May 2017
Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley.© Camilla Greenwell and Flora Wellesley Wesley. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley of Nora

We talk to two of the three artistic directors of Nora about what makes them tick and touring their latest bill – “Nora invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy”.

Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland.© Gareth Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Pepperland (premiere) – Liverpool

★★★✰✰   Morris is not the man to create a Beatles tribute show, choreographing 1960s dance routines to the original songs. Instead, he commissioned an hour-long score from Ethan Iverson…

Misty Copeland and Alban Lendorf in Giselle.© Khalid Al-Busaidi. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – New York

American Ballet Theatre Giselle ★★★★✰ New York, Metropolitan Opera House 26,27 May 2017 www.abt.org Giselle Fever Like Swan Lake, Giselle is a centerpiece of the ballet repertoire; American Ballet Theatre performs it almost…

Darren Johnston's Zero Point.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Darren Johnston – Zero Point – London

★★✰✰✰   The show – an art installation and dance performance at once – makes heavy use of digital technology, with a range of lighting and visual illusions designed by Johnston, plus a thudding soundtrack from Canadian composer Tim Hecker.

Rina Kanehara and Aitor Arrieta in the pdd from Esmerelda.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition 2017

This years finalist were: Aitor Arrieta, Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler, Guilherme Menezes and Emilio Pavan…

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s m¡longa.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – M¡longa – London

★★★✰✰   M¡longa has a lot of spirit to offer when it lets the dance take the lead.

Stella Abrera and David Hallberg in Whipped Cream.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Whipped Cream – New York

★★★★✰   Alexei Ratmansky’s new ballet for ABT, Whipped Cream, is like a Viennese confection: so layered and airy that it takes a moment to fully take in the flavor of its many ingredients.

Interviewed - Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes - 4 of the 6 Emerging Dancer 2017 finalists.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017 Competition – 5 Questions to 4 Finalists

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition is unique in British ballet in throwing the spotlight on more junior dancers or “tomorrow’s stars” as ENB put it. This year’s competition is on the 25 May and ahead of the that we talk to 4 of the 6 finalists – Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes…

Zenaida Yanowsky in Symphonic Dances.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Symphonic Dances (premiere), The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Tarantella, Strapless – London

★★★★✰   Symphonic Dances is Scarlett’s farewell portrait of Yanowsky. Like her, the ballet is big and bold, beautiful and elusive.

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la danse in danse de nuit.© Boris Brussey. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la danse – danse de nuit – London

★★✰✰✰   The whirling speech is often hard to decipher – the dancers are always in motion, their words thrown at whoever is nearest, the acoustics are terrible, and their French accents are very heavy.

Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio in Don Quixote.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Don Quixote – New York

★★★★✰   Don Q is pure entertainment, the kind of extroverted spectacle that the ballet is so very good at.

Zenaida Yanowsky and Reece Clarke in Symphonic Dances.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Liam Scarlett’s new Symphonic Dances + Forsythe, Balanchine, Wheeldon

The Royal Ballet perform a mixed bill of four works – William Forsythe’s ‘The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude’, George Balanchine’s ‘Taranatella’, Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Strapless’ and Liam Scarlett’s world premiere of ‘Symphonic Dances’…

Hannah Rudd in Aletta Collins' The days run away like wild horses.© Ellie Kurtz. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Ghost Dances, The days run away like wild horses (premiere), The Three Dancers, – London

★★★★✰   The days run away like wild horses: The teeming vitality of this opening offers exuberant fun, as does the playfulness Collins adds to her source material…

Luke Ahmet, with Edit Domoszlai, Carolyn Bolton, Hannah Rudd and Lucy Balfour in Ghost Dances.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Ghost Dances

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Clare Halse and the company of 42nd Street.© Brinkhoff & Moegenburg. (Click image for larger version)

42nd Street / An American in Paris – London

42nd Street ★★★★★ / An American in Paris ★★★★✰ – Jann Parry reviews “42nd Street” and takes another look at “An American in Paris”, this time with Ashley Day partnering Leanne Cope…

Still from NYCB's promotional video for Justin Peck's The Decalogue.© NYCB. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – HERE/NOW Festival No. 6 & 8 including Peck’s The Decalogue (premiere) – New York

★★★✰✰   With his latest, The Decalogue, which opened on May 12, Justin Peck seems to have turned a new page…

Javier Torres in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – London

★★★★✰   In his new ballet, Kenneth Tindall takes Casanova on an epic adventure in absorbing dance theatre that aligns his inventive choreography and mime with a strong and exciting narrative…

Brandon Lawrence in Arcadia poster image.© Richard Battye, BRB. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia (premiere), Wink – Cheltenham

★★★✰✰   The South tour is particularly interesting this year because it features a new piece by Ruth Brill, a first artist within the company, and this is her first major commission.

Mavin Khoo & Jose Agudo in Full circle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Agudo Dance Company – Silk Road – London

★★★★✰   There’s an appealing simplicity to Jose Agudo’s first full-length company production.

Nelida Rodriguez de Aure and m¡longa poster image.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Nélida Rodriguez de Aure – Tango dancer and coach on m¡longa and taking tango in a new direction

Tango coach and dancer Nelida Rodriguez de Aure has been helping Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with his show, “m¡longa”. About to tour the UK it sees a unique coming together of tango and contemporary dancers. Diane Parkes talks to Nelida about the background and what makes tango so very special…

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