★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ The show is divided into six segments that feel like short poems, each looking to explore a different idea about identity and appearance.
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ 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.
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.
★★✰✰✰ 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.
★★★★✰ 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.
★★★★✰ The Fairy’s Kiss (Ratmansky premiere): The final image is poetic, grand, inspiring. It takes one’s breath away.
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★★✰ Who knew the Mariinsky dancers are a group of profoundly entertaining comedians?
★★✰✰✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ Available Light is merciless, and in the best way…
★★✰✰✰ The trouble with Program 2 is its centerpiece, choreographer-in-residence Yuri Possokhov’s new work ‘Optimistic Tragedy’.
★★✰✰✰ 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.
★★★★✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ The Siberian company performs its Fille mal gardée with good heart and neat feet.
★★★✰✰ 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…
★★★✰✰ The story line becomes as labyrinthine as the ribbons of tape that criss-cross Paul’s bedroom.
★★★✰✰ Elisa Badenes and Cesar Corrales delivered a good professional show, if it was not the runaway success I had perhaps hoped for.