"New York" tag
Dormeshia.© Eduardo Patino. (Click image for larger version)

Dormeshia – And Still You Must Swing – New York

★★★★✰   Some have called Dormeshia the greatest tapper of her generation. I’m wary of such titles, but what I can say is that she is a dancer of enormous sophistication, finesse, variety, and subtlety.

Michael Trusnovec in Variations solo from Balanchie's Episodes.© Nina Wurtzel. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance – Gala including new Kyle Abraham – New York

★★★★✰   As a special one-off, Michael Trusnovec, now a guest artist, danced the solo from George Balanchine’s spiky and ascetic Episodes which he made for Paul Taylor in 1959.

Charlotte Landreau, Marzia Memoli and Lorenzo Pagano in The Auditions.© Melissa Sherwood. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – Appalachian Spring, The Auditions – New York

★★★★✰   This season, as part of the 75th anniversary of Appalachian Spring, Martha Graham Dance Company invited Troy Schumacher to create a new piece to be danced alongside the iconic work…

Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Henri Bertrand Lesguillier in Bacchae: Prelude to a Purge.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Marlene Monteiro Freitas – Bacchae: Prelude to a Purge – New York

★★★★★   What this Bacchae resembles most is a kind of carnaval, an ordered mayhem in which up is down, all inhibitions are shed, and madness reigns.

Black Grace in Crying Men.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Black Grace – Kiona and the Little Bird Suite, As Night Falls, Crying Men, Method – New York

★★★★✰   The dozen dancers brought a fierce energy to the stage, performing four works of astonishing speed and athleticism.

Houston Ballet in Justin Peck’s Reflections.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – The Letter V, Come In, Reflections – New York

★★★★★   Houston Ballet is a prime example of what a 21st century ballet company should look like: diverse, dynamic and accomplished.

Maya Beiser and Wendy Whelan in The Day.© Nils Schlebusch. (Click image for larger version)

Maya Beiser + Wendy Whelan + Lucinda Childs + David Lang – The Day – New York

★★★✰✰   The pairing of prestigious participants does not always guarantee success – a lesson learned again and again in the theater.

Cassandra Trenary and Cory Stearns in A Time There Was.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – New Romantics: New American Romance, Garden Blue, A Time There Was – New York

★★★✰✰   The emphasis here was on new. This was a night to check in on the creative efforts of two emerging voices on the ballet scene – Gemma Bond and James Whiteside.

Calvin Royal III in Apollo. © The George Balanchine Trust.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Balanchine, Bennett & The Beach Boys bill – New York

★★★★✰   In programs like this one, ABT really looks like an American company, steeped in American popular music and the relaxed attitude of popular dance. It’s a mode that suits the company well.

Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell in Let Me Sing Forevermore.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Fall Gala and The Masters bills – New York

★★★★✰   The fewer the speeches, the better the gala – this universal truth seems to have bypassed the organizers at American Ballet Theatre…

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.

Rauf Yasit and Brigel Gjoka in Seventeen/Twenty One.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

William Forsythe – A Quiet Evening of Dance – New York

★★★✰✰   The fascination with ballet is strong in Forsythe. After years of creating a form of dance theater in Germany, he has returned to his classical roots with a renewed energy.

Shantala Shivalingappa in Akasha.© Elian Bachini. (Click image for larger version)

Shantala Shivalingappa – Akasha – New York

★★★★✰   Everything in Shivalingappa’s style emphasizes clarity, shape, and intention. … a very satisfying evening of dance.

Adrian Danchig-Waring and Unity Phelan in Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Dances at a Gathering, Everywhere We Go – New York

★★★✰✰   Robbins’ response to Chopin (in Dances at a Gathering) is also extraordinary: sensitive, simple, vulnerable, direct, un-fussy.

Georgina Pazcoguin and Company in Lauren Lovette’s The Shaded Line.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Fashion Gala with The Shaded Line, Lineage, Symphony in C – New York

★★★✰✰   Kudos to Lovette for really going out on a limb… The Shaded Line feels truly her own, and it’s clear that she has much to say about her chosen profession…

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.

Sara Mearns and Daniel Ulbricht in George Balanchine’s Variations Pour Une Porte et Un Soupir.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Balanchine + Wheeldon bill & Jewels – New York

★★★★✰   It makes a noticeable difference when Litton, music director of the company, is in the pit; the orchestra has presence and sings, providing a convincing counterpart for the dancing.

Joseph Gordon and David Hallberg in Maurice Béjart's Song of a Wayfarer.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

RB, ABT, NYCB & NYTB dancers at the Joyce Ballet Festival – Prog C, curated by Jean-Marc Puissant – New York

★★★★✰   Starwise, Bejart’s Wayfarer bumps this program from two stars to four.

Lauren Cuthbertson and Marelino Sambé in Juliano Nuñes’ Two Sides Of.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

RB, NBoC & ABT dancers at the Joyce Ballet Festival – Prog B, curated by Lauren Cuthbertson – New York

★★✰✰✰   I hadn’t seen much of the well-regarded Cuthbertson, so I was looking forward to this chance to get to know her (she appeared in four of five pieces), as well as the not-always-dubious introduction to new works by new choreographers…

Joseph Sissens in Charlotte Edmonds' jojo.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet dancers at the Joyce Ballet Festival – Program A, An Evening of Solos and Duets – New York

★★★✰✰   Program A consisted of a string of solos and duets representing a slice of the company’s choreographic trajectory, from Frederick Ashton through Kenneth MacMillan to Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor, and Charlotte Edmonds.

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