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The Dancing Under The Southern Skies book cover, featuring Leanne Benjamin, in a photo © Jason Bell.© Australian Scholarly Publishing. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Dancing Under The Southern Skies: A History of Ballet in Australia – by Valerie Lawson

Although Valerie Lawson’s context is wide-ranging, she brings individuals into focus with personal details, shining a spotlight onto their roles in Australian dance history. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from Australian archives, her book gives vivid life to long-gone personalities.

Night of 100 Solos at London's Barbican Theatre.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Merce Cunningham Trust – Night of 100 Solos, Centennial Event – London

★★★★✰   A quote from The Observer’s dance critic, Nigel Gosling, in 1964: ‘Merce Cunningham and his company have burst on the British scene like a bomb …heart-warming proof that here is an art with a future…’

Maria Kochetkova in Pita's Björk Ballet.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Unbound Festival Program D: works by Edwaard Liang, Dwight Rhoden, Arthur Pita – San Francisco

★★★★★   A hundred monkeys might eventually type out Hamlet, but only a herd of unicorns on Ecstasy could come anywhere near Arthur Pita’s Björk Ballet.

Trisha Brown.© Marc Ginot and courtesy Trisha Brown Company. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: Trisha Brown, 1936-2017

Trisha Brown leaves the most enormous legacy of repertoire and ideas, such that it is impossible to imagine the development of modern dance without her…

Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Weil: Untitled (ca. 1950).Monoprint: exposed blueprint paper.209.6 x 92.1 cm, Private collection.© Robert Rauschenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition – Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern – London

Though Rauschenberg’s designs have no apparent connection with the dances they accompany, and even compete for the audience’s attention, they have become inescapably part of the experience of each work.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Vortex Temporum.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Venice Biennale Danza 2016 – Part 1: Works by Ninarello/Kinzelman, Belaza, Gat, Jeyasingh, De Keersmaeker

From ★★★★’s to ★★   Works by Daniele Ninarello and Dan Kinzelman, Nacera Belaza, Emanuel Gat, Shobana Jeyasingh and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Nuno Bizarro in Boris Charmatz's manger.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la Danse – manger – London

What, you may wonder, is the point of it all?

Frédéric Seguette performing part of Jerome Bel's Shirtology.© John Mallinson. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boris Charmatz: If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?

Boris Charmatz, dancer, choreographer and provocateur curated this two day festival bringing dance performance into the art gallery. Gallery by John Mallinson…

Merce Cunningham choreography performed by James Pett and Andrew Macleman of Richard Alston Dance Company as part of the Barbican exhibition: Dancing Around Duchamp: The Bride and the Bachelors.© Sidd Khajuria 2013. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Cunningham at The Bride & the Bachelors – London

A lasting impression of the performance was, as ever, the range of Cunningham’s vocabulary, from shape-making to intricate steps, leaps, spins and lifts, constantly surprising.

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