrobe being mainly pink.

Terez Dean and Eduardo Permuy in Jirí Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land.© Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – XXtremes: Seiwert, Kylian and Smuin bill – San Francisco

Earlier this month Smuin Ballet danced their XXtremes bill in San Francisco with works by Amy Seiwert, Jiri Kylian and Michael Smuin. Aimée Tsao with thoughts on the bill and where the company might be heading…

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