March 2015
Rachael McLaren and Yannick Lebrun in Bad Blood.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Odetta, Uprising, Night Creature, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, Bad Blood, After the Rain pas de deux, Revelations – Boston

The second night… this was by far the best program I’ve ever seen Ailey offer: five pieces, each as good as the others in its different way…

Scottish Ballet – Chief Executive Change

The Board of Scottish Ballet announces today, Monday 30 March 2015, that, for personal reasons, Cindy Sughrue, is stepping down…

Benjamin Ella, Tomas Mock, Kristen McNally, James Hay and Solomon Golding in Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Four Temperaments, Untouchable (Shechter premiere), Song of the Earth – London

It’s a truism that any startlingly new dance-maker without an early elite training will have based his (or her) choreography on their own physique…

Xiomara Reyes in Rodeo.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Theme and Variations, Pillar of Fire, Rodeo – Washington

Nothing can ignite a cowboy’s imagination better than the fluttery ruffles of a voluminous skirt…

Derrick Agnoletti and Aaron Rogers in Alexander Ekman's Episode 31.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – Incantations, Son of Chamber Symphony, Bells, Episode 31 – San Francisco

As always, it’s a pleasure to see the Joffrey Ballet, especially since 2007 when artistic director Ashley Wheater assumed his post and began a terrific revival of the company…

Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Dance Company) in Robert Cohan's Sigh.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Cohan at 90 – Gala evening at The Place – London

The opening and closing pieces showed how skilfully Cohan responds to dancers whose training and experience are very different from the Graham-based technique on which he drew for many decades.

Izabela Szylinska in On The Nature of Things.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Armitage Gone! Dance – On the Nature of Things – New York

Karole Armitage is in a groove, and it’s environmental. On the Nature of Things, presented at the American Museum of Natural History, is her latest in a string of works addressing the all too rapid ecological devastation humans are wreaking on the planet.

Sunbee Han, Sooraj Subramaniam, Emily Pottage, Avatâra Ayuso and Richard Causer in Bayadere - The Ninth Life.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Bayadere: The Ninth Life – London

Contemporary dance pioneer Shobana Jeyasingh takes a bold, inspired step along her chosen route of exploring marginality and difference with this latest Royal Ballet commissioned work.

Sooraj Subramaniam in Bayadere - The Ninth Life.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Bayadere – The Ninth Life

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tobias Batley as Gatsby, Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Guiliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby.© E. Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – London

David Nixon must be able to lay claim to being the most prolific creator of full-length narrative ballets at work today…

Kristen McNally and Solomon Golding (both kneeling) in Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Four Temperaments, Untouchable, Song of the Earth

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Jinhao Zhang in The Dying Swan.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition 2015

Like ENB at large, the eight finalists for 2015 are a noticeably international bunch, representing Germany, America, Ukraine, Brazil, China and the UK between them.

Eifman Ballet in Up & Down.© Evgeny Matveev. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Up & Down – St. Petersburg

IMHO, there is no better story-telling choreographer around today….

Josie G. Sadan in The Invention of Wings by Brenda Way and KT Nelson.© Andrew Weeks photography. (Click image for larger version)

ODC/Dance – Dead Reckoning, The Invention of Wings – San Francisco

ODC boasts world-class contemporary dancers, and they moved with weight, intention and a compelling tenderness…

Javier Torres and Dreda Blow in The Great Gatsby.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Northern Ballet in The Great Gatsby

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Robert Kleinendorst and Michael Trusnovec in Sunset.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor – Sunset, Death and the Damsel, Brandenburgs, Company B, Passacaglia and Fugue, Piazzolla Caldera – New York

The Paul Taylor Dance Company, rechristened Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, is in the midst of its yearly three-week New York run at the Koch Theater. This is a pivotal time for the company…

Boston Ballet in Hans van Manen's Black Cake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Shades of Sound: Chroma, Episodes, Black Cake – Boston

All three performances brought home the fact that this is a very strong company with the skills to perform any choreography that comes its way…

Jinhao Zhang and Isabelle Brouwers in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Melissa Hamilton and Gary Avis in Alastair Marriott's Lieder pas de deux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ann Maguire Gala – pieces by Alastair Marriott and Wayne McGregor

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Mathilde Froustey and Carlos Quenedit in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Don Quixote – San Francisco

Principal dancers Mathilde Froustey and Carlos Quenedit were exactly what the audience wanted on opening night.

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