"Karole Armitage" tag
Matthew Ball and Marianela Nunez in Wayne McGregor's Multiverse.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wayne McGregor bill: Chroma, Multiverse, Carbon Life – London

★★★✰✰   Multiverse: McGregor and his dramaturg may know what they want to convey about life and the universe(s) but despite the dancers’ efforts, the result is baffling.

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance performing Agon.© Camilla Greenwell Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Armitage Gone! Dance – Agon, Rite of Spring, Symphonies of Wind Instruments – London

★★★✰✰   Esa-Pekka Salonen is conducting London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in a Stravinsky festival, the first concert of which included a collaboration with Karole Armitage’s company on “Agon” – famously originally choreographed by Balanchine…

Members of Kidd Pivot and students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance in Crystal Pite's Polaris.© Kevin Yatarola for Lincoln Center. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès: Concentric Paths — Movements in Music – Works by Armitage, McGregor, Pite, Whitley – New York

While this is a generalization, it’s safe to say the most hotly anticipated work of the night was Pite’s Polaris, set to Adès’ work of the same name.

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.

Emily Wagner amd Ruka Hatua-Saar in Karole Armitage's Life Story.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance – Work by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Alexander Whitley – London

It’s not often we get such high quality performances of live music for contemporary dance. Here their playing was wonderfully focused and alive…

Anna Nowak and James Pett in Wayne McGregor's Outlier.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Thomas Adès inspired bill: See the Music, Hear the Dance

Works by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Alexander Whitley. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Maude Sabourin (Her Majesty of the Night) with Asier Edeso and Bruno Roque (Archangels of Darkness) in LAC.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – LAC (after Swan Lake) – London

All up it’s an entertaining and chic-looking take on Swan Lake, and one where you don’t have to know the original to enjoy it. But I’m glad I have seen a pukka Swan Lake or three…

A funny moment from Petrushka (violinist Lisa Kim).© Chris Lee. (Click image for larger version)

New York Philharmonic – A Dancer’s Dream: Le Baiser de la Fee, Excerpts from Neige, Petrushka – New York

…what joy to see a performance turn into a kind of rave, …to feel the music overflow the boundaries of convention and habit and feel, well, intensely alive.

Tadej Brdnik and Blakeley White-McGuire in Phaedra.© Costas. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Phaedra, The Show (Achilles Heels) – New York

To preserve or to progress? And if the latter, how? These questions seem to come up increasingly often as companies grapple with the death of their founding choreographers, artists who created importantant schools of dance in their own image.

Sara Mearns in Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Sara Mearns – New York City Ballet – Principal

Sara Mearns has been New York City Ballet’s reigning Swan Queen since her breakout performance in 2006, when she was only nineteen years old and a member the corps de ballet. It was a performance of surprising intensity, edged with danger.

Benjamin Millepied.© Alexander Wagner. (Click image for larger version)

L.A. Dance Project – Moving Parts, Winterbranch, Quintett – New York

It’s always been clear that Millepied is a man of intelligence and taste.

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