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Jamar Roberts in Exodus.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Exodus bill – New York

Harris’s Exodus, on the other hand, felt just right. Like so many pieces in the Ailey repertory, it suggests a spiritual quest, a journey toward the light…

Rachael McLaren and Yannick Lebrun in Bad Blood.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Odetta, Uprising, Night Creature, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, Bad Blood, After the Rain pas de deux, Revelations – Boston

The second night… this was by far the best program I’ve ever seen Ailey offer: five pieces, each as good as the others in its different way…

Izabela Szylinska in On The Nature of Things.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Armitage Gone! Dance – On the Nature of Things – New York

Karole Armitage is in a groove, and it’s environmental. On the Nature of Things, presented at the American Museum of Natural History, is her latest in a string of works addressing the all too rapid ecological devastation humans are wreaking on the planet.

Sandrine Monin and Sam Vaherlehto in Christopher Bruce's Shadows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Shift, Shadows, Document, Mapping – London

It’s not often these days you get a bill that couples a brand-new piece by Christopher Bruce with something by Darshan Singh Bhuller. Sadly neither of these choreographic heavyweights has been as active in UK dance as they were formerly and this program reminds us of what we have been missing.

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

Robert Wilson – The Old Woman, staring Mikhail Baryshnikov – New York

In the end, the real pleasure of the evening is watching two extraordinary showmen…

Steven McRae (with Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball, Luca Acri and Tomas Mock) in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Dream, Connectome, Concert – London

In the Royal Ballet’s last programme for this season two old favourites frame the first performances of Alastair Marriott’s latest work, Connectome. It’s a well-balanced evening and gives the new piece every chance to shine.

Davon Doane and Ashley Murphy in Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Theatre of Harlem – 45th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center – New York

The task Johnson faces is complicated, full of potential pit-falls. In these early seasons she is working to define the company’s character, while helping the dancers to hone their classical training and shine as individuals.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Edwaard Liang's Finding Light.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Liang / Maliphant / Wheeldon – An evening Featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan – London

No sets – just glorious lighting designs playing essential roles in the performances.

Mikhailovsky Ballet in Nacho Duato's Prelude.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Without Words, Nunc Dimittis, Prelude – London

There were wonderful performances by Ekaterina Borchenko and Leonid Sarafanov – dancers you would like to see a lot more of. But three works by the same choreographer was too much of the same dish on the menu.

Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham's Imperial Gesture.© Charles Eilber. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – “Fall and Recovery” Gala – New York

Even more than with other choreographers, the costumes and sets are essential elements of Graham’s dance imagination. Think of Martha’s stretchy sack-dress in Lamentation, or the prickly metal tree-dress by Noguchi in Cave of the Heart. They are extensions of the dancers’ bodies, and of Graham’s Jungian world-view.

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia.© Yu Wadee.

SF International Hip Hop Dancefest and Clas/sick Hip Hop – San Francisco

Sitting through both a matinée and an evening performance of the 14th Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest on November 18th is the perfect antidote to the memorial service I attended the day before. Both celebrate life…

Andrea Thompson in Coin/C/Dance.© Sandy Lee. (Click image for larger version)

Zhukov Dance Theatre – Product 05: Coin/c/dance – San Francisco

There is something deeply satisfying in watching a dance company grow from its first season through its current fifth year, especially when the production values remain consistently high.

Frances Chung and Pascal Molat in Page's Guide To Strange Places. © Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programs 5 and 6 (Liang/Page premieres) – San Francisco

Calling this ballet a guide (Guide To Strange Places) is not really precise because it’s more like a portal that lets you in and then leaves you on your own to figure out where you are. Whether you have absolutely no sense of direction or can find your way anywhere blindfolded could determine how you explore this terrain

Nina Ananiashvili – 30 years on stage gala – Tbilisi

So what has made her a ballet legend? The simple fact that she lives, breathes and demonstrates the finest techniques of Russian classical ballet. She is fastidious in her footwork, has the most beautiful pliable back, expressive arms and has perfect proportions and great sensitivity…

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