Reviews
Momoko Hirata in Sylvia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Sylvia – Birmingham

David Bintley’s Sylvia is a great piece of classical dance and escapist fun.

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Infra, Divertissements, The Age of Anxiety, The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

These are dancers worth following in a wide repertory of works; it’s a shame to see them go while feeling we’ve barely gotten to know them better.

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

After an absence of eleven years, the Royal Ballet has finally returned to New York; they’re currently presenting two programs at the Koch Theatre,..

Misty Copeland in Swan Lake.© Darren Thomas, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake (Copeland/Whiteside) – New York

Copeland has earned her place center-stage, and it seems more likely than ever that she will be promoted to principal.

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company in Flamencura.© Jeremy Toth. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Flamencura – London

The dancing was never short of extraordinary. The opening part showcased the cerebral seriousness of the Solea…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Robert Battle's No Longer Silent.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Exodus, Strange Humors, No Longer Silent, Revelations – New York

Battle (in No Longer Silent) responds with a brilliant visualization of the music’s intricate parts, a kind of neo-Rite of Spring for our time.

New York Theatre Ballet in Ashton's Capriol Suite.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Capriol Suite, Two Timing, Cat’s Cradle, Such Longing, Dark Elegies – New York

The program presented at St. Mark’s this past week reflects all of these positive developments; even more, it seemed infused with a new sense of assurance and identity.

Tiffany Hedman and Daniel Kraus in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Give My Love to The Sunrise.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2015 – London

Of the three Choreographics evenings to date I thought this was the best, with all the pieces feeling buffed-up, thought about and nobody making a huge wrong turn.

William Bracewell as Louis XIV, Le Roi, with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in The King Dances.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The King Dances, Carmina burana – Birmingham

The King Dances is a man’s ballet – it has to be said a very pretty man’s ballet with gorgeous designs by Katrina Lindsay.

Evgenia Obraztsova and Herman Cornejo in Romeo and Juliet.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet (Obraztsova/Cornejo) – New York

One could imagine a fine partnership developing between Cornejo and Obraztsova. Both are generous and open-hearted performers.

Adam Kozal and Aneta Zbrzezniak in Moving Rooms.© Ewa Krasucka. (Click image for larger version)

Polish National Ballet – Adagio & Scherzo, Rite of Spring, Moving Rooms – New York

There was no rest for the weary at the Joyce on Tuesday night, where Polish National Ballet whipped through its New York debut with an adrenalin-packed program.

Philippe Decoufle Company DCA in Contact.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Philippe Decouflé Company DCA – Contact – London

It’s undoubtedly fun in Decouflé’s world… but you do start to wish someone would hold your hand through it for a while.

Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi in Romeo and Juliet.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet (Copeland/Hammoudi) – New York

The million-dollar question for any dancer on the cusp is this: can they carry an evening-length story ballet? The answer, on the evidence of Copeland’s début in Romeo and Juliet, is yes.

The 7 Fingers Traces.© Alexandre Galliez. (Click image for larger version)

The 7 Fingers – Traces – London

…Traces has been going now since 2006 and the audience seemed happy enough no matter how depressed I was at times.

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – Washington

At 42, Acosta is still a powerful presence. A much-loved artist around the world, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest male dancers of his generation.

Ruth Brill's Matryoshka at its Symphony Hall premiere.© BRB.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Quatrain, Matryoshka, Beauty and the Beast pdd, Swan Lake pdq, Facade – High Wycombe

Ruth Brill’s Matryoshka showed a lot of sense and maturity I thought – she clearly thinks about entertaining the audience.

Pippa Moore in Madame Butterfly.© Merlin Hendy. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Madame Butterfly, Perpetuum Mobile – London

Madame Butterfly is one of Nixon’s most effective narrative productions, combining japonaiserie with classical ballet conventions…

Jamar Roberts in Exodus.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Exodus bill – New York

Harris’s Exodus, on the other hand, felt just right. Like so many pieces in the Ailey repertory, it suggests a spiritual quest, a journey toward the light…

Liam Riddick and Jonathan Goddard in Mazur.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Alston at Home, 20th Anniversary bill – London

The Richard Alston Dance Company concludes its spring tour with a series of performances at The Place, celebrating their 20th anniversary with premieres of new commissions and a revival of one of his classics…

Eifman Ballet in Boris Eifman's Rodin.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Rodin – Washington

“People say I think too much about women; yet, after all, what is there more important to think about?” So mused Auguste Rodin…

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