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Valerie Harmon and Peter Kurta in Ben Needham-Wood's Echo.© Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Contemporary Ballet – Dance Series 01 bill – Walnut Creek

★★★★✰   A winning first program, one with the range and breadth that Smuin is famous for.

Natalia Osipova in in the studio preparing for Pure Dance.© Alastair Muir. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance – London

★★★✰✰   No trade description problems, here. This was exactly what it said on the tin: Natalia Osipova performing pure dance, enhanced only by recorded music and lighting designs varying from the merest of subtle tints to an explosion of floodlights…

Mark Morris Dance Group in The Trout.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Love Song Waltzes, I Don’t Want to Love, The Trout – New York

★★★✰✰   How striking Morris’ dancers are, how diversified in form and unique in expression and cohesive as a troupe — ever present and responsive to each other.

Garrett Anderson, right, with full ensemble in James Sofranko's Homing.© Alexander Reneff-Olson. (Click image for larger version)

SFDanceworks – Season Three: Snap, Homing, The Old Child, Jardí Tancat – San Francisco

★★★★✰   SFDanceworks is going places. Formed in 2014 by longtime San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko, the relatively new company already finds itself in a season of expansion.

Laura Halzack and Michael Trusnovec in Mercuric Tidings.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance – David H. Koch season – New York

★★★★✰   Even in stillness, Taylor dancers hold immense power in their bodies, the energy potential within them more nuclear than solar.

Christine Shevchenko and Calvin Royal III in Alexei Ratmansky's Songs of Bukovina.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Gift, Songs of Bukovina, Thirteen Diversions – New York

★★★✰✰   In between the speeches and the short films came the dancing. The main attraction was the new Ratmansky work, Songs of Bukovina…

Marijn Rademaker and Igone de Jongh in Sarcasmen.© Hans Gerritsen. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet – Hans van Manen, Ode to the Master bill – Amsterdam

★★★★✰   An outstanding bill in showing Hans van Manen’s work for three companies and its rich contemporary diversity – it all looks so fresh and of today.

Oleg Gabyshev and Lyubov Andreyeva in Up & Down.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Up & Down – London

★★★✰✰   In truth, the ballet is up and down (or, more accurately, down and up) for, overall, the second act is a huge improvement on the first.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in Analogy/Dora: Tramontane.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Bill T. Jones – Analogy/Dora: Tramontane – New York

★★★✰✰   ‘Dora: Tramontane’ is a powerful and elegant piece of theatre… What it isn’t, is a particularly engrossing piece of dance theatre.

Madeline Skelly and Connor Walsh of Houston Ballet in Forsythe's Artifact Suite.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Celebrate Forsythe – Pas/Parts 2016, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Artifact Suite – Los Angeles

★★★★✰   San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet have come together in LA to celebrate William Forsythe probably the most influential ballet choreographer of his generation. Claudia Bauer reports on a fine night…

Baltic Dance Theatre in Tristan and Izolde.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Tristan and Izolde, Death and the Maiden – Gdansk

★★★✰✰   What is different is the profound impact of Weiss’s choreography over this sixty-minute piece. Her movement is always busy and intensely musical but generally it is a means to an end…

Dreda Blow and Javier Torres in Jane Eyre.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – London

★★★★✰   …their final duet, when Rochester is blinded and broken, is truly touching…

Dreda Blow (Jane) in Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – Doncaster

★★★★✰   It’s actually the best new narrative work I’ve seen Northern Ballet do in many years.

Gregory Lau in Hans van Manen’s Solo.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) – Schubert, Sad Case, Some Other Time, mutual comfort, Solo, Cacti – London

★★✰✰✰   Hans van Manen’s Solo for three men comes as a blessed relief for its luscious co-ordination and witty response to Bach’s Violin Partita.

Benjamin Behrends in Sad Case.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in Schubert, Sad Case and Some Other Time

NDT2 in works by Sol Leon & Paul Lightfoot. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Izadora Weiss.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Izadora Weiss – Choreographer and AD of Baltic Dance Theatre, on her new Tristan and Isolde

Izadora Weiss’ latest work premieres on the 26 May in Baltic Dance Theatre’s home opera house at Gdansk and we look forward to reviewing it. In the meantime we wanted to know more about Tristan and Isolde and how the choreographer approaches dance making…

Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance in Taylor's Dilly Dilly.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance – David H. Koch season – New York

★★★✰✰   The past few years have seen the beginning of a transformation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company – or, rather, as it’s now known, of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance. The company is looking to the future…

Pacific Northwest Ballet in David Dawson's A Million Kisses to my Skin.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – A Million Kisses to my Skin, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Emergence – New York

★★★✰✰ Overall, the impression was of a company in top form, at ease in a variety of styles. The dancers have an easy-going, open demeanor that makes even the knottiest works look more appealing.

Alexander Ekman.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Alexander Ekman, Director / Choreographer, on Cacti and other things

One of the go-to international choreographers, particularly if you want something arresting and unusual, is Alexander Ekman. His “Cacti”, appropriately featuring a stage full of Cacti, is about to be presented by Royal New Zealand Ballet and Sydney Dance Company – Valerie Lawson catches up with a dance maverick…

Hilly Bodin as Snow White and Courtney Giannone as The Prince in Snow White.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Snow White – New York

★★★✰✰ “But it turns out that the pleasures of excess are really not enough to hold one’s interest if the underlying material is thin.”

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