Reviews
Mikiel Donovan and Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy in REDD.© Carl Fox. (Click image for larger version)

Boy Blue – Redd – London

★★★✰✰   Redd is another bold exploration of the storytelling potential of hip-hop dance, which succeeds in showing that beyond the crowd-pleasing tricks, this form can mine powerful, complex, gutsy emotions.

Carina Howard, Shanelle Clemenson and Harriet Ellis in part 2 of Rosie Kay's Fantasia.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – Rosie Kay’s Fantasia – Birmingham

★★★★✰   A bravo to Rosie Kay, who does it yet again, delivering thought provoking dance in a very smartly designed package. (but do read the programme!)

Fame the Musical.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Fame the Musical – London

★★★★✰   With a strong and familiar story, an excellent songbook, well performed, and a pacy theatrical momentum, it is highly recommended.

Georgina Pazcoguin and Company in Lauren Lovette’s The Shaded Line.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Fashion Gala with The Shaded Line, Lineage, Symphony in C – New York

★★★✰✰   Kudos to Lovette for really going out on a limb… The Shaded Line feels truly her own, and it’s clear that she has much to say about her chosen profession…

English National Ballet in Giselle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★★   Everything about this production is topical, very real and will probably be so for many years to come. Absolutely five stars to the company…

Sara Mearns and Daniel Ulbricht in George Balanchine’s Variations Pour Une Porte et Un Soupir.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Balanchine + Wheeldon bill & Jewels – New York

★★★★✰   It makes a noticeable difference when Litton, music director of the company, is in the pit; the orchestra has presence and sings, providing a convincing counterpart for the dancing.

Aaron Loux in Mozart Dances.© Ken Friedman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Mozart Dances – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Mozart Dances goes far beyond a basic choreographic rendering of the score, instead inviting an active dialogue between disciplines.

Astana Ballet in The Heritage of the Great Steppe.© Askhat Nurekin. (Click image for larger version)

Astana Ballet – Love Fear Loss, A Fuego Lento, Heritage of the Great Steppe, Salomé – London

★★★✰✰   The extremely good-looking company members are well-trained, versatile dancers…

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in Trace Figures.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company – Trace Figures – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Friday the 13th was auspicious for San Francisco dance: Margaret Jenkins Dance Company premiered Trace Figures, a site-specific performance immersion that could be done by no other company or permutation of artists.

Michael Jackson Jr in Jamar Roberts Members Don't Get Weary.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programme C: Ounce of Faith, Members Don’t Get Weary, Ella, Revelations – London

★★★★✰   Having watched the company since childhood, I find it is impossible not to instantly appreciate the sheer beauty and energy they radiate…

Two Husbands by Daniela Cardim - Camino Llonch, Alexander Nuttall, Marianne Allen, Aitor Viscarolasaga Lopez, Kevin Bhoyroo, Marta Rivero de Miranda, Dean Rushton.© Deborah Jaffe Photography. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – New Works – London

★★★✰✰   In the event, the levels of polish and invention were quite remarkable given the circumstances.

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.

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