"Midsummer Night’s Dream" tag
Kerala Kalamandalam in Dussasana Vadhom.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – New York

Marina Harss with her personal selection of New York dance memories this last year…

Miriam Miller and Anthony Huxley in Midsummer Night’s Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream – New York

★★★★✰   But the kids are just one element of what makes Midsummer tick. Another is the intelligence and efficiency with which the ballet tells its story.

Violeta Angelova and Kirk Henning in the Scene d’amour from Romeo and Juliet, choreography by Maurice Bejart.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Emeralds – Washington

Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s new program, “Balanchine, Béjart, and the Bard,” presented at the Kennedy Center Opera House at the end of October, was dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It offered an appealing mix of four ballets

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

After an absence of eleven years, the Royal Ballet has finally returned to New York; they’re currently presenting two programs at the Koch Theatre,..

Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Bournonville Divertissements, La Sylphide (Lovette debut) – New York

In her début as the Sylph, Lovette was warm, soft, enticing, more child-like than enigmatic.

Uliana Lopatkina and Andrey Ermakov in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2 Casts in various extracts – Vicktoria Tereshkina, Uliana Lopatkina, Vladimir Shklyarov, Filipp Stepin. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

Amar Ramasar and Maria Kowroski in the first aria of Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto – New York

Watching these three ballets, made over a span of thirty-two years, one can see how Balanchine’s style evolved toward the hyper-stylization of Violin Concerto…

Isabela Coracy in A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Limbo, Two of a Kind – London

Now in its thirteenth year, Ballet Black’s specialness is not the colour of its performers’ skin but the quality and quantity of the works its director, Cassa Pancho, commissions: over 30 new ballets to date. Where else could ballet dancers experience such a cornucopia of creativity?

Cira Robinson and Damien Johnson in A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Black in Arthur Pita’s A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

American Ballet Theatre in The Tempest.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Opening Night Gala: The Tempest (premiere), Theme and Variations, Aftereffect – New York

Fashioning a ballet out of The Tempest is no small endeavor. How does one distill Shakespeare’s rather complex play into forty-six wordless minutes….

Edward Villella.© Gio Alma, courtesy Edward Villella. (Click image for larger version)

Edward Villella – Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet

After twenty-six years in Miami, Edward Villella is back in New York, just across the East River from his old stomping grounds in Bayside Queens. He was an unlikely danseur, a scrappy kid…

Laszlo Seregi.© Hungarian National Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Tribute to Laszlo Seregi, Choreographer & Hungarian National Ballet director – London

Laszlo Seregi died on 11th May 2012 at the age of 83 and, one year on, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Covent Garden hosted a tribute to his memory.

Teresa Reichlen.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Teresa Reichlen – New York City Ballet – Principal

Teresa Reichlen – known as Tess by friends and colleagues – is an immediately striking dancer: tall, pale, preternaturally serene. She could be a Madonna in a painting by Botticelli.

Justin Peck.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Justin Peck – New York City Ballet – Dancer and Choreographer

“It’s very lonely out there… I mean, it would be nice to have some sort of mentorship with regard to what it takes to be a choreographer.”

Book Cover. © Christina Gallea Roy. (Click image for full version)

Book – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow by Christina Gallea Roy

This is a fascinating story… an important one. Gallea relates the growth, and eventual decline, of the company – known originally as International Ballet Caravan and later as Alexander Roy Ballet Theatre – with an amazing amount of detail…

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

New York City Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, Firebird, Symphony in C – Saratoga Springs

After the dreary bombast of Alexei Ratmansky’s recent Firebird for American Ballet Theatre, the Balanchine/Robbins version, with its blessedly shorter score (Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite), heavenly Chagall designs and the great Ashley Bouder in one of her first great roles, was a welcome palliative.

Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in Onegin. © Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Onegin – New York

And yet, even on its own terms, it leaves one wanting, despite the performances of two excellent casts… And it does not blossom with repeated viewing. Much to the contrary. What are its short-comings? First, the music…

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