June 2017
Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in the Tuesday section of Woolf Works.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Woolf Works – Brisbane

★★★★✰   For the Royal Ballet, there could not have been a better start to their Australian tour than Ferri’s performance as Clarissa Dalloway in the first act of Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company in 8 Minutes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Alexander Whitley Dance Company – 8 Minutes – London

★★★✰✰   This is a project with serious intent – but it doesn’t always have the wherewithal to meet its grand ambition.

© The Place

NEWS – The Place Launches Ambitious New Producing And Touring Model

The Place Retains Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation Status And Launches Ambitious New Producing And Touring Model. Also more touring by Richard Alston Dance Company…

Brave New Worlds in Trinity.© Camila Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Brave New Worlds – Trinity – London

★★★✰✰   There were times in the hour-long performance when the sensory overload kicked in and one started to be more conscious of the heat inside the chapel…

Alexander Whitley Dance Company in 8 Minutes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alexander Whitley Dance Company in 8 Minutes

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ana Laguna and Yvan Auzely in Mats Ek's Axe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Elixir Festival – KnowBody II – London

★★★✰✰   Mats Ek’s “Axe” could be the beginning to a new Scandi Noir TV series. There is a man, an axe, a huge pile of wood that he starts to chop with repressed intensity and a visibly distressed wife. It doesn’t look like it will end well.

Wendy Whelan.© David Michalek. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Wendy Whelan on staging her first ballet – at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Passing it On: Wendy Whelan Stages her first ballet, Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, for Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Annie-B Parson's The Road Await Us featuring Brian Bertscher, Kenneth Tharp, Linda Gibbs, Christopher Bannerman and Betsy Gregory.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells Elixir Festival: KnowBody II

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Dutch National Ballet in the Piano Concerto #1 section of Shostakovich Trilogy.© Hans Gerritsen. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet – Shostakovich Trilogy (European premiere) – Amsterdam

★★★★✰   This little trip made it abundantly clear we need to see more Ratmansky in the UK and Europe…

Hee Seo and David Hallberg in Onegin.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Onegin – New York

★★★✰✰   It is the melodrama that people remember and are drawn to in Onegin. But his kind of melodrama isn’t everyone’s cup of tea…

Scottish Dance Theatre in Botis Seva’s TuTuMucky.© Brian Hartley. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Dance Theatre – TuTuMucky, Dreamers – London

★★★✰✰   Both are bold, engaging commissions – always welcome from a regional UK dance troupe.

Nicholas Shikkis, Nancy Nerantzi, Ihsaan de Banya, Elly Braund and Nicholas Bodych in Gypsy Mixture.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Glint, Tangent, Chacony, Gypsy Mixture – London

★★★★★   The programme ended with a revival of the ebullient and uplifting Gypsy Mixture…

Jessica Harding and Courtney Reading in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Handsfree.© Fiona Whyte. (Click image for larger version)

Images Ballet Company – Distant Beauties, Concerto for Joyce and Dennis, Handsfree, Scenes of Death and Disaster – London

★★★★✰   This year’s Images Ballet Company is 8 strong, small in the graduate school scheme of things, and yet their show was one of the most exciting I’ve seen in years with a wonderful and eclectic choice of repertoire, danced with passion and verve.

Tiler Peck and the company in The Times Are Racing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – American Rhapsody, The Four Temperaments, The Times Are Racing – Washington

★★★✰✰   To watch works created by the 29-year old Justin Peck, resident choreographer of New York City Ballet, is to experience what it feels like to be young.

AAADT in Billy Wilson's The Winter in Lisbon.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – The Winter in Lisbon, Mass, Ella, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   I often get the feeling that the Ailey dancers transcend the choreography they’re asked to dance. With the exception of the inescapable Revelations, the company’s repertory can be hit or miss.

Richard Alston Dance Company in Gypsy Mixture.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Richard Alston Dance Company in Gypsy Mixture

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz in Ratmansky's Odessa.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Square Dance, Tarantella, Odessa, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes – Washington

★★★★★   Alexei Ratmansky’s Odessa left me breathless. The dancing (I saw both casts) was phenomenal on all levels: assured, expressive, and thoroughly dramatic.

Rosas in Rain.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – Rain – London

★★★★★ It’s utterly captivating, full of unexpected, joyous exuberance.

Devon Tesucher in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

★★★★✰   2 casts reviewed Isabella Boylston / Alban Lendorf and Devon Teuscher / Aléxandre Hammoudi.

Liam Lindsay and Amy McEntee in Christopher Bruce's Mya.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2017 Tour – London

★★★✰✰   At the end of the evening was what you might call the blockbuster piece of the tour – 30 minutes of Matthew Bourne in the form of Act II of his “Highland Fling”. Bourne’s take on “La Sylphide” is a wonderful piece of work, full of wit, style and pathos…

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