"Igor Stravinsky" tag
Taylor Stanley, Anthony Huxley and Brittany Pollack in Justin Peck's Scherzo Fantastique.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky x Five bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Alongside George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, one could argue that the third most important voice at New York City Ballet in the twentieth century was that of Igor Stravinsky.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Abraham's Untitled America: Second Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Untitled America: Second Movement, No Longer Silent, Exodus, Deep, Vespers, The Hunt, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a truism that any afternoon that includes Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is apt to leave you happy.

Skylar Brandt and Duncan Lyle in The Golden Cockerel publicity image.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Golden Cockerel – New York

★★★★✰   American Ballet Theatre’s spring season has turned into a kind of voyage into the mind of Alexei Ratmansky, its choreographer-in-residence since 2009.

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance performing Agon.© Camilla Greenwell Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance – Agon, Rite of Spring, Symphonies of Wind Instruments – London

★★★✰✰   Esa-Pekka Salonen is conducting London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in a Stravinsky festival, the first concert of which included a collaboration with Karole Armitage’s company on “Agon” – famously originally choreographed by Balanchine…

American Ballet Theatre in Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

★★★★✰   It isn’t often that a gala program proves satisfying, but this one was the exception.

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Most Incredible Thing (premiere), Polaris, The Blue of the Distance, Common Ground, Estancia – New York

★★★✰✰ “Incredible is Peck’s first narrative, and this fact was obvious Tuesday night, particularly in the opening scenes which lacked clarity…”

San Francisco Ballet School students in the Waltz of the Hours from Balanchine's Coppélia.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

★★★✰✰ By way of a défilé, the evening opened with the “Waltz of the Hours” from Balanchine and Danilova’s Coppélia …Soloist Jennifer Stahl led two dozen girls from the SFB School, adorable in cotton-candy tutus.

Alexei Ratmansky.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky – Simple and Wise, a Q&A about Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT

Q: What have you learned about Petipa from the notations? Ans: Looking at the notations changed my taste. Honestly, I just can’t stand seeing productions of the classics any more, because I know how far it is from Petipa’s intentions…

National Ballet of China in the Red Detachment of Women.© National Ballet of China. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of China – Peony Pavilion, Red Detachment of Women – New York

The National Ballet of China dancers are beautifully trained, surprisingly tall, willowy – even the men – and delicately featured.

The Rite of Spring: Running out of the "Joyful Jump".© Kenneth Archer. (Click image for larger version)

Sagraçamba: The Rite in Rio

Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer first put their reconstruction of “The Rite of Spring” on Rio de Janeiro Ballet in 1995. This year they went back to put it on again – this is what happened…

Bianca Fota and Dawid Trzensimiech in Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.© Cristian Lazarescu. (Click image for larger version)

Romanian National Ballet – Classical Symphony, Petite Mort, Marguerite and Armand, Tango, Radio and Juliet – Bucharest

Johan Kobborg took over as Director of Bucharest National Ballet just over a year ago. Time for Graham Watts to go and see how they are looking – in two very different bills…

Sterling Hyltin and Taylor Stanley in Symphony in Three Movements.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Apollo, Agon, Duo Concertant, Symphony in Three Movements – New York

The New York City Ballet spring season is off to the races with a week devoted to George Balanchine, specifically the “black-and-white” ballets that for many have come to define his style.

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.

Ashley Bouder and NYCB in George Balanchine's Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C – Washington

Oksana Khadarina reviews the Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C bill – prepare for many happy adjectives and lots of history…

Vanessa Kang in Christopher Bruce's Rooster.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Stephen Wright – View from the wings and catching the perfection of dancing flow

Rambert dancer Stephen Wright is also a photographer – here he blogs about what’s like to perform on stage, as seen from the wings. Enjoy…

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

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.

Ashley Bouder in Donizetti Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C, Donizetti Variations, La Valse, Chaconne – New York

In recent seasons New York City Ballet has gotten into the habit of starting things off with a week or two of Balanchine. It’s an excellent idea.

Natalia Magnicballi and Michael Cook in Balanchine's Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Swan Lake, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Allegro Brillante, The Concert – Washington

It’s hard to imagine a better program to showcase the power of ballet as an expressive art than Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s impressive offering for its annual season at the Kennedy Center.

Rupert Pennefather and Emma Maguire in A Month in the Country.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ashton quad bill – London

Jann Parry reviews Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country…

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