April 2015
BOD.Y in BAKKHEIA - dancing on the edge.© Peter Snadik. (Click image for larger version)

Aerowaves – Spring Forward Festival of Contemporary Dance – Barcelona

Spring Forward is a three-day festival of contemporary dance, presented by Aerowaves, which confidently declares itself to be a ‘hub for dance discovery in Europe’…

Taras Domitro in Possokhov’s Swimmer.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Caprice, The Four Temperaments, Swimmer – San Francisco

Swimmer is one man’s journey from being the stereotypical breadwinner… to his own self-realisation in a kind of isolated freedom.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Ahnen.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Ahnen – London

Expecting the unexpected comes with the territory of any production by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and so even unplanned events can seem to be part of the show.

Anthony Missen in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty of the Beast – London

Beauty of the Beast – surely a contender for cleverest title of the year – is a fascinating study of how male behaviour evolves through the processes of their interaction.

Noélani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in Romeo and Juliet.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – Roméo et Juliette – London

Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette reduces Shakespeare’s poetic play to a graphic novel, illustrating every emotion in bold outlines.

Mark Morris Dance Group in Spring, Spring, Spring.© Ken Friedman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Pacific, Words, Whelm, Grand Duo, Crosswalk, Jenn and Spencer, and Spring, Spring, Spring – New York

Morris seems particularly interested in deploying turning and spinning movements these days; turns appear again and again in different forms in many of the new works, especially fast chaînés or dizzying rotations in one spot.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Revelations.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Odetta, Bad Blood, Caught, Revelations – San Francisco

The company has performed here annually since 1968 and considers Berkeley its home away from home, both for the synergy it feels with the Cal Performances staff and the receptive local audience.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Ahnen.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Ahnen

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Alexandra Cameron-Martin, Chantelle Gotobed, Arianna Mariachi, Chloe Lopez Gomez and Emma Lucibello in Kristen McNally's Mad Women.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre in the studio with Orbital Motion and Mad Women

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

George Oliveira (Mercutio) and Alvaro Prieto (Tybalt) in Romeo and Juliet.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in Romeo and Juliet

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Stella Abrera and Christine Shevchenko in Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas.© Rosalie O'Connor/Courtesy American Ballet Theatre.

San Francisco Ballet – 2016 Season Announced

Hot off the presses, San Francisco Ballet 2016 season announcement includes two world premieres, three full-length revivals and numerous bold-face names, including Forsythe, Ratmansky and Wheeldon…

Vadim Muntagirov and Laura Morera in La Fille mal gardée.© ROH, Tristram Kenton (Click image for larger version)

Laura Morera & Vadim Muntagirov – Royal Ballet Principals, on La Fille mal gardée

Jann Parry talks to Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov about all things La Fille mal gardée and a few other things too…

Rosie Kay in the studio.© Tim Cross. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay – Choreographer and Company Director, talking about the return of 5 Soldiers

5 Questions for Rosie Kay on the-up-and-coming national tour of ‘5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline’ – her powerful piece about war and those who fight for us.

NYCB in Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Symphonic Dances, Pictures at an Exhibition, This Bitter Earth, Everywhere We Go – Washington

New York City Ballet’s second bill in Washington was all about 21st-Century Choreographers, with works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck and Peter Martins.

Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken's Overworld.© Sarah Walker. (Click image for larger version)

Melbourne’s Dance Massive 2015, Rebecca Jensen & Sarah Aiken’s Overworld and the rise of spiritual & ritual contemporary dance

In its quasi-spiritual themes and framing, Overworld has tapped into an emerging trend in Melbourne contemporary dance, namely the creation of work that uses ritual as a thematic basis…

Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera and Paul Kay in La Fille mal gardée.© ROH, Tristram Kenton (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Fille mal gardée – London

We don’t give stars but if we did this would get 5. Not to be missed.

Miguel Altunaga and Itziar Mendizabal in rehearsal of Altunaga's And it’s you.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Miguel Altunaga’s And it’s you, rehearsals with Altunaga and Itziar Mendizabal

Gallery of pictures by Stephen Wright

Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae in La Fille mal gardée.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in La Fille mal gardée (Osipova / McRae)

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört – London

Auf dem Gebirge comes from her gloomy period, when she was more concerned with the imagery her performers could dig out of themselves than with their abilities as dancers.

Theo Clinkard in Chalk.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Theo Clinkard’s Of Land and Tongue, Chalk

Gallery of pictures by Stephen Wright

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