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"An Evening with Namron" stage backdrop.© Graham Watts. (Click image for larger version)

An Evening with Namron – From Asphalt to Maple Wood

For around 80 minutes, Namron entertained his audience, largely comprising past and present luminaries of London contemporary dance, with stories and reminiscences, often breaking into movement, before finishing with a brief question & answer session…

Sayaka Ichikawa and artists of Scottish Ballet and Ballet Black in House of Birds.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time bill – London

★★★★✰   All credit to Viviana Durante (supported by Royal Ballet, Ballet Black and Scottish Ballet dancers) for contributing to the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death with recreations of his early work.

Laura Halzack and Michael Trusnovec in Mercuric Tidings.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance – David H. Koch season – New York

★★★★✰   Even in stillness, Taylor dancers hold immense power in their bodies, the energy potential within them more nuclear than solar.

Sergei DiaghilevThe defining image for the "In Diaghilev’s Circle: The Phenomenon of Les Saisons Russes in the Context of European Culture" conference. ©/courtesy International Festival of Arts "Diaghilev. P.S."

Dipping in to the 8th International Festival of Arts ‘Diaghilev. P.S.’ in St. Petersburg

The aim of the annual festival is to celebrate Russian influence in international culture, thanks to Diaghilev’s productions in the first two decades of the 20th century… St Petersburg also wants to boost its reputation as ‘a great forum of the arts’, introducing contemporary creations from different nations to Russian audiences.

The Rite of Spring: Running out of the "Joyful Jump".© Kenneth Archer. (Click image for larger version)

Sagraçamba: The Rite in Rio

Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer first put their reconstruction of “The Rite of Spring” on Rio de Janeiro Ballet in 1995. This year they went back to put it on again – this is what happened…

The Lost Rite book cover - drawing by Millicent Hodson.© KMS Press and Millicent Hodson. (Click image for larger version)

The Lost Rite – Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer document ‘their’ Rite of Spring in a newly released book

Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson have contributed a number of articles to DanceTabs and before that ballet.co.uk. Their last piece, on ‘Jeux’ reaching its centenary in 2013, can be found here and includes…

Detail from the book cover of Constant Lambert - Beyond The Rio Grande.© Boydell & Brewer. (Click image for full version of cover)

Book – Constant Lambert, Beyond The Rio Grande – by Stephen Lloyd

Lloyd has written widely on English composers and is meticulous in combing together many fragmentary impressions of Lambert. The book weighs over 1.5 kilos, 419 pages of small print, most heavily annotated in smaller print still, with a further 150 pages of appendices.

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”

Luke Ahmet in Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire for Scottish Ballet’s Dance Odysseys.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Pierrot Lunaire (part of Dance Odysseys) – Edinburgh

In my book nobody has ever truly rivalled Christopher Bruce in the role, either for pathos or style, but Luke Ahmet came close.

Valentine Gross pastel of the original trio in “the fountain” grouping, 1913. First published in Comoedia Illustré, the souvenir programme of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. From Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet, Jeux (Pendragon, New York, 2008), p. 8. (Click image for larger version)

Games People Play: ‘Jeux’ Young at 100

Nijinsky’s ‘Jeux’, like ‘Rite’, is in its centenary year – lesser known it may be but Archer & Hodson give fascinating detail on its creation and the thought that went into putting on, at UNCSA, their reconstructed version earlier this year.

Edward Burra: Design for William Chappell as Creole Boy in Rio Grande.From James L. Gordon Collection and ©. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition of 1930’s British Ballet Design – Saffron Walden

Obscurer corners of early British ballet are connected in the exhibition ‘An Outbreak of Talent’, at the Fry gallery in Saffron Walden, Essex until June 30 2013.

ZooNation publicity image for their 10th Anniversary Show.© ZooNation. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – 10th Anniversary Show – London

Hip hop is rapidly becoming the dominant dance discipline of the 21st century. Something that emerged as raw and explosive from US street culture is now established, codified and taught all around the world.

Rambert Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin, joined by former Artistic Directors or their representatives, to bury time capsule at Rambert’s new headquarters on the South Bank. Back L-R: Tim Ellis, Mark Baldwin – Artistic Director, John Chesworth, Christopher Bruce, Val Bourne, Robert North and Richard Alston. Front L-R: Matilda Ellis and Prue Skene.© Simon Weir. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company Celebrates New Home with Time Capsule

It’s finally happening: Rambert Dance company’s new headquarters on the South Bank is under way, its foundations well and truly sunk. Before the next phase of building goes ahead above ground, a time capsule in a stainless steel tube was buried in concrete

Anna Pavlova in Russian costume. From 1911. Courtesy of BFI ©. (Click image for larger version)

Anna Pavlova on Screen – London

Rambert provided the marvellous quote: ‘Pavlova excited in people the desire to dance where Diaghilev inspired in people a love of ballet and a love of choreography’.

Dane Hurst in L'après-midi d'un faune. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company – What Wild Ecstasy, SUB, Faun, Art of Touch – London

Rambert… offers a mix of new commissions with rarely-seen work from their archives. Some items had much more impact than others, though not necessarily the ones you might imagine from the programme.

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