"Mikhail Baryshnikov" tag
Rocio Molina in Bosque Ardora.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version

Rocio Molina – Bosque Ardora – London

What a strange world flamenco dancer Rocío Molina conjures up for us in her latest show…

Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Robert Wilson's The Old Woman.© Lucie Jansch. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Wilson – The Old Woman, staring Mikhail Baryshnikov – New York

In the end, the real pleasure of the evening is watching two extraordinary showmen…

Roman Zhurbin and Craig Salstein in Cinderella.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

To fully enjoy Ashton, one has to be willing to acquiesce to one’s own softer impulses, a sense of wonder and perhaps a little nostalgia, and to surrender the loveliness of small things.

Jenn Weddel and Spencer Ramirez in Jenn and Spencer.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Italian Concerto, A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer, Crosswalk – Washington

The evening offered a sampler of Morris’s newly-minted works (A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer and Crosswalk, all made in 2012-13) and his splendid Italian Concerto from 2007.

Eric Underwood, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Tetractys -The Art of Fugue, Rhapsody, Gloria – London

The Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill has a happy beginning and a sad ending and in the middle there’s Wayne McGregor’s new piece, Tetractys, an emotionally-neutral blank sheet on which you can write your own feelings – or more likely, your own thoughts.

Marjin Rademaker and Edward Watson in Javier de Frutos' 3 with D.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion (2014) – London

…the men Ivan Putrov has chosen for his latest Men in Motion programme are exceptional dance-interpreters, not self-glorifiers…

Linda Celeste Sims and Jamar Roberts in Aszure Barton's LIFT.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Chroma, D-Man in the Waters (Part I), LIFT – New York

I have yet to see a less than full-throttle performance, even when a choreographer’s style does not quite fit the company’s technique…

The Snowflakes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

The Nutcracker – from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – New York

So far this season I’ve seen three “traditional” Nutcrackers: Ratmansky’s version for American Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland’s, and the familiar and much-loved 1954 staging by George Balanchine for New York City Ballet. All three have their charms…

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a Case.© T. Charles Erickson. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhail Baryshnikov / Big Dance Theater – Anton Chekhov’s Man in a Case – Washington

Baryshnikov has plenty of speaking lines, which he delivers with persuasion and notable dramatic skill… Yet his main strength here is his body language.

Susan Jones.© Sarah Sterner. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Jones – Ballet Mistress, American Ballet Theatre

My father asked my original teacher in Rockville, Ms. Hood, whether it was viable for me to become a dancer, and she said she thought I could, even though I wasn’t blessed with beautiful legs and feet. But I had a lot of other assets…

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote (Acosta production) – London

It’s especially challenging for the Royal Ballet, whose repertoire and style are built on the subtle understatement of Frederick Ashton and the deep psychological explorations of Kenneth MacMillan: hot-blooded Latin exuberance is not really their thing…

Noureev & Friends Gala poster.© Noureev & Friends. (Click image for larger version)

Noureev & Friends Gala – Paris

Graham Watts was at the Palais Des Congres for us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s birth…

Irina Dvorovenko in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue", On Your Toes.© Joan Marcus. (Click image for larger version)

City Center – On Your Toes – New York

Along the way, the show strings together some memorably ravishing songs and knock-out dance numbers while having fun…

Sarah Crompton and the Sadler's Wells: Dance House book cover.© Sarah Crompton and Tristram Kenton.

Sarah Crompton, writer & editor, on her book: ‘Sadler’s Wells – Dance House’

5 Questions to Sarah Crompton about her new book “Sadler’s Wells – Dance House”

Polina Semionova in Romeo and Juliet.© and provided by HK Leisure & Cultural Services Department(Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Hong Kong Arts Festival Season – Hong Kong

The season began with a high-energy mixed bill which showed the company on sparkling form.

Lil Buck and Yo Yo Ma in in Philip Glass's Orbit (world premiere), part of A Jookin' Jam Session.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

Lil Buck – A Jookin’ Jam Session – New York

When he begins to move, you are not just impressed by what he’s doing – which is impressive enough – but also touched by the quiet joy and purity of expression that emanates from his body and eyes.

Toba Singer and the book cover of Fernando Alonso, The Father Of Cuban Ballet.© Toba Singer and University Press of Florida.

Toba Singer, writer, on Fernando Alonso – The Father Of Cuban Ballet

Alonso trained the first generation of Cuban dancers, among who there were many standouts, but the most well-known in Cuba were the “Four Jewels” of Cuban ballet: Josefina Méndez, Mirta Pla, Aurora Bosch, and Loipa Araújo (now Associate Artistic Director of English National Ballet)

Edward Watson in Alexei Ratmansky's 24 Preludes.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Apollo, 24 Preludes, Aeternum – London

This triple bill, with two world premieres, shows how ably choreographers 85 years apart can refresh the language of classical ballet without distorting it beyond recognition.

Tadej Brdnik and Blakeley White-McGuire in Phaedra.© Costas. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Phaedra, The Show (Achilles Heels) – New York

To preserve or to progress? And if the latter, how? These questions seem to come up increasingly often as companies grapple with the death of their founding choreographers, artists who created importantant schools of dance in their own image.

Dorothee Gilbert in Giselle.© Michel Lidvac. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Giselle – Sydney

During the season, and over five nights, I saw each of the five Giselles – Dorothee Gilbert, Myriam Ould-Braham, Ludmila Pagliero, Isabelle Ciaravola and Melanie Hurel, and four Albrechts…

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