Reviews
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.

Reed Tankersley in Brahms Paganini by Twyla Tharp.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp Dance – Country Dances, Beethoven Opus 130, Brahms Paganini – New York

★★★✰✰   Twyla Tharp is a kind of dance wizard – steps pour out of her like torrents in a waterfall.

Hofesh Shechter Company in tHE bAD.© Gabriele Zucca. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – barbarians trilogy – London

★★✰✰✰   A psychology degree might have been helpful in analysing Hofesh Shechter’s first triple bill; here returning to Sadler’s Wells where it premiered, last September.

Adriana Borriello's Col Corpo Capisco.© Francesca Lanaro. (Click image for larger version)

Venice Biennale Danza 2016 – Part 2: Works by Borriello, Russo, Monga, Schenker, Hugonnet, Quesada, Linehan

From ★★★★’s to ★   Works by Adriana Borriello, Lara Russo, Camilla Monga, Gabriel Schenker, Yasmin Hugonnet, Albert Quesada and Daniel Linehan

Baltic Dance Theatre in Tristan and Izolde.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Tristan and Izolde, Death and the Maiden – Gdansk

★★★✰✰   What is different is the profound impact of Weiss’s choreography over this sixty-minute piece. Her movement is always busy and intensely musical but generally it is a means to an end…

Karina Gonzalez and Connor Walsh in Romeo and Juliet.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Melbourne

★★★★★   This R&J gives the audience so much to admire, so much to be immersed in, and so much to delight in and even laugh over.

Sterling Hyltin and Amar Ramasar in Symphony in Three Movements.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Apollo, The Four Temperaments, Duo Concertant, Symphony in Three Movements – Paris

★★★★✰   The pleasure, above all, in watching this company is their fearless super-charge of energy and their commitment as the inheritors of Balanchine’s ballets.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Vortex Temporum.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Venice Biennale Danza 2016 – Part 1: Works by Ninarello/Kinzelman, Belaza, Gat, Jeyasingh, De Keersmaeker

From ★★★★’s to ★★   Works by Daniele Ninarello and Dan Kinzelman, Nacera Belaza, Emanuel Gat, Shobana Jeyasingh and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Natalia Osipova in Russell Maliphant's Silent Echo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Qutb, Silent Echo and Run Mary, Run – London

★★★✰✰   Three of our leading contemporary choreographers added to the megawatt talent of these two Russian dancers (plus Polunin’s bad boy reputation), seems a surefire recipe for success. However, that’s not entirely the case.

Stella Abrera and Marcelo Gomes in The Sleeping Beauty.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Sleeping Beauty – New York

★★★★✰   This is a production that lives and breathes, and which rewards multiple viewings, changing subtly with each cast.

Compagnie Marie Chouinard in Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge.© Nicolas Ruel. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie Marie Chouinard – Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge / HENRI MICHAUX: MOUVEMENTS – London

★★✰✰✰   Marie Chouinard certainly has interesting and original ideas – hurrah for that – but an editor would really help make the best of them sparkle.

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.

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