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Rupert Pennefather and Emma Maguire in A Month in the Country.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ashton quad bill – London

Jann Parry reviews Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country…

Delia Mathews (The Suicide) and Cesar Morales (The Stranger) in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – London

Gillian Lynne has made Helpmann and Benthall’s wartime collaboration into a gutsy dramatic ballet, probably with more choreography than Helpmann attempted.

Lesile Rivera and James Cricket Colter, of Rennie Harris Puremovement, in Students Of The Asphalt Jungle.© Bob Emott. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 4: Brian Brooks Moving Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Rennie Harris Puremovement – New York

Refreshingly unpretentious, Students is nothing but the purest proof that hip-hop choreography is just as polished an art form as any other,..

Systeme Castafiore in Aktualismus.© Karl Biscuit, courtesy Systeme Castafiore. (Click image for larger version)

Systeme Castafiore – Aktualismus, 4Log Volapuk – Grasse

The recent programme in Grasse was a revival of two very early works from the company’s beginnings, Aktualismus from 1989 and 4Log Volapűk from 1992. If the titles have any significance, it escaped me…

Rocio Molina in Bosque Ardora.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version

Rocio Molina – Bosque Ardora – London

What a strange world flamenco dancer Rocío Molina conjures up for us in her latest show…

Basil Twist's The Rite of Spring.© Richard Termine. (Click image for larger version)

Basil Twist – Fireworks, Pulcinella Suite, The Rite of Spring – New York

Puppeteer Basil Twist is pushing boundaries again in New York as part of the White Light Festival, with a triple bill based on Stravinsky…

Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang in AP15.© Nika Kramer. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Lucinda Childs, Semperoper Ballett, Wang Ramirez, Alvin Ailey – New York

“AP15, an award-winning work choreographed and danced by urban dance collaborators Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, brought the other “wow” factor to Program 2.”

Alessandra Ferri in Martha Clarke’s Cheri.© Joan Marcus. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Clarke – Chéri – Washington

But the true revelation – and the main reason to see this production – is Alessandra Ferri.

Chunky Move and Melbourne Theatre Company in Complexity of Belonging.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Chunky Move and Melbourne Theatre Company – Complexity of Belonging – Melbourne

Complexity of Belonging is framed as an artwork within an artwork. Young artist Eloise (Eloise Mignon) is mounting a ‘human installation’ in a European gallery…

Lost Dog's Like Rabbits, here with Ino Riga.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Like Rabbits – London

…Like Rabbits is a clever work that burrows under your skin…

Hanna Ahti and Andrius Katinas in Maija Hirvanen's For those who have time.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Maija Hirvanen – For those who have time – London

Finnish choreographer Maija Hirvanen has created a very arresting seven-minute solo for the limber and watchable Andrius Katinas, and…

New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's Chaconne.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Chaconne, Interplay, After the Rain, Everywhere We Go – New York

“…it’s hard not to get the impression that New York City Ballet is on a roll.”

Cesar Morales as the Stranger in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – Birmingham

See these thoughts as a heads up and, ultimately, encouragement to Londoners to go and see an interesting bill…

Yuan Yuan Tan in Russell Maliphant's Two x Two.© Xiaojing Wang. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 1: Black Grace, SF Ballet, Russell Maliphant, Mark Morris – New York

New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival opened its 11th season with a very fresh program…

Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler's Lord of the Flies.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures and Re:Bourne – Lord of the Flies – London

As a dance outreach project, Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies is a rather marvellous thing…

Theo Clinkard dancers in Ordinary Courage.© Pari Naderi. (Click image for larger version)

Theo Clinkard – Accumulation, Ordinary Courage – London

Theo Clinkard Accumulation, Ordinary Courage London, Laban Theatre 28 January 2014 www.theoclinkard.com www.trinitylaban.ac.uk At just a few minutes long, the first piece of this double bill – Trisha Brown’s wonderfully wry Accumulation –…

Ballet Revolucion's 2014 show.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Revolucion, 2014 show – London

The biggest bonus in this all-Cuban entourage is the superb eight-strong band that plays live onstage …throughout the show.

Wendy Houston.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Houston – Pact with Pointlessness – London

I should have known better. Going to a Wendy Houston gig with a pre-conceived notion of what to expect is indeed a pact with pointlessness.

James Thierrée's Raoul.© Richard Haughton. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierree – Raoul – Antibes

This beginning, supremely theatrical, brought the mainly young audience, already excited and expectant, to shout and clap enthusiastically….

Publicity image for Margret Sara Guojonsdottir's Variations on Closer .© Tom Akinleminu, painting by Marion Bataillard. (Click image for larger version)

Margret Sara Guojonsdottir – Variations on Closer – London

The concept is simple: three dancers enter the stage in turn and perform sequences of minimal movement, stepping or crawling across the stage in slow motion.

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