October 2015
Tilly Webber, Odilia Egyiawan, Isabelle Cressy and Anna Kaszuba in Of Riders and Running Horses.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dan Canham/Still House with Of Riders and Running Horses (Dance Umbrella)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

David Drew in his later years - here as the Duke of Courland in Giselle.© John Ross, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: David Drew, Royal Ballet Principal, with the company 56 years

David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russees – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today.

Phil Sanger in Passionaria.© Maria Falconer. (Click image for larger version)

DeNada Dance Theatre – Ham and Passion (Jamón y Pasión) bill – London

You certainly don’t have to be Spanish to enjoy Carlos Pons Guerra’s fascinating triple bill of dance theatre, themed with inter-woven strands of flexible gender identity, anti-fascism, Catholicism, ballet legends and a succulent pork leg.

Delia Matthews in Alexander Whitley's Kin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in Theme and Variations, Enigma Variations and Kin.

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Joaquin De Luz in George Balanchine’s Harlequinade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Harlequinade, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz – New York

One expects Harlequinade to be a fairly routine and dramatically flat affair. But Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz – as Colombine and Harlequin – take it to another level.

Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton in Swan Lake.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Opening night cast of Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton reviewed + some thoughts on Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence…

Stephen Petronio Company in Locomotor.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival at City Center – Programs 3 and 4 – New York

Fall For Dance is a genuine feast, a display of unparalleled variety and plenty. When well-balanced, nothing is sweeter… but occasionally the flavors clash, and the abundance overwhelms.

Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

Paradise describes both the Garden of Eden and Heaven. It can also mean a park in which animals are kept or a state of supreme bliss.

Daniel Whiley, Faith Prendergast and Karl Fargerlund-Brekke in publicity image for I Loved You and I Loved You.© Danilo Moroni. (Click image for larger version)

Sweetshop Revolution / Sally Marie – I Loved You & I Loved You – London

“I Loved You & I Loved You” feels a particularly grown-up work of dramatic substance – it has something to say about somebody real and says it most eloquently.

Dance Heginbotham publicty image.© Janelle Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Angel’s Share, Diamond, Easy Win – New York

Heginbotham has a knack for choosing just the right music for his dances, none of it hackneyed or used solely for its atmospheric qualities: no Arvo Pärt, no Philip Glass…

Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence in Swan Lake.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake (Mathews and Lawrence) – Birmingham

Some partnership work because the dancers are so different and others, as here, work because they share a style and approach – unaffected, nuanced, true and richly musical.

Suzanne Farrell.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Suzanne Farrell – Artistic Director

We talk to Farrell about her summer program, her approach to teaching aspiring ballet dancers, her studies and work with George Balanchine and also about her her company and its new season at the Kennedy Center, which runs 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015.

Sankai Juku in Umusuna.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Sankai Juku – Umusuna – San Francisco

There was much talk of spiritual awakening as the audience filed out of the YBCA Theater on Friday evening, after the opening performance of Sankai Juku’s Umusuna.

Bradley Waller and Andrea Carrucciu in Young Men.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Young Men – London

The episodic format works nicely: there’s ample scope to explore each scene’s premise, which in turn lends the piece the weight and substance its desolate theme requires…

Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sara Mearns in Kim Brandstrup's Jeux.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jeux + Polaris, The Blue Distance, Common Ground, New Blood – New York

Jeux, has a distinctly adult atmosphere and a highly cinematic look. Actually, the look might be the most interesting thing about it…

Scapino Ballet in Kha.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nederlandse Dansdagen 2015, the Dutch Dance Festival

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Sarah Lamb in Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Raven Girl, Connectome – London

In this revival of Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl, Watson becomes something more than a postman…

Aparna Ramaswamy.© and courtesy of NCPA. (Click image for larger version)

Aparna Ramaswamy – They Rose at Dawn – New York

Ramaswamy is a natural allegro dancer; she’s high-spirited, warm, vivacious. But, at least tonight, she didn’t seem inclined to delve into the contrasting qualities of languor or sensual ardor

Caroline Bowditch in Falling in Love with Frida.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Caroline Bowditch’s Falling in Love with Frida

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Edward Watson, Sarah Lamb and Olivia Cowley in Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Raven Girl and Connectome

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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