Reviews
Marianna Krempeniou, Liam Riddick, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Nancy Nerantzi and Elly Braund in Richard Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Richard Alston, Aszure Barton, Wendy Whelan, Edward Watson, Grupo Corpo – New York

★★★✰✰   One of this recurring festival’s strongest selling selling points is the serendipity of its pairings. You pay $15 and get a grab-bag of dance in return. You’re bound to like something.

Lauren King, Abi Stafford, Megan Fairchild, Ana Sophia Scheller and Sterling Hyltin in Divertimento No. 15.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Divertimento No. 15, Episodes, Vienna Waltzes – New York

★★★★✰   Divertimento’s aura still shines; you want to see it again, to figure out its fluid, almost magical transitions. It’s a shame it will only be performed four times this season; it takes more than that for the audience, and the dancers, to really get to know it.

New York City Ballet in Peter Walker's Ten in Seven.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala 2016 – New York

★★★✰✰   The pattern is set: the company commissions works from three or four choreographers, often quite young, and pairs them with prominent designers. The works are short, and are introduced by filmlets…

Holy Body Tattoo in monumental.© Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. (Click image for larger version)

The Holy Body Tattoo – monumental – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are times when you wonder if bones have been broken, or organs perforated. On the whole however, the hour and a half work is largely characterised by the violent, repetitive and neurotic gestures.

Shelley Eva Haden and Oliver Russell in Motel.© Katja Ogrin. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – Double Points: K, Motel – Birmingham

★★★★✰   Motel is a gem… An award-winning company in great creative form.

Linda Celeste Sims in Alvin Ailey's Cry.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programme C – London

★★★★✰   I saw Programme C at Sadler’s Wells and like practically everybody else, have to rave about the dancers.

Kamala Devam in Ankusha.© Vipul Sangoi. (Click image for larger version)

Kamala Devam Company – Ankusha and Other Mysteries – London

★★★✰✰   All up, I much liked the dance I saw for being so fluid, boldly physical and yet also sensual and beautifully rendered. There’s a quiet strength to all of it.

Jamar Roberts in Rennie Harris' Exodus.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programmes A and B – London

★★★★✰   Revelations is always a joy, however often one sees it. Ailey’s choreography, influenced by his mentor, Lester Horton, and Martha Graham, is a reminder of how potent that modern dance technique could be.

Cassandra Trenary in The Sleeping Beauty.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sleeping Beauty – Paris

★★★✰✰   I was eager to see American Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty, mounted by Alexei Ratmansky last year, because of the enthusiastic reviews it has received in the United States. The Paris premiere, however, met with muted acclaim…

Alexandre Riabko in Nijinsky.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Nijinsky – Melbourne

★★★✰✰   Even after his death, Vaslav Nijinsky suffered from the power and control of others…

Seren Williams and Robert Bridger in the Purgatory section of Exodus with percussionist Nao Masuda.© David Owens. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst and Company at Dulwich Picture Gallery – Exodus – London

★★★★✰   “I’m utterly seduced by the richness of dance and dancers moving with passion and meaning so close too.”

Irina Kolesnikova and Dmitry Akulinin in Her Name Was Carmen.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre with Irina Kolesnikova – Her Name Was Carmen – London

★★✰✰✰   Carmen ought to be an amazing role for a ballerina, up there with Swan Lake for presenting an opportunity to show lots of different characters in one…

Mark Morris Dance Group in Mozart Dances.© Richard Termine. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Mozart Dances: Eleven, Double, Twenty-seven – New York

★★★★★   It’s difficult to think of a better way to bid farewell to a New York summer than with Lincoln Center’s “Mostly Mozart” festival, and seeing Mark Morris Dance Group performing Mozart Dances was the icing on the cake.

Scottish Ballet in Crystal Pite's Emergence.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Emergence, MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) – Edinburgh

★★★★✰   Outside London Scottish Ballet’s sense of adventure makes them the UK company to watch…

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.

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