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From an English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's class.© Rachel Cherry. (Click image for larger version)

Dance for Parkinson’s and English National Ballet

Last month English National Ballet and Roehampton University held an event at London’s Sadler’s Wells to talk about their joint work on helping those with Parkinson’s disease: “Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward”. Jann Parry reports for DanceTabs…

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…

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.

Derrick Agnoletti and Aaron Rogers in Alexander Ekman's Episode 31.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – Incantations, Son of Chamber Symphony, Bells, Episode 31 – San Francisco

As always, it’s a pleasure to see the Joffrey Ballet, especially since 2007 when artistic director Ashley Wheater assumed his post and began a terrific revival of the company…

Yuan Yuan Tan in Russell Maliphant's Two x Two.© Xiaojing Wang. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 1: Black Grace, SF Ballet, Russell Maliphant, Mark Morris – New York

New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival opened its 11th season with a very fresh program…

Isaac Mizrahi designs for Acis and Galatea.© Isaac Mizrahi. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Acis and Galatea – New York

As he has shown again and again, the choreographer Mark Morris has a way with Baroque music. He clearly adores it…

Jenn Weddel and Spencer Ramirez in Jenn and Spencer.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Italian Concerto, A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer, Crosswalk – Washington

The evening offered a sampler of Morris’s newly-minted works (A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer and Crosswalk, all made in 2012-13) and his splendid Italian Concerto from 2007.

Dusty Button in William Forsythe’s The Second Detail.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2013 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Mark Morris Dance Group in Socrates.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Programme A: The Muir, Crosswalk, Socrates – London

Who knew that Beethoven composed his own cover version of ‘Sally in our Alley’? Mark Morris, obviously: the (English) song is the centrepiece of The Muir…

Mark Morris Dance Group in A Wooden Tree.© Tim Summers. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Programme B: Excursions, A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer, Festival Dance – London

In this programme we got some shiny new toys, maybe quirkier than we imagined, but some definitely to keep and treasure.

Jenn Weddel, Stacy Martorana and Rita Donahue in L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato – New York

L’Allegro, with its painterly tableaux, classical references, and unselfconscious evocations of sex and death, feels both ancient – almost pagan – and perfectly of our time…

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…

Mark Morris Dance Group perfoms Excursions at Libbey Bowl on June 7, 2013 in Ojai, California.© Timothy Norris. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group at the Ojai Music Festival – California

The festival elects a guest director each year; Morris is the first choreographer to get the job. The seemingly ubiquitous Morris has now taken to calling the current season “my festival”; he’s only half kidding…

Mark Morris Dance Group perform The Hard Nut.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – San Francisco

I always enjoy The Hard Nut even though there isn’t a lot of choreography.

Rita Donahue and Mikhail Baryshnikov in A Wooden Tree.© Tim Summers. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group — Canonic ¾ Studies, A Wooden Tree, Silhouettes, Grand Duo — Sarasota

What was curious about A Wooden Tree is that it did not include much dancing in the traditional sense. It was as if Morris had decided to do an experiment: to make a dance with as little dancing as possible, practically a pantomime.

Mark Morris Dance Group – Dido and Aeneas – New York

It is something of a cliché to say it, but the guiding principle of Morris’s Dido – as in the more recent Socrates – is simplicity. No single element – musc, words, dance – is privileged above the others.

Mark Morris – in L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato – Washington

It’s hard to top Morris’s dancers for spontaneity, dramatic force, and exhilarating energy. On opening night, the dancing was nothing less than brilliant: From the opening “Mad Crossing” to the concluding “Finale,” the cast commanded the stage, dancing with sheer joy and élan, compelling the audience at the end of the performance into a thunderous standing ovation.

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