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Itzik Galili's The Sofa in the 4 Tendances programme. © Sigrid Colomyes. (Click image for larger version)

Bordeaux Opera Ballet – In The Steps Of Petipa and 4 Tendances – Hong Kong

The company brought two contrasting programmes, one classical, In the Steps of Petipa, and one modern, 4 Tendances (Four Tendencies). Of the two, the dancers looked far more at home in the contemporary pieces…

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Der Fensterputzer – London

Underpinning all of these familiar devices is the remarkable, intoxicating charisma of this extended family of performers, many of whom have been with the company for 30+ years. They continue to represent, with a comfortable faultless ease, Bausch’s unique cultural legacy…

City Contemporary Dance Company in Blind Chance. © Cheung Chi Wai. (Click image for larger version)

City Contemporary Dance Company – Blind Chance – Hong Kong

Dominic Wong is one of Hong Kong’s more unpredictable choreographers. Each new work he creates seems to explore a new direction and Blind Chance, his latest creation for City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), is no exception.

Wu Fei-fei in Turandot. © Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Turandot – Hong Kong

…in late March the troupe revived Turandot, created in 2003 by the Australian choreographer, Natalie Weir, and one of the best works premiered during the tenure of the former artistic director, Stephen Jefferies.

TeZukA artwork. © Tezuka Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Arts Festival – Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Local audiences also saw the return of the Lyon Opera Ballet. Their mixed programme consisted of two ballets by Benjamin Millepied, a ballet by Maguy Marin, and best of all, Balanchine’s masterpiece, Concerto Barocco, staged by Nanette Glushak.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo's Le Songe (A Midsummer Night's Dream). © Marie-Laure Briane.

Les Ballets De Monte Carlo – Le Songe – Hong Kong

Anyone who went to Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Le Songe, artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot’s version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream expecting a family show will have been in for a shock. Packed with graphic sexual imagery from start to finish, this is the kind of production that has small children asking “What are they doing, Mummy?”…

Maguy Marin's Grosse Fugue. © Michel Cavalca.

Lyon Opera Ballet – Hong Kong Arts Festival quad bill – Hong Kong

Grosse Fugue by Maguy Marin… Performed with energy by the dancers and received with rapturous applause by some of the audience, this is either genius at work or less fun than watching paint dry, depending on your point of view.

Hamburg Ballet - Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler. © Holger Badekow.

Hamburg Ballet – Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler and Streetcar Named Desire – Hong Kong

The local audiences warmly welcomed the long-overdue return of the Hamburg Ballet which was appearing for the third time in the festival. For this 40th anniversary festival the Hamburg company brought both a plotless ballet and a narrative ballet by its renowned choreographer, John Neumeier.

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