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Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Glass Pieces.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Masters at Work and All Balanchine I bills – New York

★★★★✰ (20), ★★★✰✰ (21) The temperature in Glass Pieces was uncharacteristically low. Under the baton of Clotilde Otranto, the orchestra sounded muffled…

Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle in Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Music Director’s Choice: Barber Violin Concerto, Fancy Free, Who Cares?, Candide (Overture) – New York

★★★✰✰ Lauren Gallagher at New York City Ballet’s Winter Season Opening where they introduced their new music director, Andrew Litton, in some style by naming the bill “Music Director’s Choice”…

Tami Stronach Dance in Around the Bend.© Julie Lemberger. (Click image for larger version)

Dana Katz (curator) – Out of Israel: Works by Ayala Frenkel, Uri Shafir, Tami Stronach, Sharon Vazanna – New York

Far and away the highlight of the evening was Tami Stronach Dance’s Around the Bend…

Brent Whitney and Katie Gibson in Forsythe's Slingerland Duet.© Eduardo Patino.

Ballet NY – Othello, What Ever, Slingerland Duet, Orange – New York

Ballet NY’s 2015 season offered a mixed bill of promising diversity… (but there is a but)

Adrienne Canterna as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rasta Thomas’ Dance Company – Romeo and Juliet – London

Canterna’s Romeo and Juliet is certainly different; and it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but – some quibbles aside – I enjoyed the energy and the entertainment.

New Ballet Ensemble at the National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES program.© Scott Suchman. (Click image for larger version)

New Ballet Ensemble – Program 2, National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES: symphony + dance season – Washington

Smythe’s Harlem was a riot of imagination, movement and color. The choreography blended together three seemingly unmixable styles of dance – classical ballet, jookin’ and flamenco…

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.

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…

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Christopher Wheeldon's A Place for Us.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala with Wheeldon premiere – New York

But ‘A Place for Us’ (new Wheeldon) feels like a bauble, not quite a jewel.

Benjamin Behrends, Jane Rehm and company in Oh, Inverted World.© David Allen. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Oh Inverted World, Soon These Two Worlds, Medea – New York

‘Oh, Inverted World’ is fun and fresh, and it proves McIntyre – who also leads his own company, the Trey McIntyre Project – to be a choreographer of many talents.

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