February 2014
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.

Jenifer Ringer and Gonzalo Garcia in Dances at a Gathering.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jenifer Ringer’s farewell, Dances at a Gathering, Union Jack – New York

Some dancers leave us wanting more. That’s how Jenifer Ringer’s retirement from New York City Ballet feels; we’ve seen so little of her in recent seasons, and she’s dancing so well.

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.

Julie Shanahan in 1980.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – 1980 – London

The cast’s collective maturity serves the work well since the central theme of many of the 50 or so episodes concerns the passage of life; concentrating especially on memories of childhood and youth contrasting with images of old age.

Probe in Running on Empty.© Tim Copsey. (Click image for larger version)

Probe – Running On Empty – London

Probe is a genuinely interesting company that has produced delicate, moving and exciting work elsewhere. This piece is sadly none of those things.

The legs of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 1980.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 1980

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, Rhapsody, Gloria

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Melissa Toogood and Dylan Crossman in Heaven on One's Head.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Pam Tanowitz Dance – Passagen, Pause Dance, and Heaven on One’s Head – New York

It’s nice to change one’s mind about a choreographer once in a while. I’ll come clean: for all their craft and lucidity, I’ve generally found Pam Tanowitz’s dances exceedingly dry, like meticulously-put-together exercises.

Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© V Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

The formula for the success of the Mariinsky’s Swan Lake is simple. The love story between a beautiful young woman turned into a swan and a prince is told in a direct, traditional manner. There is no symbolism or hidden meaning here, no exaggeration or melodrama.

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…

Rafael Bonachela.© Justin Ridler. (Click image for larger version

Rafael Bonachela – Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company

Rafael Bonachela has just started his sixth year as artistic director of Sydney Dance Company… This year is the company’s 45th anniversary and Bonachela is, as ever, full of plans, excited about them all and brimming over with enthusiasm…

Daria Klimentova in Christopher Hampson's TBA.© Pavel Hejny and taken from Bruce Marriott's review of the 2010 Daria Klimentova Gala in Prague for Balletco. (Click image for larger version)

Daria Klimentova to retire

Daria Klimentová farewell performances in Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall – with Vadim Muntagirov

Carol Furtado and company in The Merchants of Bollywood.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The Merchants of Bollywood – London

The production has been touring since 2006, and will probably welcome near-full houses again on this run. I’m left with an overwhelming sense of an opportunity missed, however…

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.

Marjin Rademaker and Edward Watson in Javier de Frutos' 3 with D.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion (2014) – London

…the men Ivan Putrov has chosen for his latest Men in Motion programme are exceptional dance-interpreters, not self-glorifiers…

Ivan Putrov in Narcisse.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion 2014

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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