February 2018
Dores André and Ulrik Birkkjaer in Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Serenade, The Chairman Dances, Rodeo – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Not all, but many pas de deuxs have a romantic subtext, whether intentional or not. But in Rodeo Peck has crafted a pas de deux celebrating introductions and the process of getting to know another person.

Tierney Heap in The Winter’s Tale.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Winter’s Tale

Pictures of 2 casts: Nuñez, Soares, Stix-Brunell, Muntagirov, Mendizabal and Kaneko, Bonelli, Takada, Campbell, Heap. Photographed by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Breanna O'Mara in Viktor.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Viktor – London

★★★★✰   It’s impossible to make coherent sense of a Bausch piece, whatever the source of her inspiration.

Isabella Gasparini during coaching of the Fairy of Joy from Sleeping Beauty.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ashton Foundation Masterclass with Monica Mason coaching the Spanish Dance from Swan Lake and the Fairy of Joy from Sleeping Beauty

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Josie G. Sadan and James Gilmer in Path of Miracles.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

ODC/Dance – Path of Miracles – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Except for one section, we were led from place to place to experience the piece’s lush tapestry of movement and sound.

Duckworth & Persson's Well Lit.© Duckworth & Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Writers on New Dance at Place Resolution 2018 (part 1)

Part 1 features reviews by Stephanie Brown, Chloe Fordham, Daisy Moorcroft and Natalie Russett…

Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley's Spring.© Simon Carter. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley – Spring – Cambridge

★★★✰✰   Whitley has merged the different disciplines so successfully that there’s relatively little distinction between dancers and jugglers.

Amanda Treiber and Erez Milatin in Optimists.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Beethoven/1999, Optimists, Dark Elegies, Double Andante – New York

★★★✰✰   All was danced with the quiet focus, lucidity, and unfussy delivery that characterize the company. No attention-grabbing fireworks…

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon's Pluto.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s Pluto

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tiler Peck and Zachary Catazaro in Peter Walker’s Dance Odyssey.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Dance Odyssey, The Red Violin, Russian Seasons – New York

★★★✰✰   Like Walker’s first work for the company “Dance Odyssey” shows a lot of promise. It has warmth and humor, a good grasp of stage geometry and a sensitive musicality.

Emily Molnar.© Michael Slobodian. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Emily Molnar, Ballet British Columbia’s artistic director, on their work and UK tour

Next month (March 2018) Ballet British Columbia, or Ballet BC as they are commonly known, tour the UK. Diane Parkes talks to artistic director Emily Molnar about the company and the works they are touring which includes a piece by the ultra-hot Crystal Pite…

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

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Viktor

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Arcell Cabuag in Upside Down.© Ayodele Casel. (Click image for larger version)

Evidence, A Dance Company – Come Ye, March, Den of Dreams, Upside Down, Dancing Spirit – New York

★★★★✰   Ronald K. Brown is one of those choreographers who returns to a similar mode in piece after piece, so it’s easy to take him for granted. But what a powerful mode it is.

Francesca Hayward in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet/ROH Learning and Participation – Giselle, schools’ matinee – London

★★★★✰   This was indeed a Giselle to treasure as a first encounter with ballet.

Mark Bruce.© Mark Bruce Company. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Mark Bruce about his latest dance-theatre work – Macbeth

As his new Macbeth starts its UK tour with Jonathan Goddard in the lead, we have a very quick chat with award winning choreographer Mark Bruce…

Duwane Taylor's It's Time to Speak.© Irven Lewis. (Click image for larger version)

Watts Dance, Grov Productions and Duwane Taylor – Place Resolution 2018

★★★✰✰   Duwane Taylor’s “It’s Time to Speak”… is powerful theatre that left a lump in many of our throats at the end.

Rudi Cole and Julia Robert Pares of Humanhood in ZERO.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2018

Featuring: NDT2 (Nederlands Dans Theater 2), Jodelle Douglas, Jesus Carmona, Humanhood, Zenaida Yanowsky, Candoco and Yeah Yellow. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Jakop Ahlbom Company in Lebensraum.© Stephan van Hesteren. (Click image for larger version)

Jakop Ahlbom Company – Lebensraum – London

★★★★✰   There are some extremely demanding physical comedy routines incorporated into Lebensraum. Even some of the throwaways are wince-inducing…

Momoko Hirata in Sleeping Beauty.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Marie Gyselbrecht in Mother (Moeder).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Peeping Tom – Mother (Moeder) – London

★★★★✰   Mother was an absorbing 70 minutes of performance art. Mothers were never exactly to the fore and yet – in many respects – they were always apparent…

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