Reviews
Joseph Gordon and David Hallberg in Maurice Béjart's Song of a Wayfarer.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

RB, ABT, NYCB & NYTB dancers at the Joyce Ballet Festival – Prog C, curated by Jean-Marc Puissant – New York

★★★★✰   Starwise, Bejart’s Wayfarer bumps this program from two stars to four.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Bolshoi Ballet in Spartacus.© Elena Fetisova. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – London

★★★★✰   The messages of Grigorovich’s Spartacus may have changed over the half-century since its creation but new generations revel in its theatricality – and the bolshoi power of its performers.

Isaac Bates-Vinueza and Alysia Chang in Seiwert's Verses.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – SKETCH 9: Perspective bill – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The SKETCH series, from Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, is one of my favorite summer dance events in San Francisco. The company dancers are always terrific, both technically and artistically.

Olga Pericet.© Paco Villalta. (Click image for larger version)

Olga Pericet – The Thorn That Wanted to Be a Flower, or The Flower That Dreamed of Being a Dancer – London

★★★★★   The Cordoban star Olga Pericet’s poetically titled show revealed, wonderfully, a personality too big for flamenco to hold.

Royal Ballet School in David Bintley's Flowers of the Forest.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Summer Show, ROH Main Stage – London

★★★★✰   The choice of works emphasised ensembles more than individuals. It was interesting to see large numbers of young men dancing together, as well as a more usual female corps de ballet.

The 2019 Gala Flamenca.© Juan Conca/David Mudarra. (Click image for larger version)

Mercedes Ruiz, Eduardo Guerrero and María Moreno – Gala Flamenca – London

★★★★★   As the gala’s artistic director, Liñán brought together four great talents (three dancers and a singer), backed up by an outstanding group of musicians…

Rocio Molina in Fallen From Heaven.© Simone Fratini. (Click image for larger version)

Rocío Molina – Fallen From Heaven – London

★★★★✰   Fallen From Heaven (Caido del Cielo) is referenced as the celebration of being a woman, and it is certainly all about one woman.

The Royal Ballet School in Goyo Montero's Pulse.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Holland Park bill (mainly Upper School) – London

★★★★✰   The show overall gave us a good slice of what ballet is in 2019, and just how adaptable the students need to be these days – exciting times for them and exciting for us in the audience as well.

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