August 2015
Aparupa Chatterjee in Brajaku Chora.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Part 2 indoors – New York

As on the previous evening, various schools of Indian dance were on view, revealing fascinating echoes and differences between them.

Irina Kolesnikova in La Bayadere.© Konstanin Tachkin. (Click image for larger version)

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre – La Bayadere – London

I’m rather conflicted about the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) La Bayadere. On the one hand I recognise some great dancers and dancing when I see it and on the other hand none of it really added up to create a truly satisfying whole.

Wolfgang Stange and Amici Dance Theatre Company in the studio.© Sheila Burnett. (Click image for larger version)

All about Amici and its director Wolfgang Stange

“You’re never too disabled, too blind, too old or too proud to be able to perform.” – Wolfgang Stange. Jann Parry on the man, the company and their new show, 35 Amici Drive…

Leo Dixon and Georgina Connolly in Valentino Zucchetti's Orbital Motion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre and Guests – Dancing for Nepal – London

The overall standard of dancing of both NEBT and guests was very good – if the choreography was rather more mixed.

Paloma Herrera in a studio photograph for Sleeping Beauty.© Juan Mathé. (Click image for larger version)

Paloma Herrera – former American Ballet Theatre Principal, dancer and teacher

Next year I want to dedicate more time to teaching, and finally bring out my clothing line, under the brand Paloma Herrera…

Theo TJ Lowe in An Emotion is The Body's Reaction To the Mind.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Theo TJ Lowe in An Emotion is The Body’s Reaction To the Mind

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Jonathan Watkins.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Jonathan Watkins – Choreographer, on his new 1984 for Northern Ballet

5 Questions to Jonathan Watkins about his new 1984 for Northern Ballet – premiering 5 September in Leeds…

Rakesh Sai Babu in Dandi.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance – New York

But the highlight of the evening—in part because of its novelty— were the two dances performed by Rakesh Sai Babu, the young male dancer specializing in the much less familiar Chhau dance style…

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – Traveling Alone, Starting Over at the End, Back To – New York

Amy Seiwert, a San Francisco-based choreographer, is gifted. For the last several years, she has held the position of Choreographer in Residence at Smuin Ballet, where she has arguably surpassed her mentor, the troupe’s founding father, Michael Smuin, in choreographic talent…

Abigail Mattox and Gyrogy Baan in Daniela Cardim Fonteyne's Tangents.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre and Special Guests – Dancing for Nepal

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Emery LeCrone in the studio.© Rosalie O’Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Emery LeCrone – Joyce Theater Ballet Festival bill – New York

I want to see what LeCrone can do with more bodies and longer pieces.

Martina Bussi.© Motionhouse. (Click image for larger version)

Martina Bussi – Motionhouse dancer on Dancing with Diggers in Fragile

It’s always very exciting working with the company because you get to do things dancers wouldn’t normally do….

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – London

Kolesnikova supplies such poetry and ardour in her finely judged delivery of the role that it is definitely worth seeing for that alone…

Alexei Ratmansky.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky – Simple and Wise, a Q&A about Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT

Q: What have you learned about Petipa from the notations? Ans: Looking at the notations changed my taste. Honestly, I just can’t stand seeing productions of the classics any more, because I know how far it is from Petipa’s intentions…

Irina Kolesnikova in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – St Peterburg Ballet Theatre, with Irina Kolesnikova, in Swan Lake

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Ballet X in Sunset, o639 Hours.© Alexander Iziliaev. (Click image for larger version)

BalletX – Sunset, o639 Hours – New York

A diverse company tells this story, thankfully. The women in particular are diverse in their movement quality, and Felesina is a standout among them.

LeeSaar The Company in Grass and Jackals.© David Andrako. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva and LeeSaar The Company – B/olero, Grass and Jackals – New York

Grass and Jackals possesses what B/olero leaves wanting. Oversized eyebrows painted on each dancer…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Facada.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – Solo for Two: Zeitgeist, Mozart & Salieri, Facada – New York

Dancers should be allowed to have fun, especially when they’ve worked as hard as Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova…

Chamber Dance Project in Exit Wounds...and Then They Come Home.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Chamber Dance Project – Joyce Theater Ballet Festival bill – New York

Chamber Dance Project is essentially what it says on the tin: a small dance troupe which performs to live chamber music.

Luke Schaufuss and Sarah Thompson in La Sylphide.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Queensland Ballet – La Sylphide – London

Australian audiences are lucky to have La Sylphide in Queensland Ballet’s repertoire…

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