"Joaquin de Luz" tag
Unity Phelan and Zachary Catazaro in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Liturgy, Polyphonia, Odessa, The Times are Racing – New York

★★★★✰   The oldest piece on the program is Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. Made in 2001, it has stood the test of time. Just last week it was performed at the Fall for Dance festival…

Paris Opera Ballet in Emeralds.© Agathe Poupeney. (Click image for larger version)Jewels, choreography by George Balanchine, ©The George Balanchine Trust.

Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels – New York, Lincoln Center Festival

★★★★✰   It’s not often that one gets to see three such companies side by side, or to experience a work as familiar as Jewels with new eyes…

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz in Ratmansky's Odessa.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Square Dance, Tarantella, Odessa, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes – Washington

★★★★★   Alexei Ratmansky’s Odessa left me breathless. The dancing (I saw both casts) was phenomenal on all levels: assured, expressive, and thoroughly dramatic.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin De Luz in Odessa.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala with Odessa, Ratmansky premiere – New York

★★★✰✰   With only four works, no intermissions and a run time of less than two hours, New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala was short and to the point.

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sonnambula, Prodigal Son, Firebird, Allegro Brillante, Swan Lake, Four Temperaments – New York

★★★★✰   Sara Mearns, who made her name as Swan Queen at the age of nineteen, is still the most thrilling Odette around.

Joaquin De Luz, Friedemann Vogel, Denis Matvienko and Marcelo Gomes in Tristesse.© Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Clay, Tristesse, Le Divertissement du Roi – New York

★★✰✰✰   So bravo for Danilian. All the dancing at the gala was very fine – who could expect any less from these dancers? One can (and should) question his taste but it’s clear that he’s willing to go out on a limb…

Sterling Hyltin in Mozartiana.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Sonatine, Mozartiana, Symphony in C – New York

★★★★✰ Some nights at the ballet you just get lucky: all the works are beautiful and the program is well balanced, and each of the casts is led by a ballerina who seems just right for the role.

Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Glass Pieces.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Masters at Work and All Balanchine I bills – New York

★★★★✰ (20), ★★★✰✰ (21) The temperature in Glass Pieces was uncharacteristically low. Under the baton of Clotilde Otranto, the orchestra sounded muffled…

Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle in Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Music Director’s Choice: Barber Violin Concerto, Fancy Free, Who Cares?, Candide (Overture) – New York

★★★✰✰ Lauren Gallagher at New York City Ballet’s Winter Season Opening where they introduced their new music director, Andrew Litton, in some style by naming the bill “Music Director’s Choice”…

Joaquin De Luz in George Balanchine’s Harlequinade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

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

One expects Harlequinade to be a fairly routine and dramatically flat affair. But Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz – as Colombine and Harlequin – take it to another level.

New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s Liebeslieder Walzer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Liebeslieder Walzer, Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 – New York

A great Liebeslieder is like a short story, a complete world in fifty minutes of dancing; this Liebeslieder is still a work in progress.

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Zeitgeist.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Zeitgeist, Tristesse, Facada – London

…it certainly showed that Osipova is a lightning bolt which can illuminate and energise everything she appears in.

Marcelo Gomes.© and click image for larger version

Marcelo Gomes – Principal Dancer and Choreographer, on London’s Ardani Gala and The Car Man

Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theatre’s much-admired star is about to be busy on other things and in London too. He’ll be staring in The Car Men but first we see him dance in his own choreography at the Ardani Gala 17/18 July. 5 Questions to him…

Sara Mearns and Ask La Cour in Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Sonatine, La Valse, Symphony in C – New York

After a week of modernist works by Balanchine set mostly to Stravinsky, Hindemith, Webern, there’s no denying that a night of French music falls sweetly on the ear.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – New York

At first glance, it’s hard to think of two choreographers more unalike than August Bournonville and Balanchine…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Edward Watson and Marcelo Gomes star in ‘Ardani 25 Dance Gala’. 17/18 July 2015, London Coliseum

Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Edward Watson and Marcelo Gomes star in ARDANI 25 DANCE GALA Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2015, London Coliseum This summer’s hot dance ticket will be the ARDANI…

New York City Ballet in Harlequinade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Square Dance, Harlequinade – New York

If Harlequinade is somewhat less than the sum of its parts, Square Dance (1957), which preceded it on the program, never fails to lift the heart.

Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild in Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Romeo + Juliet – New York

The balcony pas de deux, what all the paramours have come to see, is decent. There are the sweeping, leg splitting lifts, drippy back drapes (so much so that Hyltin at times looks dead), and romantic clutches in abundance.

Ashley Bouder in Donizetti Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C, Donizetti Variations, La Valse, Chaconne – New York

In recent seasons New York City Ballet has gotten into the habit of starting things off with a week or two of Balanchine. It’s an excellent idea.

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

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