"Wayne McGregor" tag
Bohemia in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – London

Wheeldon has honed his craft in making a story ballet, much better constructed than his Alice in Wonderland. His core characters account for themselves in revealing solos and his pas de deux are no longer over-ingenious.

Theo Clinkard dancers in Ordinary Courage.© Pari Naderi. (Click image for larger version)

Theo Clinkard – Accumulation, Ordinary Courage – London

Clinkard’s ability to draw together an integrated theatrical experience that engages bespoke live music and a clever lighting design shows a sure touch of class.

Eric Underwood, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Tetractys -The Art of Fugue, Rhapsody, Gloria – London

The Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill has a happy beginning and a sad ending and in the middle there’s Wayne McGregor’s new piece, Tetractys, an emotionally-neutral blank sheet on which you can write your own feelings – or more likely, your own thoughts.

Edward Watson in Arthur Pita’s Volver, Volver.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet and other Dancers – Gala for Ghana – London

Royal Ballet and other Dancers Gala for Ghana London, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, 2 February 2012 Original programme details www.ashanti-development.org Sunday’s gala evening of music and dance raised money for the…

Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Liam Scarlett's Acheron.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Acheron (Scarlett premiere), Vespro, Spectral Evidence – New York

Acheron, Liam Scarlett’s new piece, revealed a choreographer of prodigious imagination and compositional craft, adept at building an atmosphere and suffusing it with traces of meaning.

James Finnemore in OH / GLORY.© Jo Forrest. (Click image for larger version)

Resolution! 2014 – Works by léa tirabasso, Anything Goes Collective, James Finnemore – London

And the opening night? Well it was a typical night in many respects – one piece giving cause for hope, another had its fleeting moments and the third wasn’t really ready yet for the big time.

Gala for Ghana flyer with Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson of The Royal Ballet.© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)

Gala for Ghana – Royal Ballet Dancers Charity Gala – 2 Feb 2014

Members of The Royal Ballet, including Principals Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb and Rupert Pennefather, will be performing at a unique gala evening on Sunday 2 Feb in aid of Ghanaian charity Ashanti Development.

Dusty Button in William Forsythe’s The Second Detail.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2013 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Linda Celeste Sims and Jamar Roberts in Aszure Barton's LIFT.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Chroma, D-Man in the Waters (Part I), LIFT – New York

I have yet to see a less than full-throttle performance, even when a choreographer’s style does not quite fit the company’s technique…

Never Far from Dancing book cover.© Routledge. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Never Far from Dancing, Ballet artists in new roles by Barbara Newman

While some of the views expressed may not chime with your own, the fascination of this book is to understand how contentious maintaining and developing ballet as vibrant theatre often is.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in David Dawson's The Human Seasons.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Chroma, The Human Seasons, The Rite of Spring – London

The Royal Ballet’s autumn season triple bill offered very different ways of presenting bodies in space: anatomical studies in an architectural limbo (Chroma); flying figures in constant flux (The Human Seasons); a tribal community following ritual patterns (The Rite of Spring).

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Ghosts.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Trio, Ghosts and Borderlands – New York

San Francisco Ballet is in town for two weeks, and on the evidence of opening night, this should be an invigorating visit. The company looks to be in top form.

Catarina Carvalho Michael-John Harper in Vuong 10 by Catarina Carvalho and Nina Kov.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in Random Works

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

James Pett and Daniela Neugebauer in Atomos.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – Atomos – London

Sans 3D and distilled down there is a compelling 40-minute work in here (part of a double bill), but at 70 minutes Atomos felt too long.

Thinking with the Body.© Ravi Deepres. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne McGregor – Thinking with the Body exhibition & EChO Seminar – London

Persevere and you will discover an exhibition (Thinking with the Body) that is genuinely provocative, multi-layered, visually and aurally – and as cerebrally demanding as any McGregor stage work.

The Dance Odysseys poster image.© Graham Wylie. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Odysseys at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival – 4 days of total dance immersion with Scottish Ballet and others…

Dance Odysseys at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival with reviews on 20 dance works by Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre, Gelabert Azzopardi Companyia de Dansa, James Cousins and Rosie Kay. Also thoughts on 4 rare films and links to much video material and many other reviews. It’s big!

Emma Fisher, Ellen Yilma, Viola Vicini in Linear by Travis Clausen-Knight.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – Random Works, from 10 Choreographers – London

The most successful pieces of the evening are – perhaps not coincidentally – those least directly indebted to McGregor’s movement volcabulary and compositional style.

Edward Watson in The Metamorphosis.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Metamorphosis – New York

The Contortions of Contemporary Ballet, Put to Use… for a while.

Olga Smirnova in Diamonds, from Jewels.© Marc Haegeman.

Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – London

The Bolshoi’s glorious rising star, Olga Smirnova, was imperious…

Wayne Mcgregor, Siobhan Davies and Conrad Shawcross – Work at the Roundhouse

Leading Choreographers Wayne Mcgregor and Siobhan Davies Stage Responses to Conrad Shawcross’ New Installation at The Roundhouse

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