Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sara Mearns in Kim Brandstrup's Jeux.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jeux + Polaris, The Blue Distance, Common Ground, New Blood – New York

Jeux, has a distinctly adult atmosphere and a highly cinematic look. Actually, the look might be the most interesting thing about it…

Sarah Lamb in Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Raven Girl, Connectome – London

In this revival of Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl, Watson becomes something more than a postman…

Aparna Ramaswamy.© and courtesy of NCPA. (Click image for larger version)

Aparna Ramaswamy – They Rose at Dawn – New York

Ramaswamy is a natural allegro dancer; she’s high-spirited, warm, vivacious. But, at least tonight, she didn’t seem inclined to delve into the contrasting qualities of languor or sensual ardor

New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s Liebeslieder Walzer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Liebeslieder Walzer, Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 – New York

A great Liebeslieder is like a short story, a complete world in fifty minutes of dancing; this Liebeslieder is still a work in progress.

Lea Anderson's Ladies and Gentlemen.© Phil Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Lea Anderson – Ladies and Gentlemen – London

We all reminisce about the good old days; but, if you’re old enough, you may actually remember “The Good Old Days”…

Deborah Lohse and Mark Gindick in Doug Elkins' Hapless Bizarre.© Jamie Kraus for Jacobs Pillow 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival at City Center – Programs 1 and 2 – New York

For twelve years, the Fall for Dance festival has been going strong, and one can see why. No other dance series offer such an expansive, egalitarian and uncomplicated glimpse of what’s going on in dance…

Diana Vishneva in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella.© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinksy Ballet – Cinderella – San Francisco

It’s not your granddaughter’s Cinderella. Alexei Ratmansky’s version dispenses with tutus and glass carriages in favor of a deco-cum?post-Soviet point of view.

Georgina Pazcoguin and Meagan Mann in Justin Peck's New Blood, in costumes by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala, with 4 premieres – New York

Nobody surpasses New York City Ballet in sleekness and urbanity. The company is like a glistening skyscraper: sharp-edged, diamantine and, sometimes, a little cold…

Batsheva - The Young Ensemble.© Gadi Dagon. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva, The Young Ensemble – Decadance – New York

To think of Batsheva – The Young Ensemble as a second company is to represent inaccurately the power of this group as interpreters of Ohad Naharin’s movement.

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Chéri.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Clarke – Chéri with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo – London

Cornejo is a splendid actor, as well as partner, but Ferri’s anguish is the tortured heart of the piece. Clarke has enabled her to be her age, a mature woman with a still-youthful body and ever- passionate emotions…

Yabin Wang in Genesis.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Yabin Studio & Eastman – Genesis 生长 – London

While other Cherkaoui collaborations have generally crossed boundaries to link contemporary movement with the borrowed style, in Genesis there appears to be a multiplicity of influences.

Thomas Edwards, Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo in Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Maze, Motion of Displacement, Elsa Canasta – Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s autumn bill is an uplifting affair with everything on it new to the company…

Wendy Houstoun's Stupid Women.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Houstoun and the Stupid Women – Stupid Women – London

Wendy Houstoun is an artist who keeps the great British tradition of anarchic physical theatre alive, if but barely kicking.

Viktoria Tereshkina in Raymonda.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Raymonda – Costa Mesa

The Mariinsky Ballet are currently touring California and Claudia Bauer took the opportunity to see the rarely spied Raymonda. Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov were the leads…

Camille A. Brown and Catherine Foster in Black Girl: Linguistic Play.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Camille A. Brown & Dancers – Black Girl: Linguistic Play – New York

If Black Girl’s power comes from its specificity, its nostalgia comes from its universality…

Sara Mearns in Peter Martins' Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

Martins’ Swan Lake tries to be too many things to too many people.

Cai Glover and IsaBelle Paquette in Symphonie Dramatique.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Cas Public – Symphonie Dramatique – London

Blackburn has deconstructed the story of the play and the conventions of narrative dance. The only way to follow ‘the one-hour’s traffic of the stage’ is through video captions and quotations…

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – London & UK Tour Bills – London

So a tip to the wise up front – see them in London while you can or catch them on their subsequent UK tour….

Seeta Patel.© Arnhel de Serra. (Click image for larger version)

Seeta Patel – Margam: A Classical Dance Recital – London

This programme is a satisfying synthesis of classical music and dance from southern India, all from performers based in the UK.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London (Lamb / McRae)

…a production that continues to set the standard against which later versions are measured.

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