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Emily Molnar.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Emily Molnar, Ballet British Columbia’s artistic director, on their work and UK tour

Next month (March 2018) Ballet British Columbia, or Ballet BC as they are commonly known, tour the UK. Diane Parkes talks to artistic director Emily Molnar about the company and the works they are touring which includes a piece by the ultra-hot Crystal Pite…

Batsheva Dance Company in Last Work.© Gadi Dagon. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Dance Company – Last Work – San Francisco

★★✰✰✰   There is a saying in the film industry that you’re only as good as your last movie. Luckily, choreographer Ohad Naharin is better than his Last Work.

Batsheva Dance Company in Last Work.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Dance Company – Last Work – New York

★★✰✰✰   Last Work is not unlike other Batsheva pieces which use an assemblage of vignettes, however it doesn’t hang together as cohesively as say, Sadeh21.

Gilbert Small and Nicole Ward in 16+ a room by Emily Molnar.© Chris Randle. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet BC – 16+ a room, Solo Echo, Bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Have you ever left a performance of contemporary ballet desperate for some color, some light, some human warmth?

Andrew Bartee, Scott Fowler, Christoph von Riedemann, Alexis Fletcher, Emily Chessa, Kirsten Wicklund and Brandon Alley in Crystal Pite's Solo Echo.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016 – Ballet BC, Shun Ito/Kei Miyata/EEIH, Motionhouse & free events

★★★✰✰   IDFB is great for Birmingham and I hope those in and around the city filled their boots.

LeeSaar The Company in Grass and Jackals.© David Andrako. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva and LeeSaar The Company – B/olero, Grass and Jackals – New York

Grass and Jackals possesses what B/olero leaves wanting. Oversized eyebrows painted on each dancer…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Matthew Rushing's Odetta.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Uprising, Suspended Women, Odetta – New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is making a big deal out of its premieres this year, but at the company’s “All New” program during its City Center residency, Matthew Rushing’s Odetta was the standout work.

Batsheva Ensemble in Deca Dance.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Ensemble – Deca Dance – London

Naharin is at his best when working with groups, particularly mixed groups or groups of men. There isn’t much that is gender specific in the work; women dance much the same steps as men and there is little male / female partnering. What there is looks oddly perfunctory.

Emery LeCrone in the studio. © Rosalie O’Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Emery LeCrone, Choreographer

Equal parts free spirit and self-disciplinarian, Emery LeCrone manages to make the creative life look easy.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programs A, B & C – Berkeley, CA

Another surprising choice was Taylor’s Arden Court (1981), which opened Wednesday evening’s program. The dancers were simply stunning. I hate to say, but the parallel is that Miami City Ballet does Balanchine better than New York City Ballet. Not to denigrate Taylor’s dancers at all…

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