February 2016
Marco Flores and Olga Pericet in Paso a Dos.© Paco Villalta. (Click image for larger version)

Marco Flores and Olga Pericet – Paso a Dos – London

★★★✰✰ Cadiz-born Marco Flores and cordobesa Olga Pericet make a striking flamenco couple – he is tall and lanky, with sedate, flowing movements; she’s tiny, barely reaching his chin, and bristling with energy.

Ana Morales and Miguel Angel Cortes in De lo Jondo y Verdadero.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Esperanza Fernández in De lo Jondo y Verdadero

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sarah Lamb in Giselle.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★★✰ Lamb’s mad scene is all the more effective by starting as though she’s a broken porcelain doll, uncomprehending. She retreats into her herself in disbelief at Albrecht’s treachery.

Chitresh Das Dance Company in Shiva.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Chitresh Das Dance Company – Shiva – San Francisco

★★★✰✰ Death was long on Pandit Chitresh Das’ mind. Over the past decade, the world-renowned kathak master prompted his San Francisco–based dance company to consider “What will you do when I am no longer here?”

Pacific Northwest Ballet in David Dawson's A Million Kisses to my Skin.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – A Million Kisses to my Skin, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Emergence – New York

★★★✰✰ Overall, the impression was of a company in top form, at ease in a variety of styles. The dancers have an easy-going, open demeanor that makes even the knottiest works look more appealing.

Oxana Skorik in Raymonda.© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Raymonda – Washington

The Mariinsky Ballet brought Raymonda to Washington where Oksana Khadarina saw the opening night and gave it ★★★. A night later the performance got ★★★★ – different ballerinas, different result…

Uliana Lopatkina in The Dying Swan.© Jack Vartoogian. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, Program B – New York

★★✰✰✰ What’s going on in the head office at the Mariinsky Ballet?

Christopher Tandy in The Odyssey.© Nicole Guarino. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Bruce Company – The Odyssey – London

★★★★✰ This is a bold project, crammed with incident and detail, and highly atmospheric.

Jerome Tisserand and Lesley Rausch in Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Lindsay Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Square Dance, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto – New York

★★★★✰ Clarity of execution is a hallmark of this Seattle-based company, which has been led since 2005 by the former New York City Ballet star, Peter Boal.

Natalia Osipova in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Giselle

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding cast. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Vicente Amigo.© Lorenzo Duaso Polo. (Click image for larger version)

Vicente Amigo – In Concert – London

★★★★✰ Flamenco Festival London 2016 (at Sadler’s Wells) took a little diversion away from dance with guitarist Vicente Amigo presenting a night of his work. And OK, yes, there was some dance! Graham Watts reports…

Luke Crook and Monique Jonas in Hubert Essakow's Terra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Hubert Essakow – Terra – London

First some housekeeping: I saw the first night of “Terra”, which was a preview – the press night is the third performance (25 February). So see this as impressions of the show, and when I see “Terra” again, towards the end of the run, I’ll update.

Farruquito & Farruco in Buen Arate.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Farruquito & Farruco in Buen Arate

Gallery by Lidia Crisafulli…

Benjamin Warbis, Rob Bridger, Monique Jonas and Luke Crook in Hubert Essakow's Terra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hubert Essakow’s Terra

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

Mark Bruce Company in The Odyssey.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mark Bruce Company in The Odyssey

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Marc Stevenson in Quests.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tara D’Arquian – Quests – London

★★★✰✰ The action is arranged around a meta-narrative: the emotional breakdown of the trilogy’s fictitious stage director (Marc Stevenson) as he tries to write its first piece while dealing with the aftermath of his wife’s murder.

Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sara Mearns in Kim Brandstrup's Jeux.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Ash, This Bitter Earth, The Infernal Machine, Jeux, Paz de la Jolla – New York

★★★✰✰ Handsome to look at, with its film-noir lighting and flattering black 1940’s style dresses (by Marc Happel), Jeux nevertheless proves to be rather thin…

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, A Month in the Country – Birmingham

★★★✰✰ When I think of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) under David Bintley I think of tradition with a capital T and the latest double bill underlines that in spades.

Pam Tanowitz Dance, promotional picture.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Pam Tanowitz Dance – the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces, Heaven on One’s Head – New York

★★★✰✰ “There are choreographers who make one go hot and cold, and one of those, for me, is Pam Tanowitz.”

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