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Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim in The Toad Knew.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton – The Toad Knew – New York

★★✰✰✰   The best moments in The Toad Knew are comic, but there aren’t enough of them. Old-fashioned clowning is sprinkled throughout the production…

Malpaso Dance Company publicity image.© Nir Arieli. (Click image for larger version)

Malpaso Dance Company – Dreaming of Lions – New York

★★★✰✰   Dreaming of Lions …is an ambitious work, an hour-long, semi-abstract meditation on Ernest Hemingway’s tale of maritime endurance, The Old Man and the Sea.

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.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company in Available Light.© JJ Tiziou. (Click image for larger version)

Lucinda Childs Dance Company – Available Light – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Available Light is merciless, and in the best way…

Aaron Loux and Billy Smith in The Hard Nut.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – New York

★★★★✰   Few alternative takes on tradition survive this long and The Hard Nut remains as subversive as it is satisfying.

Kerala Kalamandalam in Dussasana Vadhom.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Sounds of India Festival – Mark Morris Dance Group & Kerala Kalamandalam – New York

★★★★✰   This year’s White Light Festival, at Lincoln Center, has spawned a mini-festival of its own, Sounds of India, curated by the modern-dance choreographer Mark Morris. Why Morris? Because he has been going to India since the eighties…

Yoann Bourgeois in the 'Fugue/Trampoline' section of Minuit.© Magali Bazi. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois – Minuit – New York

★★★✰✰   Minuit is more of a meditation on the elegance of physical reality and how it can be manipulated in the name of artifice.

Shen Wei Dance Arts in Neither.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Shen Wei Dance Arts – Neither – New York

★★✰✰✰   The effect of Shen’s “Neither,” like that of the original opera, is decidedly muted.

Holy Body Tattoo in monumental.© Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. (Click image for larger version)

The Holy Body Tattoo – monumental – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are times when you wonder if bones have been broken, or organs perforated. On the whole however, the hour and a half work is largely characterised by the violent, repetitive and neurotic gestures.

Michaela DePrince in Balanchine's Tarantella.© VAM/ Siggul. (Click image for larger version)

Youth America Grand Prix – Gala 2016 – New York

★★✰✰✰   Like all galas, this was quite a mixed bag. Over 200 students trooped on and offstage in a veritable tornado of activity before the veteran YAGP dancers stepped out for the showstopping stuff…

Uliana Lopatkina in The Dying Swan.© Jack Vartoogian. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, Program B – New York

★★✰✰✰ What’s going on in the head office at the Mariinsky Ballet?

Jamie Scott and Cecily Campbell in Newark (Niweweorce).© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Trisha Brown Dance Company – Set and Reset, Present Tense, Newark (Niweweorce) – New York

★★★★✰ “One of the things I admire most about these works is the degree to which men and women are interchangeable. Brown’s movement has no maleness or femaleness attached to it…”

Mark Morris's The Hard Nut.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – New York

As with the Balanchine version, the Hard Nut’s success is a foregone conclusion.

Souleymane Badolo in Yimbégré.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Souleymane Badolo – Yimbégré – New York

What constitutes an African dance? What meaning lies behind the steps? Souleymane Badolo, born and trained in Burkina Faso and a resident of Brooklyn since 2009, has been exploring this question for years…

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…

Esme Boyce in her A Pair of Ideal Landscapes.© Lora Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Satellite Collective – BAM Fisher bill – New York

Collaboration can be a wondrous thing, but it’s no guarantee.

Devon Teuscher in Pillar of Fire.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Pillar of Fire, Fancy Free, Theme and Variations – New York

There are times when a dance lover just can’t believe her good fortune and one of those times comes around once a year in New York…

Mark Morris Dance Group in Spring, Spring, Spring.© Ken Friedman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Pacific, Words, Whelm, Grand Duo, Crosswalk, Jenn and Spencer, and Spring, Spring, Spring – New York

Morris seems particularly interested in deploying turning and spinning movements these days; turns appear again and again in different forms in many of the new works, especially fast chaînés or dizzying rotations in one spot.

Julian De Leon and Nicole Diaz in Unstruck.© Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang. (Click image for larger version)

Kate Weare Company – 10th Anniversary Season – New York

There’s something almost too private about the way these dancers handle each other. Weare’s natural habitat is the duet, which in many cases has the flavor of a mortal combat.

Mariinsky Ballet in Le Sacre du Printemps.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version

Mariinsky Ballet – Le Sacre du Printemps, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Swan, Paquita Grand Pas – Washington

In all, this was a tremendously entertaining and well-received program; but at the same time it left an unsettling impression that the Russian company is holding on to its eminent past with all its might, relying heavily on well-worn

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