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Dance Heginbotham publicty image.© Janelle Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Angel’s Share, Diamond, Easy Win – New York

Heginbotham has a knack for choosing just the right music for his dances, none of it hackneyed or used solely for its atmospheric qualities: no Arvo Pärt, no Philip Glass…

Esme Boyce in her A Pair of Ideal Landscapes.© Lora Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Satellite Collective – BAM Fisher bill – New York

Collaboration can be a wondrous thing, but it’s no guarantee.

Devon Teuscher in Pillar of Fire.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Pillar of Fire, Fancy Free, Theme and Variations – New York

There are times when a dance lover just can’t believe her good fortune and one of those times comes around once a year in New York…

Mark Morris Dance Group in Spring, Spring, Spring.© Ken Friedman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Pacific, Words, Whelm, Grand Duo, Crosswalk, Jenn and Spencer, and Spring, Spring, Spring – New York

Morris seems particularly interested in deploying turning and spinning movements these days; turns appear again and again in different forms in many of the new works, especially fast chaînés or dizzying rotations in one spot.

Julian De Leon and Nicole Diaz in Unstruck.© Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang. (Click image for larger version)

Kate Weare Company – 10th Anniversary Season – New York

There’s something almost too private about the way these dancers handle each other. Weare’s natural habitat is the duet, which in many cases has the flavor of a mortal combat.

Mariinsky Ballet in Le Sacre du Printemps.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version

Mariinsky Ballet – Le Sacre du Printemps, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Swan, Paquita Grand Pas – Washington

In all, this was a tremendously entertaining and well-received program; but at the same time it left an unsettling impression that the Russian company is holding on to its eminent past with all its might, relying heavily on well-worn

Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in Michel Fokine's Chopiniana.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Chopiniana, Without, In the Night – New York

Too much Chopin? Perhaps.

© Mariinsky Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella (+ The Enchanted Wanderer) – New York

…the Ukrainian-born soloist Anastasia Matvienko was a pliant, loose-limbed Cinderella who danced with uninhibited ease and looked perfectly at home in Ratmansky’s goofy interpretation of the character.

Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© 2015 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos, courtesy BAM. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

If you really think about it, Swan Lake is, for lack of a better phrase, an odd duck…

Marian Butler and Joseph Gorak (Chinesse) in The Nutcracker.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker – New York

The ballet radiates warmth, but also an awareness of death….

Kana Kimura, Kirk Henning and Laura Mead in Jessica Lang's The Wanderer.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – The Wanderer – New York

When music, words and movement are combined, our minds are pulled in different directions.

Natalia Osipova and Leonid Sarafanov in Giselle.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Giselle – New York

Osipova’s vitality is astonishing: the minute she stepped onstage, it’s as if the whole world became a few shades brighter…

Nazareth Panadero in Pina Bausch's Kontakthof.© Julieta Cevantes. (Click image for larger version)

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Kontakthof – New York

Herein lies one of the more unfortunate traits of Kontakthof: there is more madness than dancing…

Rosas in Elena's Aria.© Herman Sorgeloos. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Elena’s Aria and Bartok/Mikrokosmos – New York

…I think it’s safe to say that she is an artist who follows her obsessions with a tenacity that is both admirable and frequently defeating.

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

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

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild at the Carolina Chocolate Drops/Twyla Tharp show.© Rahav Segev. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp Countrified – working with Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild

Twyla Tharp loves Americana. She’s made dances to Shaker hymns and to the crooning voice of Frank Sinatra, and whipped up steps to the super-sophisticated piano tunes of Willie “The Lion” Smith. So it’s no surprise…

Darrin M. Wright, Luke Miller, Ching-I Chang, Christopher Adams and Kristin Clotfelter in Play/Pause.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Marshall & Company – Play/Pause – New York

The gulf between commercial dance – the kind one sees in TV ads, music videos, and on shows like So You Think You Can Dance – and theatrical dance is disconcerting….

Carlos Garbin, Mark Lorimer, Chrysa Parkinson, Sue Yeon Youn and Sandy Williams in En Atendant.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – En Atendant, Cesena – New York

…for all that, the experience of watching En Atendant and Cesena was not an arid one. Instead, the two works managed to build an ascetic aura, like witnessing (or even taking part in) a kind of monastic ritual.

Brigel Gjoka, Ander Zabala and David Kern in Sider.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

The Forsythe Company – Sider – New York

No-one will ever accuse the American-born choreographer William Forsythe, based in Germany since the seventies, of taking the easy way – to the contrary, he is a master of complexity.

John Heginbotham.© Amber Star Merkens. (Click image for larger version)

John Heginbotham – choreographer, performer and director of Dance Heginbotham

Dance Heginbotham premieres a new full evening work, Dark Theater, later this month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music – Marina Harss talks to choreographer John Heginbotham about his latest work…

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