October 2016
Sophie Arstall in Hagit Yakira's Free Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hagit Yakira’s Free Falling (part of Wild Card)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Patrick Williams Seebacher, Johnny M. Lloyd, Dimitri Jourde, Fabian Thomé and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Fractus V.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Fractus V – London

★★★★✰   The work itself is a statement of faith that collaboration is better than confrontation. Each dancer has a powerful presence but Cherkaoui has forged a remarkable unity from these disparate elements…

Natalia Osipova in Anastasia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Anastasia – London

★★★✰✰   The last act redeems the evening. We learn more about the characters in the final 40 minutes than in the two preceding acts.

Johnny M. Lloyd, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Patrick Williams Seebacher in Fractus V.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Fractus V

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Danses Concertantes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Danses Concertantes, Gounod Symphony, Stars and Stripes – Washington

★★★★✰   Watching this immensely entertaining program one realizes that even a minor Balanchine ballet is still a great ballet.

Miguel Altunaga, Vanessa Kang, Edit Domoszlai and Jacob O'Connell in Patricia Okenwa's Hydrargyrum.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Hydrargyrum

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Michaela Burns, Yu Kondo Reigen, Chin-chin Hsu and Kristen Bell in Alone Together.© Julie Schuchard. (Click image for larger version)

LEVYdance – Alone Together – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   As her opening salvo on these shores, Alone Together introduced Garance Marneur as an artist of exceptional skill and polish, to a level that’s unexpected…

Joe Brown in Alexander Whitley's Beheld.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Candoco Dance Company in Beheld

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Elizabeth McGorian, Natalia Osipova and Romany Pajdak in Anastasia.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Anastasia (Osipova)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Jerome Bel's The Show Must Go On.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Jerome Bel – The Show Must Go On – New York

★★★★★   Jérôme Bel has been called many things, from conceptual artist to choreographer. If art is supposed to put a mirror up to humanity and at the same time challenge convention, Bel is certainly an artist, and one who has also referred to himself as a “philosopher of dance.”

American Ballet Theatre in Jessica Lang's Her Notes.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Jessica Lang’s Her Notes prmeiere + others – New York

★★★★✰   Jessica Lang’s Her Notes is a lovely and poetic work, though one with a slightly subdued effect. It is almost too tasteful.

Sonia Sabri in Salaam.© Simon Richardson. (Click image for larger version)

Sonia Sabri Company – Salaam – London

★★★✰✰   The evening as a whole had many beautiful moments with a good fusion of music and dance in a relaxed and informal setting.

Madeline Skelly and Connor Walsh of Houston Ballet in Forsythe's Artifact Suite.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Celebrate Forsythe – Pas/Parts 2016, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Artifact Suite – Los Angeles

★★★★✰   San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet have come together in LA to celebrate William Forsythe probably the most influential ballet choreographer of his generation. Claudia Bauer reports on a fine night…

Siv Ander in Use My Body While It's Still Young.© Ellen Lande Gossner. (Click image for larger version)

Hege Haagenrud – Use My Body While It’s Still Young – London

★★★★✰   Dance Umbrella brings to The Place an unusually thoughtful and touching work. In Use My Body While It’s Still Young, Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud takes a cool and unflinching look at the unfashionable subject of ageing…

Sydney Dance Company in Wildebeest.© Pedro Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company – Untamed: Wildebeest, Anima – Sydney

★★★★✰   The latest program from Sydney Dance Company – a double bill with the title Untamed – showed once again what a high energy, physically accomplished company Sydney Dance is.

Sunny Shishodiya, Aditi Mangaldas and Manoj Kumar in Inter_rupted.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company in Inter_rupted

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company in Inter_rupted.© Nirvair Singh. (Click image for larger version)

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – Inter_rupted – London

★★★✰✰   This ideal of taking the traditional forms of Kathak and placing the music and movement within a contemporary context gives Inter_rupted its rationale.

Daniil Simkin and Blaine Hoven in Alexei Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Symphonic Variations, Brahms-Haydn Variations + Fall Gala – New York

★★★★✰   A second look at Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium confirms the impression formed last season. It is a fascinating work that represents a new direction for the choreographer.

Wang Ramirez - Honji Wang and Sebastien Ramirez.© Filine Fink. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, choreographers, performers and collaborators – now with Nitin Sawhney

Interview – Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang are about to collaborate with composer, and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Nitin Sawhney at the Royal Albert Hall. We wanted to know more about the dynamic and well connected pair…

Jérôme Bel's Gala.© Josefina Tommasi. (Click image for larger version)

Jerome Bel – Gala – London

★★★★✰   Jérôme Bel’s Gala turns the performer/spectator dynamic and the act of performance itself, inside-out…

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