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Ekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov in Grand Pas Classique.© Kristyna Kashvili. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Icons Gala 2020 – London

★★★★✰   The annual Icons gala provides the chance to see dancers who don’t often appear in London…

Noaya Ebe in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.© Karolina Kuras. (Click image for larger version)

The National Ballet of Canada – Works by Forsythe, Kylián and Ratmansky – Washington

★★★✰✰   The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, the opening dance of the first program, is Forsythe burrowing into the neoclassical cannon and a nod to the style and traditions of George Balanchine.

Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Kevin Poeung in Kenneth Tindall’s The Shape of Sound.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Kingdom of Back, Mamela…, The Shape of Sound – London

★★★✰✰   The works offer strong contrasts between the traditional story-telling strength of Northern Ballet and more abstract thematic dance.

Aaron Loux in Mozart Dances.© Ken Friedman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Mozart Dances – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Mozart Dances goes far beyond a basic choreographic rendering of the score, instead inviting an active dialogue between disciplines.

Miche Wong in Garrett + Moulton Productions publicty image.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Garrett + Moulton Productions – Four Acts of Light & Wonder bill – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   …the most apt descriptor for the entire program was joyful.

Lyubov Andreyeva and Dmitry Fisher in The Pygmalion Effect.© Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – The Pygmalion Effect – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Yes, the narrative has its inherent challenges, but the choreography, performances and design all riveted with drama, intensity and humour.

Javier Andreu and Aaron Venegas in Laplane's Dextera.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Dextera, Elite Syncopations – Inverness

★★★★✰   It’s the company’s 50th Anniversary season and rather than start it, as you might expect, in Glasgow or Edinburgh, they opened in Scotland’s most northerly city, Inverness, with a special premiere and a full-on party for all.

Sophie Laplane.© Eve McConnachie. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Sophie Laplane – a Scottish Ballet Artist in Residence – about her new work, Dextera

Sophie Laplane, former company dancer, is now a Scottish Ballet Artist in Residence and her first main stage commission opens the companies 2019 season in Inverness on the 28 March, before touring to Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. We catch up with her about the new work and what else she is up to…

San Francisco Ballet in Millepied's Appassionata.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Divertimento No. 15, Appassionata, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – San Francisco

★★★★✰   A triple bill joining George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, the San Francisco Ballet premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata and Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo.© Nicolay Krusser. (Click image for larger version)

Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo and Bruce Levingston – TRIO ConcertDance – London

★★★★✰   A harmonious blending of music and dance, it proved seventy-five minutes of non-stop bliss!

ABT in Jessica Lang's Garden Blue.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Fall Gala + Symphonie Concertante & Garden Blue 3bills – New York

★★★✰✰   The fall season is too brief, particularly because it always feels as though it takes the company a few days to warm itself up. The dancing at the gala on Oct. 17 was a little slapdash, but by Friday things had begun to settle.

Chris Hampson.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet’s Director, on celebrating the companies 50th anniversary in 2019 & future plans

Scottish Ballet have just announced plans for their Fiftieth Anniversary in 2019, including three world premieres – we have the full press release and touch-base with CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson about the celebrations and what happens beyond…

Sara Mearns in Dances of Isadora Duncan.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance 2018, Program 1 – Boston Ballet, Sara Mearns, Caleb Teicher & Co, Cie Hervé Koubi – New York

★★★★✰   On the second night the program was offered, Mearns was stunning, but the remaining three pieces, by three different companies were, to varying degrees, engaging, although hers was a tough act to follow.

Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Javier Torres in Morgann Runacre-Temple's The Kingdom of Back.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Kingdom of Back, Mamela…, The Shape of Sound – Leeds

★★★★✰   A good night of new work for Leeds coupling a rising star from outside with local and much-loved company talent.

Mark Morris Dance Group in The Trout.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Love Song Waltzes, I Don’t Want to Love, The Trout – New York

★★★✰✰   How striking Morris’ dancers are, how diversified in form and unique in expression and cohesive as a troupe — ever present and responsive to each other.

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol's Requiem pour L.© Chris Van der Burght. (Click image for larger version)

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol – Requiem pour L. – London

✰✰✰✰✰   I have to ask how one associates a star rating with a performance in which the largest, continuing visual image is a close-up, slow motion film of an actual death.

New York Theatre Ballet in Septet.© Julie Lemberger. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Septet, Rondo, Concertino, Wings/A Petroushka Collage – New York

★★★✰✰   New York Theatre Ballet’s director, Diana Byer, is known for dusting off the dance history books, and giving a dose of challenging revivals. This time NYTB joins may companies around the country and indeed, the world, in celebrating Jerome Robbins’ centennial…

Adrian Danchig-Waring, Tiler Peck and Ashly Isaacs in George Balanchine’s Apollo.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All Balanchine No. 1 & 2, 21st Century Choreographers bills – New York

★★★★✰   After much tumult over the holidays, New York City Ballet has begun its first post-Peter Martins season. If you’re just catching up, the company’s “ballet master in chief” – ie artistic director – of over thirty years retired on New Years Day, in the midst of an investigation into allegations of physical abuse and sexual harassment.

Svetlana Zakharova and Bolshoi friends in Strokes Through the Tail.© Jack Davant. (Click image for larger version)

Svetlana Zakharova – Amore: Francesca da Rimini, Rain before it Falls, Strokes Through the Tail – London

★★★✰✰   Happy for Zakharova who ultimately curated an interesting night, very happy to see her retinue of Bolshoi dancers and happy to see Donlon provide such final good cheer.

Twyla Tharp.© Robert Whitman. (Click image for larger/full version)

Twyla Tharp Dance – The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, Entr’acte, Dylan Love Songs – New York

★★✰✰✰   It all sounds terribly promising, and yet the evening falls as flat as a soufflé left in the oven for too long.

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