Reviews
Joaquin De Luz, Friedemann Vogel, Denis Matvienko and Marcelo Gomes in Tristesse.© Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Clay, Tristesse, Le Divertissement du Roi – New York

★★✰✰✰   So bravo for Danilian. All the dancing at the gala was very fine – who could expect any less from these dancers? One can (and should) question his taste but it’s clear that he’s willing to go out on a limb…

Zachary Kapeluck and Richard Villaverde in Big Ones by Trey McIntyre.© Alexander Iziliaev. (Click image for larger version)

BalletX – Show Me, Gran Partita, Big Ones – New York

★★★✰✰   The 10 dancers who graced the Joyce stage represented a powerhouse of talent and technique, on par with some of the best dancers at much larger companies – BalletX is worth checking out.

Avijit Das.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Part 2 Outdoors – New York

★★★✰✰   The bending of gender stereotypes seems to be a trend in Indian dance right now, and an interesting one…

Sarasota Ballet in Frederick Ashton's Facade.© Frank Atura. (Click image for larger version)

Sarasota Ballet – A Knight of the British Ballet (Ashton bill) – New York

★★★✰✰   The Sarasota dancers, who do so much Ashton, truly understand the style. As the evening progresses, one feels it more and more.

Igor Tsvirko and Ekaterina Krysanova in Flames of Paris.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Flames of Paris – London

★★★★✰   The great pleasure of Alexei Ratmansky’s version of Vasily Vainonen’s 1932 ballet is the cornucopia of steps to which both choreographers had access: danse d’école, folk and character dances, as well as expressive acting.

David Rodriguez (as Diaghilev) in NIJINSKI.© Regina Brocke. (Click image for larger version)

Gauthier Dance – NIJINSKI – Stuttgart

★★★✰✰   NIJINSKI neatly lassos this altogether using Goecke’s avant garde movement style …to give the Stuttgart audience an abstract impression of Nijinsky’s life and contribution to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Jonathan Goddard, Patricia Okenwa, Clemmie Sveaas, Alexander Whitley and Joe Walkling in Collapse - a period drama.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Movement Collective – Collapse– a period drama – London

★★★★✰   The performers need the sharpest of reactions to deal with the unexpected, negotiating routes through bemused and bedazzled spectators.

Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov in Taming of the Shrew.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Taming of the Shrew – London

★★★✰✰   Maillot’s ballet… belongs to Krysanova and Lantratov, who succeed in conveying that Kate and Petruchio are wildly, equally in love, however crassly they treat each other…

Sonia Rodriguez in The Winter's Tale.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – New York

★★★✰✰   Every choreographer has their voice, and if Wheeldon’s current oeuvre satisfies you then this will too, but don’t expect a significant departure.

Olga Smirnova and Denis Rodkin in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★✰✰   According to the programme notes for Yuri Grigorovich’s 2001 account of Swan Lake, his Prince Siegfried is a ‘ballet Lohengrin’ – a Knight of the White Swan. The production is all about him.

Jack Lister in Natalie Weir's We who are left.© David Kelly. (Click image for larger version)

Queensland Ballet – Lest We Forget: We who are left, Company B, In the Best Moments – Brisbane

★★★★✰   Natalie Weir’s “We who are left” is nothing less than a knockout.

Jean Abreu Dance in A Thread, on which Labirinto is based.© Ambra Vernuccio. (Click image for larger version)

Jean Abreu Dance – Labirinto (A Thread) – London

Jean Abreu Dance Labirinto (based on A Thread) ★★★✰✰ London, Horniman Museum and Gardens 28 July 2016 www.jeanabreudance.com www.horniman.ac.uk The Horniman Museum and Gardens contains eclectic collections of artefacts from around the world,…

Ryan Smith and Wendy Rein in duet by Ann Carlson for Double Exposure.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

RAWdance – Double Exposure – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Sixteen choreographers, 13 new works, 2 dancers, 70 minutes, 4 years in the making. That’s the equation for Double Exposure, premiered by the San Francisco contemporary-dance duo RAWdance on Thursday, July 28. It’s an epic production that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Maria Vega Dance Company in A Dancer's Journey.© David Cancelado. (Click image for larger version)

Maria Vega Dance Company – A Dancer’s Journey – London

★★★★✰   Vega has assembled an impressive team for the first leg of her new dance company’s journey. However, she is the talisman throughout.

Stephanie Amuro in Helix.© Rose Eichenbaum. (Click image for larger version)

L.A. Dance Project – Harbor Me, 3 Marth Graham duets, Helix, On the Other Side – New York

L.A. Dance Project Harbor Me, Marth Graham duets (White, Star, Moon), Helix, On the Other Side ★★★✰✰ New York, Joyce Theater 27 July 2016 www.ladanceproject.com www.joyce.org LA Story Since his quick exit from…

Olga Smirnova and Danis Rodkin (Kitri & Basil) in Don Quixote.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Don Quixote – London

★★★★✰   The Bolshoi’s Don Quixote continues to delight for the exuberance and skill of its range of performers, with the corps de ballet and demi-soloists taking pride of place.

Leanne Stojmenov in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Cinderella – London

★★★✰✰   …the production lurches between down-to-earth Aussie niceness and the designer’s European conceits…

Australian Ballet publicity image for Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake.© Liz Ham. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★✰✰   Australian Ballet (AB) must surely be the only significant ballet company in the world with two Swan Lakes in their active repertoire. Strangely, the one we’ve seen before in Britain we have just been seeing again…

Paco Peña's Patrias.© Andy Phillipson. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Patrias – London

★★✰✰✰   There is a great deal of ambition in the latest show from the superlative flamenco guitarist, composer and producer Paco Peña.

Arianna Maldini and pianist Jonathan Higgins in Mistake Waltz.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2016 – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet School in particular includes something very special in their show – the closing Grand Defile, which always brings a lump to the throat and a feeling of pride.

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