This was an evening not to be missed. Newly appointed Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, made sure that the quality of the eighteen guest artists for Ballet San Jose’s Gala Performance would tantalise even the most skeptical dance fan.
…very definitely worth catching for an energetic and engrossing evening of dance.
…offered a perfect Balanchine sampler, bringing together an assortment of ballets, full of unexpected juxtapositions, from very different periods of the choreographer’s long career.
No sets – just glorious lighting designs playing essential roles in the performances.
The much admired Suzanne Farrell Ballet have just been performing at their Kennedy Center home in Washington – Oksana Khadarina reviews the Balanchine works (Mozartiana and Episodes) on Programme A…
Quite by accident I ended up seeing LINES Ballet’s fall season twice. A good thing I did, too.
San Francisco Ballet – From Foreign Lands, Beaux, Classical Symphony and Symphonic Dances – New York
In its second mixed bill here in New York, San Francisco Ballet once again impressed with its vitality and the depth of its bench, as well as with its pleasantly unified look.
San Francisco Ballet is in town for two weeks, and on the evidence of opening night, this should be an invigorating visit. The company looks to be in top form.
One feels as Débussy did when he wrote, at the end of the nineteenth century, that “amid too many silly ballets, Lalo’s Namouna is something of a masterpiece.”
Jeu de Cartes, by Peter Martins, is jaunty and busy, a cross between the pas de deux in Balanchine’s Rubies, the trios in Danses Concertantes, and the non-stop action of Martins’ Fearful Symmetries….
What most struck me on this particular evening was the transparency, and clarity of intention, that marked each work.
Amid all the fuss about the costumes, the choreogaphy paled… What a joy, then, to see a section of Western Symphony, with those marvelous frou-frou tutus by Karinska and that euphoric outpouring of Balanchine’s’ crisp, witty steps.
Wherever Virginia Johnson goes, she seems to travel on a cloud, with a kind of regal composure few possess in our day. She appears imperturbable…
The Ballet v6.0 Festival has just been on at New York’s Joyce Theater and Marina Harss was there for. So where are young choreographers taking contemporary ballet…?
The Bolshoi’s glorious rising star, Olga Smirnova, was imperious…
Do you perceive a difference between the musicality of American dancers and that of Russian dancers? AR: There is a huge difference in the musicality. I often found Russian dancers unmusical… But they have other qualities…
Quibbling and Côté aside, these were both terrific performances, bursting with energy …I wouldn’t mind seeing the Canadians become regular visitors to Saratoga
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…
New York Philharmonic – A Dancer’s Dream: Le Baiser de la Fee, Excerpts from Neige, Petrushka – New York
…what joy to see a performance turn into a kind of rave, …to feel the music overflow the boundaries of convention and habit and feel, well, intensely alive.
The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.