"Anton Chekhov" tag
Clod Ensemble in On The High Road.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Clod Ensemble – On The High Road – London

★★★✰✰   This is the stuff of which nightmares are made. A frightful storm from which sundry strangers take refuge to spend the night in an isolated place provides the essence of On The High Road…

Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell in Les Patineurs.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Les Patineurs, Winter Dreams, The Concert – London

★★★★✰   Now that we are all one more Nutcracker nearer death, as weary critic Richard Buckle used to bemoan, the Royal Ballet has given us a wintry bonne bouche of ballets to savour.

Silvia Azzoni (Mermaid) and Carsten Jung (the Prince) in The Little Mermaid.© Holger Badekow. (Click image for larger version)

Hamburg Ballet – The Little Mermaid – Washington

★★★✰✰   It’s a somber and dark story; yet in Neumeier’s hands it gets even darker. Don’t expect Disney’s happily-ever-after – this Little Mermaid is certainly not for children.

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a Case.© T. Charles Erickson. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhail Baryshnikov / Big Dance Theater – Anton Chekhov’s Man in a Case – Washington

Baryshnikov has plenty of speaking lines, which he delivers with persuasion and notable dramatic skill… Yet his main strength here is his body language.

Cathy Marston.© Philipp Zinniker. (Click image for larger version)

Cathy Marston – Choreographer and Company Director

5 Questions for Cathy Marston as she and Bern Ballett, the company she directs, prepare to show their latest work, Witch-hunt, at London’s Royal Opera House…

Jiri Kylian and Michael Schumacher's Last Touch First. © Robert Benschop. (Click image for larger version)

Jiri Kylian and Michael Schumacher – Last Touch First – Pittsburgh

In the end, Last Touch First’s unusual slice of life suspended in space and time left one with many indelible images. Its riveting choreography…

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