★★★★✰ Balanchine's "Prodigal Son", staring Daniel Ulbricht and Teresa Reichlen, has just been streamed by NYCB - Jann Parry, who also watched...
★★★★✰ Balanchine's "Prodigal Son", staring Daniel Ulbricht and Teresa Reichlen, has just been streamed by NYCB - Jann Parry, who also watched the recent Inside NYCB coaching video of 'Prodigal', puts an important work in context...
★★★★✰ After nearly a year away from dancing for live audiences Australian Ballet are back with a gala - Summertime at the Ballet - and at an unusual location, the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.
★★★★✰ A double bill featuring world premieres from Hofesh Shechter (From England With Love) and Marne & Imre van Opstal (Baby don’t hurt me)
"I thought it would be interesting to make this Swan Lake very specific for Finland. They are proud of their Nordic heritage and traditions; that whole idea of winter and the purity of nature is very dear to them."
★★★★★ Program 02, with works by Dwight Rhoden, Myles Thatcher and Mark Morris, more than lived up to my expectations. There was drama, joy, whimsy. A great night at the ballet, viewed from home of course.
★★★✰✰ Five years on, it’s amusing to see what strange new resonances there are in Luca Silvestrini’s song-and-dance drama about our conflicted relationship with food.
Birmingham Royal Ballet's new Nutcracker streaming is very much about investing in company and student dancers (from the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School) at the most difficult of times for the performing arts.
★★★★✰ In a touching and inspiring weekend of audio works, panel discussions, films, a Zoom workshop and live performance, dance artists respond to how we care for each other. The Place’s mini-digital festival is a timely reconsideration of care following the year we’ve just had. Has the pandemic made us more caring or less?
★★★★★ "Thank you, Sarasota Ballet, and Michael Trusnovec, licensee of Paul Taylor’s works, for making two of his lovely pieces available to a virtual audience bereft of live performances."
★★★★✰ Glitter, the first evening-length show by Antonin Rioche is a story of dreams, of the love that supports them... all told with depth and humour.
★★★✰✰ Episode Three of Dancing Nation contains works by Matsena Productions (Anthony & Kel Matsena), Kenneth Tindall for Northern Ballet, Shobana Jeyasingh, and Marion Motin for Rambert.
★★✰✰✰ Episode Two of Dancing Nation contains works by Humanhood (Júlia Robert and Rudi Cole), Botis Seva for Far From the Norm, Will Tuckett for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Oona Doherty, Boy Blue and Akram Khan with Natalia Osipova (for which ★★★★★).
★★★✰✰ Episode One of Dancing Nation contains works by Matthew Bourne for New Adventures, Yasmeen Godder for Candoco Dance Company, Breakin' Convention - curated by Jonzi D, Humanhood (Júlia Robert and Rudi Cole) and Stina Quagebeur for English National Ballet.
★★★★✰ San Francisco Ballet has elected to bring a recently filmed version of the ballet to its audiences as the first program of 2021. And what a lovely way to kick off the digital season!
★★★★✰ Kyle Abraham has created a short 4 minute video work for the National Sawdust FERUS Festival - it's composed from a much longer work to be premiered later in the year. Susanna Sloat finds it "very handsome and pleasing..."
★★★★✰ Program 3 features all-British choreographers: Peter Wright, Peter Darrell, Christopher Wheeldon, Matthew Bourne and Kenneth MacMillan. The exception is a solo by American Dominic Walsh, created for his own contemporary dance company. ...Some of the selections are probably unfamiliar to American audiences, as well as to British ballet fans of a younger vintage.
★★★★★ One of many striking things about Marcia Haydée’s production of The Sleeping Beauty is that although it premiered on 10 May 1987, it still looks fresh and current and could have been created within the last couple of years.
It all started promisingly... And then there was lockdown and everything stopped. We had no idea of how events would play out. Surely this was going to be just for a couple of months?
★★★✰✰ Russell Maliphant's 12-minute contribution to English National Ballet's digital season is a mass of contradictions. ...The result is familiar if you know Maliphant's work, but must be mesmerising for viewers who've never seen dancers appear as evanescent as fireflies.
★★★★★ That BRB managed to get this on at all is a small miracle - and the undiminished determination with which the dancers attack their work inspires passion in us all.