October 2014
Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela's Cassandra.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

BalletCollective – The Impulse Wants Company, Dear and Blackbirds, All That We See – New York

Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective company is a work in progress and unusually has a resident writer, Cynthia Zarin. Marina Harss, at New York’s Skirball Center, sees where they are all at…

Anna Nowak and James Pett in Wayne McGregor's Outlier.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Thomas Adès inspired bill: See the Music, Hear the Dance

Works by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Alexander Whitley. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s American Debut at the Lincoln Center

Having wowed London with three acclaimed seasons over the last six years, at last the Mikhailovsky Ballet make their American debut in NY. Lisa Snyder introduces the company and its repertoire…

Le Patin Libre in Vertical Influences.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Le Patin Libre – Vertical Influences – London

These dudes are clearly the surfers of the ice skating world; athletes who are creating a new freestyle version of their discipline…

Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela in the studio rehearsing Cassandra.© ROH / Andrej Uspenski, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Ludovic Ondiviela and Mara Galeazzi on making Cassandra

Ludovic Ondiviela is making his first full-length work, Cassandra, for the Royal Ballet. And Mara Galeazzi is back from retirement to help him. We catch up with them…

Ballet Spectacular book cover.© Carlton Kids, The Royal Ballet and respective photographers. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Ballet Spectacular: A children’s guide to ballet and an insight into a magical world.

A key to the book’s success is that it’s based on talking about one company – the Royal Ballet – and that makes all the information so much more real and immediate.

Alexandre Hamel, Taylor Dilley and Pascale Jodoin in Vertical Influences.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Le Patin Libre in Vertical Influences

Something rather unusual from Dance Umbrella – Ice Skating at the Alexandra Palace. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

American Ballet Theatre – Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta triple bills – New York

Critics have compared the new Liam Scarlett to Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering; if so, it’s as if Dances had been set in an unhappy corner of the planet, for a group of lost souls…

Beijing Dance Theater in Wild Grass.© Han Jiang. (Click image for larger version)

Beijing Dance Theater – Wild Grass – Washington

The dancers’ dedication and sense of purpose were genuine and consistently present; but I wasn’t moved.

Marcelo Gomes, Cory Stearns and Herman Cornejo in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Raymonda Divertissements, Jardin aux Lilas, Fancy Free – New York

“It was a hell of a performance.” Marina Harss on Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.

Kirsty Arnold (LCDS alumna) in Joanna Young's Army of Me.© Iain Payne. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – MA and Alumni Projects Upturn bill – London

…there’s a strong whiff of ‘experimental student’ here, but there’s also a good bit of talent on display.

Hee Seo and Marcelo Gomes in Liam Scarlett's With a Chance of Rain.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Gala: Rondo Capriccioso, With a Chance of Rain, Thirteen Diversions – New York

Liam Scarlett’s “With a Chance of Rain” premiere – It seemed Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo might never detach from each other in the final pas de deux…

Hannah Rudd and Dane Hurst rehearsing Terra Incognita.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Special Gallery – Rambert in the studio rehearsing Shobana Jeyasingh’s Terra Incognita

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

TAO Dance Theatre in 7.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

TAO Dance Theatre – 6, 7 – London

Tao Ye has a very singular, uncompromising vision. The works are stark and unadorned, using very simple vocabulary…

Aakash Odedra in Nritta.© Kajal Nisha Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 5: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Aakash Odedra Company, Sarasota Ballet – New York

The word transcendent gets tossed around a lot, overused, especially in the performing arts. But if one performer deserves it at this year’s Fall For Dance Festival, it is Aakash Odedra.

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Edgar Degas.© Oksana Khadarina. (Click image for larger version)

Degas’s Little Dancer

Washington is going Little Dancer mad with both an exhibition of the famous Edgar Degas sculpture and a new Susan Stroman musical based on the iconic art work with Tiler Peck in the lead…

Rambert in the studio - Luke Ahmet with rehearsal director Angela Towler.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Special Gallery – Rambert in the studio rehearsing The Strange Charm of Mother Nature and Rooster

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rupert Pennefather and Emma Maguire in A Month in the Country.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ashton quad bill – London

Jann Parry reviews Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country…

TAO Dance Theatre in 7.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – TAO Dance Theatre in 7

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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