November 2013
Baltic Dance Theatre in The Rite of Spring.© Krzysztof Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rite of Spring – Warsaw

This is as powerful as dance theatre gets and a bill that connects and chimes with us all.

Mark Morris Dance Group in A Wooden Tree.© Tim Summers. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Programme B: Excursions, A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer, Festival Dance – London

In this programme we got some shiny new toys, maybe quirkier than we imagined, but some definitely to keep and treasure.

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan in Swan Lake.© Marina Panova. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan – Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet – Guildford

As its whistle-stop tour drew to its final week, the Russian State Ballet settled down for three consecutive days at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Ballet San Jose flyer for the 2013 Benefit Gala.© Ballet San Jose. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – 2013 Benefit Gala – San Jose

This was an evening not to be missed. Newly appointed Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, made sure that the quality of the eighteen guest artists for Ballet San Jose’s Gala Performance would tantalise even the most skeptical dance fan.

Julie Cunningham, Harry Alexander, Oxana Panchenko and Melissa Hetherington in the 'Albatross' section of All Three at Once.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Clark Company – All Three at Once – London

They say of designer Paul Smith that his style is ‘classic with a twist’ and the same might often be said of Michael Clark – classical (ballet) steps with a twist or…

Juliet Burnett in Paquita.© Jeff Busby for Australian Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Juliet Burnett on Injury and Rehab – part 4 and back on stage

Someone wise once said that the journey is as important as the destination…

Christopher Bordenave in Idan Sharabi's Spider on a Mirror.© Sandy Lee. (Click image for larger version)

Zhukov Dance Theatre – Enlight, Spider on a Mirror – San Francisco

At times the choreography doesn’t seem to fit this space… Nonetheless, the dancers do a remarkable job with what they are given.

Ed Pearce of BalletBoyz The Talent 2013.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz: The Talent 2013 – Serpent, Fallen – London

…very definitely worth catching for an energetic and engrossing evening of dance.

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan in The Nutcracker.© Marina Panova. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan – The Nutcracker – Dorking

The fact that the company’s 30-piece orchestra was there accompanying the dancers helped elevate the atmosphere to something special.

Alicia Amatriain and Alexander Jones in The Taming of the Shrew.© Stuttgart Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Stuttgart Ballet – The Taming of the Shrew – London

So the company showed well enough to save the afternoon – but how much better they would look in a stronger piece.

Poster image for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.© Image by Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – Washington

Throughout the piece, Bourne’s choreography is highly theatrical and vigorous but only intermittently compelling …the chief pleasure of the evening was the highly-spirited and convincing performance of the entire cast.

Jenn Weddel, Stacy Martorana and Rita Donahue in L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato – New York

L’Allegro, with its painterly tableaux, classical references, and unselfconscious evocations of sex and death, feels both ancient – almost pagan – and perfectly of our time…

The legs of Benjamin Warbis + the company in Albatross.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Michael Clark Company in Albatross

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Darrin M. Wright, Luke Miller, Ching-I Chang, Christopher Adams and Kristin Clotfelter in Play/Pause.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Marshall & Company – Play/Pause – New York

The gulf between commercial dance – the kind one sees in TV ads, music videos, and on shows like So You Think You Can Dance – and theatrical dance is disconcerting….

Josh Wille in Jose Agudo's Ki.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Particle Velocity tour – London

Phoenix Dance Theatre are part way through their Autumn “Particle Velocity” tour – Paul Arrowsmith caught up with them in London at their Royal Opera House Linbury performances…

Picture as provide by Sadler's Wells/Stuttgart: Unstated dancers in unstated dance work photographed by unstated photographer with unstated/unknown copyright.

Stuttgart Ballet – Made in Germany bill – London

Reid Anderson can certainly pick dancers and choreographers in the making. We really do need to see Stuttgart Ballet more often in order to keep up with his discoveries.

Michael Cook and Natalia Magnicaballi in Duo Concertant.© Linda Spillers. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Pas de Dix, Duo Concertant, Tempo di Valse, Agon – Washington

…offered a perfect Balanchine sampler, bringing together an assortment of ballets, full of unexpected juxtapositions, from very different periods of the choreographer’s long career.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Edwaard Liang's Finding Light.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Liang / Maliphant / Wheeldon – An evening Featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan – London

No sets – just glorious lighting designs playing essential roles in the performances.

Sharon Watson.© Richard Moran. (Click image for larger version)

Sharon Watson – Artistic director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

Funding is my biggest frustration. Compared to others, we receive peanuts. We have to strip everything back. That can be healthy – forcing me to scrutinise why I want something and concentrating on production values.

© Jarkko Lehmus.

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: 35 Days Later

“Today I’d like to talk, rather than whinge, about responsibility and communication…”

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