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Adrian Danchig-Waring and Emilie Gerrity in Cunningham’s Summerspace.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Summerspace, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

★★★★✰   On the penultimate day of the fall season, I managed to catch a performance of New York City Ballet’s revival of Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace. The 1958 piece, which had its City Ballet premiere in 1966, was last performed here in 2000.

Everyone Keeps Me by Pam Tanowitz: Fumi Kaneko, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Hannah Grennell and Beatriz Stix-Brunell.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Merce Cunningham celebration: Cross Currents, Monotones II, Everyone Keeps Me – London

★★★★★   Quite some achievement by Pam Tanowitz, to have followed treasured works by Cunningham and Ashton with one that pays homage to both, yet stands on its own as her distinctive tapestry of dance.

Cross Currants by Merce Cunningham: Mayara Magri, Matthew Ball and Francesca Hayward.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet Merce Cunningham celebration – works by Cunningham, Ashton and Pam Tanowitz

Featuring works by Merce Cunningham, Frederick Ashton and Pam Tanowitz. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Angelin Preljocaj.© Joerg Letz. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Angelin Preljocaj, Choreographer and Director

Ballet Preljocaj are about to make their long awaited return to London’s Sadler’s Wells dancing “La Fresque” – Graham Watts talks to Angelin Preljocaj about the work itself and more widely about his creative life.

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in Trace Figures.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company – Trace Figures – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Friday the 13th was auspicious for San Francisco dance: Margaret Jenkins Dance Company premiered Trace Figures, a site-specific performance immersion that could be done by no other company or permutation of artists.

Pam Tanowitz Dance in the Little Gidding section of Four Quartets.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Pam Tanowitz Dance – Four Quartets (T.S. Eliot) – London

★★★✰✰   Tanowitz is ideally placed to translate poetry into dance. Her vocabulary is effortlessly fluid with clear Cunningham/Graham/Brown influences and yet her own voice is strongly established.

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…

Gretchen Smith and Indiana Woodward in Pam Tanowitz’s Bartók Ballet.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala: Bright, Bartók Ballet, Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 – New York

★★★✰✰   In Bartók Ballet, which coexists but does not comment on the music, the dancers explore a huge range of steps and quotations…

Night of 100 Solos at London's Barbican Theatre.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Merce Cunningham Trust – Night of 100 Solos, Centennial Event – London

★★★★✰   A quote from The Observer’s dance critic, Nigel Gosling, in 1964: ‘Merce Cunningham and his company have burst on the British scene like a bomb …heart-warming proof that here is an art with a future…’

Night of 100 Solos at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Merce Cunningham Trust – Night of 100 Solos, Centennial Event – New York

★★★★✰   What impresses overall is the clarity of the technique; the precision and control it requires. And the way it enlarges the dancers, distilling their strengths, stretching them to the limit.

Daphne Fernberger in London's Night of 100 Solos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Night of 100 Solos in London: Merce Cunningham Trust, Centennial Event

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener's Tesseract.© Mick Bello / EMPAC. (Click image for larger version)

Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener – Tesseract – London

★★★✰✰   Tesseract is a curious, sometimes disorienting mix of film, live dance, and projections of filmed live dance.

Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director of The Place.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Eddie Nixon, new Artistic Director of The Place

Eddie Nixon has just been appointed as The Place’s Artistic Director – Graham Watts is first to interview him about his new role and plans…

m/y by Julie Cunningham.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva and Alesandra Seutin – Reckonings bill – London

★★★✰✰   Reckonings celebrates the 20th anniversary of the reopening of Sadler’s Wells after its rebuild. Rather than commemorate previous successes, it presents three new works commissioned from emerging UK choreographers as a deliberate statement of belief in the future.

Lauren Post and José Sebastian in Zhongjing Fang's Seen by Two.© Rod Brayman. (Click image for larger version)

Co.Lab Dance – Seen by Two, Almost Ritual, The Bright Motion, Sketches – New York

★★★✰✰   What will Co.Lab become? I look forward to finding out. Meanwhile, it’s simply encouraging to see these dancers and emerging choreographers create something of their own.

Victoria Hulland, Ricardo Graziano and Ricardo Rhodes in Ashton's Monotones II.© Frank Atura. (Click image for larger version)

Sarasota Ballet – Monotones I & II, Symphony of Sorrows, There Where She Loved – New York

★★✰✰✰   After viewing Ashton on a bill with works by Ricardo Graziano and Christopher Wheeldon, I’m not worried about Ashton’s relevance nor his resonance with a future audience. …Both the Graziano and Wheeldon posed some problems from what some might consider a “female” perspective.

Raffaele Morra.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Raffaele Morra – Ballet Master and Rehearsal Director, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Next month – September – The Trocks open their 2018 UK tour which runs through to November and covers many towns and cities across the land. A good primer on all things Trockadero as Diane Parkes speaks to Raffaele Morra, whose been with the company these last 17 years…

Choreographer Lauren Lovette working with Ashley Bouder on Red Spotted Purple.© Gibney/Ashley Bouder - from Instagram original.

Ashley Bouder Project – Red Spotted Purple, Duet, Alas, Symbiotic Twin, In Pursuit Of – New York

★★★✰✰   Bouder’s pick-up ensemble of eight, which she refers to as an arts collaborative, reflects her ideals. It is racially diverse; the choreographers include both men and women. Not all the choreographers are white. This should be par for the course, but it’s not.

Nicholas Bodych and Elly Braund in Carnaval.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Mid Century Modern, Carnaval, Cut and Run – London

★★★★★   It must be tempting to get carried away by sentiment when it comes to celebrating both a 70th birthday and fifty years as a choreographer in a programme that also marks the departure of a special muse.

Christopher Williams Il Giardino d’Amore.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – New York

Six Performances That Stayed with Me in 2017 – Marina Harss with her personal selection of New York dance memories this last year.

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