December 2012
Valerie and Clive Barnes with foundation logo.© Valerie Taylor-Barnes.

Valerie Taylor-Barnes – former Royal Ballet dancer & Director of the Clive Barnes Foundation

On the eve of the Clive Barnes Foundation announcing its annual awards we interview Valerie Taylor-Barnes, the great critics widow, about her life in dance (including the Royal Ballet) and the work of the Foundation…

Natalie Allen & Andrew Crawford in 2 One Another.© Ken Butti. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company – 2 One Another – Melbourne

2 One Another is a totally unapologetic work – powerful and unself-conscious in the way it turns up the volume in design, physicality and sound.

Michael Ingle, Silas Riener, Natalie Green & Oisin Monaghan in poem.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Tere O’Connor Dance – poem, Secret Mary – New York

Tere O’Connor can be a frustrating choreographer. Look for structure and you’ll likely be thwarted, frustrated, or worse. Because it clearly is there, but you can’t understand it.

Sarah Van Patten and Carlos Quenedit in Wheeldon's Number Nine.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Trio, RAkU, Voices of Spring, Number Nine – Washington

The mixed bill proved once again that San Francisco Ballet is a dedicated promoter of new work…

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company in Quimeras.© Cesar Alocer. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company – Quimeras – London

One might view the whole show as a battle of flamenco and African styles: the one, refined, disciplined and exact; the other wild and free; but both sharing a total dependence on rhythm.

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