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Wiley Naman Strasser in Manifesting.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Hope Mohr Dance – Manifesting (premiere) – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   What is the purpose of an artist’s manifesto? When does a defined creative vision ossify into a rigid, limiting doctrine?

Jaqlin Medlock, Joshua Tuason, Davalois Fearon and Nicholas Sciscione in MiddleSexGorge.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Stephen Petronio Company – Glacial Decoy, Big Daddy (Deluxe), MiddleSexGorge – New York

★★★★✰ A former member of Trisha Brown’s troupe, Petronio staged Glacial as the second effort in his “Bloodlines” project, a series honouring his key influences…

Pam Tanowitz Dance, promotional picture.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Pam Tanowitz Dance – the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces, Heaven on One’s Head – New York

★★★✰✰ “There are choreographers who make one go hot and cold, and one of those, for me, is Pam Tanowitz.”

Alice Renavand in Le Sacre du Printemps.© Julien Benhamou / Opéra national de Paris. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Polyphonia, Alea Sands, Le Sacre du printemps – Paris

Benjamin Millepied, the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet, made a daring choice of programme for the Christmas season at the opulent Palais Garnier opera house: a triple bill of contemporary works…

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Julie Loria andTakafumi Watanabe in The Beast and Beauty.© David Herrero. (Click image for larger version)

Cannes Dance Festival – Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse: The Beast and Beauty, Lyon Opera Ballet: Kylian bill – Cannes

For the festival Brigitte Lefèvre chose an eclectic mixture of popular and audacious programmes from twelve different companies – mainly regional French companies… some smaller independent groups and international companies from Korea, Argentina and Spain.

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – London & UK Tour Bills – London

So a tip to the wise up front – see them in London while you can or catch them on their subsequent UK tour….

Paloma Herrera in a studio photograph for Sleeping Beauty.© Juan Mathé. (Click image for larger version)

Paloma Herrera – former American Ballet Theatre Principal, dancer and teacher

Next year I want to dedicate more time to teaching, and finally bring out my clothing line, under the brand Paloma Herrera…

Sylvie Guillem in Mats Ek's Bye. © Lesley Leslie-Spinks. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – A Life in Progress – London

Sylvie Guillem’s farewell programme at the Coliseum (following its modest Sadler’s Wells presentation in May) is a glorious spectacle in the largest theatre in London.

Ommi Pipit-Suksun in Yuri Zhukov's User's Manual.© Francisco Preciado. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – This Might Be True, Eighty One, User’s Manual – San Jose

Ballet San Jose is full of surprises…

Vanessa Kang in Christopher Bruce's Rooster.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Stephen Wright – View from the wings and catching the perfection of dancing flow

Rambert dancer Stephen Wright is also a photographer – here he blogs about what’s like to perform on stage, as seen from the wings. Enjoy…

Rashaun Mitchell's Light Years.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Rashaun Mitchell – Light Years – New York

None of it made any sense, and yet there were moments of heart-catching beauty…

Compagnie CNDC-Angers in Event.© Patrick Andre. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie CNDC-Angers / Robert Swinston – Event: Choreography by Merce Cunningham – New York

The eight dancers under Mr. Swinston’s care have had time to absorb the complicated coordination and autonomy that lies at the heart of this style.

Hannah Rudd, Adam Blyde & Kym Sojourna in Mark Baldwin's The Strange Charm of Mother Nature. © Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Subterrain, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, Terra Incognita – London

By the end, I felt our journey of discovery had involved driving down one of those long, straight, interminable cross-American highways, with nothing but the same prairieland in view.

David Prottas (bottom) and Taylor Stanley in All That We See.© Matthew Murphy. (Click image for larger version)

BalletCollective – The Impulse Wants Company, Dear and Blackbirds, All That We See – New York

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…

Septime Webre.© Dean Alexander, courtesy The Washington Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Septime Webre – Artistic Director, Washington Ballet

We catch up with Septime Webre, choreographer and artistic director of Washington Ballet. So what makes him get up in the morning? Oksana Khadarina finds out…

Rosas and Ictus in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Vortex Temporum.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas & Ictus (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) – Vortex Temporum – London

…while I may have successfully held my own for the first two rounds, I’d been soundly beaten by the end.

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.

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Washington Ballet – Tour-de-Force: Balanchine! bill – Washington

The gala formula really worked. An eclectic selection of dances – six duets and three short ballets – offered something for almost every taste…

Ballet Preljocaj in Les Nuits.© Jean-Claude Carbonne. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Preljocaj – Les Nuits – Cannes

Les Nuits is inspired by the Thousand and One Nights, stories which have come together from Indian, Persian, Arabian and North African sources. Preljocaj is quoted as being influenced by the erotic content of the stories…

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