October 2019
CCN Ballet de Lorraine in For Four Walls.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

CCN Ballet de Lorraine and Compagnie Amala Dianor – The Future Bursts In bill – London

★★★★✰   The title of the latest triple bill in the Linbury studio theatre is taken from The Observer’s dance critic’s review of the Merce Cunningham Company’s arrival in Britain in 1964.

ZooNation in Some Like It Hip Hop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company – Some Like It Hip Hop – London

★★★★✰   Some Like it Hip Hop is full of quirky humour, great music and dance, enjoying top-notch performances throughout the whole cast of sixteen.

Houston Ballet in Justin Peck’s Reflections.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – The Letter V, Come In, Reflections – New York

★★★★★   Houston Ballet is a prime example of what a 21st century ballet company should look like: diverse, dynamic and accomplished.

Natalia Osipova and Jason Kittelberger in Six Years Later.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance bill – London

★★★✰✰   Once again, Osipova gave it her all – and Osipova’s all is quite something to behold.

CCN Ballet de Lorraine in For Four Walls.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – CCN Ballet de Lorraine in For Four Walls (part of Dance Umbrella)

Part of Dance Umbrella 2019 and ‘The Future Bursts In’ bill at the Royal Opera House. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Savage and Christopher Akrill in While You Are Here.© Joe Walkling. (Click image for larger version)

Jonathan Goddard and Lily McLeish – While You Are Here – London

★★✰✰✰   While You Are Here is disappointing despite using a cohort of the best contemporary dancers in the country, working with theatre director Lily McLeish and featuring fine design and lighting.

Lani Dickinson and Yuko Monden Juma in Pita's Alice in Californiland.© David DeSilva. (Click image for larger version)

AXIS Dance Company – In•ter•twine, works by Arthur Pita, Jennifer Archibald & Robert Dekkers – San Francisco

★★★★★   AXIS, a bold and innovative leader in physically integrated dance, just presented their latest triple bill including two important premieres…

Thomas Lebrun's Another Look at Memory.© Frédéric Iovino. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Lebrun – Another Look at Memory – London

★★★✰✰   ‘Another Look at Memory’ is a cool, precise, rigorous piece, set to Philip Glass’s choral work ‘Another Look at Harmony”, finding a language in dance and gesture which responds to, and reflects on, the music’s minimalism.

Maya Beiser and Wendy Whelan in The Day.© Nils Schlebusch. (Click image for larger version)

Maya Beiser + Wendy Whelan + Lucinda Childs + David Lang – The Day – New York

★★★✰✰   The pairing of prestigious participants does not always guarantee success – a lesson learned again and again in the theater.

Sarah Lamb in Raymonda Act III.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Concerto, Enigma Variations, Raymonda Act III – London

★★★★✰   It is all too easy to assume that the first triple bill of the Royal Ballet’s autumn season celebrates its creative heritage from the 1960s. In fact, two of the ballets were made for other companies…

Cassandra Trenary and Cory Stearns in A Time There Was.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – New Romantics: New American Romance, Garden Blue, A Time There Was – New York

★★★✰✰   The emphasis here was on new. This was a night to check in on the creative efforts of two emerging voices on the ballet scene – Gemma Bond and James Whiteside.

Georgia Vardarou in her Why should it be more desirable for green fire balls to exist than not?. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Georgia Vardarou’s Why should it be more desirable for green fire balls to exist than not?

Part of Dance Umbrella 2019 – Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Arthur Pita.© courtesy of arthurpita.com. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Arthur Pita on choreographing “Alice in Californiland” for AXIS Dance Company

Arthur Pita’s latest work is called “Alice in Californiland” for the Bay Area AXIS Dance Company – to be premiered later this week, on Friday 25 October, Claudia Bauer caught up with him to find out what its all about – a thought provoking collision of Lewis Carroll and homelessness…

Grace Jabbari in Silent Lines.© Martin Collins. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Dance Company – Silent Lines – London

★★★★✰   It’s another remarkable achievement from Maliphant, conjuring poetry out of a bare stage, light and movement.

Anna Rose O’Sullivan in Concerto.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Gregory Maqoma's Cion: Requiem of Ravel's Bolero.© John Hogg. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma – Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero – London

★★★✰✰   Gregory Maqoma’s theatrical storytelling, a potent mix of a capella, dance styles and scenography, projects a strong universal theme – grief.

Calvin Royal III in Apollo. © The George Balanchine Trust.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Balanchine, Bennett & The Beach Boys bill – New York

★★★★✰   In programs like this one, ABT really looks like an American company, steeped in American popular music and the relaxed attitude of popular dance. It’s a mode that suits the company well.

Promotional image for Nicola Gunn's Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster.© Sarah Walker. (Click image for larger version)

Nicola Gunn – Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster – London

★★★✰✰   A disarmingly odd blend of narrative theatre, philosophical debate and experimental performance.

Pam Tanowitz.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Pam Tanowitz – Choreographer and Director

Pam Tanowitz, well known in New York, just created her first work outside the States – for the Royal Ballet. It’s been a critical success and Jann Parry (who gave the work 5 stars) finds out what makes her tick and why so many directors are seeking Tanowitz out…

Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell in Let Me Sing Forevermore.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Fall Gala and The Masters bills – New York

★★★★✰   The fewer the speeches, the better the gala – this universal truth seems to have bypassed the organizers at American Ballet Theatre…

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