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Aidan Gibson and Casey Ouzounis in Neue Suite (Berio 1-2-3).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Semperoper Ballett – In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Neue Suite, Enemy in the Figure – London

★★★✰✰   Semperoper’s dancers distort the classical ballet line more than the Paris Opera Ballet’s (or ENB’s) and don’t bother much with fifth positions or precise épaulement for Forsythe’s endless tendus. They seem contemporary dancers rather than étoiles being outrageous.

Royal New Zealand Ballet in Anatomy of a Passing Cloud by Javier de Frutos.© Evan Li. (Click image for larger version)

Royal New Zealand Ballet – A Passing Cloud 4 bill – London

The solemnity of the middle section of the programme is alleviated by irreverent visions of heaven and hell…

Brigel Gjoka, Ander Zabala and David Kern in Sider.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

The Forsythe Company – Sider – New York

No-one will ever accuse the American-born choreographer William Forsythe, based in Germany since the seventies, of taking the easy way – to the contrary, he is a master of complexity.

Virginia Johnson.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Virginia Johnson – Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wherever Virginia Johnson goes, she seems to travel on a cloud, with a kind of regal composure few possess in our day. She appears imperturbable…

Tadej Brdnik and Blakeley White-McGuire in Phaedra.© Costas. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Phaedra, The Show (Achilles Heels) – New York

To preserve or to progress? And if the latter, how? These questions seem to come up increasingly often as companies grapple with the death of their founding choreographers, artists who created importantant schools of dance in their own image.

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