★★★★✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ …the production lurches between down-to-earth Aussie niceness and the designer’s European conceits…
★★★✰✰ 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…
★★✰✰✰ There is a great deal of ambition in the latest show from the superlative flamenco guitarist, composer and producer Paco Peña.
★★★✰✰ Twyla Tharp is a kind of dance wizard – steps pour out of her like torrents in a waterfall.
★★✰✰✰ 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.
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
★★★✰✰ 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…
★★★★★ 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.
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.
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
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★★✰ This is a production that lives and breathes, and which rewards multiple viewings, changing subtly with each cast.
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.
Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ Jessica Lang’s Wink is an attractive piece, well designed and well made with a clear structure.
★★★★✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ Murphy is a sensual Odette, something made all the more effective by Stearns’ tenderness.