"Sounddance" tag
Christopher Williams Il Giardino d’Amore.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – New York

Six Performances That Stayed with Me in 2017 – Marina Harss with her personal selection of New York dance memories this last year.

Anna Chirescu and Gianni Joseph in Place.© Charlotte Audureau. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie CNDC-Angers / Robert Swinston – Inlets 2, Place, How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run – New York

★★★★✰   For its second visit to the Joyce (the first was in 2015) Compagnie CNDC brought an excellent and well-balanced program. Two works from the sixties, followed one from the eighties…

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.

Vanessa Kang in Christopher Bruce's Rooster.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Stephen Wright – View from the wings and catching the perfection of dancing flow

Rambert dancer Stephen Wright is also a photographer – here he blogs about what’s like to perform on stage, as seen from the wings. Enjoy…

Estela Merlos in Lucinda Childs' Four Elements.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Rooster, Four Elements, Sounddance, Dutiful Ducks – London

This programme might also be viewed as demonstrating a particular curve in the formal journey of contemporary dance, albeit one taken in reverse and with an interloper for the sake of contrast.

Merce Cunningham choreography performed by James Pett and Andrew Macleman of Richard Alston Dance Company as part of the Barbican exhibition: Dancing Around Duchamp: The Bride and the Bachelors.© Sidd Khajuria 2013. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Cunningham at The Bride & the Bachelors – London

A lasting impression of the performance was, as ever, the range of Cunningham’s vocabulary, from shape-making to intricate steps, leaps, spins and lifts, constantly surprising.

Julia Gillespie & Adam Park in Marguerite Donlon's Labyrinth of Love.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company – Labyrinth of Love, Roses, Dutiful Ducks, Sounddance – London

All up ‘Labyrinth of Love’ is a wonderful creative endeavour, a great looker, but an extra dash of audience accessibility is needed. We go “Wow”, rather than “Wow, I really loved what that had to say”

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