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Yuan Yuan Tan and Carlo Di Lanno in Wheeldon's Bound To.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Unbound Festival Program A: works by Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck – San Francisco

★★★★✰   If Helgi Tomasson was hoping that Unbound: A Festival of New Works would generate heated debate on the state of ballet today, his wish has already been fulfilled just one night into the massive festival…

Laura Halzack and Michael Trusnovec in Mercuric Tidings.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance – David H. Koch season – New York

★★★★✰   Even in stillness, Taylor dancers hold immense power in their bodies, the energy potential within them more nuclear than solar.

Seated nude folding forward. Auguste Rodin, 1910/11. Pencil with stump on paper.© Musée Rodin, Paris, France. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition – Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement – London

★★✰✰✰   …of more interest to Rodin scholars than dance-lovers.

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – Harlequinade, The Wedding Procession, Walpurgis Night – New York

★★★✰✰   This is no second-rate student group. The Gelsey Kirkland Academy is doing something right.

Unspecified work in Gemma Bond's Harvest bill.© Kathryn Wirsing. (Click image for larger version)

Gemma Bond – Harvest: Being, Manner, Depuis le Jour, Then and Again – New York

★★★✰✰ ” Bond’s strength, for now, lies in a kind of old-fashioned insistence on beauty and her ability to coax sensitive, generous performances out of her dancers.”

Filip Michalak and Beata Giza in Body Master.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Fun, Death and the Maiden, Body Master – Warsaw

Unlike Kylián, Weiss generally works from an overt storyline and her own libretto for Body Master is loosely based on the life of Gordon Craig, the English pioneer of modernist theatre…

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…

Baltic Dance Theatre in Jiri Kylian's Falling Angels.© K. Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Netherlands bills 1 & 2 – Gdansk

Baltic Dance Theatre have just presented two Netherlands inspired nights of dance with local premieres by Izadora Weiss (director), Jiri Kylian and Patrick Delcroix. Graham Watts with a comprehensive report…

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…

DVD cover.© Dancetime Publications. (Click image for larger version)

DVD – Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet

This is not by any means a DVD for casual viewing, but for the serious student of ballet it provides a concise and fascinating understanding of the key components of Romantic Ballet, hugely enhanced by the opportunity to see a group of restaged dances from that era that have not been seen before…

Russell Maliphant's The Rodin Project.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant – The Rodin Project – New York

More than sculpture, the choreography reminded me of exhibitions of body-building.

Michael Ingle, Silas Riener, Natalie Green & Oisin Monaghan in poem.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Tere O’Connor Dance – poem, Secret Mary – New York

Tere O’Connor can be a frustrating choreographer. Look for structure and you’ll likely be thwarted, frustrated, or worse. Because it clearly is there, but you can’t understand it.

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