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Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara in an excerpt from Polyphonia.© Marina Harss. (Click image for larger version)

Dancers doing it for themselves – Dancers of New York City Ballet present live new work & brief excerpts

There was a rush of emotion at seeing these extraordinary dancers doing the thing they do best. Their energy, precision, and drive, the way they change the space around them, is inspiring…

Akram Khan in Desh.© Stephanie Berger, 2011. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – The Silent Burn Project

This three-hour compilation of dance films, interviews and discussions celebrates Akram Khan’s burning desire to speak out to a wide audience in the occasion of his company’s 20th anniversary.

Detail from the flyer image for The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020.© David Gordon. (Click image for larger/full version)

David Gordon’s work (1972/2020) at the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival

David Gordon has been collaging past choreography and present variations, text and narration, video and photographs and graphic arts, personal and cultural history for so long that it is no surprise he was perfectly positioned to make something truly involving under lock down…

Book cover of David McAllister's "Soar: A Life Freed by Dance".© Thames & Hudson. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Soar: A Life Freed by Dance – by David McAllister

David McAllister, about to step down as the artistic director of Australian Ballet, has just released his memoir and it proves enlightening and candid reading about both the company and the man himself…

Alonzo King LINES Ballet's There Is No Standing Still, Part 1 - screen grab from video.© Alonzo King LINES Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Outdoors Ballet – some different responses to Lockdown from around the world

As lockdown eases ballet is getting out of streaming from living rooms and into the big wide world – Jann Parry looks at six happenings/films involving dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet & The Royal Ballet

Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck on the Studio 5: Great American Ballerinas flyer. © City Center. (Click image for larger version)

Studio 5: Great American Ballerinas – the City Center virtual series of master classes

New York City Center is streaming some ballet master classes, curated and hosted by Alastair Macaulay, and involving Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck. The coaches/guests include Nina Ananiashvili, Merrill Ashley, Alessandra Ferri, Stephanie Saland and Pam Tanowitz.

Wolfgang Stange and Amici Dance Theatre Company in the studio.© Turtle Key Arts. (Click image for larger version)

Amici Dance Theatre’s 40th Anniversary during lock-down

The six films in the 40th anniversary celebration provide tantalising glimpses of Amici’s considerable back catalogue, which includes short works as well as major productions…

BBC flyer for Men at the Barre: Inside the Royal Ballet.© BBC. (Click image for larger version)

Men at the Barre: Inside the Royal Ballet – BBC documentary

“If you missed ‘Men at the Barre – Inside the Royal Ballet’: a look behind the scenes at the male ballet dancers in the company, then do take the time to catch up on BBC iPlayer.”

Friedemann Vogel and Elisa Badenes in Mayerling.© Stuttgart Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Stuttgart Ballet – Mayerling – streamed archive recording of Stuttgart premiere

Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling in new Jürgen Rose designs – “I am not reviewing the recording so much as commenting on the differences between Stuttgart Ballet’s 2019 production and the Royal Ballet’s version that dates back to the ballet’s premiere in 1978…”

Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Ann Whitley and Merle Park at the Voices of Spring masterclass.© Rachel Hollings. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: Voices of Spring, coached by Merle Park and Wayne Eagling

For anyone with an interest in the machinations of bringing a difficult pas de deux to performance standard, this was an experience to cherish.

Capesterre-Belle-Eau, Guadeloupe Carnaval Parade, February 16, 2020.© Don Burmeister. (Click image for larger version)

Carnaval in Guadeloupe

To say Carnival can be an all-consuming celebration of life seems something of an understatement for some communities and nations. Susanna Sloat with a lively and detailed account of a recent Eastern Caribbean jaunt to Guadeloupe. And the spelling? Well, it’s always Carnaval in Guadeloupe…

CUNNINGHAM film flyer based on Merce Cunningham's Summerspace.Photography © Mko Malkshasyan. (Click image for larger version)

‘CUNNINGHAM’ – Alla Kovgan’s film about Legendary Dancer and Choreographer Merce Cunningham

Released on the 13 March 2020, CUNNINGHAM, the new film about Merce Cunningham, has sadly emerged into a COVID-19 locked down world – but Jann Parry makes a compelling case for seeing it sooner rather than later and CUNNINGHAM is currently available to see at home in many formats.

Radical dance course poster, 1976, X6 Dance Space.© Rob Harris, courtesy Cell Project Space. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition – X6 Dance Space (1976-80): Liberation Notes – London

‘X6 Dance Space (1976-80): Liberation Notes’ is a well overdue exhibition profiling the groundbreaking work of the radical 1970’s dance collective, X6. The group of revolutionary dance practitioners sought dance liberation through redefining the body in dance while documenting that process through writing a magazine…

San Francisco Ballet in London: Jennifer Stahl in Snowblind by Cathy Marston. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Some Memorable Performances of 2019 – London

Lynette Halewood with some reflections on London dance performances over the last year – the good and the less good…

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

Some Memorable Performances of 2019 – New York

I don’t really believe in lists, but it’s admittedly fun to look back over the year and reflect on moments that have stayed with me. So here they are, in no particular order…

Royal Academy of Dance: Celebrating 100 Years book cover.© Scala Arts/RAD. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Royal Academy of Dance: Celebrating 100 Years

The achievements of RAD over the past hundred years are brought together in an impressive new book, published this month…

Foyer de danse: Ginevra Zambon and Kevin Emerton with Ursula Hageli.© Rachel Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: Foyer de danse and the Le Papillon solo

Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: “Foyer de danse”, coached by Ursula Hageli & Christopher Newton, and the “Le Papillon” solo, coached by Wayne Eagling. Jann Parry with a detail report for DanceTabs..

Taken on my first day back in Scottish Ballet studios post surgeries.© Araminta Wraith. (Click image for larger version)

Road to Recovery: Instagram vs Reality

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. This is her fourth blog and all about dancers and injuries – it’s a very personal and heartfelt tale…

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”.

The Dancing Under The Southern Skies book cover, featuring Leanne Benjamin, in a photo © Jason Bell.© Australian Scholarly Publishing. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Dancing Under The Southern Skies: A History of Ballet in Australia – by Valerie Lawson

Although Valerie Lawson’s context is wide-ranging, she brings individuals into focus with personal details, shining a spotlight onto their roles in Australian dance history. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from Australian archives, her book gives vivid life to long-gone personalities.

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