Reviews
Anthony Missen in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty of the Beast – London

Beauty of the Beast – surely a contender for cleverest title of the year – is a fascinating study of how male behaviour evolves through the processes of their interaction.

Noélani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in Romeo and Juliet.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – Roméo et Juliette – London

Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette reduces Shakespeare’s poetic play to a graphic novel, illustrating every emotion in bold outlines.

Mark Morris Dance Group in Spring, Spring, Spring.© Ken Friedman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Pacific, Words, Whelm, Grand Duo, Crosswalk, Jenn and Spencer, and Spring, Spring, Spring – New York

Morris seems particularly interested in deploying turning and spinning movements these days; turns appear again and again in different forms in many of the new works, especially fast chaînés or dizzying rotations in one spot.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Revelations.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Odetta, Bad Blood, Caught, Revelations – San Francisco

The company has performed here annually since 1968 and considers Berkeley its home away from home, both for the synergy it feels with the Cal Performances staff and the receptive local audience.

NYCB in Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Symphonic Dances, Pictures at an Exhibition, This Bitter Earth, Everywhere We Go – Washington

New York City Ballet’s second bill in Washington was all about 21st-Century Choreographers, with works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck and Peter Martins.

Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken's Overworld.© Sarah Walker. (Click image for larger version)

Melbourne’s Dance Massive 2015, Rebecca Jensen & Sarah Aiken’s Overworld and the rise of spiritual & ritual contemporary dance

In its quasi-spiritual themes and framing, Overworld has tapped into an emerging trend in Melbourne contemporary dance, namely the creation of work that uses ritual as a thematic basis…

Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera and Paul Kay in La Fille mal gardée.© ROH, Tristram Kenton (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Fille mal gardée – London

We don’t give stars but if we did this would get 5. Not to be missed.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört – London

Auf dem Gebirge comes from her gloomy period, when she was more concerned with the imagery her performers could dig out of themselves than with their abilities as dancers.

Diana Vishneva in Carolyn Carlson's Woman in a Room.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Diana Vishneva – On the Edge: Switch, Woman in a Room – London

According to Carlson’s programme note, the lemons represent segments of challenge and confrontation…

Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in Swan Lake.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

This handsomely-crafted and well-danced Swan Lake marked an important milestone for the Washington Ballet and proved a huge achievement for its artistic director Septime Webre.

Ommi Pipit-Suksun in Yuri Zhukov's User's Manual.© Francisco Preciado. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – This Might Be True, Eighty One, User’s Manual – San Jose

Ballet San Jose is full of surprises…

Ashley Bouder and NYCB in George Balanchine's Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C – Washington

Oksana Khadarina reviews the Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C bill – prepare for many happy adjectives and lots of history…

Frances Chung in Ratmansky's Piano Concerto #1 from Shostakovich Trilogy.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Program 6: Shostakovich Trilogy – San Francisco

It’s a disconcerting feeling when you don’t respond to a piece that nearly everyone else agrees is revelatory. That’s the situation I find myself in with Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy.

Al’manni Alli, Tyrell Foreshaw and National Youth Dance Company in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Frame[d].© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Frame[d] – London

Do catch it if you want to enjoy the energy and shared commitment of its young performers.

Soledad Barrio in Cambio de Tercio.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Noche Flamenca: Cambio de Tercio & Olga Pericet: Flamenco Sin Título – New York

In both shows, the most exciting element was the push-and-pull between the music-making and the dancing.

Gwyn Emberton and Rachele Rapisardi in My People.© Roy Campbell Moore. (Click image for larger version)

Gwyn Emberton Dance – My People – London

My People is a mature work, developed in close collaboration with the composers, that deserves to be widely seen.

Robb Beresford, Babatunji and Michael Montgomery in Biophony.© Quinn B. Wharton. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Biophony, Concerto for Two Violins – San Francisco

…for the world premiere of Biophony, King collaborated with the entire natural world….

Rashaun Mitchell's Light Years.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Rashaun Mitchell – Light Years – New York

None of it made any sense, and yet there were moments of heart-catching beauty…

Brixx (Sean Douglas) in FLEXN at Park Avenue Armory.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Reggie (Regg Roc Gray) and Peter Sellars – FLEXN – New York

Flexn is interesting because it seems to be just as much about narrative as it is about moves. The dancers take the lyrics of rap and hip hop songs and make stories out of them.

Roman Zhurbin and Craig Salstein in Cinderella.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – Washington

Both nights that I attended were blessed with an exquisite Cinderella. Gillian Murphy gave this production a beating heart with her tenderly expressive and incisive performance…

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