Reviews
Rachelle Rafailedes and Julia Eichten in Benjamin Millepied's Hearts & Arrows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – L.A. Dance Project in Harbor Me, On the Other Side, Hearts & Arrows

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Garrett Anderson and Anne Zivolich-Adams in Joe & Ida by Penny Saunders.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

SFDanceworks – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Lickety Split, Joe & Ida, Portrait, Z – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   With this first season, Sofranko has proved himself a good curator of choreographic and dance talent, with a preference for loveliness in movement and movers.

Brandon Lawrence in Wink.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Wink, The Moor’s Pavane, The Shakespeare Suite – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   Jessica Lang’s Wink is an attractive piece, well designed and well made with a clear structure.

Alessandra Ferri in Romeo and Juliet.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet with Alessandra Ferri – New York

★★★★✰   One can only imagine the satisfaction of dancing such a role at the age of 53, to a full house, among friends. The ovations were rapturous and went on for a long time.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

★★★✰✰   Murphy is a sensual Odette, something made all the more effective by Stearns’ tenderness.

Svetlana Lunkina in Giselle.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Giselle – Toronto

★★★★✰   On opening night, Svetlana Lunkina in the title role gave one of those unique performances in which the ballerina completely disappears into her heroine, putting her entire living self into the role.

Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Taming of the Shrew (Birmingham) and Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre (Leicester)

★★★✰✰ for BRB’s troublesome fun packed Taming of the Shrew and ★★★★✰ Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre with Hannah Bateman in the lead…

Jessica Lang Dance in Thousand Yard Stare.© Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Thousand Yard Stare, Solo Bach, Among the Stars, Sweet Silent Thought, i.n.k. – New York

★★★✰✰   The beefiest work on the program was a New York premiere, Thousand Yard Stare, a work honoring war veterans…

Wu Husheng (Emperor) and Qi Bingxue (Lady Yang) in Echoes of Eternity.© Shanghai Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Shanghai Ballet – Echoes of Eternity – Shanghai

★★★✰✰   De Bana’s choreography was especially effective in the group scenes and not least in the descriptive expression of the organised chaos of warfare…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Abraham's Untitled America: Second Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Untitled America: Second Movement, No Longer Silent, Exodus, Deep, Vespers, The Hunt, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a truism that any afternoon that includes Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is apt to leave you happy.

Tanya Howard and Dylan Tedaldi in Le Petit Prince.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Le Petit Prince – Toronto

★★★✰✰   Since its publication nearly 75 years ago, de Saint-Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince,” a short illustrated novella about an improbable encounter between an aviator and a young space traveler, has captivated the hearts of millions of children and adults alike…

Michael Hulls LightSpace.© Heathcliff O'Malley. (Click image for larger version)

No Body – Installations by Lucy Carter, Michael Hulls, Nitin Sawhney, Siobhan Davies and Russell Maliphant – London

★★★✰✰   No Body was an interesting diversion, that confirms the artistic chops of the technical talent that makes so many shows pop and zing. As an exercise I hope it might be repeated every few years.

Wiley Naman Strasser in Manifesting.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Hope Mohr Dance – Manifesting (premiere) – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   What is the purpose of an artist’s manifesto? When does a defined creative vision ossify into a rigid, limiting doctrine?

Ethan Fuller in The Four Temperaments (First Variation: Melancholic), choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

School of American Ballet – Workshop Performance: Danses Concertantes, Les Gentilhommes, The Four Temperaments – New York

★★★★✰   Each spring, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet’s breeding-ground, holds a series of “Workshop” performances to show off the crème de la crème of its upper-level students.

Skylar Brandt and Duncan Lyle in The Golden Cockerel publicity image.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Golden Cockerel – New York

★★★★✰   American Ballet Theatre’s spring season has turned into a kind of voyage into the mind of Alexei Ratmansky, its choreographer-in-residence since 2009.

Mariko Kida and Anthony Lomuljo in Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo.© Gert Weigelt. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Swedish Ballet – Juliet and Romeo – Washington

★★★✰✰   The production nevertheless intrigues the eye and is fueled by the exceptional dancing of the company’s talented and dedicated dancers.

Jeffrey Cirio in Le Corsaire.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Le Corsaire – New York

★★★✰✰   Le Corsaire, a ballet loosely based on Lord Byron’s poem about a chivalrous pirate, has more action than the latest Bond film. There are pirates! Abductions! Beautiful women in distress! The list goes on and on…

Royal Danish Ballet in Kim Brandstrup's Shaken Mirror.© Per Morten Abrahamsen. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Shaken Mirror (Brandstrup premiere) – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   Seeing the premiere of Kim Brandstrup’s Shaken Mirror in Copenhagen proved both an uplifting and a frustrating experience.

Gilbert Small and Nicole Ward in 16+ a room by Emily Molnar.© Chris Randle. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet BC – 16+ a room, Solo Echo, Bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Have you ever left a performance of contemporary ballet desperate for some color, some light, some human warmth?

Alina Cojocaru and Osiel Gouneo in Swan Lake.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.

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