'Dive', by Sophie Laplane for Scottish Ballet, will premiere on Thursday 29 April to celebrate International Dance Day. For a heads-up we talked to Laplane about the new short film, co-created with James Bonas and directed by Oscar Sansom.
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★★★★✰ Cathy Marston has achieved much in bringing the life of Jacqueline du Pré to the ballet stage and perhaps one of the things that becomes even clearer with repeated viewings, is that the music and the dance are inextricably linked.
★★★✰✰ In The Cellist, Cathy Marston has taken on a challenging subject for her first commission for the Royal Opera House stage: the real-life story of a much-loved musician Jacqueline Du Pré...
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★★✰ Richard Alston's title for his company's last tour before it closes in 2020 is Final Edition. The autumn run ended with four performances at The Place, in a programme aptly called Alston At Home.
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.
★★★✰✰ In the event, the levels of polish and invention were quite remarkable given the circumstances.
★★✰✰✰ For all Marston’s qualifications, I found her Jane Eyre to be a dreary affair, theatrically dutiful and choreographically thin.
★★★✰✰ So, is Pure Dance a success? It depends on what you’re looking for. Osipova is as exciting, and as powerful, a dancer as ever. Among the commissions, only Valse Triste and Flutter are worthy of further exploration...
★★★★✰ A winning first program, one with the range and breadth that Smuin is famous for.
★★★✰✰ No trade description problems, here. This was exactly what it said on the tin: Natalia Osipova performing pure dance, enhanced only by recorded music and lighting designs varying from the merest of subtle tints to an explosion of floodlights...
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★★✰ SFDanceworks is going places. Formed in 2014 by longtime San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko, the relatively new company already finds itself in a season of expansion.
★★★★✰ Even in stillness, Taylor dancers hold immense power in their bodies, the energy potential within them more nuclear than solar.
★★★✰✰ In between the speeches and the short films came the dancing. The main attraction was the new Ratmansky work, Songs of Bukovina...
★★★★✰ An outstanding bill in showing Hans van Manen's work for three companies and its rich contemporary diversity - it all looks so fresh and of today.
★★★✰✰ In truth, the ballet is up and down (or, more accurately, down and up) for, overall, the second act is a huge improvement on the first.
★★★✰✰ 'Dora: Tramontane' is a powerful and elegant piece of theatre... What it isn’t, is a particularly engrossing piece of dance theatre.
★★★★✰ San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet have come together in LA to celebrate William Forsythe probably the most influential ballet choreographer of his generation. Claudia Bauer reports on a fine night...
★★★✰✰ What is different is the profound impact of Weiss’s choreography over this sixty-minute piece. Her movement is always busy and intensely musical but generally it is a means to an end...