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Ashley Laracey in the studio (with Troy Schumacher).© Ani Collier, provided by Troy Schumacher. (Click image for larger version)

Two Young NYCB Choreographers Talking and Doing: Justin Peck and Troy Schumacher

Two young NYCB choreographers have been out talking and showing what they do: Justin Peck at the Guggenheim and Troy Schumacher at the 92nd Street Y. Marina Harss on why they are so worth tracking…

Alice Renavand in Fall River Legend.© Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Fall River Legend, Miss Julie – Paris

…an unusual choice of bill. Unusual firstly as the work of two women choreographers, and secondly in that it gives audiences a rare chance to see ballets from the extremely interesting and creative period of the 1940’s and 1950’s, now sadly neglected.

Janie Taylor and Sebastien Marcovici in Balanchine's La Valse.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Acheron, Afternoon of a Faun, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, La Valse – New York

George Balanchine’s favorite composers may have been Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, but it’s no secret that he also had an affinity for France and its music…

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.

Susan Jones.© Sarah Sterner. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Jones – Ballet Mistress, American Ballet Theatre

My father asked my original teacher in Rockville, Ms. Hood, whether it was viable for me to become a dancer, and she said she thought I could, even though I wasn’t blessed with beautiful legs and feet. But I had a lot of other assets…

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…?

Joey McKneely/Jerome Robbins production of West Side Story.© Nilz Bohme. (Click image for larger version)

Joey McKneely / Jerome Robbins – West Side Story – London

I said it was the must-see show of the year in 2008, and – while there are a lot of great musicals now around in the West End today – this is still one that must be seen.

Kathleen Breen Combes and Paulo Arrais in Symphony in Three Movements.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Serenade, Afternoon of a Faun, Plan to B, Symphony in Three Movements – London

The first bravo for the Boston Ballet’s return to London must go to artistic director Mikko Nissinen, for his clever and highly successful programming for opening night.

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…

Polina Semionova in Sylvia.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia – New York

Like a Fabergé egg with a tiny golden bird inside, Sylvia is decadent, a bit indulgent, but delightful.

Fernando Alonso, The Father Of Cuban Ballet book cover.© University Press of Florida. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Fernando Alonso, The Father of Cuban Ballet by Toba Singer

This book serves as a timely tribute to an incredible man whose vision and dedication to his art has established one of the world’s finest classical ballet systems.

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Christopher Wheeldon's A Place for Us.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala with Wheeldon premiere – New York

But ‘A Place for Us’ (new Wheeldon) feels like a bauble, not quite a jewel.

San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's From Foreign Lands.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – From Foreign Lands, Scotch Symphony, Golden Hour – San Francisco

From Foreign Lands: “This amusing, yet subtle send-up of classical ballet is rewarding in its expertly-shaped choreography, and made all the more appealing by the slight wackiness of the costumes and visual jokes.”

Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels in Stanton Welch's Son of Chamber Symphony.© Herbert Migdoll. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – American Legends bill – Chicago

The second movement (of Son Of Chamber Symphony) is a sumptuous duet, performed by Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels, an on-stage pair made in heaven.

José Manuel Carreño.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Jose Manuel Carreno – former American Ballet Theatre Principal and freelance dancer

Toba Singer talks to José Manuel Carreño: “Coming from Cuba, with the Cuban school you end up with a very strong foundation because you train so much in technique and partnering. These are two things that were very strong from the Cuban school, but on top of that, there was a lot of attention paid to the theatrical elements…”

Sara Mearns in Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Sara Mearns – New York City Ballet – Principal

Sara Mearns has been New York City Ballet’s reigning Swan Queen since her breakout performance in 2006, when she was only nineteen years old and a member the corps de ballet. It was a performance of surprising intensity, edged with danger.

Justin Peck in N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz by Jerome Robbins.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, Waltz Project – New York

N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz is certainly not Robbins’ finest or most original work but perhaps because of its relative straightforwardness, it reveals much about what is so remarkable about this choreographer.

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