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American Ballet Theatre – Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta triple bills – New York

Critics have compared the new Liam Scarlett to Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering; if so, it’s as if Dances had been set in an unhappy corner of the planet, for a group of lost souls…

Beijing Dance Theater in Wild Grass.© Han Jiang. (Click image for larger version)

Beijing Dance Theater – Wild Grass – Washington

The dancers’ dedication and sense of purpose were genuine and consistently present; but I wasn’t moved.

Marcelo Gomes, Cory Stearns and Herman Cornejo in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Raymonda Divertissements, Jardin aux Lilas, Fancy Free – New York

“It was a hell of a performance.” Marina Harss on Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.

Kirsty Arnold (LCDS alumna) in Joanna Young's Army of Me.© Iain Payne. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – MA and Alumni Projects Upturn bill – London

…there’s a strong whiff of ‘experimental student’ here, but there’s also a good bit of talent on display.

Hee Seo and Marcelo Gomes in Liam Scarlett's With a Chance of Rain.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Gala: Rondo Capriccioso, With a Chance of Rain, Thirteen Diversions – New York

Liam Scarlett’s “With a Chance of Rain” premiere – It seemed Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo might never detach from each other in the final pas de deux…

TAO Dance Theatre in 7.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

TAO Dance Theatre – 6, 7 – London

Tao Ye has a very singular, uncompromising vision. The works are stark and unadorned, using very simple vocabulary…

Aakash Odedra in Nritta.© Kajal Nisha Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 5: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Aakash Odedra Company, Sarasota Ballet – New York

The word transcendent gets tossed around a lot, overused, especially in the performing arts. But if one performer deserves it at this year’s Fall For Dance Festival, it is Aakash Odedra.

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…

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