★★★★✰ The final applause was as warm as I have ever heard it, tinged with gratitude, for the return of a spectacle at once so grand and so intimate...
Archive - November 2021
★★✰✰✰ Akram Khan’s UK premiere of Outwitting the Devil is an exasperating puzzle. Opaque hints of mythological narrative offer challenges to the viewer; but it also contains some beautiful, sculptural moments and gorgeously fluent, liquid moments.
★★★★✰ This year is Twyla Tharp’s 80th birthday, so to celebrate, she decided to offer a concert and invite some of the country’s starriest dancers to join her...
★★★★✰ Tchaikovsky’s music for The Nutcracker may be played ad nauseam in shops and public spaces over Christmas, but the ballet for which he wrote it is the real deal – especially in this production.
★★★★★ Thanks to Yolande Yorke-Edgell and her company, Robert Cohan was able to continue creating dance works for performance up until his death in January this year at the age of 95...
Pacific Northwest Ballet Beyond Ballet: Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Ghost Variations, The Personal Element ★★★★✰ Seattle, McCaw Hall and streaming, 18–22 November 2021 18 November 2021 www.pnb.org www.mccawhall.com There are times when art meets the moment, and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Beyond Ballet program is one of them. Tracing through lines from the AIDS era to the current...
★★★★✰ "Uttarayan, a kite festival from Gujarat in northern India, is the inspiration for Kattam Katti... It’s cheering right now to see something celebratory and good-humoured, and the audience adored it."
★★★★✰ Music from the Sole’s Partido, a premiere at Harlem Stage, is a marvelous feast of rhythm, both visual and aural.
★★★★★ "ZviDance’s The Art of Fugue multiplies the beauty and complexity of Bach’s creative genius onto multiple platforms with inspired intelligence and sensitivity..."
★★★★✰ Featuring "Poems and Tiger Eggs" by Darius James and Amy Doughty, "Murmurations" by Liam Riddick and "Isolated Pulse" by Marcus Jarrell Willis...
★★★✰✰ Seventeen months after Andrew McNicol announced the launch of his company, with its debut scheduled for April 2020, his programme of four new works has finally reached the stage...
★★★★✰ Didy Veldman's company is touring again and life is good as thoughtful, quality dance hits smaller local venues once again - in my case the friendly Wilde Theatre at Salt Hill Park in Bracknell.
Featuring Lamentation (Martha Graham), Sea of Troubles (Kenneth MacMillan), Afternoon Conversations with Dancers (Robert Cohan) and So It Is (Yolande Yorke-Edgell). Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou..
★★★★✰ Ballet Black’s 20-year-long diversity mission still feels urgent, and its latest double bill is an impressive reminder of the sort of talent and vision that could otherwise go overlooked.
The Frederick Ashton Foundation marked its tenth anniversary with an evening of rarely performed Ashton pieces and a specially commissioned film, Frederick Ashton: Links in the Chain, by Lynn Wake.
DanceTabs photographer Foteini Christofilopoulou recently spent the day with Birmingham Royal Ballet starting with company class, followed by rehearsals of two works involving the company with Miguel Altunaga, Goyo Montero, Alessandra Ferri, and director Carlos Acosta.
★★★★✰ "Ballet Hispánico ...the New York-based company brought Noche de Oro, a dazzling mixed repertory program in honor of its fifty years as a center for Latinx culture and dance – it truly was a “night of gold."
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts stops dancing next month at the same time as his choreographic practice becomes ever more prominent. Claudia Bauer talks to one of the greats of AAADT about life and his Ailey world premiere next month at City Center.
★★★✰✰ "These two extraordinary ballet stars gave a masterclass in elegant partnering, Ferri precise on pointe and soaring in a demanding series of lifts, Acosta charismatic, graceful and gracious."
★★★★★ Sir Peter Wright, who was in the audience on Thursday’s opening night, must be very proud of his production, tweaked over the years since its staging in 1985.