September 2016
Marianna Krempeniou, Liam Riddick, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Nancy Nerantzi and Elly Braund in Richard Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Richard Alston, Aszure Barton, Wendy Whelan, Edward Watson, Grupo Corpo – New York

★★★✰✰   One of this recurring festival’s strongest selling selling points is the serendipity of its pairings. You pay $15 and get a grab-bag of dance in return. You’re bound to like something.

Yuhui Choe and Valentino Zucchetti in La Fille mal gardee.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in La Fille mal gardee

Yuhui Choe and Valentino Zucchetti cast. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

Sophie Laplane in the studio with Constance Devernay and Claire Souet rehearsing Sibilo.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Sophie Laplane on her latest work for Scottish Ballet – Sibilo

Scottish Ballet’s Autumn 2016 double bill features a world premiere, “Sibilo”, by company dancer and choreographer Sophie Laplane – her first main stage commission. So what does “Sibilo” mean? – read on to find out that and more…

Tamsin Fitzgerald, 2Faced Dance's artistic director.© Luke Evans. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Tamsin Fitzgerald, 2Faced Dance’s director and choreographer on RUN, their latest triple bill

Tamsin’s decision to commission all three works from women follows 2Faced’s launch of The BENCH – a project specifically aimed at providing opportunities for female choreographers….

Sadler's Wells and West Ham United Foundation in Home Turf.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells and West Ham United Foundation in Home Turf

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Lauren King, Abi Stafford, Megan Fairchild, Ana Sophia Scheller and Sterling Hyltin in Divertimento No. 15.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Divertimento No. 15, Episodes, Vienna Waltzes – New York

★★★★✰   Divertimento’s aura still shines; you want to see it again, to figure out its fluid, almost magical transitions. It’s a shame it will only be performed four times this season; it takes more than that for the audience, and the dancers, to really get to know it.

Tao Ye.© Tao Ye. (Click image for larger version)

Tao Ye – Artistic Director of TAO Dance Theater

Beijing based TAO Dance Theater are returning to London in early October with a double bill including their latest work “8”. A company with a very different perspective on dance performance we wanted to know more from their director – Tao Ye.

New York City Ballet in Peter Walker's Ten in Seven.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala 2016 – New York

★★★✰✰   The pattern is set: the company commissions works from three or four choreographers, often quite young, and pairs them with prominent designers. The works are short, and are introduced by filmlets…

Holy Body Tattoo in monumental.© Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. (Click image for larger version)

The Holy Body Tattoo – monumental – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are times when you wonder if bones have been broken, or organs perforated. On the whole however, the hour and a half work is largely characterised by the violent, repetitive and neurotic gestures.

Shelley Eva Haden and Oliver Russell in Motel.© Katja Ogrin. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – Double Points: K, Motel – Birmingham

★★★★✰   Motel is a gem… An award-winning company in great creative form.

Linda Celeste Sims in Alvin Ailey's Cry.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programme C – London

★★★★✰   I saw Programme C at Sadler’s Wells and like practically everybody else, have to rave about the dancers.

Kamala Devam in Ankusha.© Vipul Sangoi. (Click image for larger version)

Kamala Devam Company – Ankusha and Other Mysteries – London

★★★✰✰   All up, I much liked the dance I saw for being so fluid, boldly physical and yet also sensual and beautifully rendered. There’s a quiet strength to all of it.

Jamar Roberts in Rennie Harris' Exodus.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programmes A and B – London

★★★★✰   Revelations is always a joy, however often one sees it. Ailey’s choreography, influenced by his mentor, Lester Horton, and Martha Graham, is a reminder of how potent that modern dance technique could be.

David Bintley in the studio rehearsing The Tempest.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

David Bintley, choreographer and director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, on his latest work – The Tempest

David Bintley, director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is a prolific choreographer and just about to unveil his latest full evening work – The Tempest. Graham Watts went to talk to him about a work, that after 30 years of consideration, has found its time and proper custom score…

Cassandra Trenary in The Sleeping Beauty.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sleeping Beauty – Paris

★★★✰✰   I was eager to see American Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty, mounted by Alexei Ratmansky last year, because of the enthusiastic reviews it has received in the United States. The Paris premiere, however, met with muted acclaim…

Alexandre Riabko in Nijinsky.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Nijinsky – Melbourne

★★★✰✰   Even after his death, Vaslav Nijinsky suffered from the power and control of others…

Jacqulin Harris, Samantha Figgins, Sarah Daley, Fana Tesfagioris and Jacqueline Green in Ronald K. Brown's Open Door.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Four Corners & Open Door

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Seren Williams and Robert Bridger in the Purgatory section of Exodus with percussionist Nao Masuda.© David Owens. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst and Company at Dulwich Picture Gallery – Exodus – London

★★★★✰   “I’m utterly seduced by the richness of dance and dancers moving with passion and meaning so close too.”

Jamar Roberts in Robert Battle's Awakening.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Exodus & Awakening

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Book cover - Peter Wright: Wrights and Wrongs – my life in dance.© Oberon Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Peter Wright: Wrights and Wrongs – my life in dance

His is an insider’s account, complete with waspish comments and cameos of the famous people he encountered…

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