February 2019
James Cousins.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Choreographer James Cousins about his new Touring Programme of Duets – Epilogues

James Cousins is unusually touring a bill of three contrasting duets – called Epilogues it has a London run at The Place from 6-8 March 2019.

Emma Barrowman in Bon Voyage, Bob...© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Bon Voyage, Bob… – London

★★✰✰✰   It’s three hours long, not including the interval. But a tanztheater classic this is not…

Christopher Wheeldon and the BalletBoyz in the studio working on Us.© George Piper. (Click image for larger version)

Pictures Feature – BalletBoyz latest double bill, Them/Us, in the studio & on tour

The BalletBoyz latest double bill features new work by Christopher Wheeldon and a piece devised by the company dancers themselves. We have pictures from the studio and, hot off the press, some final production shots…

Farruquito.© Sachyn Mital. (Click image for larger version)

Farruquito – Farruquito flamenco bill – New York

★★★★✰   What’s most compelling about the show, really, is its sense of freedom, combined with a strong family-feeling.

Julie Shanahan in Bon Voyage, Bob...© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Bon Voyage, Bob…

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Cirque Éloize in Hotel.© Pierre Manning. (Click image for larger version)

Cirque Éloize – Hotel – London

★★✰✰✰   Yes, these are incredibly talented artists, doing exceptional things, but their circus skills were presented within an envelope that needed a lot more theatrical clarity.

Marianela Nuñez in Don Quixote.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – London

★★★★★   With Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov… Theirs was a performance that caught up everyone in the sheer pleasure and excitement of spectacular dancing.

San Francisco Ballet in Marston's Snowblind.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – The Fifth Season, Snowblind, Etudes – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   I was thrilled to see Snowblind returning. It was by far my favorite offering of last year’s Unbound Festival because it captivates on every level: potent storytelling, emotive choreography, fitting design tropes and deep character development.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Since She.© Julian Mommert. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Since She – London

★★★★✰   Papaioannou weaves in many references to Bausch’s work and deliberately asks us to find them, the work is fuelled by his love for her. But he also invites us to move on from the nostalgia trip.

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Jerome Robbins' In the Night.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Robbins bill: Interplay, In the Night, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz – New York

★★★✰✰   There was virtually nothing to fault with “In the Night” on Saturday — each couple was well matched, and Robbins’ unique capacity to imbue classical form with the richness of human experience again seems unparalleled

The Royal Ballet School in The Cunning Little Vixen.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School & Royal Ballet – The Cunning Little Vixen, The Two Pigeons – London

★★★★✰ – Royal Ballet School in Liam Scarlett’s new Cunning Little Vixen. ★★✰✰✰ – Royal Ballet’s Yasmine Naghdi debut in Two Pigeons.

Mark Morris.© Beowulf Sheehan. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris, Choreographer and Director, Spices up Sgt Pepper

We talk to Mark Morris about Pepperland, his exuberant celebration of The Beatles ground-breaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, touring the UK and Ireland for six weeks in March and April.

Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nuñez & Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

San Francisco Ballet in Millepied's Appassionata.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Divertimento No. 15, Appassionata, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – San Francisco

★★★★✰   A triple bill joining George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, the San Francisco Ballet premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata and Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

Rambert2: Salome Pressac in Killer Pig.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Sampled, 2019 – London

★★★✰✰   Once a year Sadler’s Wells puts on Sampled, a pick and mix of the types of dance you might see at the venue. The front stalls seats are taken out, and standing in that area is only a fiver, with cheap tickets in general.

Camille A. Brown in ink.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Camille A. Brown & Dancers – ink – New York

★★★★✰   The choreographer Camille A. Brown has a rare talent – the ability to make you understand a situation or state of mind through dance.

Mavin Khoo in an Odissi Solo to live music.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2019

Foteini Christofilopoulou photographs Sadler’s Wells Sampled – featuring Uchenna Dance, Mavin Khoo, Semperoper Ballett, Rambert2, Patricia Guerrero and BirdGang.

Tiler Peck in Justin Peck’s Principia.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Herman Schmerman, Principia (new Peck), The Runaway – New York

★★★✰✰   Major draws were the new Justin Peck and a revival of William Forsythe’s 1992 commission Herman Schmerman, not seen in full since the 90s…

Spring by Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley – Spring – London

★★★✰✰   Choreographed juggling is by definition a one-trick pony although in the hands of Gandini Juggling, inspired by the imaginative choreography of Alexander Whitley, the potential of that artform appears limitless.

Alexei Ratmansky - a MacArthur Fellow in 2013.© John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation - used with permission. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Thinking About Petipa – A Conversation with Alexei Ratmansky

Marina Harss talks to a legend about another legend and the greatest classical choreographer of them all – Marius Petipa. Full of interesting insights…

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