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Rihoko Sato in Sleeping Water.© Jean Michel Blasco. (Click image for larger version)

Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS – Sleeping Water – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are dances that one figures out in the first five minutes. Hope as one might that the piece will evolve or turn a corner, it soldiers on in the same vein, section after section, until the end.

Liam Lindsay and Amy McEntee in Christopher Bruce's Mya.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2017 Tour – London

★★★✰✰   At the end of the evening was what you might call the blockbuster piece of the tour – 30 minutes of Matthew Bourne in the form of Act II of his “Highland Fling”. Bourne’s take on “La Sylphide” is a wonderful piece of work, full of wit, style and pathos…

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin De Luz in Odessa.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala with Odessa, Ratmansky premiere – New York

★★★✰✰   With only four works, no intermissions and a run time of less than two hours, New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala was short and to the point.

Unity Phelan and Zachary Catazaro in Polyphonia.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – HERE/NOW Festival, Wheeldon Quad bill – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a shame that the company didn’t choose to revive some Wheeldon rarities from its back catalogue…

Complexions in Star Dust.© Breeann Birr. (Click image for larger version)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Gutter Glitter, So Not A…, Star Dust – New York

★★✰✰✰   Slated as a “rock opera style production” created in the late David Bowie’s honour, Star Dust is a lengthy, razzle dazzle suite of dances set to Bowie’s most popular tunes.

Maya Plisetskaya.© Ensemble Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya – London

★★★✰✰ Every gala needs a revelation, and this one was provided by Sergio Bernal, a Spanish dancer who dominated the stage in an imperious farruca solo from Antonio’s flamenco version of The Three Cornered Hat…

Amar Ramasar and NYCB in Justin Peck’s The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Works By Balanchine, Martins, Peck and Wheeldon – Washington

★★★✰✰ The first of two mixed programs that New York City Ballet presented at the Kennedy Center Opera House in March offered a wide variety of works…

Federico Bonelli and Natalia Osipova in Strapless.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wheeldon bill: Strapless, After the Rain, Within the Golden Hour – London

★★★✰✰ Wheeldon’s talents are on display, as well as the Royal Ballet’s dancers. A pity, then, that Strapless has been exposed without previews to sort out its weaknesses.

Dance Heginbotham publicty image.© Janelle Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Angel’s Share, Diamond, Easy Win – New York

Heginbotham has a knack for choosing just the right music for his dances, none of it hackneyed or used solely for its atmospheric qualities: no Arvo Pärt, no Philip Glass…

Sarah Lamb in Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Raven Girl, Connectome – London

In this revival of Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl, Watson becomes something more than a postman…

Chamber Dance Project in Exit Wounds...and Then They Come Home.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Chamber Dance Project – Joyce Theater Ballet Festival bill – New York

Chamber Dance Project is essentially what it says on the tin: a small dance troupe which performs to live chamber music.

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…

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…

Izabela Szylinska in On The Nature of Things.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Armitage Gone! Dance – On the Nature of Things – New York

Karole Armitage is in a groove, and it’s environmental. On the Nature of Things, presented at the American Museum of Natural History, is her latest in a string of works addressing the all too rapid ecological devastation humans are wreaking on the planet.

Sandrine Monin and Sam Vaherlehto in Christopher Bruce's Shadows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Shift, Shadows, Document, Mapping – London

It’s not often these days you get a bill that couples a brand-new piece by Christopher Bruce with something by Darshan Singh Bhuller. Sadly neither of these choreographic heavyweights has been as active in UK dance as they were formerly and this program reminds us of what we have been missing.

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

Robert Wilson – The Old Woman, staring Mikhail Baryshnikov – New York

In the end, the real pleasure of the evening is watching two extraordinary showmen…

Steven McRae (with Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball, Luca Acri and Tomas Mock) in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Dream, Connectome, Concert – London

In the Royal Ballet’s last programme for this season two old favourites frame the first performances of Alastair Marriott’s latest work, Connectome. It’s a well-balanced evening and gives the new piece every chance to shine.

Davon Doane and Ashley Murphy in Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Theatre of Harlem – 45th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center – New York

The task Johnson faces is complicated, full of potential pit-falls. In these early seasons she is working to define the company’s character, while helping the dancers to hone their classical training and shine as individuals.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Edwaard Liang's Finding Light.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Liang / Maliphant / Wheeldon – An evening Featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan – London

No sets – just glorious lighting designs playing essential roles in the performances.

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