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San Francisco Ballet School students in Balanchine’s Serenade.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet and School – Student Showcase, Promotions and Company Joiners

San Francisco exists in its own world, out here on the distant West Coast. The San Francisco Ballet, though, just became more global than ever, with new 2017-18 members joining from around the world. The company school, which presented its annual Student Showcase 31 May through 2 June at YBCA Theater, draws international students as well…

Sir Matthew Bourne with the Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne – An Appreciation on his winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts

Graham Watts’ citation, made before the presentation – a major appreciation of a huge star of dance and theatre…

Vanessa Fenton's Methuselah.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Vanessa Fenton – Bouncing back and new works presented in Siobhan Davies and Clore Studios

After a few years below the radar Vanessa Fenton has been quietly bouncing back choreographically and this month presented her own double bill at Siobhan Davies Dance Studies and once again contributed a piece to the Royal Ballet’s latest Draft Works bill.

Rosie Kay Dance Company in MK Ultra.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay on her new MK Ultra – exploring the world of conspiracy theory and the Illuminati

Not heard of the Illuminati and the New World Order? Read on for a fascinating take on alternative news and brainwashing… and also a terrific record of just how a piece of dance gets created.

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Kerala Kalamandalam in Dussasana Vadhom.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – New York

Marina Harss with her personal selection of New York dance memories this last year…

Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Weil: Untitled (ca. 1950).Monoprint: exposed blueprint paper.209.6 x 92.1 cm, Private collection.© Robert Rauschenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition – Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern – London

Though Rauschenberg’s designs have no apparent connection with the dances they accompany, and even compete for the audience’s attention, they have become inescapably part of the experience of each work.

Aleksandra Mijalkova (Cleopatra), Vasil Chichiashvili (Cesar) and Boban Kovachevski (Mark Antony) in Cleopatra.© Macedonian Opera and Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Macedonian Ballet – Cleopatra in rehearsal – Skopje

How do you review a world premiere that you have spent seven hours flying to, and then find that it has been postponed until you are back home after another eight hours of travel?

Seated nude folding forward. Auguste Rodin, 1910/11. Pencil with stump on paper.© Musée Rodin, Paris, France. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition – Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement – London

★★✰✰✰   …of more interest to Rodin scholars than dance-lovers.

The Finale of Dance Proms 2016.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Proms 2016 – Royal Albert Hall, London

★★★★✰   …the event is less about showing off the talents of dancers and their teachers than celebrating their hard work and dedication.

Poster for the film Dancer staring Sergei Polunin.© West End Films. (Click image for larger version)

Film: “Dancer” – Sergei Polunin documentary

“Dancer” has been given a few screenings in London, most recently as part of the BFI London Film Festival, with Polunin and the director, Steven Cantor, in attendance for Q&A sessions…

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…

Cesar Corrales, winner of the Emerging Dancer and People's Choice Awards.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition 2016

English National Ballet recently held their 2016 Emerging Dancer Competition at the London Palladium. Bruce Marriott reports on a good event done well…

Janine Antoni in collaboration with Anna Halprin, Paper Dance, 2013. Photographed by Pak Han at the Halprin Dance Deck. Courtesy of the artists and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. (Click image for larger version)

Ally: Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin and Stephen Petronio at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

Instigated by visual artist Janine Antoni in collaboration with choreographer, theatre, and community artist Anna Halprin and choreographer Stephen Petronio, Ally is a series of works combining sculpture, installation, film and performance.

Historical Dances in an Antique Setting, 2016 - Pablo Bronstein.Image: BrothertonLock, © Pablo Bronstein. (Click image for larger version)

Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting, Tate Britain

For the next six months, dancers (three at a time) will be performing daily at Tate Britain from 11am to 5pm.

Shots from an impromptu photo shoot intended for common good. Oh well...© Antti and Antti. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: Worlds and oysters and all that jazz

This month Jarkko blogs about a big change in what he does…

Mirò Magloire.© Jacqueline Lopez. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Like an Egyptian – Mirò Magloire and choreographing for Aida

In the world of opera, dance has a rather low place on the totem pole. Music critics (and opera audiences) can be pretty dismissive…

Seeta Patel.© Stephen Berkeley White. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel Blog: Talking about Indian Dance – often not very well

I thought I was the only one who encounters euphemistic but quite outrageous comments and suggestions about my work…

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Peter Todd, Sir Peter Wright, Marion Tait and Kit Holder celebrating the BRB Nutcracker's Silver Anniversary.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Celebrating the Birmingham Royal Ballet / Peter Wright Nutcracker at 25

Birmingham Royal Ballet have been celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Sir Peter Wright’s great Nutcracker production and the company’s move to Birmingham that same year.

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