"Dances at a Gathering" tag
Atlanta Ballet in 2014 feted its artistic director emeritus with a gala ball. Kelsey Ebersold, an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet at the time, is pictured along with Robert Barnett in costume for Barnett's Fascinatin' Rhythm.© Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Robert Barnett, former New York City Ballet dancer and longtime Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet

Robert Barnett joined New York City Ballet in 1949. In those early years he worked closely with Balanchine and Robbins particularly before going on to direct Atlanta Ballet. Now 91 he is still actively involved in dance and passing on all he knows…

Lorena Feijoo in Possokhov's Optimistic Tragedy.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Seven Sonatas, Optimistic Tragedy (premiere), Pas/Parts 2016 – San Francisco

★★✰✰✰   The trouble with Program 2 is its centerpiece, choreographer-in-residence Yuri Possokhov’s new work ‘Optimistic Tragedy’.

Koto Ishihara, Francisco Mungamba and Wei Wang in Bubeníček's Fragile Vessels.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Haffner Symphony, Fragile Vessels (premiere), In the Countenance of Kings – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The company’s first regular-season commission from Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček, “Fragile Vessels”, is a 40-minute meditation on love, loss and reconciliation.

Daniil Simkin and Blaine Hoven in Alexei Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Symphonic Variations, Brahms-Haydn Variations + Fall Gala – New York

★★★★✰   A second look at Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium confirms the impression formed last season. It is a fascinating work that represents a new direction for the choreographer.

Joaquin De Luz, Friedemann Vogel, Denis Matvienko and Marcelo Gomes in Tristesse.© Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Clay, Tristesse, Le Divertissement du Roi – New York

★★✰✰✰   So bravo for Danilian. All the dancing at the gala was very fine – who could expect any less from these dancers? One can (and should) question his taste but it’s clear that he’s willing to go out on a limb…

New York Theatre Ballet in Ashton's Capriol Suite.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Capriol Suite, Two Timing, Cat’s Cradle, Such Longing, Dark Elegies – New York

The program presented at St. Mark’s this past week reflects all of these positive developments; even more, it seemed infused with a new sense of assurance and identity.

Ivan Putrov.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion – Lodz Ballet Festival

The most impressive (if not, incredible) thing is that his scratch company exudes the professionalism that one would expect from a tight-knit group that has lived, trained, rehearsed and performed together for seasons.

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, Song of the Earth – London

The final triple bill of the Royal Ballet’s season reverts to its founder’s faith in classical ballet as an expressive language.

Mathilde Froustey In Robbins' Dances at a Gathering.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Dances at a Gathering, Hummingbird – San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4 is a double bill coupling a welcome return of Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering with a Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird.

Justin Peck and Sterling Hyltin in The Cage.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All Bach and Hear the Dance: Russia bills – New York

More from the NYCB Winter Season with Marina Harss reviewing 2 bills made up of 6 works: Concerto Barocco, The Goldberg Variations, Symphonic Dances, The Cage, Andantino and Cortege Hongrois…

Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in Michel Fokine's Chopiniana.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Chopiniana, Without, In the Night – New York

Too much Chopin? Perhaps.

Patricia McBride on the red carpet.© Margot Schulman. (Click image for larger version)

Patricia McBride Honoured at The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honours

McBride joined the New York City Ballet in 1959, and two years later, at the age of 18, she was promoted to the rank of principal, becoming the youngest principal dancer in the troupe’s history.

American Ballet Theatre – Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta triple bills – New York

Critics have compared the new Liam Scarlett to Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering; if so, it’s as if Dances had been set in an unhappy corner of the planet, for a group of lost souls…

Gonzalo Garcia and NYCB, opening section of Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version

New York City Ballet – Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition premiere – New York

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, is there a ballet choreographer working today who is more imaginative, more wholly himself, than Alexei Ratmansky?

Jenifer Ringer and Gonzalo Garcia in Dances at a Gathering.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jenifer Ringer’s farewell, Dances at a Gathering, Union Jack – New York

Some dancers leave us wanting more. That’s how Jenifer Ringer’s retirement from New York City Ballet feels; we’ve seen so little of her in recent seasons, and she’s dancing so well.

Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Liam Scarlett's Acheron.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Acheron (Scarlett premiere), Vespro, Spectral Evidence – New York

Acheron, Liam Scarlett’s new piece, revealed a choreographer of prodigious imagination and compositional craft, adept at building an atmosphere and suffusing it with traces of meaning.

Morgan Lugo and Julia Eichten in Benjamin Millepied's Reflections.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

L.A. Dance Project – Reflections, Murder Ballads, Quintett – London

So Reflections could have a lot resting on it, if the eventual tryptich is to be a 21st century equivalent of Balanchine’s Jewels…

Megan Fairchild and Taylor Stanley in Peter Martins' Jeu de Cartes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tradition and Innovation & Just for Fun bills – New York

Jeu de Cartes, by Peter Martins, is jaunty and busy, a cross between the pas de deux in Balanchine’s Rubies, the trios in Danses Concertantes, and the non-stop action of Martins’ Fearful Symmetries….

Clifton Brown and Kana Kimura in Lang's I.N.K..© Takao Komaru. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet v6.0 Festival – Whim W’Him, BalletCollective and Jessica Lang Dance – New York

The Ballet v6.0 Festival has just been on at New York’s Joyce Theater and Marina Harss was there for. So where are young choreographers taking contemporary ballet…?

Edward Villella.© Gio Alma, courtesy Edward Villella. (Click image for larger version)

Edward Villella – Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet

After twenty-six years in Miami, Edward Villella is back in New York, just across the East River from his old stomping grounds in Bayside Queens. He was an unlikely danseur, a scrappy kid…

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