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Natalia Magnicaballi in Tzigane.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s Final Performances in Washington

This season the Suzanne Farrell Ballet is bidding farewell to its audiences with final performances at the Kennedy Center Opera House, December 7-9. There will be two programs, each featuring a selection of George Balanchine’s choreographic gems…

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.

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.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Danses Concertantes.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Autumn 2012 Program A – Washington

When watching them perform one understands what dance critic Joan Acocella meant when she said: “Every single time Suzanne Farrell sets a Balanchine ballet – it rises from the dead.”

Mark Morris Dance Group – Dido and Aeneas – New York

It is something of a cliché to say it, but the guiding principle of Morris’s Dido – as in the more recent Socrates – is simplicity. No single element – musc, words, dance – is privileged above the others.

Book – Matthew Bourne and his Adventures in Dance

Unfortunately, I’m not blessed with the gift of predicting the future, but I will go out on a limb and say that by no means is Matthew Bourne finished creating yet, which means we can all look forward to reading the third edition of this book, liberally sprinkled with even more remarkable insights in another ten years time.

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