February 2019
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…

Ashley Bouder and Joseph Gordon in Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Mozartiana, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

★★★✰✰   One of the earliest things I appreciated about Balanchine is that he made me feel okay about liking Tschaikovsky (as NYCB likes to spell it)…

Marie Gyselbrecht, Leo De Beul and Yi-Chun Liu in Father (Vader).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Peeping Tom – Father (Vader) – London

★★★★✰   The stand-out moments in this show came in dynamic bursts of extraordinary movement in which the form of propulsion seemed to be any part of the body but the feet.

Igor Shyshko and Cynthia Loemij in Verklärte nacht.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – Verklärte nacht – New York

★★★✰✰   The piece is strenuous, filled with running and partnering that, at first, verges on violent, and eventually turns rapturous, but never beautiful – De Keersmaeker never cedes to the lure of beauty…

Brandon Lagaert and Yi-Chun Liu in Father (Vader).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Peeping Tom in Father (Vader)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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