November 2015
José Manuel Carreño.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

José Manuel Carreño – Artistic director of Silicon Valley Ballet

José Manuel Carreño on being a great Cuban dancer, now director of Silicon Valley Ballet, and the strong relations developing between the USA and Cuba and what that means for ballet.

Marie-Louise Hertog in Henry.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Scapino Ballet in Henry

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Flora Wellesley Wesley and Eleanor Sikorski in Eleanor And Flora Music by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nora – BLOODY NORA!, Eleanor And Flora Music, Digging – London

Endearing, intelligent and enterprising, Sikorski and Wellesley Wesley will find the right format for Nora to flourish.

Karla Doorbar and Joseph Caley in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan of Sir Peter Wright’s much admired production now being danced on its 25th anniversary…

Nathan Young and Adam Kirkham in Piece No.43.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Conceal | Reveal bill – London

It sounds like a great combination, and had some stunning moments, but turned out to be an oddly uneven experience in the theatre…

Flora Wellesley Wesley and Eleanor Sikorski in BLOODY NORA! by Liz Aggiss.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nora in BLOODY NORA!, Eleanor And Flora Music, Digging

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Yu-Hsien Wu, Adam Kirkham and Nathan Young in Broken Fall.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Russell Maliphant Company in Conceal | Reveal bill

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

From an English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's class.© Rachel Cherry. (Click image for larger version)

Dance for Parkinson’s and English National Ballet

Last month English National Ballet and Roehampton University held an event at London’s Sadler’s Wells to talk about their joint work on helping those with Parkinson’s disease: “Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward”. Jann Parry reports for DanceTabs…

Ballet Hispanico in If Walls Could Speak.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – If Walls Could Speak – New York

A sparse, small apartment contains much of the drama in Fernando Melo’s If Walls Could Speak, an evening-length premiere for Ballet Hispanico.

Members of Kidd Pivot and students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance in Crystal Pite's Polaris.© Kevin Yatarola for Lincoln Center. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès: Concentric Paths — Movements in Music – Works by Armitage, McGregor, Pite, Whitley – New York

While this is a generalization, it’s safe to say the most hotly anticipated work of the night was Pite’s Polaris, set to Adès’ work of the same name.

Nancy Nerantzi and Liam Riddick in Martin Lawrance’s Burning.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Espresso Vivace, Mazur, Burning, Brisk Singing – London

Richard Alston Dance Company Espresso Vivace, Mazur, Burning, Brisk Singing London, Richmond Theatre 19 November 2015 www.richardalstondance.com Petite though it is, Richmond Theatre doesn’t proffer much of a sense of intimacy: its ornate…

Aakash Odedra in Murmur 2.0.© Sean Goldthorpe. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Murmur 2.0 – London

Odedra undoubtedly feels passionate about dyslexia …and succeeds here in making what might seem an unlikely subject into a compelling account of struggle and wonder.

Beata Giza and Beniamin Citkowski in Phaedra.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Phaedra, The Tempest – Gdansk

It seems now to be a given that any new work by Izadora Weiss will combine dramatic, narrative-based dance theatre with a profound visual impact, danced to challenging, powerful music.

Akram Khan – Kaash – San Francisco

In Khan’s choreography, kathak’s warp-speed spins and fierce gestures are immediately recognizable yet subverted and sculpted by contemporary weightedness and extended lines.

Paco Peña.© and courtesy Paco Peña, Columbia Artists Management Inc. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña – Flamencura – New York

Peña’s show, which came to the The Town Hall for a single performance, uses an extremely spare model – flamenco performance as family gathering.

Royal New Zealand Ballet in Anatomy of a Passing Cloud by Javier de Frutos.© Evan Li. (Click image for larger version)

Royal New Zealand Ballet – A Passing Cloud 4 bill – London

The solemnity of the middle section of the programme is alleviated by irreverent visions of heaven and hell…

Jean Butler, with cellist Neil Martin, in this is an Irish dance.© Ian Douglas/courtesy Danspace Project. (Click image for larger version)

Jean Butler – this is an Irish dance – New York

Butler is making a very obvious departure from the stringent formalities of traditional Irish dance.

Valeri Hristov, Marianela Nunez and Edward Watson in Monotones II.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version

Royal Ballet – Monotones I & II, The Two Pigeons – London

Monotones II: Audiences are now accustomed to the manic acrobatic contortions of modern choreography, so it is rewarding to see the rigour with which the three performers (Marianela Nunez, Valeri Hristov and Edward Watson) control their elasticity.

Logo for British Dance Edition 2016

Programme for British Dance Edition 2016 announced

British Dance Edition (BDE), has announced its programme of performances for the 2016 showcase which is taking place in Wales for the first time – 15 – 18 March 2016.

Adam Kirkham, Carys Staton and Nathan Young in Russell Maliphant's Broken Fall.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Inheriting Broken Fall – New Russell Maliphant dancers take on a legendary piece of dance

An interview with Adam Kirkham, Carys Staton, Nathan Young and Yu-Hsien Wu of Russell Maliphant Company as they take on roles first created by Guillem and the BalletBoyz. Also advice to graduating students and discussion of Maliphant’s approach to creating new work…

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