"New York" tag
Ballet Hispanico in If Walls Could Speak.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – If Walls Could Speak – New York

A sparse, small apartment contains much of the drama in Fernando Melo’s If Walls Could Speak, an evening-length premiere for Ballet Hispanico.

Members of Kidd Pivot and students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance in Crystal Pite's Polaris.© Kevin Yatarola for Lincoln Center. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès: Concentric Paths — Movements in Music – Works by Armitage, McGregor, Pite, Whitley – New York

While this is a generalization, it’s safe to say the most hotly anticipated work of the night was Pite’s Polaris, set to Adès’ work of the same name.

Paco Peña.© and courtesy Paco Peña, Columbia Artists Management Inc. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña – Flamencura – New York

Peña’s show, which came to the The Town Hall for a single performance, uses an extremely spare model – flamenco performance as family gathering.

Jean Butler, with cellist Neil Martin, in this is an Irish dance.© Ian Douglas/courtesy Danspace Project. (Click image for larger version)

Jean Butler – this is an Irish dance – New York

Butler is making a very obvious departure from the stringent formalities of traditional Irish dance.

Rika Okamoto and Matthew Dibble in Yowzie publicity image.© Ruven Afanador. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp – 50th Anniversary Tour: First Fanfare, Preludes and Fugues, Second Fanfare, Yowzie – New York

…one can’t help but admire the torrent of ideas bouncing around Tharp’s brain…

Sylvie Guillem in Akram Khan’s technê.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress – New York

More than one dancer has been dubbed a “punk ballerina” but no one deserves it more than Sylvie Guillem, who has ruffled feathers at the world’s best companies, and at 50 years old is still on top.

Tamisha Guy, Penda N'Diaye and Jeremy Jae Neal in Absent Matter.© Sharon Bradford. (Click image for larger version)

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion – The Quiet Dance, Absent Matter, The Gettin’ – New York

If there was an award for the most likely New York dance troupe to be compared to a sportscar, I’d give it to Abraham.In.Motion. The choreography is, like the best supercars, all torque and velocity…

David Prottas and Taylor Stanley in The Last Time This Ended.© Matthew Murphy.

BalletCollective – All That We See, Dear and Blackbirds, The Last Time This Ended, Invisible Divide – New York

Troy Schumacher, a dancer at New York City Ballet as well as a choreographer and founder of the chamber dance company Ballet Collective, is a determined soul…

Donald Byrd in The Minstrel Show Revisited.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Donald Byrd and Spectrum Dance Theater – The Minstrel Show Revisited – New York

The central conceit is unchanged; Byrd riffs on the format of the minstrel show, a revue-style entertainment that predated vaudeville and included dancing, low comedy, variety acts. White actors performed in blackface, creating broad parodies of what they perceived as African American archetypes…

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz in Partita 2.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz – Partita 2 – New York

Like her recent “Cesena and En Atendant”, “Partita 2” is very much about the experience of listening.

James Whiteside in Marcelo Gomes’ AfterEffect.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – AfterEffect, (Company B, The Green Table) – New York

…mostly the ballet (AfterEffect) is an enthusiastic love letter from Gomes to his company, and was received as such by the enthusiastic audience at the Koch…

Ballet Memphis in Gabrielle Lamb's I Am A Woman: Moult.© Ari Denison. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Memphis – Confluence, I Am a Woman: Moult, The Darting Eyes, Politics – New York

Without a doubt, the most eccentric piece on the program is Gabrielle Lamb’s I Am a Woman: Moult, originally commissioned as part of an evening of works by women choreographers. (A noble cause.) …

ABT in The Green Table.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – After You, Le Spectre de la Rose, Valse Fantaisie, The Green Table, Valse Fantaisie, Company B – New York

A highlight of the season is the return of Kurt Jooss’s The Green Table, made in 1932. This meditation on the folly of war in eight scenes has lost none of its punch…

Tristan Koepke, Dustin Maxwell and Dolo McComb in Chris Schlichting's Stripe Tease.© Tom Brazil, courtesy Danspace Project. (Click image for larger version)

Chris Schlichting / Danspace Project – Stripe Tease – New York

The Walker Art Center classifies Schlichting’s work as ‘movement art,’ and there does seem to be some truth in this.

Aakash Odedra in Murmur.© Ars Electronica Linz GmbH / Veronika Pauser. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Ink, Murmur – New York

…a perfect example of what can happen when an exceptional practitioner is led astray by an excess of theatrical ideas and special effects.

Gillian Murphy and Sterling Baca in After You by Mark Morris.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – After You, Monotones I & II, Brahms-Haydn Variations – New York

ABT galas are more laid-back than City Ballet’s; they’re less “produced,” with fewer speeches or slick video presentations. For the most part, the company just gets on with the show, with minimum fuss.

Joaquin De Luz in George Balanchine’s Harlequinade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Harlequinade, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz – New York

One expects Harlequinade to be a fairly routine and dramatically flat affair. But Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz – as Colombine and Harlequin – take it to another level.

Stephen Petronio Company in Locomotor.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival at City Center – Programs 3 and 4 – New York

Fall For Dance is a genuine feast, a display of unparalleled variety and plenty. When well-balanced, nothing is sweeter… but occasionally the flavors clash, and the abundance overwhelms.

Dance Heginbotham publicty image.© Janelle Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Angel’s Share, Diamond, Easy Win – New York

Heginbotham has a knack for choosing just the right music for his dances, none of it hackneyed or used solely for its atmospheric qualities: no Arvo Pärt, no Philip Glass…

Suzanne Farrell.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Suzanne Farrell – Artistic Director

We talk to Farrell about her summer program, her approach to teaching aspiring ballet dancers, her studies and work with George Balanchine and also about her her company and its new season at the Kennedy Center, which runs 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015.

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