February 2015
LCDS in Sally Marie's I am 8.© Danilo Moroni. (Click image for larger version)

Questions and Dancers, dance for the young – Sally Marie and John Ross – London

I’m a sucker for a children’s show. The audience are just as demanding as grownups but there is the additional frisson of not knowing what they will get up to if excited… or just bored stiff.

Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The Associates of Sadler’s Wells: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter – London

If the brand new works were something of a disappointment then Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling, created on her own company dancers in 2008, was the outstanding hit.

Anne Plamondon in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Associates: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter

Sadler’s Wells puts on a night of dance by 3 of their Associate Artists. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Imre Van Opstal in Sara.© Rahi Rezvani. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 – I New Then, Shutters Shut, Sara, Subject to Change – New York

There are some companies that are always worth seeing just to watch them move: NDT is one of them, and NDT 2 – at the Joyce through Sunday – is no different.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Hofesh Shechter's Uprising.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Uprising, Grace, Revelations – New York

On the 13 December 2014, as the Millions March protest – on the shooting of unarmed African-American men by police – was happening in NY, Shanti Crawford was at City Center seeing Alvin Ailey perform Hofesh Shechter’s Uprising. It really hit home…

Justin Peck and Sterling Hyltin in The Cage.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All Bach and Hear the Dance: Russia bills – New York

More from the NYCB Winter Season with Marina Harss reviewing 2 bills made up of 6 works: Concerto Barocco, The Goldberg Variations, Symphonic Dances, The Cage, Andantino and Cortege Hongrois…

Mariinsky Ballet in Le Sacre du Printemps.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version

Mariinsky Ballet – Le Sacre du Printemps, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Swan, Paquita Grand Pas – Washington

In all, this was a tremendously entertaining and well-received program; but at the same time it left an unsettling impression that the Russian company is holding on to its eminent past with all its might, relying heavily on well-worn

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