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Ballet de Lorraine in Merce Cunningham's Sounddance.© Laurent Philuppe. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet de Lorraine – Devoted, HOK Solo Pour Ensemble, Sounddance – New York

★★★✰✰   This winter, New York is getting to see more Merce Cunningham than it has in years, thanks to visits from various European companies. It is a sad fact that Europe has always been more supportive of Cunningham than the choreographer’s own country.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company in Available Light.© JJ Tiziou. (Click image for larger version)

Lucinda Childs Dance Company – Available Light – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Available Light is merciless, and in the best way…

Katherine Helen Fisher in Pastime.© John Sisley. (Click image for larger version)

Lucinda Childs Dance – Lucinda Childs: A Portrait – New York

★★★✰✰   The post-modernist Lucinda Childs is experiencing a bit of a comeback here in the US, after years of working abroad.

Marianna Krempeniou, Liam Riddick, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Nancy Nerantzi and Elly Braund in Richard Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Richard Alston, Aszure Barton, Wendy Whelan, Edward Watson, Grupo Corpo – New York

★★★✰✰   One of this recurring festival’s strongest selling selling points is the serendipity of its pairings. You pay $15 and get a grab-bag of dance in return. You’re bound to like something.

Adriana Borriello's Col Corpo Capisco.© Francesca Lanaro. (Click image for larger version)

Venice Biennale Danza 2016 – Part 2: Works by Borriello, Russo, Monga, Schenker, Hugonnet, Quesada, Linehan

From ★★★★’s to ★   Works by Adriana Borriello, Lara Russo, Camilla Monga, Gabriel Schenker, Yasmin Hugonnet, Albert Quesada and Daniel Linehan

Liam Francis and Brenda Lee Grech in Mark Baldwin's Dark Arteries.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Frames, Four Elements, Dark Arteries – London

Rambert’s repertoire, under Baldwin’s direction, continues to divert and instruct in its combination of classic revivals and bold commissions.

Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang in AP15.© Nika Kramer. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Lucinda Childs, Semperoper Ballett, Wang Ramirez, Alvin Ailey – New York

“AP15, an award-winning work choreographed and danced by urban dance collaborators Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, brought the other “wow” factor to Program 2.”

Rosas in Rosas danst Rosas.© Herman Sorgeloos. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Rosas danst Rosas – New York

Watching Rosas danst Rosas this weekend it was easy to understand why it still stands as a prime example of De Keersmaeker’s choreographic approach.

Estela Merlos in Lucinda Childs' Four Elements.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Rooster, Four Elements, Sounddance, Dutiful Ducks – London

This programme might also be viewed as demonstrating a particular curve in the formal journey of contemporary dance, albeit one taken in reverse and with an interloper for the sake of contrast.

Antonette Dayrit, Hannah Rudd, Simone Damberg Würtz in Lucinda Childs' Four Elements.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Four Elements

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Maude Sabourin (Her Majesty of the Night) with Asier Edeso and Bruno Roque (Archangels of Darkness) in LAC.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – LAC (after Swan Lake) – London

All up it’s an entertaining and chic-looking take on Swan Lake, and one where you don’t have to know the original to enjoy it. But I’m glad I have seen a pukka Swan Lake or three…

Rambert’s new purpose-built home on the South Bank.© Rambert. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Moves – Rambert’s New Home for Dance on London’s South Bank

Nothing says more about Rambert’s need for new premises than a sign taken down from one of the old studios: “Jumping is not allowed in this studio due to structural weakness”

Darrin M. Wright, Luke Miller, Ching-I Chang, Christopher Adams and Kristin Clotfelter in Play/Pause.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Marshall & Company – Play/Pause – New York

The gulf between commercial dance – the kind one sees in TV ads, music videos, and on shows like So You Think You Can Dance – and theatrical dance is disconcerting….

Robert Wilson & Philip Glass' collaboration Einstein on the Beach.© Lesley Leslie-Spinks. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Wilson and Philip Glass – Einstein on the Beach – New York

This is the third mounting of the work since its première in 1976 at the Avignon Festival, where it quickly became the stuff of legend. What was this strange, endlessly-repetitive, oddly compelling work?

Allysen Hooks, BJ Randolph, and Evan Teitelbaum in Closing Bell.© Amber Star Merkens. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Twin, Closing Bell – Jacob’s Pillow

Once in a while we experience one of those serendipitous evenings in which we show up with few expectations, only to encounter an oasis of structure, understated virtuosity and, best of all, musical intelligence.

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