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Laura Halzack and Devon Louis in Tanowitz's all at once.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Junction, all at once, Promethean Fire – New York

★★★★✰   In her ‘all at once’, Tanowitz seems to have taken Taylor’s ‘Junction’ as her starting point. Like that work, it is a paean to awkwardness…

Michael Trusnovec, Heather McGinley and Maria Ambrose in Rewilding.© Whitney Browne. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Brandenburgs, Rewilding, Cascade – New York

★★★★✰   One can only wish the Paul Taylor Company well in this period of change. The dancers, new and old, perform with a warmth and openness that is rare.

Sasha De Sola and Angelo Greco in Scarlett's Hummingbird.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Bespoke, Hummingbird and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – London

★★★★✰   the overall impression was of the wholly American spirit of the company – peppy, vivacious, determined and running at full-tilt.

Yorke Dance Project in Kenneth MacMillan's Playground.© Pari Naderi. (Click image for larger version)

Yorke Dance Project – Twenty: Playground, Between and Within, Communion, Imprint – London

★★★★✰   By swelling the numbers of her small touring company, Yolande Yorke-Edgell was able to mount a revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s Playground and a 10-strong ensemble for Robert Cohan’s Communion. The programme also included new works by Sophia Stoller and Yorke-Edgell herself.

Viviana Durante and Mbulelo Ndabeni in 8.38.© David Scheinmann. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – THREE/8.38/SEVEN – London

★★✰✰✰   The show at Wilton’s Music Hall, produced and directed by former ballerina Viviana Durante, was originally billed as The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht…

Jean-Guihen Queyras and Marie Goudot in Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach6Cellosuiten.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

De Keersmaeker, Queyras & Rosas – Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach6Cellosuiten – London

★★★★✰   What unfolds over the two hours is an extraordinary conversation between musician and dancers.

Ivan Putrov in Ashton's Dance of the Blessed Spirits.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Against the Stream – London

★★★★✰   Putov brought together remarkable performers whom we long to see again, and left us wanting more…

Natalia Osipova and David Hallberg in Ratmansky’s Valse Triste.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance bill – New York

★★★✰✰   So, is Pure Dance a success? It depends on what you’re looking for. Osipova is as exciting, and as powerful, a dancer as ever. Among the commissions, only Valse Triste and Flutter are worthy of further exploration…

Joshua Hariette and Monique Jonas in Brahms Hungarian.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Detour, Quartermark, Proverb, Brahms Hungarian – London

★★★★✰ Alston’s choreography is formal in that it has structure, style and steps, instead of resorting to running in circles. Its partnering etiquette is courteous rather than abusive.

Igor Shyshko and Cynthia Loemij in Verklärte nacht.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – Verklärte nacht – New York

★★★✰✰   The piece is strenuous, filled with running and partnering that, at first, verges on violent, and eventually turns rapturous, but never beautiful – De Keersmaeker never cedes to the lure of beauty…

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo.© Nicolay Krusser. (Click image for larger version)

Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo and Bruce Levingston – TRIO ConcertDance – London

★★★★✰   A harmonious blending of music and dance, it proved seventy-five minutes of non-stop bliss!

Sara Mearns in Dances of Isadora Duncan.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance 2018, Program 1 – Boston Ballet, Sara Mearns, Caleb Teicher & Co, Cie Hervé Koubi – New York

★★★★✰   On the second night the program was offered, Mearns was stunning, but the remaining three pieces, by three different companies were, to varying degrees, engaging, although hers was a tough act to follow.

Rosas in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's The Six Brandenburg Concertos.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – The Six Brandenburg Concertos – New York

★★★★✰   At moments, I was ecstatically aware of the beauty of the body in motion.

Natalia Osipova in in the studio preparing for Pure Dance.© Alastair Muir. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance – London

★★★✰✰   No trade description problems, here. This was exactly what it said on the tin: Natalia Osipova performing pure dance, enhanced only by recorded music and lighting designs varying from the merest of subtle tints to an explosion of floodlights…

Students of the Upper School in Aurora’s Wedding.© Tristram Kenton / Royal Ballet School. (Click image for larger version)

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

★★★✰✰   A matinee in two halves: fine before the interval, with dire, dreary choreography in the second half. Thank goodness for the exhilarating Grand Défilé at the close.

Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili in Glass Pieces.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Les Etés de la Danse, Paris – Homage to Jerome Robbins, Programme 1 – New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet

★★★★✰   The programme, performed by two very different American ballet companies, displayed Robbins’s versatility while revealing the similarities in his approach to music.

Aidan Gibson and Casey Ouzounis in Neue Suite (Berio 1-2-3).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Semperoper Ballett – In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Neue Suite, Enemy in the Figure – London

★★★✰✰   Semperoper’s dancers distort the classical ballet line more than the Paris Opera Ballet’s (or ENB’s) and don’t bother much with fifth positions or precise épaulement for Forsythe’s endless tendus. They seem contemporary dancers rather than étoiles being outrageous.

Paris Opera Ballet in The Seasons’ Canon.© Agathe Poupeney / OnP. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Thierrée /​ Shechter /​ Pérez /​ Pite – Paris

★★★★✰   Crystal Pite’s work stands out as the crowd-pleaser. With huge cheers and applause, we rise to our feet for the dancers.

Francesca Hayward and Matthew Ball (The Royal Ballet) in Bach Forms, choreography by Wayne McGregor.© Ravi Deepres. (Click image for larger version)

Dance@TheGrange – Curated by Wayne McGregor & Edward Watson – Grange Festival, Hampshire

★★★★✰   McGregor’s company dancers (in Bach Forms) brought a surging energy, buoying up jewel-like moments from the Royal Ballet stars…

New York City Ballet in Warren Carlyle’s Something to Dance About.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All Robbins No. 2 and Tribute to Robbins bills – New York

★★★★✰   The centenary celebration bills are more than enough to give a sense of Robbins’ breadth, theatrical savvy, stylistic curiosities, and, perhaps most unique of all, his ability to present dancers as human beings onstage.

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