"Twyla Tharp" tag
Brandon Lawrence in Arcadia poster image.© Richard Battye, BRB. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia (premiere), Wink – Cheltenham

★★★✰✰   The South tour is particularly interesting this year because it features a new piece by Ruth Brill, a first artist within the company, and this is her first major commission.

Washington Ballet in Seven Sonatas.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Balanchine, Ratmansky, Tharp bill – Washington

★★★✰✰   Their hunger for dance – that sense of palpable excitement to be onstage and in the moment – was particularly evident during the company’s premiere of Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas.

Atlanta Ballet in 2014 feted its artistic director emeritus with a gala ball. Kelsey Ebersold, an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet at the time, is pictured along with Robert Barnett in costume for Barnett's Fascinatin' Rhythm.© Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Robert Barnett, former New York City Ballet dancer and longtime Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet

Robert Barnett joined New York City Ballet in 1949. In those early years he worked closely with Balanchine and Robbins particularly before going on to direct Atlanta Ballet. Now 91 he is still actively involved in dance and passing on all he knows…

Tiler Peck in Justin Peck's The Times are Racing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Times are Racing, The Shimmering Asphalt, Fearful Symmetries – New York

★★★✰✰   More than anything, Peck’s “The Times are Racing” reminded me of the movie Rebel Without a Cause. These kids are uneasy, but what is the object of their unease?

Kerala Kalamandalam in Dussasana Vadhom.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – New York

Marina Harss with her personal selection of New York dance memories this last year…

Dancers leaping downstage from left, Tori Jahn, Colleen Soltys and Alysia Chang in Graham Lustig's Nutcracker.© Dan Dion. (Click image for larger version)

Oakland Ballet Company – The Nutcracker – Oakland

★★★✰✰   Set in early-20th-century Vienna, this Nutcracker is welcoming and unpretentious, and it moves as briskly as a storybook.

Miami City Ballet in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – Giselle – Fort Lauderdale

★★★★✰   From start to finish, this Giselle was superbly realized: stylistically accurate, visually enchanting and emotionally poignant.

American Ballet Theatre in Jessica Lang's Her Notes.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Jessica Lang’s Her Notes prmeiere + others – New York

★★★★✰   Jessica Lang’s Her Notes is a lovely and poetic work, though one with a slightly subdued effect. It is almost too tasteful.

Daniil Simkin and Blaine Hoven in Alexei Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Symphonic Variations, Brahms-Haydn Variations + Fall Gala – New York

★★★★✰   A second look at Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium confirms the impression formed last season. It is a fascinating work that represents a new direction for the choreographer.

Marianna Krempeniou, Liam Riddick, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Nancy Nerantzi and Elly Braund in Richard Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Richard Alston, Aszure Barton, Wendy Whelan, Edward Watson, Grupo Corpo – New York

★★★✰✰   One of this recurring festival’s strongest selling selling points is the serendipity of its pairings. You pay $15 and get a grab-bag of dance in return. You’re bound to like something.

Reed Tankersley in Brahms Paganini by Twyla Tharp.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp Dance – Country Dances, Beethoven Opus 130, Brahms Paganini – New York

★★★✰✰   Twyla Tharp is a kind of dance wizard – steps pour out of her like torrents in a waterfall.

Jessica Lang Dance in Thousand Yard Stare.© Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Thousand Yard Stare, Solo Bach, Among the Stars, Sweet Silent Thought, i.n.k. – New York

★★★✰✰   The beefiest work on the program was a New York premiere, Thousand Yard Stare, a work honoring war veterans…

Andrew Bartee, Scott Fowler, Christoph von Riedemann, Alexis Fletcher, Emily Chessa, Kirsten Wicklund and Brandon Alley in Crystal Pite's Solo Echo.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016 – Ballet BC, Shun Ito/Kei Miyata/EEIH, Motionhouse & free events

★★★✰✰   IDFB is great for Birmingham and I hope those in and around the city filled their boots.

Dimity Azoury and Chengwu Guo in Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Forgotten Land, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and DGV: Danse a grande vitesse – Sydney

★★★★✰   In music, mood and dynamics the Australian Ballet’s new triple bill, Vitesse, represents three elements, water, fire and air.

Miami City Ballet in Justin Peck's Heatscape.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – Program’s A (Balanchine, Tharp, Ratmansky), B (Peck, Scarlett, Balanchine) – New York

★★★★✰   New York audiences and the Miami City Ballet have taken to each other like sun and salt air, and it’s easy to see why.

Nathalia Arja in Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances.© Sasha Iziliaev. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – Opening Night Gala: Serenade, Symphonic Dances – New York

★★★★✰   This is dancing that makes one hungry for more.

Ashley Murphy and Dylan Santos in Nacho Duato's Coming Together.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Theatre of Harlem – Divertimento, When Love, Change, Coming Together – New York

★★✰✰✰   It included several new works, two of them by women, part of a worthy new initiative, “Women Who Move Us.”

Brooklyn Mack and Venus Villa in Hamlet.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Hamlet – Washington

★★✰✰✰   There is, however, one undeniably compelling personage in this somewhat flat production of Hamlet – the quiet and fragile Ophelia, as portrayed by Venus Villa…

Lauren King and New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Nutcracker – New York

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker… has been described as a “symphony of childhood”; it is that, and more.

José Manuel Carreño.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

José Manuel Carreño – Artistic director of Silicon Valley Ballet

José Manuel Carreño on being a great Cuban dancer, now director of Silicon Valley Ballet, and the strong relations developing between the USA and Cuba and what that means for ballet.

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