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Emily Hoff in The Conservatory.© Johan Persson / RBS. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   It was a well-balanced programme, featuring different kinds of discipline for future corps de ballet dancers, and honouring veteran choreographers as well as contemporary ones.

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.

Guido Dutilh and Xanthe van Opstal in Alexander Ekman's Cacti.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) – I New Then, mutual comfort, Solo, Cacti – Woking

★★★★✰   It seems an age (well 4 years) since NDT2 were last touring the UK and I’ve missed them. They might be the young company of Nederlands Dans Theater (aged 18-23) but they put on a fine show…

Madoka Kariya in Johan Inger’s I New Then.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) in I New Then, mutual comfort, Solo and Cacti

NDT2 in works by Johan Inger, Edward Clug, Hans van Manen and Alexander Ekman. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

San Francisco Ballet School students in the Waltz of the Hours from Balanchine's Coppélia.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

★★★✰✰ By way of a défilé, the evening opened with the “Waltz of the Hours” from Balanchine and Danilova’s Coppélia …Soloist Jennifer Stahl led two dozen girls from the SFB School, adorable in cotton-candy tutus.

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.

Hannah Rudd in Malgorzata Dzierzon's Hikikomori.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – An Evening of New Choreography 2013 – London

Strongest to emerge was Dzierzon’s ‘Hikikomori’ apparently about social reclusiveness, though Dzierzon’s treatment of her theme was not didactic…

Hannah Rudd, Lucy Balfour, Mark Kimmett, Luke Ahmet and Adam Blyde in Dane Hurst's Reminiscence.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in An Evening of New Choreography 2013

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Houston Ballet in Mark Morris's Pacific.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – Pacific, Twilight, Solo, Play – New York

Houston Ballet made a quick visit to the Joyce in NY last week. Its single program included works by Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Hans van Manen and Stanton Welch – Marinna Harss reviews…

Shantala Shivalingappa in Ibuki from the Namasya bill.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Shantala Shivalingappa – Namasya bill – New York

Disappointment is an inevitable part of theatre-going – I mean, how often do performances live up to our expectations? – but it is especially hard to swallow when it comes at the hands of one of the artists we most admire….

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