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Beniamin Citkowski surrounded by “The Brides of Dracula” in Eros Thanatos.© Krzysztof Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Bialy Teatr Tanca Izadory Weiss – Eros Thanatos – Warsaw

★★★★✰   Biały Teatr Tańca (it means White Dance Theatre), is a new vehicle for the work of the uber-talented choreographer, Izadora Weiss, a protégé of the great Jiri Kylian…

Nicholas Shikkis, Nancy Nerantzi, Ihsaan de Banya, Elly Braund and Nicholas Bodych in Gypsy Mixture.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Glint, Tangent, Chacony, Gypsy Mixture – London

★★★★★   The programme ended with a revival of the ebullient and uplifting Gypsy Mixture…

Beata Giza and Beniamin Citkowski in Phaedra.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Phaedra, The Tempest – Gdansk

It seems now to be a given that any new work by Izadora Weiss will combine dramatic, narrative-based dance theatre with a profound visual impact, danced to challenging, powerful music.

Nancy Nerantzi (Oeone) in Phaedra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Lachrymae, Hölderlin Fragments, Phaedra, Illuminations – London

Richard Alston’s devotion to Britten’s music goes back 50 years, and for his programme at the Barbican Theatre he’s made two new works to be shown alongside two from an earlier stage in his career.

Mezzo-soprano Allison Cook (Phaedra) & Richard Alston Dance Company in Phaedra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Richard Alston Dance Company in Phaedra

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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.

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