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Hamburg Ballet in "Nocturnes" from John Neumeier's Old Friends.© Holger Badekow. (Click image for larger version)

Hamburg Ballet – Old Friends – New York

★✰✰✰✰   Dancers roam around the stage connecting, disconnecting, clinging and separating in a drifting non-specific haze of memories. Who are the exes, who are the friends? Who are the never-weres? Who knows.

Sean Mahoney, Parisa Khobdeh and Heather McGinley in Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance & Lyon Opera Ballet – Icons: Graham, Cunningham, Taylor – New York

★★★★✰   Sunday night, the New York dance scene flocked to see three of America’s dance pioneers side by side in “Icons: Graham, Cunningham, Taylor.

Eran Bugge and Robert Kleinendorst in Esplanade.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance – Book of Beasts, The Word, Esplanade – New York

★★★★✰   What is it about Esplanade that makes us so elated, so satisfied, so moved?

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks in Some of a Thousand Words.© Nir Arieli. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks – Some of a Thousand Words – New York

★★★✰✰   Over two years after her retirement from New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan remains a sight to behold.

Fujikage Shizuhisa as the tree in Oshukubai (The Nightingale in the Plum Tree).© Courtesy of Geimaruza. (Click image for larger version)

Geimaruza – Nihon Buyo Dance – New York

★★★★★   The varied program included three dance works and one musical interlude. Each section was excellent…

Malpaso Dance Company publicity image.© Nir Arieli. (Click image for larger version)

Malpaso Dance Company – Dreaming of Lions – New York

★★★✰✰   Dreaming of Lions …is an ambitious work, an hour-long, semi-abstract meditation on Ernest Hemingway’s tale of maritime endurance, The Old Man and the Sea.

Ballet de Lorraine in Merce Cunningham's Sounddance.© Laurent Philuppe. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet de Lorraine – Devoted, HOK Solo Pour Ensemble, Sounddance – New York

★★★✰✰   This winter, New York is getting to see more Merce Cunningham than it has in years, thanks to visits from various European companies. It is a sad fact that Europe has always been more supportive of Cunningham than the choreographer’s own country.

Batsheva Dance Company in Last Work.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Dance Company – Last Work – New York

★★✰✰✰   Last Work is not unlike other Batsheva pieces which use an assemblage of vignettes, however it doesn’t hang together as cohesively as say, Sadeh21.

Complexions in Star Dust.© Breeann Birr. (Click image for larger version)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Gutter Glitter, So Not A…, Star Dust – New York

★★✰✰✰   Slated as a “rock opera style production” created in the late David Bowie’s honour, Star Dust is a lengthy, razzle dazzle suite of dances set to Bowie’s most popular tunes.

Tiler Peck in Justin Peck's The Times are Racing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Times are Racing, The Shimmering Asphalt, Fearful Symmetries – New York

★★★✰✰   More than anything, Peck’s “The Times are Racing” reminded me of the movie Rebel Without a Cause. These kids are uneasy, but what is the object of their unease?

Taylor Stanley, Anthony Huxley and Brittany Pollack in Justin Peck's Scherzo Fantastique.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky x Five bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Alongside George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, one could argue that the third most important voice at New York City Ballet in the twentieth century was that of Igor Stravinsky.

Lindsey Matheis and Joseph Kudra with Guzmán Rosado and Joseph Davis in Death Defying Dances by Arthur Pita.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

BODYTRAFFIC – Death Defying Dances, 3 Preludes, Private Games: Chapter One – New York

★★✰✰✰   BODYTRAFFIC, the Los Angeles-based contemporary dance troupe, drew a robust crowd to the Joyce on Friday night.

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sonnambula, Prodigal Son, Firebird, Allegro Brillante, Swan Lake, Four Temperaments – New York

★★★★✰   Sara Mearns, who made her name as Swan Queen at the age of nineteen, is still the most thrilling Odette around.

Yi-Wei Tien and Chen-Chih Liao in Tschüss!! Bunny.© Julie Lemberger. (Click image for larger version)

Japan Society – 17th Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia – New York

★★★✰✰   Hosted by the Japan Society on the east side of midtown Manhattan, this year’s showcase concentrated on the theme of two: the dynamics of duos. Featuring works from Japan, Korea and Taiwan…

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…

Aaron Loux and Billy Smith in The Hard Nut.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – New York

★★★★✰   Few alternative takes on tradition survive this long and The Hard Nut remains as subversive as it is satisfying.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Hope Boykin's r-Evolution, Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Four Corners, Untitled America, r-Evolution, Dream, Revelations – New York

★★★★✰   There is no limit to how often one can see Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece Revelations. The elation is always the same.

Katherine Helen Fisher in Pastime.© John Sisley. (Click image for larger version)

Lucinda Childs Dance – Lucinda Childs: A Portrait – New York

★★★✰✰   The post-modernist Lucinda Childs is experiencing a bit of a comeback here in the US, after years of working abroad.

Michelle Dorrance in The Blues Project.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – The Blues Project – New York

★★★★★   Do yourself a favor – go.

Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III in Wheeldon's This Bitter Earth.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

Vail Dance Festival – ReMix NYC – New York

★★★★✰   After watching two of the four programs, a few things stand out. Firstly, it is clear that this is no simple gala, despite the format; there is a strong personal esthetic and philosophy at work behind the programs.

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