Reviews
Eun-me Ahn's Let Me Change Your Name.© Eunji Park. (Click image for larger version)

Eun-me Ahn – Let Me Change Your Name – London

★★✰✰✰   It started sedately enough, with the three men and three women emerging in stretchy black dresses…

Thiago Soares and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Judas Tree.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

MacMillan Celebrations – The Judas Tree (RB), The Song of the Earth (ENB) – London

★★★★✰   The second programme commemorating the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death revealed his very different responses to music, and to human nature.

Gillian Murphy in Her Notes.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Her Notes, Symphonic Variations, Other Dances, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium – New York

★★★✰✰   The program opened and closed with the most recent works: Jessica Lang’s Her Notes and Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. Both premiered at ABT in 2016, and both are works whose inspiration largely comes from their scores.

Anne Juren's Anatomie.© Karolina Miernik. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Juren – Anatomie – London

★★✰✰✰   Beautiful, calming imagery is not in the vocabulary of Anatomie.

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez in La Sylphide.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Song of the Earth, La Sylphide – Manchester

★★★★✰   The ENB production of La Sylphide has been staged by three luminaries of Danish ballet, Frank Andersen, Eva Kloborg and Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, and is, therefore, one supposes, as authentic to the August Bournonville ideals, as possible…

Michael Clark Company in to a simple rock 'n' roll... song.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Clark Company – to a simple rock ‘n’ roll… song – London

★★★★★   …the dancing is life enhancing and the audience leaves on a high of pleasure.

Elsa Monguillot de Mirman and Jacqueline Bâby in Maguy Marin's Trois Grandes Fugues.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Lyon Opera Ballet – Trois Grandes Fugues – London

★★★★✰   How many ways can you hear the same piece of music? This inspired programme by Lyon Opera Ballet suggested, with elegant simplicity, that there are as many ways to hear something as there are people to hear it.

Constance Devernay and Sophie Martin in Le Baiser de la fee (The Fairy's Kiss).© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

MacMillan Celebrations – Le Baiser de la fee (SB), Concerto (BRB), Jeux (RB) – London

  In the first of the mixed bills celebrating Kenneth MacMillan’s ballets, 25 years after his death, “Le Baiser de la fée” intrigued me because the questions it posed about his development as a choreographer…

Mariinsky Ballet in La Bayadere - Kingdom of the Shades.© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – La Bayadѐre – Washington

★★★✰✰   Since its creation 140 years ago, La Bayadѐre has been one of the Mariinsky Ballet’s calling cards and the Russian company can make this enduring classic shine in all its stylistic glory and theatrical splendor.

Christine Shevchenko and Calvin Royal III in Alexei Ratmansky's Songs of Bukovina.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Gift, Songs of Bukovina, Thirteen Diversions – New York

★★★✰✰   In between the speeches and the short films came the dancing. The main attraction was the new Ratmansky work, Songs of Bukovina…

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Bayadère: The Ninth Life.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Bayadère: The Ninth Life – London

★★✰✰✰ …an intriguing idea inflated into unwieldy modern dance-theatre.

David Hallberg in Mark Morris’s Twelve of ‘em.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance – New works by Michelle Dorrance, Kyle Abraham, Sara Mearns and Honji Wang, Mark Morris – New York

★★★✰✰   I caught all four new works: an expanded version of Michelle Dorrance’s Myelination, Kyle Abraham’s Drive, the Sara Mearns and Honji Want collaboration No. 1, and Mark Morris’s solo Twelve of ‘em for David Hallberg.

Constance Devernay and Andrew Peasgood in Kenneth MacMillan's The Fairy's Kiss.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Fairy’s Kiss, The Rite of Spring – Glasgow

★★★★✰   Absolutely fascinating… Scottish Ballet should feel very proud of celebrating MacMillan in such a thoughtful way…

Yasmine Naghdi and Ryoichi Hirano in The Dreamers Ever Leave You.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet – The Dreamers Ever Leave You – London

★★★✰✰   Binet’s aspiration is that audiences should see beautifully trained dancers in a spiritual light, embodying Lawren Harris’s quest for the divine in nature.

Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton – The Toad Knew – New York

★★✰✰✰   The best moments in The Toad Knew are comic, but there aren’t enough of them. Old-fashioned clowning is sprinkled throughout the production…

Rocio Molina in Fallen from Heaven (Caida del Cielo).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rocio Molina – Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) – London

★★★★★   The words “90 minutes, no interval” generally fill me with dread.

Alex Carrington in Skies Calling Skies Falling.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company – Site Series (Inside Outside) Reimagined, Skies Calling Skies Falling – San Francisco

★★★★✰   …the line between performer and viewer hovers in a delicious state of ambiguity, steeped in porousness.

Cirque Eloize in Saloon.© Jim Mneymneh | www.PhotosDeCirque.com | Courtoisie du Cirque Éloize. (Click image for larger version)

Cirque Eloize – Saloon – London

★★★★✰   There has to be something in Canada’s water, especially in the beautiful city of Québec…

Satchie Noro in Origami.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl – Origami – London

★★★✰✰   Origami is a work for a solo performer and a shipping container which slowly unfolds and reconfigures itself over forty minutes.

BalletBoyz in Javier De Frutos' The Title Is in the Text.© Panayiotis Sinnos. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Fourteen Days bill – London

★★★★✰   Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt’s all-male company are on sparkling form right now.

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