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Tiler Peck and the company in The Times Are Racing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – American Rhapsody, The Four Temperaments, The Times Are Racing – Washington

★★★✰✰   To watch works created by the 29-year old Justin Peck, resident choreographer of New York City Ballet, is to experience what it feels like to be young.

Rosas in Rain.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – Rain – London

★★★★★ It’s utterly captivating, full of unexpected, joyous exuberance.

Still from NYCB's promotional video for Justin Peck's The Decalogue.© NYCB. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – HERE/NOW Festival No. 6 & 8 including Peck’s The Decalogue (premiere) – New York

★★★✰✰   With his latest, The Decalogue, which opened on May 12, Justin Peck seems to have turned a new page…

Taylor Stanley in In Creases.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – HERE/NOW Festival, Justin Peck Quad bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Justin Peck is the it-boy at New York City Ballet, and it’s not hard to see why. At only 29, he has racked up an impressive number of ballets…

Matthew Ball and Marianela Nunez in Wayne McGregor's Multiverse.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wayne McGregor bill: Chroma, Multiverse, Carbon Life – London

★★★✰✰   Multiverse: McGregor and his dramaturg may know what they want to convey about life and the universe(s) but despite the dancers’ efforts, the result is baffling.

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.

Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Arthur Pita's Cristaux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Cristaux, To Begin, Begin, Storyville – London

★★★★✰   I’ve long admired Ballet Black’s efforts to make ballet a more accessible art form to both dancers and audiences who’ve historically been excluded from it.

Gregory Maqoma in Exit/Exist.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma / Vuyani Dance Theatre – Exit / Exist – London

Exit / Exist is Gregory Maqoma’s reflections on the story of his ancestor, Chief Maqoma, who faced up to the British in South Africa in the 19th century…

Georgina Pazcoguin and Meagan Mann in Justin Peck's New Blood, in costumes by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala, with 4 premieres – New York

Nobody surpasses New York City Ballet in sleekness and urbanity. The company is like a glistening skyscraper: sharp-edged, diamantine and, sometimes, a little cold…

New York Theatre Ballet in Ashton's Capriol Suite.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Capriol Suite, Two Timing, Cat’s Cradle, Such Longing, Dark Elegies – New York

The program presented at St. Mark’s this past week reflects all of these positive developments; even more, it seemed infused with a new sense of assurance and identity.

Baltic Dance Theatre in Jiri Kylian's Falling Angels.© K. Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Netherlands bills 1 & 2 – Gdansk

Baltic Dance Theatre have just presented two Netherlands inspired nights of dance with local premieres by Izadora Weiss (director), Jiri Kylian and Patrick Delcroix. Graham Watts with a comprehensive report…

Rosas in Elena's Aria.© Herman Sorgeloos. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Elena’s Aria and Bartok/Mikrokosmos – New York

…I think it’s safe to say that she is an artist who follows her obsessions with a tenacity that is both admirable and frequently defeating.

Rosas in Rosas danst Rosas.© Herman Sorgeloos. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Rosas danst Rosas – New York

Watching Rosas danst Rosas this weekend it was easy to understand why it still stands as a prime example of De Keersmaeker’s choreographic approach.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Tale Dolven in Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Fase – New York

Reich’s score is, of course, a constant pulse. De Keersmaeker provides no rest for the senses. She matches Reich in density and motion. It is mimicry of the highest order.

Carlos Garbin, Mark Lorimer, Chrysa Parkinson, Sue Yeon Youn and Sandy Williams in En Atendant.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – En Atendant, Cesena – New York

…for all that, the experience of watching En Atendant and Cesena was not an arid one. Instead, the two works managed to build an ascetic aura, like witnessing (or even taking part in) a kind of monastic ritual.

All American Alston DVD cover.© The Place. (Click image for larger version)

DVD – Richard Alston Dance Company – All American Alston

The music for all three of the pieces on Richard Alston’s latest DVD may be ‘all American’ but the choreography isn’t: there’s nothing here to dilute Alston’s reputation as the most ‘all English’ of today’s major dancemakers…

Nathan Goodman, Andres De Blust-Mommaerts and Liam Riddick in A Ceremony of Carols.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Roughcut, Unfinished Business, A Ceremony of Carols – New York

…it’s remarkable how satisfying the old-fashioned virtues of structure and form can be.

Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones in Dyad 1929 (Infinity mixed bill). © Lisa Tomasetti. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Infinity Mixed Bill & Swan Lake – New York

How can a company make good impression with just a few performances of one or two programs? The pieces have to be representative, interesting, and show the company in a the best possible light. It’s not easy, as the recent Lincoln Center performances of Australian Ballet have shown.

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba in Mambo 3XXI. © Justin Nicholas. (Click image for larger version)

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba – Sombrisa, Carmen?! and Mambo 3XXI – London

The dancers of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba are a fabulously talented bunch and it’s a pleasure to see them back at Sadler’s Wells. It would be even more of a pleasure if all the choreography in their programme was the same quality as the dancing.

Richard Alston Dance Company – Roughcut, Lie of the Land, A Ceremony of Carols – London

Taking notes at a performance by Richard Alston’s dancers is – for me, at least – a pointless occupation. Descriptive words and points of reference fly past in an unending stream, like Canada Geese migrating for the winter: start writing and you are never likely to stop!

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