Reviews
Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog/Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

Ben Duke opens his one-man show disarmingly by losing his place in his copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost…

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks in the studio.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – New York

The whole evening has the feeling of an extended experiment. We see Whelan ridding herself of ballerina habits and trying on new clothes.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Les Rendezvous.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Les Rendezvous, Kin., Elite Syncopations – Nottingham

Les Rendezvous is 21 minutes of classical movement perfection, but Alexander Whitley comes surprisingly close to besting it with his 20-minute more modern take on ballet – Kin.

Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Bournonville Divertissements, La Sylphide (Lovette debut) – New York

In her début as the Sylph, Lovette was warm, soft, enticing, more child-like than enigmatic.

Ballet Black in Dogs Don't Do Ballet.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Dogs Don’t Do Ballet – London

So how did it go with the young audience? Answer, jolly well…

American Ballet Theatre in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle (Abrera debut) – New York

The American Ballet Theatre season continues with Giselle where Marina Harss saw Stella Abrera’s company debut. The response to the performance was understandably enthusiastic.

Elizabeth Dalman in Serendity, Australian Dance Theatre 1967.© Jan Dalman. (Click image for larger version)

Mirramu Dance Company and Guests – Fortuity bill – Canberra

Fortuity was an exceptional program showing in particular the range of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s choreographic output…

Nuno Bizarro in Boris Charmatz's manger.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la Danse – manger – London

What, you may wonder, is the point of it all?

Robert Clark's Promises of Happiness.© Bronwen Sharp. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Clark – Promises of Happiness – London

Clark has spent two years on his “happiness project”, working with a psychoanalyst amongst others to investigate the causes and manifestations of happiness but…

Joseph Gorak in Études.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – 75th Anniversary Gala – New York

American Ballet Theatre know how to do a Gala and this was their 75th Anniversary as well – Everybody seemed to have a good time says Marina Harss…

Bianca Fota and Dawid Trzensimiech in Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.© Cristian Lazarescu. (Click image for larger version)

Bucharest National Ballet – Classical Symphony, Petite Mort, Marguerite and Armand, Tango, Radio and Juliet – Bucharest

Johan Kobborg took over as Director of Bucharest National Ballet just over a year ago. Time for Graham Watts to go and see how they are looking – in two very different bills…

New Zealand Dance Company in Rotunda.© John McDermott. (Click image for larger version)

New Zealand Dance Company – Rotunda – Sydney

From the show flyer… “Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915…”

Bradley Schlagheck and Emily Mistretta in Jeffrey Cirio's fremd.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Thrill of Contact: Theme and Variations, The Concert, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, fremd – Boston

Boston Ballet closed its season with a generous offering of four ballets spanning almost 70 years… and including a world premiere and two company premieres…

Sara Mearns and Ask La Cour in Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Sonatine, La Valse, Symphony in C – New York

After a week of modernist works by Balanchine set mostly to Stravinsky, Hindemith, Webern, there’s no denying that a night of French music falls sweetly on the ear.

Carly Johnson in Robert Moses' SILT.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Moses’ KIN – SILT – San Francisco

The issue Moses explored most successfully in SILT was how to engage audiences more deeply, a topical subject at a time when many people have lost interest in the traditional theatre environment.

Northern Ballet in A Northern Trilogy.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Angels in the Architecture, Perpetuum Mobile, Little Monsters, Northern Trilogy, The Architect – London

Good to see Northern Ballet back at the Royal Opera House with a mixed bill of 5 new and old works, rather different to the full evening dramatic ballets with which they tour the nation.

Liam Francis and Brenda Lee Grech in Mark Baldwin's Dark Arteries.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Frames, Four Elements, Dark Arteries – London

Rambert’s repertoire, under Baldwin’s direction, continues to divert and instruct in its combination of classic revivals and bold commissions.

Devon Teuscher in Pillar of Fire.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Pillar of Fire, Fancy Free, Theme and Variations – New York

There are times when a dance lover just can’t believe her good fortune and one of those times comes around once a year in New York…

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in the Becomings section of Woolf Works.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Woolf Works – London

Woolf Works is a chimera, an illusory creation made up of disparate elements…

Encore Dance Company in James Streeter's Untouchable Void.© Brian O'Carroll. (Click image for larger version)

Encore Dance Company – Tour 2015: De Part Ed, Intermezzo, Don Quixote pdd, Testament, Untouchable Void – London

High spirits saturated this programme from Encore Dance, the graduate company of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

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