"Appalachian Spring" tag
Natalia Osipova in Arthur Pita's The Wind.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Illustrated ‘Farewell’, The Wind, Untouchable – London

★★★✰✰   Kevin O’Hare is commissioning choreographers who want to make use of what the Opera House can offer; he’s not setting out to declare where ballet ought to be heading and he’s not playing safe.

Xin Ying in Martha Graham’s Chronicle.© Brigid Pierce. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Gala + Cave of the Heart, Inner Resources, Rust and Chronicle bills – New York

★★★✰✰   The gala was a well-put-together, briskly-paced affair, a sampler of Graham excerpts dating back to her very first recital, in 1926.

Juilliard Dance in Jiri Kylian's Symphony of Psalms.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Juilliard Dance – Roses, Moves, Symphony of Psalms – New York

★★★✰✰   The dancers are young, but already skilled. They’re well trained, well-rounded. But they don’t yet have strong artistic personalities. That can be a good thing…

Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance.© Brian Doherty for Rapa Investments. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Flatley – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – New York

Somewhere between Liberace and James Brown, there exists an entity otherwise known as Michael Flatley. His flamboyance – the blousy, satin shirts, the glittering jackets – knows no bounds, nor does his insistent, swaggering virility.

Northern Ballet in A Northern Trilogy.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Angels in the Architecture, Perpetuum Mobile, Little Monsters, Northern Trilogy, The Architect – London

Good to see Northern Ballet back at the Royal Opera House with a mixed bill of 5 new and old works, rather different to the full evening dramatic ballets with which they tour the nation.

© Constella Ballet and Orchestra

Constella Ballet and Orchestra – Ballet For Nancy, Adagio, Four On The Floor – London

George Williamson’s storming rise to the position of English National Ballet associate artist at just 23 suggests a lot of people see much promise in the young choreographer….

Laura Mead and Kirk Henning of Jessica Lang Dance performing Scape with the National Symphony Orchestra.© Kyle Manfredi. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Program 3, National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES: symphony + dance season – Washington

JLD is a relatively young troupe, but it consists of nine experienced and established dancers, some of them well-known and admired in Washington. Take for example, Clifton Brown…

Gnawa: Taylor Drury lifted by Leiland Charles (pictured) and Raymond Pinto (covered). © Nan Melville. (Click image for larger version)

Juilliard Dances Repertory – works by Limon, Duato, Naharin – New York

Gnawa, on the other hand, is one of Duato’s best, though Duato does not have Limón’s depth. Duato is a master of atmosphere, a stylist with an eye for off-kilter, emotionally-tinged, virtuosic movement. His musical choices are sophisticated and theatrical. He sometimes tries too hard to be profound…

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