Reviews
Aparupa Chatterjee in Brajaku Chora.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

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

As on the previous evening, various schools of Indian dance were on view, revealing fascinating echoes and differences between them.

Irina Kolesnikova in La Bayadere.© Konstanin Tachkin. (Click image for larger version)

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre – La Bayadere – London

I’m rather conflicted about the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) La Bayadere. On the one hand I recognise some great dancers and dancing when I see it and on the other hand none of it really added up to create a truly satisfying whole.

Leo Dixon and Georgina Connolly in Valentino Zucchetti's Orbital Motion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre and Guests – Dancing for Nepal – London

The overall standard of dancing of both NEBT and guests was very good – if the choreography was rather more mixed.

Rakesh Sai Babu in Dandi.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance – New York

But the highlight of the evening—in part because of its novelty— were the two dances performed by Rakesh Sai Babu, the young male dancer specializing in the much less familiar Chhau dance style…

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Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – Traveling Alone, Starting Over at the End, Back To – New York

Amy Seiwert, a San Francisco-based choreographer, is gifted. For the last several years, she has held the position of Choreographer in Residence at Smuin Ballet, where she has arguably surpassed her mentor, the troupe’s founding father, Michael Smuin, in choreographic talent…

Emery LeCrone in the studio.© Rosalie O’Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Emery LeCrone – Joyce Theater Ballet Festival bill – New York

I want to see what LeCrone can do with more bodies and longer pieces.

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – London

Kolesnikova supplies such poetry and ardour in her finely judged delivery of the role that it is definitely worth seeing for that alone…

Ballet X in Sunset, o639 Hours.© Alexander Iziliaev. (Click image for larger version)

BalletX – Sunset, o639 Hours – New York

A diverse company tells this story, thankfully. The women in particular are diverse in their movement quality, and Felesina is a standout among them.

LeeSaar The Company in Grass and Jackals.© David Andrako. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva and LeeSaar The Company – B/olero, Grass and Jackals – New York

Grass and Jackals possesses what B/olero leaves wanting. Oversized eyebrows painted on each dancer…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Facada.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – Solo for Two: Zeitgeist, Mozart & Salieri, Facada – New York

Dancers should be allowed to have fun, especially when they’ve worked as hard as Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova…

Chamber Dance Project in Exit Wounds...and Then They Come Home.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Chamber Dance Project – Joyce Theater Ballet Festival bill – New York

Chamber Dance Project is essentially what it says on the tin: a small dance troupe which performs to live chamber music.

Luke Schaufuss and Sarah Thompson in La Sylphide.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Queensland Ballet – La Sylphide – London

Australian audiences are lucky to have La Sylphide in Queensland Ballet’s repertoire…

Joshua Beamish.© David Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Joshua Beamish and MOVE: the company – Pierced, burrow, Stay, Surface Properties – New York

Dancing alone, Beamish introduces his movement: silky smooth shifts, surprising twitches, lines of energy rolling through the body…

The 7 Fingers in Cuisine & Confessions. © Alexandre Galliez. (Click image for larger version)

The 7 Fingers – Cuisine & Confessions – Vaison-la-Romaine

…Cuisine and Confessions is a mixture of circus arts, dance, music, narration – and cooking.

Sylvie Guillem in Mats Ek's Bye. © Lesley Leslie-Spinks. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – A Life in Progress – London

Sylvie Guillem’s farewell programme at the Coliseum (following its modest Sadler’s Wells presentation in May) is a glorious spectacle in the largest theatre in London.

Carlos Acosta in Tocororo Suite.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Cubania – London

Like the returning swallow, Acosta has again brought his own promise of summer sunshine to London with his unique brand of Caribbean culture.

Pete Shenton and The Two Wrongies in Hercules.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Art Club – Hercules, A Dance Cabaret For All Ages – London

Hercules is a cheery and entertaining piece, well thought out and delivered with great gusto.

Ballet Folklorico De Mexico in Charreada.© Ballet Folklorico De Mexico De Amalia Hernandez. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Folklorico De Mexico De Amalia Hernandez – Mexican dance bill – London

This is not a show for the dance-studious, looking to discover a Mexican Balanchine or Forsythe, but a colourful and spectacular entertainment and I loved it – it’s stampiliciously good!

Zizi Strallen and Chris Trenfield in The Car Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – The Car Man – London

It is almost eight years to the day since The Car Man was last revived at Sadler’s Wells (having premiered in 2000) and it seems even better than I recall…

James Gilmer and Sarah Cecilia Griffin in Seiwert's Traveling Alone.© David DeSilva. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – SKETCH 5: Stirred Program – San Francisco

In the end, SKETCH is about the artists and their learning process, and it’s our good fortune that they share it with us in performance.

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