May 2016
dotdotdot dance publicity image.© Luis Camacho. (Click image for larger version)

dotdotdot dance – Sadler’s Wells Wild Card bill – London

★★★✰✰   The three members of dotdotdot dance – Magdalena Mannion, Yinka Esi Graves and Noemi Luz – are British women with a passion for flamenco dance and its theatrical possibilities.

Gary Avis and Francesca Hayward in The Invitation.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Obsidian Tear (premiere), The Invitation, Within the Golden Hour – London

★★★★✰   The range of roles shows the Royal Ballet dancers, up-and-coming soloist, established principals and character artists, at their very best.

Daniel White in Suite Saint-Saens.© Lucas Chilczuk. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group – An Evening of Dance – New York

★★★✰✰   The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, a pre-professional troupe of young dancers under the direction of David Robertson, performed a mixed but very split bill on Thursday night, roughly dividing the six-work program into two moods: spring/summer and dark and stormy.

Miriam Miller and Anthony Huxley in Midsummer Night’s Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream – New York

★★★★✰   But the kids are just one element of what makes Midsummer tick. Another is the intelligence and efficiency with which the ballet tells its story.

Calvin Richardson and Edward Watson in Obsidian Tear.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Obsidian Tear and The Invitation

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in La Fille mal gardée.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – La Fille Mal Gardée – New York

★★★★★   La Fille Mal Gardée is a ballet that glows from within, lighthearted, tender and bursting with happy ideas.

Tim Hodges (Mr Hyde) in Jekyll & Hyde.© Manuel Harlan. (Click image for larger version)

The McOnie Company – Jekyll and Hyde – London

★★★✰✰   Drew McOnie’s aim in his dance-theatre version of Jekyll and Hyde is to tell a ripping yarn without the use of words. He’s very much a Matthew Bourne disciple…

Andrew Bartee, Scott Fowler, Christoph von Riedemann, Alexis Fletcher, Emily Chessa, Kirsten Wicklund and Brandon Alley in Crystal Pite's Solo Echo.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016 – Ballet BC, Shun Ito/Kei Miyata/EEIH, Motionhouse & free events

★★★✰✰   IDFB is great for Birmingham and I hope those in and around the city filled their boots.

Publicity picture for Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

★★★★✰   The work is proof that inventiveness is more important than a huge budget.

Tobias Batley in Jonathan Watkins' 1984.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – 1984 – London

★★★★✰   …an excellent reminder of how enduring Orwell’s work is, and how powerful a channel ballet can be for complex human emotions like distrust and defeat.

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – Harlequinade, The Wedding Procession, Walpurgis Night – New York

★★★✰✰   This is no second-rate student group. The Gelsey Kirkland Academy is doing something right.

Kenneth Tindall.© Christina Birrer. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Kenneth Tindall about his new Casanova for Northern Ballet

“He lived a life of excess and theatrical flare!” Kenneth Tindall on Casanova.

Olga Smirnova amd Semyon Chudin in The Sleeping Beauty.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – Moscow

★★★✰✰   Olga Smirnova danced the role of Aurora. Smirnova is a dancer with impressive physical gifts: beautiful proportions, a long elegant line, a supple back and expressive arms…

Dreda Blow (Jane) in Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – Doncaster

★★★★✰   It’s actually the best new narrative work I’ve seen Northern Ballet do in many years.

American Ballet Theatre in Chamber Symphony part of Shostakovich Trilogy. © Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Shostakovich Trilogy – New York

★★★✰✰   Shostakovich Trilogy is a rich work, containing too much to take in at a single sitting. It reveals some of its secrets, but not all.

Gregory Lau in Hans van Manen’s Solo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) – Schubert, Sad Case, Some Other Time, mutual comfort, Solo, Cacti – London

★★✰✰✰   Hans van Manen’s Solo for three men comes as a blessed relief for its luscious co-ordination and witty response to Bach’s Violin Partita.

New York City Ballet in Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Hallelujah Junction, Duo Concertant, Western Symphony – New York

★★★★✰   Balanchine himself once said that Serenade is “many things to many people.” If it is one thing to City Ballet, it is the single ballet which they are expected to do perfectly every time.

Cesar Corrales, winner of the Emerging Dancer and People's Choice Awards.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition 2016

English National Ballet recently held their 2016 Emerging Dancer Competition at the London Palladium. Bruce Marriott reports on a good event done well…

Benjamin Behrends in Sad Case.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in Schubert, Sad Case and Some Other Time

NDT2 in works by Sol Leon & Paul Lightfoot. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Mark Morris Dance Group in The.© Mat Hayward. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Cargo, A Forest, Foursome, The – New York

★★★✰✰   Every few years the Mark Morris Dance Group presents an evening of dances at the company’s Brooklyn headquarters, a nondescript brick building across from BAM…

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