September 2017
Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Justin Peck's Pulcinella Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala: new work by Schumacher, Reisen, Lovette, Peck – New York

★★★✰✰   At New York City Ballet, the fall fashion gala has become a showcase for work by young choreographers. Each one is paired up with a fashion designer and voilà, it’s an event.

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Johan Persson, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

★★★✰✰   Wheeldon and his scenarist, Nicholas Wright, have made theatrical sense of a nonsensical children’s classic. This Alice, though, is a modern pantomime, not a classic ballet.

Rosas in A Love Supreme.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/ Rosas with Salva Sanchis – A Love Supreme – New York

★★★★✰   Oh, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. What other choreographer can so doggedly drive a viewer to the verge of despair and then, almost casually, throw open the doors to ecstasy, all within the span of an hour?

Beniamin Citkowski surrounded by “The Brides of Dracula” in Eros Thanatos.© Krzysztof Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Bialy Teatr Tanca Izadory Weiss – Eros Thanatos – Warsaw

★★★★✰   Biały Teatr Tańca (it means White Dance Theatre), is a new vehicle for the work of the uber-talented choreographer, Izadora Weiss, a protégé of the great Jiri Kylian…

Akane Takada in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

With Akane Takada in the lead role. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Marijn Rademaker and Igone de Jongh in Sarcasmen.© Hans Gerritsen. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet – Hans van Manen, Ode to the Master bill – Amsterdam

★★★★✰   An outstanding bill in showing Hans van Manen’s work for three companies and its rich contemporary diversity – it all looks so fresh and of today.

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★★   A production that seems destined to become a masterpiece of early 21st Century contemporary ballet.

Valentina Fermenti in DeadClub™.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Requardt & Rosenberg – DeadClub™ – London

★★★✰✰   It is a fascinating show, especially if you can bear to stand in warm surroundings for an hour…

Tiffany Hedman in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Giselle (by Akram Khan)

The Akram Khan version with Tamara Rojo in the lead. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Twyla Tharp.© Robert Whitman. (Click image for larger/full version)

Twyla Tharp Dance – The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, Entr’acte, Dylan Love Songs – New York

★★✰✰✰   It all sounds terribly promising, and yet the evening falls as flat as a soufflé left in the oven for too long.

Anna Greenberg in XO.© Kaveri Seth. (Click image for larger version)

Paufve Dance – XO: eXquisite Orientation – San Francisco

★★★★✰   In XO: eXquisite Orientation, Bay Area choreographer Randee Paufve channels the fears and frustrations that distress many of us….

Akane Takada in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.© Robbie Jack. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Opening the New bill – Hull

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s away-day to Hull, this year’s UK Capital of Culture, was dramatic in its scale: 17 pieces presented over three hours…

Hofesh Shechter Company in Grand Finale.© Rahi Rezvani. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – Grand Finale – London

★★✰✰✰   The end of the world is here – let’s party. This, roughly, is the premise of Grand Finale, Hofesh Shechter’s latest wild and whirling work, in which he grapples with our apocalyptic times…

Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson in Cockfight.© Darcy Grant. (Click image for larger version)

Gavin Webber & Joshua Thomson on creating Cockfight – A cross between The Office and a cage-fight…

New Dance Takes Inspiration from The Office’s David Brent – courtesy The Farm, based on Australia’s Gold Coast…

Reece Causton, Oliver Russell, Luke Bradshaw and Harriet Ellis in 5 Soldiers.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – 5 Soldiers: the Body is the Frontline – London

★★★★✰   The physicality of 5 Soldiers during the hour-long performance brings home the breaking of bodies…

Duncan Anderson in 5 Soldiers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rosie Kay Dance Company in 5 Soldiers: The Body is The Frontline

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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