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.
Juilliard Dance – New Dances, Edition 2014: works by Austin McCormick, Loni Landon, Kate Weare, Larry Keigwin – New York
While the program slumped, mood wise, in the middle, it went out with a bang thanks to Larry Keigwin’s Exit Like an Animal.
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.
The programme was so underwhelming that I went twice in succession, to see whether alternative casts could make a difference.
Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective company is a work in progress and unusually has a resident writer, Cynthia Zarin. Marina Harss, at New York’s Skirball Center, sees where they are all at…
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…
“It was a hell of a performance.” Marina Harss on Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.
Fall For Dance Festival – Program 4: Brian Brooks Moving Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Rennie Harris Puremovement – New York
Refreshingly unpretentious, Students is nothing but the purest proof that hip-hop choreography is just as polished an art form as any other,..
“…it’s hard not to get the impression that New York City Ballet is on a roll.”
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?
No-one could fail to be impressed by the versatility of ABT’s dancers and by the diverse repertoire they brought. They did themselves, their company and their country proud.
Great to see so many of San Francisco Ballet’s dancers enjoying themselves and enthusing their audience in a steamy summer evening in Paris.
Audience applause during the evening recognised that Scarlett’s Hummingbird was the starry centrepiece of the three Paris premieres.
The three dancers who took their leave this week – Sascha Radetsky, Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews – are all soloists. Each led a different cast of the company’s 1997 production of Coppélia.
Since becoming artistic director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, Robert Battle has been steadily mixing up the company’s repertory, adding works by choreographers beyond its usual range: Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Wayne McGregor, to name just three.
In the Royal Ballet’s last programme for this season two old favourites frame the first performances of Alastair Marriott’s latest work, Connectome. It’s a well-balanced evening and gives the new piece every chance to shine.
Gallery by Dave Morgan…
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…