March 2016
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Robert Battle's Awakening.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Awakening, A Case of You, Revelations – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave two new works their West Coast premieres on Tuesday at Zellerbach Hall, the opening night of its annual residency at Cal Performances in Berkeley.

Bárbara Astorga and Ommaira Kangas in Evidencia.© Pau Ros. (Click image for larger version)

AVA Dance Company, Compañia Lucia Marote & Compañia Elephant in the Black Box – Ellas Crean Festival – Madrid

★★★✰✰   Now in its twelfth year, Ellas Crean features eighty multidisciplinary events, including many theatre, dance and music premieres. This particular dance triple bill was accompanied by a fascinating exhibition…

Richard Alston Dance Company in An Italian in Madrid.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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Natalie Trewinnard in Snow White.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

BalletLORENT – Snow White – London

★★★★✰   It’s taken me a while to catch up with Lorent but my goodness I won’t miss much from here on.

Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance in Taylor's Dilly Dilly.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance – David H. Koch season – New York

★★★✰✰   The past few years have seen the beginning of a transformation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company – or, rather, as it’s now known, of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance. The company is looking to the future…

Juilliard Dance in Jiri Kylian's Symphony of Psalms.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Juilliard Dance – Roses, Moves, Symphony of Psalms – New York

★★★✰✰   The dancers are young, but already skilled. They’re well trained, well-rounded. But they don’t yet have strong artistic personalities. That can be a good thing…

balletLORENT in Snow White.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Arthur Pita's Cristaux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Cristaux, To Begin, Begin, Storyville – London

★★★★✰   I’ve long admired Ballet Black’s efforts to make ballet a more accessible art form to both dancers and audiences who’ve historically been excluded from it.

Rocio Molina in Danzaora & Vinatica.© Luiz C Ribeiro. (Click image for larger version)

Compania Rocio Molina – Danzaora & Vinática – New York

★★★★★ Molina and her musicians capture flamenco’s traditional spirit and show its future…

Cira Robinson and Damien Johnson in Christopher Hampson's Storyville.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

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Bartabas in Golgota.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bartabas & Andrés Marín – Golgota – London

★★★★✰ Golgota has a strong visual appeal, broadly consistent with the religious imagery in the paintings of El Greco and another 17th Century Spanish painter, Francisco de Zurbarán.

Marc Brew in For Now, I am...© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Marc Brew Company – For Now, I am… – London

★★★★✰ Solo performances do not get more personal, or more powerful, than this.

Andrés Marín and Bartabas in Golgota.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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Camille Boitel's L’Immédiat.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Camille Boitel – L’Immédiat – New York

★★★★✰ L’Immédiat is an exquisite work of physical theatre, combining acrobatics, pantomime and performance art.

Rambert in Patricia Okenwa's Hydrargyrum.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Hydrargyrum, The 3 Dancers, Terra Incognita – Woking

★★★✰✰ I also note it was an all female choreographers bill – no big thing was made of this and that’s just where we all need to get to.

New York City Ballet in Peter Martins’ staging of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – Washington

★★★✰✰ In his staging of La Sylphide, Martins not only removes the intermission, thus shortening the performance time, he also accelerates the pace of the events. It feels as if the story rushes at you with…

Jaqlin Medlock, Joshua Tuason, Davalois Fearon and Nicholas Sciscione in MiddleSexGorge.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Stephen Petronio Company – Glacial Decoy, Big Daddy (Deluxe), MiddleSexGorge – New York

★★★★✰ A former member of Trisha Brown’s troupe, Petronio staged Glacial as the second effort in his “Bloodlines” project, a series honouring his key influences…

Marc Brew in For Now, I am...© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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Aron Blom in Golden Hours (As You Like It).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/ Rosas – Golden Hours (As you like it) – London

★✰✰✰✰ This abstract, largely silent interpretation of As You Like It ( a Shakespeare comedy I have never seen danced before) was so unintelligible that I might as well have been hearing it spoken in Urdu.

Frances Chung and Vitor Luiz in Balanchine's Coppélia.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Coppélia – San Francisco

★★★★✰ It’s a treat to be in the theater when a dancer achieves a triumphant performance…

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