October 2015
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz in Partita 2.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz – Partita 2 – New York

Like her recent “Cesena and En Atendant”, “Partita 2” is very much about the experience of listening.

James Whiteside in Marcelo Gomes’ AfterEffect.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – AfterEffect, (Company B, The Green Table) – New York

…mostly the ballet (AfterEffect) is an enthusiastic love letter from Gomes to his company, and was received as such by the enthusiastic audience at the Koch…

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2015 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards,

Filip Michalak and Beata Giza in Body Master.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Fun, Death and the Maiden, Body Master – Warsaw

Unlike Kylián, Weiss generally works from an overt storyline and her own libretto for Body Master is loosely based on the life of Gordon Craig, the English pioneer of modernist theatre…

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in his Carmen.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Carmen, Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky pas de deux – London

Acosta’s Carmen is far from a disaster, propelled by committed performances and Tim Hatley’s dramatic designs…

Ballet Memphis in Gabrielle Lamb's I Am A Woman: Moult.© Ari Denison. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Memphis – Confluence, I Am a Woman: Moult, The Darting Eyes, Politics – New York

Without a doubt, the most eccentric piece on the program is Gabrielle Lamb’s I Am a Woman: Moult, originally commissioned as part of an evening of works by women choreographers. (A noble cause.) …

Dane Hurst in O'dabo.© Stuart Leech. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst and dancers at Dulwich Picture Gallery – Prud’hon: The Moving Body – London

A good night, illustrated by 24 pictures in total – a full gallery scattered amongst the text…

Amaresha Kempanna and Charan C S in Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy's NH7.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Out of India: Modern Moves – About NH7, Trikonanga, Nerves – London

This challenging programme presents three very different takes on modern dance, each rooted in the vernacular of India, then and now.

Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb in Afternoon of a Faun.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Carmen, Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun and Tchaikovsky pas de deux

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

ABT in The Green Table.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – After You, Le Spectre de la Rose, Valse Fantaisie, The Green Table, Valse Fantaisie, Company B – New York

A highlight of the season is the return of Kurt Jooss’s The Green Table, made in 1932. This meditation on the folly of war in eight scenes has lost none of its punch…

Tristan Koepke, Dustin Maxwell and Dolo McComb in Chris Schlichting's Stripe Tease.© Tom Brazil, courtesy Danspace Project. (Click image for larger version)

Chris Schlichting / Danspace Project – Stripe Tease – New York

The Walker Art Center classifies Schlichting’s work as ‘movement art,’ and there does seem to be some truth in this.

James Cousins Company in There We have Been.© David Foulkes. (Click image for larger version)

James Cousins Company – Without Stars, There We have Been – London

James Cousins is back at the Place in London after extensively touring his double bill inspired by Haruki Murakami’s book “Norwegian Wood”. 11 months on Graham Watts looks at the show afresh…

Aakash Odedra in Murmur.© Ars Electronica Linz GmbH / Veronika Pauser. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Ink, Murmur – New York

…a perfect example of what can happen when an exceptional practitioner is led astray by an excess of theatrical ideas and special effects.

Hemabharathy Palani in her Trikonanga.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Out of India – Modern Moves: NH7, Trikonanga (Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Gillian Murphy and Sterling Baca in After You by Mark Morris.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – After You, Monotones I & II, Brahms-Haydn Variations – New York

ABT galas are more laid-back than City Ballet’s; they’re less “produced,” with fewer speeches or slick video presentations. For the most part, the company just gets on with the show, with minimum fuss.

English National Ballet in Romeo and Juliet.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Bristol

I rather warm to the Nureyev Romeo – its the big gory sweep of it, with more focus on the family feuding and a cinematic approach.

La Veronal in Voronia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

La Veronal – Voronia – London

What does all this mean? Beats me.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Balanchine's Theme and Variations.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Themes & Variations, Enigma Variations, The King Dances – London

The 28-strong cast rose to the challenge of Themes and Variations, with its tricky footwork and complicated formations…

La Veronal in Voronia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – La Veronal in Voronia (Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

H2DANCE in Staging Ages.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

H2DANCE – Staging Ages – London

Packed overfull with ideas, it’s a way of looking at how our behaviour changes over the years, while we continue to feel much the same inside.

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