August 2019
Dane Hurst in Falling Man.© Kashvili-Images. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst and Tom Rowland – Falling Man – London

★★★★✰   Falling Man is a huge achievement, performed with intensity and charisma, and we really need to see it again in our theatres.

Chelsea Reichert and Alex Carrington in Maurya Kerr's my beloved comet.© Robbie Sweeny. (Click image for larger version)

FACT/SF Summer Dance Festival including works by Davis/Mullis, Dazaun Soleyn and Maurya Kerr – San Francisco

★★★★✰   SF choreographers Maurya Kerr, Dazaun Soleyn and Slender-White, and the visiting duo of Joy Davis (Boston) and Eric Mullis (Charlotte, North Carolina), presented new works of 10–20 minutes in length.

Araminta Wraith and Nick Shoesmith in Helen Pickett’s The Crucible.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet’s Crucible – From scrap board to stage, a dancers perspective

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. The third blog is titled “From scrap board to stage, a dancers perspective” and all about the creation and premiere of Helen Pickett’s “The Crucible”.

Lauren Cuthbertson and Marelino Sambé in Juliano Nuñes’ Two Sides Of.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

RB, NBoC & ABT dancers at the Joyce Ballet Festival – Prog B, curated by Lauren Cuthbertson – New York

★★✰✰✰   I hadn’t seen much of the well-regarded Cuthbertson, so I was looking forward to this chance to get to know her (she appeared in four of five pieces), as well as the not-always-dubious introduction to new works by new choreographers…

Miche Wong in Garrett + Moulton Productions publicty image.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Garrett + Moulton Productions – Four Acts of Light & Wonder bill – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   …the most apt descriptor for the entire program was joyful.

Margarita Shrainer and Igor Tsvirko in Don Quixote (rehearsal).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Don Quixote – London

★★★★✰   The reason the Bolshoi’s Don Quixote is so enjoyable is the gusto with which it is performed. It doesn’t aim to be remotely authentically Spanish or even respectful of the original 1869 version…

Araminta Wraith and company in Helen Pickett's The Crucible.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Crucible – Edinburgh

★★★★★   Scottish Ballet has a major critical hit on their hands – this is compelling 21st century watching. It was the premiere you want to see, but so very often don’t, with everybody, but everybody, at the top of their game…

Eleonora Sevenard and Artemy Belyakov in Don Quixote (rehearsal).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in Don Quixote (dress rehearsal)

Featuring pictures of 2 casts: Margarita Shrainer/Igor Tsvirko & Eleonora Sevenard/Artemy Belyakov. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Cordelia Braithwaite and Paris Fitzpatrick in Romeo and Juliet.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – London

★★★✰✰   Our setting is the Verona Institute in the near future. Here disturbed young people have been locked up for an opaque purpose under the eye of a sadistic jailer… A traumatised Juliet meets a troubled Romeo, and it ends as badly as you might expect.

Joseph Sissens in Charlotte Edmonds' jojo.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet dancers at the Joyce Ballet Festival – Program A, An Evening of Solos and Duets – New York

★★★✰✰   Program A consisted of a string of solos and duets representing a slice of the company’s choreographic trajectory, from Frederick Ashton through Kenneth MacMillan to Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor, and Charlotte Edmonds.

Daria Khokhlova & Igor Tsvirko in The Bright Stream (rehearsal).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Bright Stream – London

★★★★★   A wildly surreal comic turn involves a dog riding a bicycle, both cunningly choreographed. He’s actually a tractor driver in disguise, disrupting sexual assignations.

Bijayini Satpathy in the Kalpana bill.© Anubhava. (Click image for larger version)

Bijayini Satpathy at the Drive East Festival – Kalpana bill – New York

★★★★★   I’ve never seen a more vivid performer; her large eyes seem to touch each person in the audience…

Ruslan Skvortsov in The Bright Stream (rehearsal).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in The Bright Stream (dress rehearsal)

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★✰✰   A 3 star production with 4 star performances…

Alyona Kovalyova and Jacopo Tissi in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in Swan Lake

Featuring pictures of 2 casts: Olga Smirnova/Semyon Chudin & Alyona Kovalyova/Jacopo Tissi. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Derida Dance Company in Zen Play.© Atanas Maev. (Click image for larger version)

Derida Dance Company – Zen Play – Sofia

★★★★✰   Jeliazkov’s dance theatre work caries a signature kind of dark splendor. His pieces consistently impress with sharp attack and sinuous contortions…

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