"William Forsythe" tag
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.

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.”

Pacific Northwest Ballet in David Dawson's A Million Kisses to my Skin.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – A Million Kisses to my Skin, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Emergence – New York

★★★✰✰ Overall, the impression was of a company in top form, at ease in a variety of styles. The dancers have an easy-going, open demeanor that makes even the knottiest works look more appealing.

Maria Kochetkova and Francisco Mungamba in Forsythe's Pas/Parts.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – 7 for Eight, Magrittomania, Pas/Parts – San Francisco

★★★★✰ “….that is what is marvelous about Forsythe’s Pas/Parts. Would that more choreographers would offer that kind of brisk and bracing slap in the face.”

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.

Brooklyn Mack.© Washington Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

A chat with Brooklyn Mack, Washington Ballet & English National Ballet Guest Artist

Brooklyn Mack dances with Washington Ballet but has recently been wowing British audiences with English National Ballet in their wonderful “Le Corsaire”. Margaret Willis, much impressed, caught up with him for a chat…

GERALDCASELDANCE in Splinters in Our Ankles.© Robbie Sweeny. (Click image for larger version)

GERALDCASELDANCE – Splinters in Our Ankles – San Francisco

Choreographer Gerald Casel describes his new work, Splinters in Our Ankles, as an exploration of the tinikling, a lively folk dance of the Philippines.

Cannes Dance Festival – Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse: The Beast and Beauty, Lyon Opera Ballet: Kylian bill – Cannes

For the festival Brigitte Lefèvre chose an eclectic mixture of popular and audacious programmes from twelve different companies – mainly regional French companies… some smaller independent groups and international companies from Korea, Argentina and Spain.

Royal New Zealand Ballet in Anatomy of a Passing Cloud by Javier de Frutos.© Evan Li. (Click image for larger version)

Royal New Zealand Ballet – A Passing Cloud 4 bill – London

The solemnity of the middle section of the programme is alleviated by irreverent visions of heaven and hell…

Sylvie Guillem in Akram Khan’s technê.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress – New York

More than one dancer has been dubbed a “punk ballerina” but no one deserves it more than Sylvie Guillem, who has ruffled feathers at the world’s best companies, and at 50 years old is still on top.

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – London & UK Tour Bills – London

So a tip to the wise up front – see them in London while you can or catch them on their subsequent UK tour….

Julio Bocca.© Leo Barizzoni. (Click image for larger version)

Julio Bocca – Director Ballet Nacional SODRE in Montevideo

Julio Bocca, much loved but now no longer dancing, has a new life in Montevideo, running Ballet Nacional SODRE. Marina Harss talks to a busy man rebuilding his company – fast…

Kathleen Breen Combes.© Liza Voll. (Click image for larger version)

Kathleen Breen Combes – Principal, Boston Ballet

I was told my body type wasn’t really ideal, and during high school I had ballet teachers who said that maybe I should consider pursuing college because my body wasn’t suitable for classical ballet…

Dores André.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Dores André – Principal, San Francisco Ballet

If it was up to me, I would pay more [salary] to the corps than to the principals. Half the ballet depends on them, and it is very hard to be in a good mood and trying your hardest every day when you are not getting the attention and the development that we get as principals and soloists.

Chamber Dance Project in Exit Wounds...and Then They Come Home.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Chamber Dance Project – Joyce Theater Ballet Festival bill – New York

Chamber Dance Project is essentially what it says on the tin: a small dance troupe which performs to live chamber music.

Sylvie Guillem in Mats Ek's Bye. © Lesley Leslie-Spinks. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – A Life in Progress – London

Sylvie Guillem’s farewell programme at the Coliseum (following its modest Sadler’s Wells presentation in May) is a glorious spectacle in the largest theatre in London.

Brent Whitney and Katie Gibson in Forsythe's Slingerland Duet.© Eduardo Patino.

Ballet NY – Othello, What Ever, Slingerland Duet, Orange – New York

Ballet NY’s 2015 season offered a mixed bill of promising diversity… (but there is a but)

Adam Kozal and Aneta Zbrzezniak in Moving Rooms.© Ewa Krasucka. (Click image for larger version)

Polish National Ballet – Adagio & Scherzo, Rite of Spring, Moving Rooms – New York

There was no rest for the weary at the Joyce on Tuesday night, where Polish National Ballet whipped through its New York debut with an adrenalin-packed program.

Tamara Rojo.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Tamara Rojo – Director and Principal Dancer, English National Ballet – in her own words

It was only when I worked with Mats Ek that I understood who I was as a dancer.

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