May 2016
Hofesh Shechter Company in Political Mother.© Gabriele Zucca. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company at IDFB – Political Mother – Birmingham

★★★★✰   Hofesh Shechter created Political Mother in 2010 as a rebuke to totalitarianism and oppressive propaganda.

Cesar Corrales in Diana & Acteon. On the 17 May 2016, at the London Palladium, Cesar Corrales won the 2016 Emerging Dancer Award. He also won the People's Choice Award (voted for by audience members).© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition 2016

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance performing Agon.© Camilla Greenwell Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance – Agon, Rite of Spring, Symphonies of Wind Instruments – London

★★★✰✰   Esa-Pekka Salonen is conducting London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in a Stravinsky festival, the first concert of which included a collaboration with Karole Armitage’s company on “Agon” – famously originally choreographed by Balanchine…

American Ballet Theatre in Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

★★★★✰   It isn’t often that a gala program proves satisfying, but this one was the exception.

BalletBoyz in Javier De Frutos' Fiction.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Life: Rabbit, Fiction – London

★★★★✰   Having missed the opening night of the BalletBoyz tour, at Sadler’s Wells, a few weeks ago, I caught up with it, just three bus stops away from my home…

BRB in Jessica Lang's Wink.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Shakespeare midscale tour: Wink, Three pas de deux, The Moor’s Pavane – Durham

★★★✰✰   “… Wink is a 4 star piece. We need to see more of Jessica Lang’s work…”

Carlos Acosta as Actaeon.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta at IDFB – A Classical Farewell – Birmingham

★★★★✰   Winks, finger wags, flamboyant leaps in a criminally short leather skirt – Carlos Acosta gives the people what they want in this winsome bill, a mix of variations he’s assembled to mark his retirement after more than 25 years on stage.

Maria Kochetkova in Ashton's Sylvia.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia (Kochetkova, Cornejo) – New York

More from ABT’s run of Ashton’s “Sylvia” – the time Marina Harss reviews Maria Kochetkova and Herman Cornejo…

Adam Park in Lucy Guerin's Tomorrow.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Tomorrow (Guerin premiere), Terra Incognita, A Linha Curva – London

★★★★✰   The centrepiece of this richly diverse programme was a dance puzzle, perhaps broadly equivalent to a game of three-dimensional chess.

American Ballet Theatre in Ashton's Sylvia.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia – New York

★★★★✰   Part of the secret to Sylvia is of course Léo Delibes’s score; like the story, it has its silly moments, but when it soars, it is utterly seductive…

Hannah Rudd and Pierre Tappon in Itzik Galili's A Linha Curva.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in A Linha Curva

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

New York City Ballet in Vienna Waltzes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Ballo della Regina, Kammermusik No. 2, Vienna Waltzes – New York

★★★★✰   Vienna Waltzes is a sure-fire hit. It seduces on many fronts: the ridiculously flattering gowns by Karinska (her last for the company), the sumptuous music, the multitudes of dancers…

Chihiro Kawasaki in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Poppy Hotel.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Wayne Parsons (A Vestige) and Morgann Runacre-Temple (Poppy Hotel) at Wilton’s Strike!

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Cecilia Lisa Eliceche in Unison.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cecilia Lisa Eliceche – Unison – London

★★★✰✰   Alongside her work as a dancer and choreographer, Eliceche is a political activist and a student of critical theory, both of which influence her approach to dance.

Lucy Guerin.© Jacqueline Mitelman. (Click image for larger version)

Lucy Guerin on Macbeth and her first work for Rambert – Tomorrow

Well known in North America and her native Australia Lucy Guerin is starting to do more in the UK and Europe and this week unveils Tomorrow, her new work for Rambert…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Rite of Tree, part of Songs of the Wanderers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Songs of the Wanderers – London

★★★★✰   The entire work is a kind of meditation, a slow ritual or pilgrimage for its cast across mounds of rice that could be mountains or rivers.

David Massingham.© John Snowdon. (Click image for larger version)

David Massingham on International Dance Festival Birmingham – now running (May 2016)

International Dance Festival Birmingham is back for a fifth time, running now (1 – 22 May 2016) and larger than ever we think. To find out more we did an email interview with David Massingham – Co-Artistic Director of IDFB…

Thomas Whitehead in Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Frankenstein – London

★★★✰✰   Liam Scarlett treats Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, as essentially a domestic drama.

Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Manon Santkin, Michael Helland and Eveline Van Bauwel in Unison.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Cecilia Lisa Eliceche in Unison

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Estela Merlos in The Reservoir.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Reservoir by Estela Merlos & Thomasin Gulgec at Wilton’s Strike!

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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