"American Ballet Theatre" tag
Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild at the Carolina Chocolate Drops/Twyla Tharp show.© Rahav Segev. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp Countrified – working with Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild

Twyla Tharp loves Americana. She’s made dances to Shaker hymns and to the crooning voice of Frank Sinatra, and whipped up steps to the super-sophisticated piano tunes of Willie “The Lion” Smith. So it’s no surprise…

Alice Renavand in Fall River Legend.© Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Fall River Legend, Miss Julie – Paris

…an unusual choice of bill. Unusual firstly as the work of two women choreographers, and secondly in that it gives audiences a rare chance to see ballets from the extremely interesting and creative period of the 1940’s and 1950’s, now sadly neglected.

Rie Ogura & Steven Melendez in Richard Alston's Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms.© Richard Termine. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Legends & Visionaries bill – New York

The company embraces the turn-of-the-20th-century Cecchetti Method, more concerned with anatomic integrity than with razzle-dazzle. Cecchetti’s motto is “purity of line, simplicity of style.” You get the idea.

Sarah Van Patten and Anthony Spaulding in Hans van Manen's Variations for Two Couples.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – 2014 Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

The best all-round piece of the evening is Hans van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples, from the exquisitely concise choreography by this still-relevant master…

Junor Souza as Ali in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

Anna-Marie Holmes’s latest staging of Le Corsaire has proved to be a triumph for English National Ballet…

Linda Celeste Sims and Jamar Roberts in Aszure Barton's LIFT.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Chroma, D-Man in the Waters (Part I), LIFT – New York

I have yet to see a less than full-throttle performance, even when a choreographer’s style does not quite fit the company’s technique…

The Snowflakes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

The Nutcracker – from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – New York

So far this season I’ve seen three “traditional” Nutcrackers: Ratmansky’s version for American Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland’s, and the familiar and much-loved 1954 staging by George Balanchine for New York City Ballet. All three have their charms…

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Martha Clarke's Cheri.© 2013 Joan Marcus. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Clarke Takes on Colette’s Chéri + Herman Cornejo interview

Novels are treacherous terrain for choreographers. So much of what draws us into a book and imprints itself in our imagination …is almost impossible to convey in the language of the body.

Ballet San Jose flyer for the 2013 Benefit Gala.© Ballet San Jose. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – 2013 Benefit Gala – San Jose

This was an evening not to be missed. Newly appointed Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, made sure that the quality of the eighteen guest artists for Ballet San Jose’s Gala Performance would tantalise even the most skeptical dance fan.

Veronika Part and Cory Stearns in The Moor's Pavane.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Theme and Variations, The Moor’s Pavane, A Month in the Country, Piano Concerto #1 – New York

On Sunday, American Ballet Theatre’s two-week fall season draws to a close. By most measures, it’s been a success…

Ormsby Wilkins.© John Lauener/National Ballet of Canada. (Click image for larger version)

Ormsby Wilkins – Britten’s Sylphs and other Musical Questions for ABT’s Music Director

ABT’s run of Les Sylphides this season are different – after research, the company, under their musical director Ormsby Wilkins, have rediscovered a 1941 orchestration by Benjamin Britten. Marina Harss reveals all in conversation with Wilkins…

Polina Semionova and James Whiteside in Bach Partita.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Bach Partita, Gong, The Tempest – New York

Throughout the Bach Partita, Tharp’s movement is technical, precise, and highly articulated. As with Balanchine, the bodies are always distinct, framed in space.

American Ballet Theatre in Les Sylphides.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Clear, Theme and Variations – New York

It’s good to see the company perform Sylphides again after a hiatus of eight years. The style hasn’t eroded. …The dancers believe in it.

American Ballet Theatre in The Tempest.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Opening Night Gala: The Tempest (premiere), Theme and Variations, Aftereffect – New York

Fashioning a ballet out of The Tempest is no small endeavor. How does one distill Shakespeare’s rather complex play into forty-six wordless minutes….

Hannah Vassallo as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.© Simon Annand. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – New York

For all Bourne’s imagination, his version makes even less sense than the original.

Susan Jones.© Sarah Sterner. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Jones – Ballet Mistress, American Ballet Theatre

My father asked my original teacher in Rockville, Ms. Hood, whether it was viable for me to become a dancer, and she said she thought I could, even though I wasn’t blessed with beautiful legs and feet. But I had a lot of other assets…

Michaela DePrince.© Jade Young.

Michaela DePrince – Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet

An interview with Michaela DePrince ex Dance Theatre of Harlem and now with the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet. Marina Harss talks to her about life and motivations and, inevitably, about DePrince often being a different colour to most other dancers on ballet stages and the issues around that…

Matthew Golding with DNB in Hans van Manen's Grosse Fuge.© Dave Morgan/DanceTabs edit. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Golding to Join The Royal Ballet

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, announced today that Matthew Golding is to join the Company as a Principal in February 2014. His first performance will be on 27 March dancing alongside Natalia Osipova in The Sleeping Beauty.

Leanne Stojmenov in Cinderella.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Alexei Ratmansky Cinderella premiere – Melbourne

This Cinderella, the hotly anticipated centerpiece of the Australian Ballet’s 2013 season, is sensationally, luxuriantly, and extravagantly beautiful…

Virginia Johnson.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Virginia Johnson – Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wherever Virginia Johnson goes, she seems to travel on a cloud, with a kind of regal composure few possess in our day. She appears imperturbable…

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