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2017 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 18th National Dance Awards…

AAADT in Billy Wilson's The Winter in Lisbon.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – The Winter in Lisbon, Mass, Ella, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   I often get the feeling that the Ailey dancers transcend the choreography they’re asked to dance. With the exception of the inescapable Revelations, the company’s repertory can be hit or miss.

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Hope Boykin's r-Evolution, Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Four Corners, Untitled America, r-Evolution, Dream, Revelations – New York

★★★★✰   There is no limit to how often one can see Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece Revelations. The elation is always the same.

Matthew Ball and Marianela Nunez in Wayne McGregor's Multiverse.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wayne McGregor bill: Chroma, Multiverse, Carbon Life – London

★★★✰✰   Multiverse: McGregor and his dramaturg may know what they want to convey about life and the universe(s) but despite the dancers’ efforts, the result is baffling.

Linda Celeste Sims in Alvin Ailey's Cry.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programme C – London

★★★★✰   I saw Programme C at Sadler’s Wells and like practically everybody else, have to rave about the dancers.

Jamar Roberts in Rennie Harris' Exodus.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programmes A and B – London

★★★★✰   Revelations is always a joy, however often one sees it. Ailey’s choreography, influenced by his mentor, Lester Horton, and Martha Graham, is a reminder of how potent that modern dance technique could be.

Jacqulin Harris, Samantha Figgins, Sarah Daley, Fana Tesfagioris and Jacqueline Green in Ronald K. Brown's Open Door.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Four Corners & Open Door

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Jamar Roberts in Robert Battle's Awakening.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Exodus & Awakening

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Abraham's Untitled America: Second Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Untitled America: Second Movement, No Longer Silent, Exodus, Deep, Vespers, The Hunt, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a truism that any afternoon that includes Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is apt to leave you happy.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Robert Battle's Awakening.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Awakening, A Case of You, Revelations – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave two new works their West Coast premieres on Tuesday at Zellerbach Hall, the opening night of its annual residency at Cal Performances in Berkeley.

Jacqueline Green in Kyle Abraham's Untitled America: First Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Memoria, Piazzolla Caldera, Grace, Polish Pieces, Untitled America: First Movement, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Warmth, exuberance, power, finesse – all these qualities infuse everything they do.

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims in Alvin Ailey's Revelations.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Toccata, After the Rain pdd, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Every fall, just after Thanksgiving, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater sets up shop at City Center, as sure a sign of the season as Christmas carols at the grocery store.

Deborah Lohse and Mark Gindick in Doug Elkins' Hapless Bizarre.© Jamie Kraus for Jacobs Pillow 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival at City Center – Programs 1 and 2 – New York

For twelve years, the Fall for Dance festival has been going strong, and one can see why. No other dance series offer such an expansive, egalitarian and uncomplicated glimpse of what’s going on in dance…

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.

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…

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.

Rachael McLaren and Yannick Lebrun in Bad Blood.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Odetta, Uprising, Night Creature, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, Bad Blood, After the Rain pas de deux, Revelations – Boston

The second night… this was by far the best program I’ve ever seen Ailey offer: five pieces, each as good as the others in its different way…

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…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Hofesh Shechter's Uprising.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Uprising, Grace, Revelations – New York

On the 13 December 2014, as the Millions March protest – on the shooting of unarmed African-American men by police – was happening in NY, Shanti Crawford was at City Center seeing Alvin Ailey perform Hofesh Shechter’s Uprising. It really hit home…

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