Reviews
Fabio Dolce, Marivi Da Silva and Antonette Dayrit in Carlos Pons Guerra's O Maria.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

DeNada Dance Theatre – Ham and Passion: Passionaria, Young Man!, O Maria – London

★★★✰✰   Some titles for triple bills can be generic or aspirational rather than specific, but “Ham and Passion” is exactly what you get in this programme from DeNada Dance Theatre.

Eva Yerbabuena in Apariencias.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eva Yerbabuena – Apariencias – London

★★★✰✰   The show is divided into six segments that feel like short poems, each looking to explore a different idea about identity and appearance.

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – FLA.CO.MEN – London

★★★✰✰   The Seville-born dancer Israel Galván is the most avant-garde flamenco artist performing today, constantly taking the art form apart, ruffling feathers and exploding preconceptions.

Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran in Material Man redux.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Material Man Redux – Nottingham

★★★✰✰   Material Man redux is a fascinating work that combines disparate dance styles and commonwealth history into a seamless piece of work that really makes you think about where we have come from and might go.

Vitor Luiz in Scarlett's Frankenstein.© Erik Tomasson.

San Francisco Ballet – Frankenstein – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   It was a dark and stormy night – San Francisco Ballet couldn’t have designed a more apt and ominous atmosphere for the opening of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein.

Euripides Laskaridis' Relic.© Evi Fylaktou. (Click image for larger version)

London International Mime Festival – Works by Joli Vyann, Compagnie MPTA, Compagnie Mossoux Bonté, Euripides Laskaridis, Charleroi Danses

From ★★★★★’s to ★★✰✰✰   Works by Joli Vyann, Compagnie MPTA, Compagnie Mossoux Bonté, Euripides Laskaridis and Charleroi Danses.

Batsheva Dance Company in Last Work.© Gadi Dagon. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Dance Company – Last Work – San Francisco

★★✰✰✰   There is a saying in the film industry that you’re only as good as your last movie. Luckily, choreographer Ohad Naharin is better than his Last Work.

Silvia Farias-Heredia in Masurca Fogo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Masurca Fogo – London

★★★★✰   How do you find the soul of a city? It was a challenge that Pina Bausch and her company took on again and again with their World Cities series of tanztheater works – and “Masurca Fogo”, made in 1998, must rank as one of the most successful attempts.

Simone Messmer and Miami City Ballet dancers in The Fairy’s Kiss. Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – The Fairy’s Kiss, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Polyphonia – Miami

★★★★✰   The Fairy’s Kiss (Ratmansky premiere): The final image is poetic, grand, inspiring. It takes one’s breath away.

Ballet de Lorraine in Merce Cunningham's Sounddance.© Laurent Philuppe. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet de Lorraine – Devoted, HOK Solo Pour Ensemble, Sounddance – New York

★★★✰✰   This winter, New York is getting to see more Merce Cunningham than it has in years, thanks to visits from various European companies. It is a sad fact that Europe has always been more supportive of Cunningham than the choreographer’s own country.

Anastasia Matvienko in The Little Humpbacked Horse.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Little Humpbacked Horse – Washington

★★★★✰   Who knew the Mariinsky dancers are a group of profoundly entertaining comedians?

Batsheva Dance Company in Last Work.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Dance Company – Last Work – New York

★★✰✰✰   Last Work is not unlike other Batsheva pieces which use an assemblage of vignettes, however it doesn’t hang together as cohesively as say, Sadeh21.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company in Available Light.© JJ Tiziou. (Click image for larger version)

Lucinda Childs Dance Company – Available Light – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Available Light is merciless, and in the best way…

Lorena Feijoo in Possokhov's Optimistic Tragedy.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Seven Sonatas, Optimistic Tragedy (premiere), Pas/Parts 2016 – San Francisco

★★✰✰✰   The trouble with Program 2 is its centerpiece, choreographer-in-residence Yuri Possokhov’s new work ‘Optimistic Tragedy’.

Complexions in Star Dust.© Breeann Birr. (Click image for larger version)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Gutter Glitter, So Not A…, Star Dust – New York

★★✰✰✰   Slated as a “rock opera style production” created in the late David Bowie’s honour, Star Dust is a lengthy, razzle dazzle suite of dances set to Bowie’s most popular tunes.

American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – Washington

★★★★✰   Making her debut in the role of Odette/Odile 28-year-old soloist Devon Teuscher emerged as a shining star in American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center Opera House last week.

Alexander Kuiimov in La Fille mal gardée.© Russian State Ballet of Siberia. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Siberia – La Fille mal gardée – Basingstoke

★★★✰✰   The Siberian company performs its Fille mal gardée with good heart and neat feet.

Robert Cohan and Vicki Igbokwe - part of 52 Portraits.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion & Hugo Glendinning – 52 Portraits – London

★★★✰✰   The portraits are probably not a way into dance for someone who wasn’t already interested – and it’s probably better to watch them in small doses. However, they do remind us of something rather lovely…

Jennifer Davis, Gemma Nixon, Jonathan Goddard, Edward Watson, Zenaida Yanowsky and Thomas Whitehead in Les Enfants Terribles by Javier de Frutos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet / Royal Opera – Les Enfants Terribles – London

★★★✰✰   The story line becomes as labyrinthine as the ribbons of tape that criss-cross Paul’s bedroom.

Elisa Badenes and Cesar Corrales in rehersal for Giselle.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★✰✰   Elisa Badenes and Cesar Corrales delivered a good professional show, if it was not the runaway success I had perhaps hoped for.

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