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T.M. Rives and Alexander Ekman.© T.M. Rives & courtesy San Francisco Dance Film Festival. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Alexander Ekman & T.M. Rives on dance and film

“I think you’ve just got to dare to go there. It’s hard, it’s scary, but creation is always kind of scary in one way or the other. So I think you’ve just gotta have guts and go for it anyway.” Alexander Ekman.

Gregory Lau in Hans van Manen’s Solo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) – Schubert, Sad Case, Some Other Time, mutual comfort, Solo, Cacti – London

★★✰✰✰   Hans van Manen’s Solo for three men comes as a blessed relief for its luscious co-ordination and witty response to Bach’s Violin Partita.

Guido Dutilh and Xanthe van Opstal in Alexander Ekman's Cacti.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) – I New Then, mutual comfort, Solo, Cacti – Woking

★★★★✰   It seems an age (well 4 years) since NDT2 were last touring the UK and I’ve missed them. They might be the young company of Nederlands Dans Theater (aged 18-23) but they put on a fine show…

NDCWales in Alexander Ekman's Tuplet.© Rhys Cozens. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Company Wales – They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem, Tuplet, Folk – London

★★★★✰   On show were three contemporary pieces: a rep work by rehearsal director Lee Johnson, a selection of Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet (originally choreographed for Cedar Lake Dance Company), and the premiere of new artistic director Caroline Finn’s first piece for NDCWales.

Madoka Kariya in Johan Inger’s I New Then.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) in I New Then, mutual comfort, Solo and Cacti

NDT2 in works by Johan Inger, Edward Clug, Hans van Manen and Alexander Ekman. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ballet Hispanico in Flabbergast.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – Flabbergast, Bury Me Standing, Club Havana – New York

★★★★✰   Anyone in need of resurrecting their libido need look no further than Ballet Hispanico’s 45th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater…

Charmene Yap and Todd Sutherland in Bonachela's Lux Tenebris.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company – CounterMove: Cacti, Lux Tenebris – Sydney

★★★✰✰ It would be hard to find two more diverse works on the one program than those in CounterMove, the first program for 2016 from Sydney Dance Company.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, A Month in the Country – Birmingham

★★★✰✰ When I think of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) under David Bintley I think of tradition with a capital T and the latest double bill underlines that in spades.

Alexander Ekman.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Alexander Ekman, Director / Choreographer, on Cacti and other things

One of the go-to international choreographers, particularly if you want something arresting and unusual, is Alexander Ekman. His “Cacti”, appropriately featuring a stage full of Cacti, is about to be presented by Royal New Zealand Ballet and Sydney Dance Company – Valerie Lawson catches up with a dance maverick…

Daniil Simkin in Alexander Ekman's Simkin and the Stage.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Daniil Simkin – INTENSIO – New York

Just before intermission Simkin included two film-and-performance works by Alexander Ekman. Simkin and the City, which went viral with the Internet-savvy dance crowd a couple of years ago, always gets a good chuckle.

Derrick Agnoletti and Aaron Rogers in Alexander Ekman's Episode 31.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – Incantations, Son of Chamber Symphony, Bells, Episode 31 – San Francisco

As always, it’s a pleasure to see the Joffrey Ballet, especially since 2007 when artistic director Ashley Wheater assumed his post and began a terrific revival of the company…

Boston Ballet in Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Program B: Symphony in Three Movements, L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune, Plan to B, Bella Figura – New York

…the dancers seem able to handle whatever comes their way. It’s a quality that will serve them well in their travels.

Boston Ballet in Alexander Ekman's Cacti.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Program A: The Second Detail, Resonance, Cacti – New York

Like the best comedians, Ekman is as facetious as he is profound, leaving the viewer with plenty to ponder post-performance.

Boston Ballet in Alexander Ekman's Cacti.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Pricked: Etudes, D.M.J. 1953-1977, Cacti – Boston

The evening ended with Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, one of the most wildly original, hilarious dances I’ve ever seen. If the Keystone Cops had taken up ballet, this is what they’d have looked like.

Janine Koertge and Dan Langeborg in OreloB.© Ingmar Jernberg. (Click image for larger version)

GoteborgsOperans Danskompani – Nordic Cool season – Washington

The most successful piece from Göteborg’s troupe was OreloB (Bolero spelled backwards), created by Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström as part of the program titled 3xBoléro – a dance-triptych which interprets Ravel’s Bolero from three different perspectives.

2012 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the winners of the 13th National Dance Awards at The Place on 28th January 2013.

2012 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the nominations for the 13th National Dance Awards at a reception held at The Place on 9th November 2012. The winners will be announced 28th January 2013.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 dancers. © Chris Nash.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 – Passe-Partout, Gods & Dogs, Cacti – London

Across all three works, the art of set and costume designs, video projections and lighting vied with an almost equal intensity of image-creation with the music and choreography… It was all too much to absorb in a single sitting.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 UK Premiere and Tour

One of the world’s most popular contemporary dance groups, NDT2 returns to Sadler’s Wells ahead of a UK tour with a programme including Jiří Kylián’s award-winning Gods and Dogs, NDT2Associate Artist Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Passe-Partout by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León.

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