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Links - Wednesday 01 May, 2024



Interview - Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet, talks about the the company’s new name and new season 2024-2025:  Graham Spicer, Gramilano


Interview - Alex Beard, MD Royal Opera House, on why he’s changing the Royal Opera House’s name and other issues:  Richard Morrison, Times (share token)


News - Royal Ballet 2024-25 season announced and change of name for Royal Opera House:

Nick Clark, Standard

Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

Elle Muir, Independent

Katie Chambers, Stage

Kyle Macdonald, Classic FM

Anita Singh, Telegraph (paywalled)



Review - Pett | Clausen-Knight, Imago, London:  Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide


Review - Joffrey Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago:  Sharon Hoyer, New City Stage


Review - Dance Theatre of Harlem, mixed programme, New York:  Susan Yung, Brooklyn Rail


Reviews - KVN Dance Company, Coppelia, London:

Anna Pujol Castiblanque, Seeing Dance

Andrei-Alexandru Mihail, Everything Theatre


Review - La Scala, Gala Fracci, Milan:  Alessandro Bizzotto, Dance for You Magazine


Review - BodyVox, Beautiful Everything, Beaverton (Oregon);  Lindsay Dreyer, Oregon Artswatch


Film Report - John Neumeier/Hamburg Ballet, Dona Nobis Pacem; Documentary - The Life and Work of John Neumeier:  Jennifer Shannon, ... on dancing



Preview/Interview - Amy Hall Garner makes her choreographic debut at New York City Ballet:  Kyra Laubacher, Pointe Magazine



Interview - Matthew Bourne talks Romeo and Juliet:  Park Jin-Hai, Korea Times


Dance Diary - April 2024, Australia:  Michelle Potter, ... on dancing



News - New moves at Queensland Ballet:  Staff, Dance Australia


News - Smuin Contemporary Ballet announces 2024-25 season:  Rachel Howard, MSN via SF Chronicle


News from Ballet Edmonton:

New AD Kirsten Wicklund:  Angela Johnston, Edmonton Journal

Outgoing AD Wen Wei Wang and the final programme of the season:  Angela Johnston, Edmonton Journal


News - Northern Ballet will premiere new (children’s) ballet Hansel and Gretel next year:  Stephi Wild, Broadway World



Conversation - Dancing inside and outside the box:  Nell Breyer & Emily Coates, Brooklyn Rail

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Links – Thursday 2 May, 2024



United Kingdom:

Rupert Christiansen, The Spectator

          Hofesh Schechter, From England with Love, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

          Black Dancers in Ballet, Clore Studio, Royal Opera House, London (Insights on YouTube)


Andrée Bernard, What (is) a Woman, Arcola Theatre, London: Matthew Paluch, Gramilano


ROOTS, (Overseas) / Is Any Body Home? (Lam), Streatham Space Project, London: Richard Maguire, The Reviews Hub



Staatsballett Berlin, Overture (Morau) / Angels’ Atlas (Pite), Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin Germany: Katja Vaghi, Bachtrack


Badisches Staatsballet, Strings/Jumps (Grosse Fugue (van Manen), Requiem for a Rose (Lopez Ochoa), Water Me (November), Staatstheater, Karlsruhe Germany: Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance


United States of America:

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Return (Garland) / Take Me With You (Bondara) / Pas de Dix (Balanchine) / Blake Works IV (Forsythe) New York City Center, New York NY: Susan Yung, The Brooklyn Rail


Youth America Grand Prix, 25th Anniversary Gala Performance, New York City Center, New York NY:

Josephine Minhinnett, Fjord Review (paywalled)

Jerry Hochman, CriticalDance


Australia/New Zealand:

Canberra Theatre Centre New Works/Australian Dance Party, Co_Lab:24 (Plevey/Black/Lane/Voorhoeve/Ahmad/Haynes), Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT:

Michelle Potter, …on dancing

Bill Stephens, Australian Arts Review


Royal New Zealand Ballet, Swan Lake (Kerr), St James Theatre, Wellington, and touring: Lyne Pringle, The Post



University of Taipei, BodyWave including Shattered Moon (Shimazaki), Metropolitan Hall, Taipei: David Mead, SeeingDance





North America:

ZooNation, Message in a Bottle, New York City Center, New York NY: Javier C Hernández, The New York Times (paywalled)


Northwest Ballet Company, Alice in Wonderland (Roth), Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, Bigfork MT: Staff, Daily Inter Lake


Ballet Arizona, All Balanchine (La Valse / Prodigal Son / Square Dance), Symphony Hall, Phoenix AZ:

Ivana Morales, Patch.com

Staff, Fabulous Arizona


Ballet Kelowna, Macbeth (Pires), Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC:

Staff, Castanet.net

Sydney Morton, Global News Canada



DUTI Dance Company, None Of Us (Mizyed), Lennox Theatre, Sydney NSW: Staff, Dance Australia



Moscow Ballet La Classique, Swan Lake, Red Theatre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Anjali Sunsoa, Harper’s Bazaar



Video Preview

United States of America:

Oakland Ballet, Lustig Live, Laney College, Oakland CA: Staff, ABC7 News Bay Area via YouTube





Injury costs San Francisco Ballet its high-profile ‘Swan Lake’ guest star: Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle


Es Devlin: Social media helps dancers reach all areas of the globe: Katie Chambers, The Stage


Royal Opera House name change:

Norman Lebrecht, SlippedDisc

Staff, The Violin Channel


English Youth Ballet, Swan Lake, casting news:

Bradford: Felicity Macnamara, Telegraph & Argus

Blackburn: Peter Magill, Lancashire Telegraph

Ilkley: Staff, Rombalds Radio


City Center Ballet celebrates 25 years: Alex Hanson, Valley News


Canterbury ballet dancer ‘over the moon’ after big win on world stage: Sasha Watson, Star News New Zealand





‘I don’t know if my body can do this’: does A Chorus Line still ring true for dancers?: Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian


Dance Makers Collective Forges Ahead: Staff, Dance Australia


Stephanie Lake’s electric circle with Australian Ballet: Liz Hobday, Newcastle Herald



Video Feature


‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ follows life of Houston Ballet’s first Asian dancer, Li Cunxin: Shern-Min Chow, KHOU-11


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Links – Friday 3 May, 2024



UK and Europe:

Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty (Wright), Sadler’s Wells, London: Joy Sable, The Jewish Chronicle


Boy Blue, Cycles (Sandy/Hackett/Asante), Barbican, London:

Zoe Anderson, The Independent (paywalled)

Debra Craine, The Times (paywalled)

Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper

Michael Higgs, The Upcoming

Louise Levene, Financial Times

Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub

Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian

Marianka Swain, The Telegraph (paywalled)


Estonian National Ballet, Carnival of the Animals (Kesler), Estonia Opera House, Tallinn: Stuart Sweeney, CriticalDance


Northern Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Gable/Moricone), Theatre Royal, Nottingham:

Fionn Burrows, Newark Advertiser

Elliot Jones, All Things Theatre


Pett|Clausen-Knight, IMAGO, Lanterns Studio Theatre, London: Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance


The Museum of Colour, A Very British Rhythm, digital exhibition: Flynn Hallman, The Reviews Hub



Sydney Dance Company, Impermanence (Bonachela), Kennedy Center, Washington DC: Justin Rustle, MD Theatre Guide


ZooNation, Message in a Bottle (Prince), New York City Center, New York NY: Brian Seibert, The New York Times (paywalled)


BodyVox/Imani Winds, Beautiful Everything, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Portland OR: Lindsay Dreyer, Oregon ArtsWatch


All Arts 2024 Dance Film Festival, dance documentaries on Katy Pyle, Ayodele Casel, Raja Feather Kelly, streaming: Marina Harss, Dancing Around



Royal New Zealand Ballet, Swan Lake (Kerr), St James Theatre, Wellington and touring to Auckland, Napier, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill, New Zealand:

Jennifer Shennan, …on dancing

Greer Robertson, Theatre Review NZ

Jack Yan, Lucire


BlakDance reviewed by Dr Jonathan W. Marshall, Limelight

Gary Lang NT Dance Company, The Other Side of Me (Lang), State Theatre Centre, Perth WA

Karul Projects, Silence (Kelly), His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, WA





Ballet dancer follows in sister’s footsteps and leaps into spot at Royal Ballet School, Charlie Waller of Edinburgh Dance Academy: Noticeboard, In Your Area UK


English Youth Ballet, Swan Lake, casting news:

Halifax: Ben Garner, Halifax Courier

Ilkley: Claire Lomax, Ilkley Gazette

Keighley: Alistair Shand, Keighley News


Irish National Youth Ballet, Coppélia, casting news:

Mullingar: Topic.ie

Wicklow: Myles Buchanan, Irish Independent


Dance is the condensation of national identity: dance representatives celebrated International Dance Day: photos by Hayk Manukyan, ArmenPress


Mary Jennings new executive director of Grand Rapids Ballet:

Lindsay Hoffman, FOX17

Garrett Neese, The Daily Mining Gazette


Royal Academy of Dance expands its popular Silver Swans programme for older learners: Staff Writer, Theatre Weekly


Ballet Quad Cities receives anonymous $100,000 private gift: Jorge Brizuela, WQAD8


Artists and scholars explore future of dance art in Shanghai: Xu Wei, Shanghai Daily


News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in April 2024: Courtney Escoyne, Dance Magazine


Spring in Their Step: Notable Dance (April/May 2024), Pacific Northwest region: Chase D. Anderson, NW Theatre






Atlanta Ballet, Liquid Motion – Nighthawks (Schreier) / Yellow (Nuñes), Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta GA: Cynthia Perry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Ballet Fantastique, Alice in Wonderland (Marisa/Bontrager), Natrona County High School, Casper WY: Rhonda Schulte, Oil City News


Indianapolis Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Webre), Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis IN: Domenica Bongiovanni, IndyStar


Orlando Ballet, Casanova (Tindall), Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando FL: Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel (may be paywalled)


Praize Productions RIZE Dance Company, Black Love Reigns Supreme, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago IL: D’onminique Ndosi Mapula Riley, See Chicago Dance


Rockbridge Ballet, Welcome to the Jungle, Gillis Theater, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington VA: Staff, The News-Gazette


Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Tupelo Tornado (Ochoa) / Broken Open (Seiwert) / Untwine (Wall) / Starshadows (Smuin), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and touring CA: Aimée Ts’ao, The Mercury News


Tacoma City Ballet, Storybook Ballet Theatre, Theatre on the Square, Tacoma WA: Hailee Wickersham, South Sound Magazine


Washington Ballet, Mixed programmes, FREE at CityCenterDC, Washington DC: Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World



Astana Ballet, Serenade (Balanchine) / Language of Love (Avakhri), Astana Ballet Theatre, Astana, Kazakhstan: Staff, DKN World News


Ballet Manila, Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, Aliw Theatre, Pasay City, Philippines: Angela Nicole Guiral, Tatler Asia



Video Previews


Connecticut Ballet, Alice in Wonderland (Raphael), The Bushnell, Hartford, and The Palace, Stamford CT: FOX61


New Orleans Ballet Theatre, DRACULA (Halkowich), Illustrious Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans LA: NOLA Now


Texas Ballet Theater, Beauty and the Beast (Christensen), Winspear Opera House, Dallas/Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth TX: Jane McGarry, WFAA



Photo Preview


Indianapolis Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Webre), Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis IN: Joe Timmerman, IndyStar





Elroy Fillis-Bell, CEO Joburg Ballet: Africa Center, Atlantic Council


Paula Nuñez, Tampa City Ballet: Joshua Wright, Broadway World


Daniel Riley, Australian Dance Theatre: Johnny von Einem, InDaily


Mikaela Santos, Atlanta Ballet: Cynthia Bond Perry, Pointe Magazine


James Whiteside, ABT principal and choreographer: Christina Pandolfi, Broadway World





Black youths being pushed away from arts, says Britain’s first black ballerina, Julie Felix MBE, Dance Theatre of Harlem soloist, teacher: PA News Agency, Barry and District News


Royal Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem look at Black Dancers in Ballet: Lydia Wharf, Gramilano


Pancaking shoes: Ballet dancers search for dancewear to match their skin tone, For many dance studios, teachers have required dancers to only wear pink ballet tights regardless of their skin tone: Nathaly Suquinagua, Billy Penn at WHYY


On Point: Martha Graham’s Perfect Partnership with Isamu Noguchi, The choreographer’s centenary season features a focus on her many collaborations with the iconic Japanese-American polymath: Marina Harss, Frieze New York


A pioneering ballet dancer finds renewed purpose in life’s second act, George Lee, first NYCB Asian dancer: Lourdes Trimidal for Desert Companion, KNPR Radio


New VR Technique Enhances Dance Learning: Amanda Alvarez/Aalto University, Neuroscience News

Kim Jones Designs Costume for ‘The Afternoon of a Faun’ at Charleston Festival, the Royal Ballet principal dancer Reece Clarke will wear the outfit for a nine-minute solo dance performance on May 21 (with photos by Andrej Uspenski): Tianwei Zhang, Women’s Wear Daily


Baku Choreographic Academy holds huge celebration of dance art: Laman Ismayilova, Azernews


Hop it, Shakespeare – 8 adaptations that beat the Bard’s original, as three new adaptations open in the West End, we count down the greatest takes on his work: Marianka Swain, The Telegraph (paywalled)



Video Features


Teaching from a war zone at The Russian Ballet Academy, Konstantin Zubach: WMUR-TV via YouTube


Nine-year-old ballet prodigy sets his sights on the Big Apple: Today Show Australia via YouTube


Kenny’s on his toes learning about City Ballet of Cleveland: Kenny Crumpton, FOX 8 News Cleveland via YouTube


Minnesotan Michael Cain partners with Boston Ballet: CBS News Minnesota



Book Review


The Swans of Harlem, Karen Valby: Terri Schlichenmeyer, North Dallas Gazette



Music Review


Dance!, Daniel Hope (violin), Zürcher Kammerorchester: Michael Quinn, Limelight



Essay? Review?


The Dante Project at the Paris Opera Ballet: Moving across Media: Tatiana Senkevitch, The Massachusetts Review



The Social Pages

New York City Ballet Spring Gala:

Andy Kropa, Clinton Herald, Goshen News

Carly Johnson, The Daily Mail


Houston Ballet fundraiser:

Joel Luke, CultureMap Houston



In Case We/You Missed It



Ballet Black, If At First (Laplane) / The Waiting Game (November), Oxford Playhouse, Oxford: Ella Thornburn, A Young(ish) Perspective


Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty (Wright), Sadler’s Wells, London: Tabitha James, A Young(ish) Perspective



dani tirrell, Leviticus or Love and to walk amongst HUMANS (Book I), Moore Theatre, Seattle WA: Chase D. Anderson, NW Theatre


Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Seasons’ Canon (Pite), McCaw Hall, Seattle WA: Chase D. Anderson, NW Theatre


Noche Flamenca, Searching for Goya, Joyce Theater, New York NY: Robert Greskovic, The Wall Street Journal (paywalled)


Adelaide Festival:

Akram Khan Company, Jungle Book Reimagined: Katherine Tamiko Arguile, In Review


Australian Dance Theatre, Marrow: Megan Koch, In Review


Stephen Page, Baleen Moondjan: Katherine Tamiko Arguile, In Review


Restless Dance Theatre, Private View: David Washington, In Review



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Links – Saturday 4 May, 2024


May the Fourth be with you all





Boy Blue, Cycles, Barbican, London: Franco Milazzo, Broadway World


Tom Dale Company, SURGE / SUB:VERSION, Newcastle and touring to Leicester: Dora Frankel, British Theatre Guide



Ballet Arkansas, Bravo – world premiere (Tsai Hsi Hung) / world premiere (Kache) / world premiere (Fothergill) / Galanteries (Bintley), Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Little Rock AR: Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Democrat Gazette (paywalled)


Ballet Hispánico, House of Mad’moiselle (Ochoa) / 18 + 1 (Sansano) / Buscando a Juan (Vilaro), New York City Center, New York NY: Cecilia Whalen, Fjord Review


Moveius Contemporary Ballet, Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC: Jessica Ackerman, The Eagle


New York City Ballet, All Balanchine – Bourrée Fantasque / The Steadfast Tin Soldier / Errante / Symphony in C, New York City Center, New York NY: Kasey Broekema, The Ballet Herald


New York City Ballet, Gala Programme – Rubies (Balanchine) / Dig the Say (J. Peck) / Underneath, There is Light (Garner), New York City Center, New York NY:

Marina Harss, Dancing Around

Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times (may be paywalled)

Brian Seibert, The New York Times (paywalled)



The Australian Ballet, Études (Lander) / Circle Electric (Lake), Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW: Deborah Jones, Limelight






Ballet Black, Heroes – The Waiting Game (November) / If At First (Laplane), Barbican, London: Staff, ArtsHub



The Australian Ballet, Études (Lander) / Circle Electric (Lake), Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW:

Staff, Australian Arts Review

Gitika Garg, Broadsheet


North America:

Ballet BC, For Ever – Untitled / SWAY / Chamber (all Walerski), Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC: Janet Smith, Stir


Kansas City Ballet, Jewels (Balanchine), Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kansas City MO: Patrick Neas, The Kansas City Star via AOL


Oklahoma City Ballet, Shorts – Fancy Free (Robbins) / Carmina Burana (Jolicoeur-Nye), Cacti (Ekman), Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City OK: Lillie-Beth Brinkman, The Journal-Record


Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Dance Series 2 – Broken Open (Seiwert) / Untwine (Wall) / Tupelo Tornado (Ochoa) / Starshadows (Smuin), San Francisco and touring CA: James Ambroff-Tahan, Piedmont Exedra


Tulsa Ballet, Signature Series – Roman Holiday (Cannito) / Dancing In The Streets (Bergasse) / Celestial Bodies (McNicol), Lorton Performance Center, Tulsa OK: James D. Watts Jr., Tulsa World (paywalled)





At Chanel Haute Couture, Ballet Was the Star: Joanna Fox, Elle Canada


Ballet twins to retire after a decade and a half, Alberta Ballet: Teri Fikowski, CTV Calgary


Budding ballet stars, Alina Cojocaru in Taipei: Staff, Taipei Times


Chris Pine, Hollywood star and “ballet boy”:

Declan Gallagher, Men’s Journal

Julie Jordan, People

Meg Walters, InStyle


English Youth Ballet, Swan Lake, casting news:

Kildwick: Daryl Ames, Craven Herald & Pioneer


‘It felt really scary’ – 14-year-old Nigerian ballet sensation on learning he’s largely blind in one eye: Stephen Nartey, Face2Face Africa


‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ Li Cunxin Returns to Houston, Reunites With Charles Foster and Ben Stevenson: Staff, Asia Society Texas


Misty Copeland and Stevie Wonder receive the Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music and Dance: Graham Spicer, Gramilano


OU ballet senior finds confidence in brown pointe shoes, earns place in Dance Theatre of Harlem: Shelby Emery, OU Daily


Queen Camilla is the new Patron of the Royal Academy of Dance:

Staff, Ballet News

Staff Writer, Theatre Weekly

Staff, WestEndTheatre


RAD Silver Swans new programme: Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide



Photo Feature


Alberta Ballet puts a wrap on a year of great change: Staff, Calgary Herald



Video News/Features


The Swans of Harlem by Karen Valby: Jessi Mitchell, CBS News New York


Ballet Hartford welcomes new artistic director: Ann Nyberg, WTNH News8 via YouTube


Charlotte Ballet: Dancers share their experiences: Jamie Boll, WBTV3


Shall We Dance in Russia? | Emily Abrom the first American Ballerina at the Novosibirsk theater: Voice of America via YouTube





Gion Treichler: Mastery in Motion: Jon Stojan, Cultr



The Social Pages


New York City Ballet 2024 Spring Gala (photos by Getty Images):

Catherine Kallon, Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Carly Johnson, Daily Mail


OKC Ballet Supporters Fill Omni For Coastal Cruise Gala: Staff, OKC Friday (“the newspaper for Oklahoma’s trendsetters”)

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Links: Sunday 5 May, 2024

Review - Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale, ROH, London:

Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper
Mark Monaghan, Telegraph (paywall)
Review - Minnesota Dance Theatre, Mixed Bill, Southern Theatre, Twin Cities. Minnesota: Ron Hubbard, Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Review - Ruth Fingeret Presents, Asylum: Richard Cotter: Sydney Review
Preview - Maliphant, Clarke and Dior honour iconic dancer: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper
Preview - Watch an Excerpt from Kyle Abraham’s Love Letter at NYCB: Blair Ingenthron, Broadway World
Interview - Maguy Marin, choreographer: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper
Feature - How a pioneering dancer was hiding in plain sight at a blackjack table: Christopher Lawrence, Los Angeles Review Journal
News - Queen Camilla becomes Patron at the Royal Academy of Dance: Graham Spicer, Gramilano


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Links, Monday 6 May  2024


Review – Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale, ROH, London:

Debra Craine, Times (share token)

Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance

Jonathan Gray, Gramilano


Review – Boy Blue, Cycles, Barbican, London: Nicola Clare, Seeing Dance


Review - New Chamber Ballet,  Secret Place, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn: Leigh Witchell, Dance Log NYC


Review – Gauthier Dance/Dance Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Swan Lakes/Minus 16, Toronto, Ilana Lucas, Broadway World


Preview – Kate Prince Company, Message in a Bottle, New York: Lara Strum, Broadway World


Preview –Zfin Malta/Ballet D’Jerri, Geographers of Solitude, Malta: Staff, Danza Magazine


Preview – West Australian Ballet, State: Contemporary Vision: Staff, Have A Go News


Preview – From Peasant Prince to Mao’s Last Dancer (play) – Staff, Blue Mountain Gazette


Feature - Fallen Angels Dance Theatre gives recovering addicts hope: Kate Houghton, Cheshire Life


Feature - Why choreographer Choo-San Goh is so important to the Singapore Ballet: Ethan Kan, Tatler Asia


And finally, who knew there was actually a  Bangor Ballet?

News – Ballet Bangor rehearses for Enchante: A Royal Garden Party: Staff, WABI 5

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Links, Tuesday 7 May  2024


Review – San Francisco Ballet, Swan Lake, San Francisco: Matthew Paluch, Gramilano


Review – Annie Hanauer Dance, A Space for All our Tomorrows, The Place, London: Nicola Clare, Seeing Dance


Review – Alonzo King Lines, Deep River, Santa Barbara: Leslie Dinaberg, Santa Barbara Independent


Review - Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Balanchine’s Serenade And Five New Works: Avery Baumel, Columbia Student News


Review – AusDANCE Act, Hillscape (film), Canberra International Music Festival, Michelle Potter


Preview – State Street Ballet, Other Voices, Santa Barbara: Riley Burke, Santa Barbara Independent


Preview- Ballet Manilla, Reimagining Filipino fables: Antonio de los Reyes, Malaya Business Insight


New Season Announcement - Alberta Ballet to offer two world premieres as part of 2024/2025 season: Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald


Feature - Inside Yuan Yuan Tan’s Final Performance with San Francisco Ballet: Cailin Sims, Dance Magazine


Feature – Dancing around the horrors of war, AP, The Star


Article - $50k fellowship brings trans choreographer Sean Dorsey ‘ability to provide for my future’: Lou Fancher, 48 Hills


Article - Ravi masters Paris performance: Heather Wood, Royal Gazette


Article - Three things I love: West Australian Ballet principal dancer Oscar Valdés: Oscar Valdes, The Age


Article – Over 50s ballet: Late bloomers dancing up a storm: Rebecca Mauger, New Zealand Herald

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Links - Wednesday 08 May, 2024



Reviews - New York City Ballet, Spring Gala, New York:

Mary Cargill, Danceview Times

Ivy Lin, Bachtrack

Caedra Scott-Flaherty, NY Observer


Review - New York City Ballet, Bourrée Fantasque, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Errante, Symphony in C, New York:  Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc


Reviews - Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale, London:

Louise Levene, FT

Amanda Jennings, Bachtrack

Franco Milazzo, Broadway World

Siobhan Murphy, Stage


Reviews - Australian Ballet, Études, Circle Electric, Sydney:

Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia

Virginia Balfour, Arts Hub


Review - Ballet of the National Theatre of Brno, Coco Chanel, Brno:  Deborah Weiss, Bachtrack


Review - Ballet West, Blake Works 1, Red Angels, The Green Table, Salt Lake City:  Dean Speer, Critical Dance


Review - Kate Prince Company, Message in a Bottle, New York:  Erin Bomboy, Bachtrack


Review - Breakin’ Convention 2024, London:  Scott Matthewman, Reviews Hub


Gallery - Factory International, The Accountants, Manchester:  Tristram Kenton, Guardian




Preview Feature - State Ballet of Georgia, Swan Lake, London:  Graham Watts, A Youngish Perspective


Preview - Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Spring Celebration (mixed bill), Dallas:  Nada J Ruddock & Leigh Hopkins, NBC DFW


Preview Feature - Atlanta Ballet, Nighthawks (Schreier, world prem), Atlanta:  Gillian Anne Renault, Arts ATL

Interview - Claudia Schreier, Choreographer in Residence @ Atlanta Ballet:  Sammie Purcell, Rough Draft


Video Preview - Oklahoma City Ballet, Shorts (triple bill), Oklahoma City:  Kayla Lyons, OKC Fox


Preview - Zaccho Dance Theatre, The People’s Palace, San Francisco:  Mary Carbonara, 48 Hills


Preview - Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Eunoia, Vancouver:  Janet Smith, Stir



Audio Feature - Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer, recalls his career with Houston Ballet:  Garrett Bohlmann, Houston Public Media


Video Feature - One family’s legacy continues with show at Philadelphia Ballet:  Staff, NBC10 Philadelphia


News - Robert de Warren, choreographer, director & designer, honoured at Kennedy Center:  Graham Spencer, Gramilano


News - Central New York Ballet secures permanent home in Syracuse:  Emma Misiaszek, CNY Central


Interview - Sung Im Her, Korean dancer & choreographer:  Sanjoy Roy, Guardian


Feature - Imani Sailers, Nashville Ballet:  Autumn Simone Monaghan, My IU


Video Feature - Britain’s oldest dancer who is ‘always up for fun’ turns 103:  Jessica Martin, Glasgow World

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Links - Thursday 09 May, 2024



Reviews - Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale, London:

Rupert Christiansen, Spectator    (includes Blue Boy, Cycles)

Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle

Fátima Nóllen-Reardon, The Tablet


Feature - Lauren Cuthbertson, Royal Ballet, talks about The Winter’s Tale:  Marie-Claire Chappet, Harper's Bazaar


Photo Essay - How the ROH’s The Winter’s Tale evolved from rehearsals to the stage:  Mark Field, Hunger Magazine


Review - Australian Ballet, Études, Circle Electric, Sydney:  Katie Lawrence, Bachtrack


Review - Carlos Acosta, On Before, Birmingham:  David Mead, Seeing Dance


Review - Phoenix Dance Theatre, Requiem, Cloudburst, Terms of Agreement, York:  John Deery, Reviews Hub


Review - Royal New Zealand Ballet, Swan Lake, Wellington:  Deborah Jones, Follow Spot


Review - San Francisco Ballet, Mere Mortals, San Francisco:  Dakota German, Stanford Daily


Reviews - National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, mixed programme, Leicester:

Bruce Marriott, Lifted Leg

Chris Omaweng, London Theatre 1


Reviews - Breakin’ Convention 2024, London:

Nicola Rayner, Stage

Tamsin Flower, British Theatre Guide


Reviews - Factory International, The Accountants, Manchester:

Lyndsey Winship, Guardian

David Cunningham, British Theatre Guide


Review - ABT Studio Company, mixed programme, New York:  Christina Pandolfi, Broadway World


Review - Want to Dance Festival, Taipei:  David Mead, Seeing Dance



Preview - English National Ballet, Swan Lake (in the round), London:  Caitlin Odell, Secret London


Preview - Ballet Black, Heroes (double bill), Birmingham:  Deborah Hardiman, Express & Star


Preview - Universal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan), Seoul:  Hwang Dong-hee, Korea Herald


Preview - Sacramento Ballet, Innovations (mixed programme inc Balanchine’s Apollo), Sacramento:  Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World


Preview Feature - Grand Kyiv Ballet, Forest Song, Don Quixote, Albury:  Jodie Bruton, Border Mail


Preview - Newport Contemporary Ballet, Frames of Mind, Providence:  Christian Winthrop, Newport Buzz



News - English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2024 to be streamed:  Graham Spicer, Gramilano


Feature - Is ballet bad for body image?:  Pirkko Markula PhD, Psychology Today


Video News - Twin Alberta Ballet dancers retire after 15 years with company:  Teri Fikowski, CTV News


Feature - Silent Disco: why dancing in sync brings us closer together:  Joshua S Bamford, The Conversation

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Links – Friday 10 May, 2024




The Australian Ballet, Études (Lander) / Circle Electric (Lake), Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW: Chantal Nguyen, The Sydney Morning Herald (scroll down)


Factory International, The Accountants (Lewis/Dumasia/Xie Xin), Aviva Studios, Manchester England: Jo Beggs, The Reviews Hub


Karul Projects, SILENCE (Kelly), His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth WA and Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW:

Nanci Nott, ArtsHub

Deborah Jones, FollowSpot


M. Collective, Embodied (Mirage (Masukawa) / The Presence of the Past (Steele-Prior), Dancehouse, Melbourne Victoria: Jessi Ryan, ArtsHub


Royal New Zealand Ballet, Swan Lake (Kerr), Auckland and touring, New Zealand:

Emma Gleason, The New Zealand Herald

Shanti Mathias, The Spinoff


Sharing Dances, Verses (Friend) / TRANSMISSONS (Friend) / Untitled Solo Dance 2023/2024 (Niederhauser), Performance Works NW||Linda Austin Dance, Portland OR: Amy Leona Havin, Oregon Arts Watch


Simone Mousset, The Passion of Andrea 2, The Place, London and touring to Edinburgh: Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian


Youth Ballet Ensemble Taiwan x BAOTanz, Ankh (Chen Wei-ning) / Reflection (Fang Yi-Ru), Shuiyuan Theater, Taipei: David Mead, SeeingDance





The Australian Ballet, Études (Lander) / Circle Electric (Lake), Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW:

Liz Hobday, The Canberra Times


Ballet Manila, Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, Aliw Theatre, Pasay City, Philippines: Anna Cerezo, ABS-CBN News


Cairo Opera Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa), Cairo Opera House, Cairo Egypt: Ati Metwaly, Ahram Online


Cape Town City Ballet, I GOT RHYTHM (Nixon), Artscape Opera House, Cape Town South Africa: Stephi Wild, Broadway World


Indianapolis Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Webre), Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis IN: Rita Kohn, Nuvo


Joffrey Ballet, Anna Karenina (Possokhov), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles CA: Stephi Wild, Broadway World


Northern Ballet, Beauty and the Beast (Nixon), Leeds Grand Theatre and touring, England: A.A. Cristi, Broadway World


Oklahoma City Ballet, Shorts – Fancy Free (Robbins), Carmina Burana (Jolicoeur-Nye), Cacti (Ekman), Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City OK: Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman


Pittsburgh Ballet, Cinderella (Smeulders), Benedum Center, Pittsburgh PA: Karen Dacko, NEXT Pittsburgh


Princess Johnson/Royal Expressions, The Hair Journey (Johnson), Reynolds Place Theatre, Winston-Salem NC: Nancy McLaughlin, Winston-Salem Journal


Universal Ballet Company with guests Seo Hee and Daniel Camargo, Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan), Universal Art Center, Seoul South Korea: Park Jin-Hai, The Korea Times





Louisville Ballet unveils healing garden to help ease anxieties from Old National Bank shooting:

Ana Rocio Álvarez Bríñez, Louisville Courier Journal

Khyati Patel, Spectrum News 1


Miami Ballet Can Unionize, NLRB Official Says: Emily Brill, Law360.com (paywalled)


Royal Ballet School welcomes new governors: Sarah Dorfman, Edward Watson, Alistair Summers: Staff, Arts Professional


His Majesty King Charles III announced as Patron of the Royal Opera House:

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

Staff Writer, Theatre Weekly


Queensland Ballet flips Yatala land parcel in $12.6m mega deal: The Courier Mail (paywalled)


Talented Tipperary dancers shine in Irish National Youth Ballet’s production of Coppélia: Staff, Tipperary Live


Culture Minister donates traditional stage clothes to “Royal National Ballet”, the Georgian Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Thea Tsulukiani, gave traditional stage clothes to A(A)IP “Royal National Ballet”: Zurab Kvaratskhelia, Georgia Online





From the footy field to the stage for this Indigenous dancer: Chantal Nguyen, The Sydney Morning Herald


Ballet RI Inspires Youth Through Innovative Library Workshops, hands-on workshops feature age-appropriate movement, storytelling, and craft activities: Jenna Kaplan, Providence Online


Talia Ryder Goes to a Punishing Ballet School in ‘The American’ Trailer, re-branding of the Joy Womack “biopic” Joika: Alex Billington, First Showing.Net



Audio Feature


Spotlight: Orlando Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season Ends with Lavish “Casanova” (Tindall) : Nicole Darden Creston, Central Florida Public Media via YouTube



The Social Pages


AMREF Health Africa Host Annual 2024 ArtBall at Industria: Danielle Niecey, The Knockturnal


Houston’s Top Chefs Partner Up With Elegant Ballet Dancers On an Unforgettable Dinner – Unexpected Dream Teams Cook, raising the barre to new culinary heights: Shelby Hodge with photos by Melissa Taylor, Paper City Magazine


At NYCB’s Spring Gala, Two Premieres and a Classic Bloomed: Caedra Scott-Flaherty, The Observer

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Links – Saturday 11 May 2024




Boston Ballet, Spring ExperienceBlake Works III (The Barre Project) (Forsythe) / Bella Figura (Kylián) / The Space Between (Ossola), Citizens Bank Opera House, Boston MA: Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe (may be paywalled)


Gibney Company, Bach Duet (Tharp) / The Fugue (Tharp) / A Measurable Existence (Yue Yin) / Remains (Spivey & Theberge), The Joyce Theater, New York NY: Brian Seibert, The New York Times


Philadelphia Ballet, The Dream (Ashton) / Prodigal Son (Balanchine), Academy of Music, Philadelphia PA: Ellen Dunkel, The Philadelphia Inquirer


Rambert, Analogue (Johnson), Stone Nest, London England:

Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance

Siobhan Murphy, The Stage (paywalled)

Deborah Weiss, Bachtrack


Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale (Wheeldon), Royal Opera House, London England: Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk


Royal New Zealand Ballet, Swan Lake (Kerr), touring New Zealand: Jenny Stevenson, Theatre Review NZ





Ballet Arizona, The Four Seasons (Andersen), Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix AZ: Staff, Phoenix Independent


Milwaukee Ballet, MKE Mix – Nadir (van Bommel) / New Work (Lamb) / Soir Bleu (Saunders), Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI: John Schneider, Shepherd Express


Oklahoma City Ballet, SHORTS – Fancy Free (Robbins), Carmina Burana (Jolicoeur-Nye), Cacti (Ekman), Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City OK: Adrienne Proctor, Oklahoma City Free Press





The Paul Taylor Dance Company Revisits Its Radical Roots in a One-Night-Only Performance: Chava Pearl Lansky, Dance Magazine


English Youth Ballet, Swan Lake, casting news:

Rossendale: Yasmin Al-Najar, LancsLive


Arts United, Fort Wayne Ballet also moving items ahead of renovations: Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette


Canyon Concert Ballet Launches 45th Season: Staff, North Forty News


Diablo Ballet 2024-25 Season: A.A. Cristi, Broadway World


Birmingham Royal Ballet’s BRB2 returns to Northampton on second UK tour: Amanda Howson, Northampton Chronicle


A romping good time at International Day of Dance: Riley Fontana, Hometown Weekly


Alberta Ballet’s final bow of the season: Jaclyn Kucey, Global News Canada


Royal Winnipeg Ballet to premiere its first ballet by an Indigenous choreographer: APTN News via YouTube


Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Presents The 12th Annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival July 23-26, 2024: Stage Buddy


Pegasus Contemporary Ballet will change how you view ballet: Jenny Anchondo, Inside DFW





Gayle McKinney-Griffith, founding member of Dance Theatre of Harlem: Alex Williams, The New York Times (paywalled)





The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings powerful ballets to NJPAC on Mother’s Day weekend, AD Matthew Rushing and choreographer Amy Hall Garner: Doug Doyle, WBGO [video]


Joseph Sissens, Royal Ballet: Barry Pierce, Hero Magazine


Eduardo Vilaro, AD Ballet Hispánico: Randy Cohen, WAMC Northeast Public Radio [audio]


Benjamin Millepied on queering Romeo and Juliet: ‘In France they called me woke’: Dee Jefferson, The Guardian





A Master of ‘Subtle Dazzle’ and a Quiet Force in Downtown Dance, Carol Mullins, who has been lighting boundary-pushing shows at Danspace Project since the 1970s, will be honored at its 50th anniversary: Brian Seibert, The New York Times (paywalled)


What Does ‘Post-Emerging’ Look Like in Today’s Dance Landscape? Fresh Tracks, at New York Live Arts, showcases early-career dance makers. This year’s talented crop wonders about next steps: Siobhan Burke, The New York Times (paywalled)


Why a New York choreographer moved his dance company to Dallas, Gregory Dolbashian and the DASH Ensemble have become formidable players on the Dallas dance scene: Manuel Mendoza, The Dallas Morning News


‘Double Husky’ John Lam is retiring from Boston Ballet. He’ll be busier than ever, the 20-year ballet veteran has balanced fatherhood, college and the grueling demands of life as an elite professional dancer. Northeastern has helped him do it – and prepare for his next chapter: Schuyler Velasco, NGN Magazine


‘I was drunk on power’: How this artist channelled his Pentecostal youth for a powerful new work: Homo Pentecostus, Joel Bray, choreographer, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Victoria: John Bailey, The Age

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Links, Sunday 12 May  2024


Review – Ballet BC, FOR EVER, Vancouver: Janet Smith, Stir


Review – Strictly The Professionals, UK Tour: Marianka Swain, Telegraph


Review – Boston Ballet, Triple Bill: Blake Works III, Bella Figura, The Space Between, Boston: Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe via Microsoft (repeat link from yesterday, no paywall)


Review – LA Dance Project, Spring Dances, Los Angeles: Victoria Looseleaf, Fjord Review


Preview – La Scala Ballet, La Bayadere, Milan: Graham Spicer, Gramilano


Preview – Australian Ballet, Etudes/Circle Electric, Sydney Opera House: Staff, Limelight


News - No Contract, No Pirouettes — Ballet Dancers Are Organizing for Labor Rights: Naomi LaChance, Truthout


Video Feature – Dance Europe meets Paris Opera Ballet’s new Premier Danseuse, Ines Mackintosh: Dance Europe


Article – How Jack Murphy helps actors move with intention on Bridgerton: Stav Ziv, Dance Magazine


And finally…Hot on the heels of last night’s Eurovision

Feature – What it’s like to choreograph for Eurovision – Rebecca J Ritzel, Dance Magazine

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Links, Monday 13th May  2024


Review – Royal Ballet, Winter’s Tale, London: Sarah Crompton, Observer


Review – Ballet Central, Mixed Bill, Sadlers Wells, London: Bruce Marriott, Lifted Leg


Review - Ballets Jazz Montréal, Dance Me – Music by Leonard Cohen, Beverley Hills, Jane Rosenberg, Seen and Heard International


Review – New Zealand School of Dance, Liminal, New Zealand: Jennifer Shennan, Michelle Potter on Dancing


Preview – Capetown Ballet, I’ve Got Rhythm, South Africa: Khumalo Lubanzi, News Invasion 24


Preview – Dancing on the Edge Festival, Vancouver: Gail Johnson, Stir


Feature – Dance Locker: Melissa Hamilton: David Mead, Seeing Dance


News - John Lam to retire from role as Boston Ballet Principal Dancer: Akemi Tamanaha, AsAm News


Interview – Words of wisdom with John Christophe Maillot: Staff, Hello Monaco

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Links - Tuesday 14 May, 2024


Review – Royal Ballet, Swan Lake, ROH London: Amanda Jennings, Bachtrack


Review – Carla Fracci Gala, La Scala, Milan: Graham Spicer, Gramilano


Review – Dance Theatre of Harlem, Take Me With You/Reckoner/ Blake Works IV/N.N.N.N: Leigh Witchel, Dance Log NYC


Review – Twin Cities Ballet, Coppelia in Paris, Minnesota: Sheila Regan, Star Tribune


Review – Australian Ballet School, 60th Anniversary Showcase, Sydney: Michelle Potter, Michelle Potter on Dancing


Review – Ballet Opera National de Bordeaux, La Sylphide/Don Quixote Act III, Shanghai: Staff, Xinhua.net


Preview – Female Choreographers of Pacific Northwest, Mixed Bill: Portland, Oregon: Elisabeth Whelan, Oregon Arts Watch


Preview – WA Ballet, Contemporary Programme, Perth: Staff, Dance Australia


 Screening Preview  Kate Prince Company, Message in a Bottle, Cinemas nationwide: Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance


Article - Dancer Ashley Bouder has always loved ballet, but can it ever truly love her back? April Daniels Hussar, Romper


Article – Mikhail Baryshnikov on Keeping His ‘Little Dream’ Alive for New Performers: Shivani Vora, Barron’s Penta


Article – John Lam retires from ballet: Jennifer Heimlich, Pointe Magazine


Video article – Filmmaker Jennifer Lin focuses documentary lens on the arts: Natalie Jason, 6 ABC


Careers after ballet:

Article- Ballet dancer stretches herself into honors student, community leader: Mark Harper, Daytona Beach News Journal


Article - Class of ’24: Ballerina’s Career Takes a Turn to Nursing: Alice Berry, University of Virginia Today

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Links - Wednesday 15 May, 2024



Obituary - Margaret Williams, Director who brought contemporary dance to mainstream British TV audiences:  Lyndsey Winship, Guardian



Review - Bayerisches Staatsballett, triple bill, Munich:  Jeannette Anderson, Seeing Dance


Review - Royal New Zealand Ballet, Swan Lake, Wellington:  Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing


Review - Staatsballett Berlin, Next Generation (mixed programme of new choreography), Berlin:  Katja Vaghi, Bachtrack


Review - Oklahoma City Ballet, Fancy Free, Carmina Burana, Cacti, Oklahoma City:  Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Journal Record


Review - Elmhurst Ballet Company, Mode (mixed programme), London:  Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide


Review - Australian Ballet School, 60th Anniversary Showcase, Sydney:  Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia


Review - Kate Prince, Message in a Bottle, New York:  Cecilia Whalen, Fjord Review


Review - Jody Oberfelder, And Then, Now, New York:  Candice Thompson, Fjord Review


Reviews - Igor x Moreno, Karrasekare, London:

Siobhan Murphy, Stage

Maryam Philpott, Reviews Hub


Review - Sara Juli, Naughty Bits, Portland, Maine:  Jessica Lockhart, Arts Fuse



Documentary Preview - Dance Revolutionaries, a film celebrating Robert Cohan and Kenneth MacMillan in cinemas:  Graham Spicer, Gramilano


Preview - Hong Kong Ballet, Swan Lake (Possokhov), Hong Kong:  Zabrina Lo, Tatler Asia


Preview - Festival of Korean Dance, London:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Preview - Summer Dance, New York & Jacob’s Pillow:  Marina Harss, New Yorker (scroll down)


Preview - Gandini Juggling, Smashed Reprise, London:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Preview - Milwaukee Ballet, MKE Mix (triple bill choreographed by women), Milwaukee:  Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Preview - Ballet West, Choreographic Festival, Salt Lake City:  Mariah Haynes, KSL News Radio


Preview - Orlando Ballet, Casanova (Tindall), Orlando:  Matthew Moyer, Orlando Weekly


Preview Feature - Two Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers perform onstage with their daughters in Cinderella, Pittsburgh:  Alexis Papalia, Trib Live


News/Preview - Lake Tahoe Dance Collective to host 12th Annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, Lake Tahoe:  Staff, Sierra Sun



Opinion - How the Northern Ballet's empty orchestra pit perfectly sums up UK's arts crisis:  Naomi Pohl, Big Issue


News - The Lady Sarah Chatto revealed as President of the Royal Ballet:  Stephi Wild, Broadway World


Feature - Yolanda Correa, Cuban principal at Norwegian National Ballet:  Sergio Murguia, On Cuba News


Video Feature - In Kenya deaf ballerina beats all odds:  Staff, WION News


Feature - Astoria Arts and Movement Center: Historic Odd Fellows Building becomes a center for dance and community:  Lori Tobias, Oregon Arts Watch

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Links - Thursday 16 May, 2024



Reviews - New York City Ballet, New York:

3 programmes:  Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance

Dances at a Gathering, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet:  Mary Cargill, Danceview Times


Reviews - Northern Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, Norwich:

Sarah Hardy, Lynn News

Derin Clark, Eastern Daily Press

Preview - London:  Stephi Wild, Broadway World


Review - Kansas City Ballet, Jewels, Kansas City:  Hilary Stroh, Bachtrack


Review - Brighton Festival, Brighton:  Lyndsey Winship, Guardian

Stopgap, Lived Fiction

Lila Dance, Fault Lines



Film Review - James Napier Robertson, Joika (biopic about Joy Womack): Graeme Tuckett, Stuff



Preview - Ashton Celebrated – The Royal Ballet celebrates Founding Choreographer Frederick Ashton, London:

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

Stephi Wild, Broadway World


Preview - Washington Ballet, Beyond Boundaries (mixed programme), Washington:  Stephi Wild, Broadway World


Video Preview - Milwaukee Ballet, MKE Mix, Milwaukee:  Newsroom, CBS 58


Preview - Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Deep River, Washington:  Staff, The Georgetown Dish



News - Australian Ballet counters body stereotypes in the media:

Audio Report:  Staff, ABC

Sian Cain, Guardian

Jason Blake, Limelight

Staff, Australian Arts Review

Sawaibah Hanifie, 7 News


News - Ballet BC announces 2024-25 season, Vancouver:

Gail Johnson, Stir

Emma Shular, Straight


News - New Jersey Performing Arts Center Announces 2024-25 Season of Dance, Newark:  Staff, New Jersey Stage



Feature - Christopher Charles McDaniel blazes his own path at the School of American Ballet (SAB):  Avichai Scher, Pointe Magazine


Feature - Samara Merrick - A day in the life of the Australian Ballet dancer:  Staff, Fashion Journal


Fashion Features:

Inside American Ballet Theatre’s Stylish Spring Gala:  Freya Drohan, Vogue

Ballerina Isabella Boylston Transformed Into a ‘Intergalactic Cinderella’ for the ABT Gala:  Kristen Tauer, WWD


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Links – Friday 17 May, 2024




Atlanta Ballet, Liquid Motion – Yellow (Nunes) / Nighthawks (Schreier), Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta GA: Robin Wharton, ArtsATL


Ballet Black, Heroes – If At First (Laplane) / The Waiting Game (November), The Barbican, London:

          Debra Craine, The Times (paywalled)

Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper

David Jays, The Standard

Chris Lilly, The Reviews Hub

Bruce Marriott, LiftedLeg

Siobhan Murphy, The Stage (paywalled)


BRB2, Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, England (and touring to Poole, Northampton, Canterbury, Peterborough): David Mead, SeeingDance


Joel Bray, Homo Pentecostus, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Victoria:

Andrew Fuhrmann, The Sydney Morning Herald (scroll down)

Kate Mulqueen, ArtsHub

Guy Webster, Limelight


MorDance, On The Waterfront / Depths Entangled / Echoes of Silence (all McEwen), New York Live Arts, New York NY: Jerry Hochman, CriticalDance


Parsons Dance, Juke (Roberts) / Takademe (Battle) / The Shape of Us (Parsons) / Thick As Thieves (Saunders) / Caught (Parsons) / Whirlaway (Parsons), The Joyce Theater, New York NY: Gia Kourlas, The New York Times (paywalled)





Australian Ballet blasts newspaper review for describing dancers as ‘unusually thin’, Company’s artistic director David Hallberg says he was ‘shocked’ by critic’s review and that critique of dancers’ bodies is ‘not acceptable’:

Monique Friedlander, Daily Mail Australia

Patricia Karvelas, ABC Radio National Breakfast (6-minute listen)

Michael Rowland, ABC Newsradio (4’26” listen)

Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast (5-minute watch)

Tom Sacre, 7News via YouTube (1’40” watch)

Alison Xiao, ABC Newsradio PM (5-minute listen)


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland honorary doctorates summer 2024, including Akram Khan: Josh Carmichael, The Herald Scotland


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Presents New Exhibition on The Joffrey Ballet: A.A. Cristi, Broadway World


Queensland Ballet moves one step closer to realising Three Sites: One Vision: Staff, Australian Arts Review


Liaoning dancers to attend ‘Ballet Oscars’ in Moscow: Chen Nan, China Daily


BAAND Together Dance Festival 2024 Brings Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and New York City Ballet to Summer For the City at Lincoln Center: Staff, New York Latin Culture Magazine


Alice Reyes’s ‘Carmina Burana’ returns in June alongside the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philippine Madrigal Singers: Gabriel Bohol, Tatler Asia


Lady Sarah Chatto becomes Royal Ballet President: Staff, Arts Professional


London’s Royal Opera House is changing its name and chasing a Netflix series, The institution will now be known as the Royal Ballet and Opera in a rebrand that aims to raise box office revenue for ballet productions and attract business sponsors: Bloomberg, Business Post Ireland





Ballet Nights, New Voices, Ministry of Sound, London: Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper


Ballet Victoria, Swan Lake, Royal Theatre, Victoria BC: Sam Duerksen, Victoria News


Carolina Ballet, Cinderella, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh NC: Jenna Rae Gaertner, Spectrum News 1


Youth Ballet West, Swan Lake / Connections, Town Hall Theatre, Galway City, Ireland: Staff, Connacht Tribune



Season Announcements


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, including Laboratory Dance Project, Acosta Danza, American Ballet Theatre, BalletX, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Akram Khan, and more: News Desk, MD Theatre Guide


Massey Theatre, including Ballet Jörgen Sleeping Beauty (Jörgen), New Westminster BC, Canada: Gail Johnson, Create a Stir





Pioneering Women, Martha Graham Company Studio Series, Appalachian Spring: Karen Hildebrand, Fjord Review


[Photo Album] The Sarasota Ballet at The Royal Opera House to celebrate Sir Frederick Ashton: Graham Spicer with photos by Frank Atura and Leslie Spatt, Gramilano


Embracing challenge, dancer Nathan Bear is one of the rising stars at Arts Umbrella Season Finale, The scholarship-winning Cree, Okanagan and Laichwiltach artist is making his ancestors proud, performing alongside works by the likes of Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Janet Smith, Create a Stir


Dance Companies and Real Estate Developers Partner on New Spaces: Lauren Warnecke, Dance Magazine


Rio Ferdinand: ‘Ballet helped me become a top footballer’: Elisabeth Perlman, The Times (paywalled)



The Social Pages


American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala:

Marissa DeSantis, NY Observer

Staff, Harlem World Magazine

Tom Olson, Globe Echo

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Links – Saturday 18 May 2024





Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale (Wheeldon), Royal Opera House, London: Rachel Nouchi, British Theatre Guide


Scottish Ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire (Lopez Ochoa), Sadler’s Wells, London:

Zoe Anderson, The Independent (paywalled)

Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper

Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

Bruce Marriott, LiftedLeg

Siobhan Murphy, The Stage (paywalled)

Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub


United States of America

New York City Ballet, Spring Gala, Lincoln Center, New York NY: Faye Arthurs, Fjord Review (paywalled)


Newport Contemporary Ballet, FRAMES OF MIND, Waterfire Arts Center, Providence RI: Erica Cataldi-Roberts, Broadway World


Orlando Ballet, Casanova (Tindall), Steinmetz Hall, Orlando FL : Matthew Palm, Orlando Sentinel (paywalled)


State Street Ballet, Other Voices – Corelli Concerto (Martins) / The S.I.T. (Zackery) / A Warm Window (Powell) / As We Always Have (Eisenhower) / Common Ground (Zendejas), Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara CA: Riley Burke, Santa Barbara Independent





Orlando Ballet, Casanova (Tindall), Steinmetz Hall, Orlando FL : Abigail Lafferty, FOX35 Orlando


Royal Ballet, The Dream / Rhapsody / Les Rendezvous / Ashton miscellany, Royal Opera House, London: Apollinaire Scherr, AirMail News


Royal Ballet, Gala Programmes both indoors and out, Jacob’s Pillow, Becket MA: Iris Fanger, Boston Globe (paywalled)


São Paulo City Ballet, MONDO MODA, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil: Staff, Breaking Latest News





Emma Von Enck Promoted to Principal Dancer At New York City Ballet:

Graham Spicer, Gramilano

A.A. Cristi, Broadway World





‘I Got Rhythm’ – reinventing a ballet company with blood, sweat and triumphs, David Nixon at Cape Town City Ballet: Keith Bain, Daily Maverick


Charlotte Ballet’s Evelyn Robinson Finds Peace and Strength Through Rock Climbing: Claudia Bauer, Pointe Magazine (paywalled)


The Joy of Dance, Joy Womack: Victoria Looseleaf, Fjord Review (paywalled)


Deaf teen from Nairobi slum makes waves in community ballet program: Dollita Okine, Face2Face Africa


Ballet Arizona’s New Artistic Director Daniela Cardim, Daniela Cardim talks about her new role and the upcoming season: Herbert Paine, Broadway World


Athletes or artists: Could YOU survive a day as a professional ballerina? Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Grace Rookstool discusses her physical regimen during rehearsal: Jeremy Reynolds, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Christopher Charles McDaniel Blazes His Own Path at SAB: Avichai Scher, Dance Magazine


José Manuel Benítez: from humble beginnings in Malaga to principal dancer at Spain's national ballet, He is one of the company's longest standing members and a leading figure of Spanish dance. From his experience, he tells the reality of his profession: "We don't live like kings.": Regina Sotorrío, SUR in English


Sundays on Broadway: Cecilia Whalen, Fjord Review


Give A Girl The Right Shoes And She Can Conquer The World, meet ballet dancer Beatris Khamiduliaeva: Tom White, Broadway World


Bangers and ballet: London’s Ministry of Sound embraces contemporary dance, Big-name ballet dancers and rising choreographers have found a new home in the superclub where the after-party goes on until 5am: Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian



Photo Feature


Milwaukee Ballet, MKE Mix: Rachel Malehorn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



Video Features


A tour of the Queens School of Ballet: Ben Aaron, PIX11 via YouTube


Let’s Dance Week: Ballet with the Straz Center: Russell Rhodes, FOX13 Tampa Bay


A Resurgence of Ballet Royalty – Legendary Dancer Lauren Anderson: Eddie Robinson, Houston Public Media via YouTube


This Russian ballerina paints with her feet while dancing, Ilmira Bagautdinova, recently in Dubai, seamlessly merges these two art forms into captivating performances that mesmerise audiences worldwide: Somya Mehta, Khaleej Times



Audio Feature


Joy Womack: the American ballerina who danced for Russia: Susie Ferguson, Radio New Zealand





‘The Swans of Harlem’ Review: Trailblazers in Their Toe Shoes: John Check, The Wall Street Journal via MSN


Denver-based Karlya Shelton-Benjamin is featured in “Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years Of Sisterhood, And Their Reclamation Of A Groundbreaking History” by Karen Valby: Veronica Straight-Lingo, KGNU (audio feature)



The Social Pages


American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala: A.A. Cristi with photos by BFA and PMC/Getty, Broadway World

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Links - Sunday 19 May 2024



Review – Scottish Ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sadlers Wells, London: Marianka Swain, Telegraph


Review – Ballet Black, Heroes, Barbican: Tanica Psalmist, Get the Chance Wales


Review – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cinderella, Pittsburgh: Alexis Papalia, Trib Live


Preview – Ballet Central, Mixed Bill, Newbury Spring Festival: Trish Lee, Newbury Today


Preview – New Jersey Ballet, Sleeping Beauty, New Jersey: Staff, Tapinto.com


Preview – Lake Tahoe Dance Festival: Texas Ballet Theater Staff, En Face Magazine


Preview – Ballet West, 6th Choroegraphic Festival: Asian Voices, Salt Lake City: Ballet West Staff, En Face Magazine


Article – Degas’s dancers don’t just show ballet’s beauty – they reveal a sinister system of sexual exploitation: Alice Robb, Telegraph


Article - Anna Pavlova “Get my Swan costume ready”: Alanna Love, En Face Magazine


Article - Margaret Qualley Draws on Ballet Training at the ‘Kinds of Kindness’ Premiere: Tom Olsen, Globe Echo


News - The Royal Swedish Ballet search for a new Artistic Director: Graham Spicer, Gramilano


News - Joffrey Ballet School partner to offer degree in dance for New York trainees: Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

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Links - Monday 20 May, 2024



Review – Elmhurst Ballet Company, Mode, Birmingham: Vidhi Bhanushali, Redbrick


Review – Kontemporary, Tomorrowisnowtodayisyesterday/Inflight: Korean Tramway, Glasgow: Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland


Review – New York City Ballet, Pictures at an Exhibition/Glass Pieces, New York: Ivy Lin, Bachtrack


Review New York City Ballet, Love Letter (On Shuffle), New York: Ivy Lin, Bachtrack


Review – Philadelphia Ballet, Prodigal Son/The Dream, Academy of Music, Philadelphia: Sigrid Payne de Veiga


Review – Alonso King: Lines Ballet, Deep River, Kennedy Center, Washington DC: David Friscic, Broadway World


Preview – ENB’s Emerging Dancer returns to Sadler’s Wells: Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide


Preview – International Ballet, Swan Lake , Peace Center, South Carolina: Paul Hyde, Greenville Journal


Interview – Ballerina Sarah Lamb on Jealousy and Forgiveness: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Feature - Embracing challenge, dancer Nathan Bear is one of the rising stars at Arts Umbrella Season Finale: Janet Smith, Stir


Article - Watch: The young ballet dancers reaching for the sky in Peru: Gregory Ward & Souleyman Messalti, Euronews



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Links - Tuesday 21 May 2024



Review – Scottish Ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sadlers Wells, London: Nicola Claire, Seeing Dance


Review – Rendez Vous Dance, The Monocle, Wilton’s Music Hall, London: David Mead, Seeing Dance


Review – Rambert, Analogue, Stone Nest, London: Sarah Crompton, The Observer


Review – New York City Ballet, Rubies, Dig the Say, In Creases, Underneath, There Is Light: Lincoln Center, New York: Leigh Witchel, Dancelog NYC


Review – Liaoning Ballet, Notre Dame de Paris, Shenyang, China: Wu Yong, China Daily


Preview – Sarasota Ballet, Ashton Celebrated, Royal Opera House, London: Tesesa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Preview – UK Premiere of Duck Pond, a radical reimagining of Swan Lake: Graham Spicer, Gramilano


Preview - Dancing under the stars: The Australian Ballet performs at Qualia: Alison Veness, Vogue Australia


News - 'The Fonteyn' competition choreographer announced: Staff, Dance Australia


News - Black British Ballet is the latest Sound At Central event next month: Staff, My Nottingham News


News - American Ballet Theatre Celebrates ‘Ballet Brilliance’ at 2024 Spring Gala: Danielle Biondi, The Knockturnal


News- Free Joffrey Ballet Performance Set for Pritzker Pavilion in June: Blair Ingenthron, Broadway World


News -  Sydney Dolan Promoted to Principal Dancer at Philadelphia Ballet: Bair Ingenthron, Broadway World


Feature – She Wants to Make San Francisco Ballet an ‘Arrow to the Future’: Gia Kourlas, New York Times (paywall)


Feature - Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic director Ty King-Wall: Deborah Jones, Deborah Jones


Feature – Mr Liang Comes to Washington: Richard Selden, The Georgetowner


Book Review – Pointe of Pride, Chloe Angyal: Courtney Escoine, Dance Magazine

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Links - Wednesday 22 May, 2024



Review - Scottish Ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire, London:  Deborah Weiss, Bachtrack


Review - Ballet Black, Heroes (double bill), London:  Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance


Review - Late spring in the Bay Area:  Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance

San Francisco Ballet, Dos Mujeres, San Francisco

Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Dance Series 2, San Francisco

Diablo Ballet, triple bill, Walnut Creek


Review - Milwaukee Ballet, MKE Mix 2024 (mixed bill), Milwaukee:  John Schneider, Shepherd Express


Review - Philadelphia Ballet, Prodigal Son, The Dream, Philadelphia:  Sigrid Payne DaVeiga, Critical Dance


Review - Czech National Ballet, Coppelia, Prague:  Maggie Foyer, Bachtrack


Reviews - Cape Town City Ballet, I Got Rhythm (Nixon), Cape Town:

Eugenie du Preez, News 24

Faeron Wheeler, Broadway World


Review - Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Deep River, Washington:  David Friscic, Broadway World


Review - QL2 Dance, Subject to Change (triple bill), Canberra:  Michelle Potter, ... on dancing


Review - Drew McOnie, The Artist, Plymouth:  Donald Hutera, Stage


Review - 360 All Stars:  Stephanie Glickman, Australian Stage



Preview - Royal Ballet, Ashton Celebrated, London:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Preview - Northern Ballet, Beauty and the Beast (Nixon), Leeds:  Staff, The List


Preview - Royal New Zealand Ballet, Infra, To Hold, High Tide, on tour in NZ:  Staff, Scoop


Preview - Houston Ballet, Mayerling, Houston:  Margaret Downing, Houston Press


Preview Feature - Rachel Ní Bhraonáin, Mosh, Norwich:  Lyndsey Winship, Guardian



Feature - Matthew Ball, Royal Ballet:  Joseph Kocharian, Rolling Stone


Feature - Cathy Weis’ Sundays on Broadway:  Cecilia Whalen, Fjord Review


Feature - Inside the Creation of Illinoise’s Onstage—and Offstage—Community:  Sylviane Gold, Dance Magazine


Feature - Caitlin Valentine, BalletMet, Inside the Last Day of a Ballerina’s Career:  Katie Slattery, Pointe Magazine


Feature - Nathan Bear, Arts Umbrella graduating student:  Janet Smith, Stir


Feature - Brazilian dance craze created by young people in Rio’s favelas is declared cultural heritage:  Julia Dias Carneiro & Diarlei Rodrigues, Associated Press News



News - Ashton Worldwide 2024-2028 sees 24 companies celebrate Frederick Ashton:  Graham Spicer, Gramilano


News - RAD gives details of Fonteyn Competition:  Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide


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Links - Thursday 23 May, 2024



Feature - Can Frederick Ashton, the prince of English ballet, keep charming us?:  Debra Craine, Times (share token)



Reviews - Compagnie Maguy Marin, May B, London:

Bruce Marriott, Lifted Leg

Matthew Paluch, Broadway World

Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

Siobhan Murphy, Stage


Review - Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Edward Scissorhands, Glasgow:  Lauren Humphreys, Reviews Hub


Review - La Scala Ballet School, mixed programme, Milan:  Graham Spicer, Gramilano



Preview Feature - Why Hong Kong Ballet needed a new Swan Lake, Hong Kong:  Natasha Rogai, South China Morning Post


Preview Feature - DanceAfrica 2024, The Origin of Communities / A Calabash of Cultures, New York:  Caedra Scott-Flaherty, NY Observer


Preview - Resurgence Dance Company, This is all yours, Bath (Maine):  Paula McKenney, Press Herald



Feature - Rentaro Nakaaki, English National Ballet, on choreographing for the Emerging Dancer Competition:  Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance


Feature - Thiago Pereira, English National Ballet, Emerging Dancer finalist:  Staff, Fan Carpet


Feature - Australian breaker 'Raygun' swaps lecture theatres for Paris battles:  Ian Ransom, Reuters


Feature - Fabian Aloise, choreographer:  Matthew Hemley, Stage



Video News - John Lam, trailblazing Vietnamese American dancer retires from Boston Ballet:  Staff, NBC News


News - London City Ballet to open Autumn season at the Joyce Theatre in New York:  Staff, Theatre Weekly


News - Royal Academy of Dance’s Step Around Town 2024:  Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide



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Links – Friday 24 May, 2024




United Kingdom

New Adventures, Edward Scissorhands, Theatre Royal, Glasgow:

Vivienne Aitken, Daily Record

Mary Brennan, The Herald Scotland

Natalie O’Donoghue, Broadway World

Paul Trainer, Glasgow World


Kontemporary Korea: A Double Bill of K:DANCE, Flight (Jeong) / Tomorrowisnowtodayisyesterday (Sung Im Her), The Place, London: Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub


Compagnie Maguy Marin, May B, Sadler’s Wells, London:

Flynn Hallman, The Reviews Hub

David Mead, SeeingDance


Igor x Moreno, Karrasekare, The Lowry, Salford: Jo Beggs, The Reviews Hub


United States of America

Martha Graham Dance Company, Rodeo (de Mille) / We the People (Roberts) / Maple Leaf Rag (Graham), New York City Center, New York NY: Leigh Witchel, dancelog.nyc


Sacramento Ballet, Innovations: Salve (Schermoly) / Ibsen’s House (Caniparoli) / Apollo (Balanchine), The Sofia, Sacramento CA: Rachel Howard, Fjord Review


Boom Arts, The History of Empires (Safer), The Armory, Portland OR: Hannah Krafcik, Oregon ArtsWatch



QL2 Dance, Subject to Change, The Playhouse, Canberra ACT: Bill Stephens, Australian Arts Review





Flamenco Festival 2024, Sadler’s Wells, London: Teresa Guerreiro, CultureWhisper


Fire Island Dance Festival, Fire Island Pines, Fire Island, NY: Dancers Responding to AIDS


Ballet Globe International Festival/Diana Vishneva, Sleza (León/Lightfoot), Astana Ballet Theater, Astana, Kazakhstan: Fatima Kemelova, Astana Times





Premier Dancer Abigail Prudames Retires from Northern Ballet: Stephi Wild, Broadway World





‘My default position is melancholy; Alice’s isn’t’: You Am I’s frontman on love, Tim Rogers and Alice Topp: Jane Albert, The Age (paywalled but a really good read)


Brisbane Lions players team up with Queensland Ballet to help dancers prepare for latest production:  ABC News via DailyMotion (video)


Exhibition celebrates ‘extraordinary’ link between Glasgow and Degas: Ann Fotheringham, Glasgow Times


Dog Poop Attack: the play that dishes dirt on theatre-world animosities: Arifa Akbar, The Guardian


At 75, NYC Ballet is getting older. Its audience is skewing younger, and that’s the plan: Jocelyn Novek, Associated Press


Tennis News: Vibrant Paris Evokes the Artist Inside Roger Federer as He Partakes in Unprecedented Act: Vatsal Shah, Essentially Sports


At DanceAfrica, the Enduring Power of Love, A couple with deep ties to the popular Brooklyn festival and its founder and longtime artistic director, Chuck Davis, recall when their wedding was part of the show: Gia Kourlas, The New York Times (paywalled)


Philadelphia Ballet breaks new ground on new N. Broad St. building. This time for real: Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer (paywalled)


After delay, Philadelphia Ballet to start construction on $37.5M North Broad expansion: Emma Dooling, Philadelphia Business Journal (paywalled)


Vietnamese American principal dancer John Lam bids farewell to Boston Ballet after 20 years: Michelle De Pacina, Nextshark


Inside the Australian Ballet’s Mother’s Day lunch: Jonah Waterhouse with photos by Everline Imagery, Vogue Australia (no captions on any photos so good luck with identifying people, but most of the images are appalling so I wouldn’t want to be identified!)



Book Review


The Swans of Harlem, Karen Valby: Candice Thompson, Fjord Review



Situation Vacant


The Australian Ballet, Director of Production: ArtsHub (company also has dancer positions advertised on company website)


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Links – Saturday 25 May, 2024




Australia/New Zealand


Royal New Zealand Ballet, Swan Lake (Kerr), Christchurch and touring, New Zealand: Dr Ian Lochhead, Theatre Review NZ


Joel Bray, Homo Pentecostus, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Vic: Alison Croggon, The Saturday Paper


Victorian State Ballet, Beauty and the Beast, Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT: Samara Purnell, Canberra City News



United Kingdom and Ireland


The Royal Ballet, The Winter’s Tale (Wheeldon), livestream: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International


Compagnie Maguy Marin, May B, Sadler’s Wells, London: Maggie Foyer, CriticalDance


Emma Martin, Night Dances (Martin), Abbey Theatre, Dublin: Fiona Jackson, The Reviews Hub


Kontemporary Korea: A Double Bill of K:DANCE, Flight (Jeong) / Tomorrowisnowtodayisyesterday (Sung Im Her), The Place, London:

Siobhan Murphy, The Stage (paywalled)

Matthew Paluch, Gramilano


Edgar Degas, Discovering Degas, Burrell Collection, Glasgow: Joanna Moorhead, The Times (paywalled)



North America


Houston Ballet, Mayerling (MacMillan), Wortham Theater Center, Houston TX:

Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle (paywalled)

Natalie de la Garza, HoustonPress


Boston Ballet, Spring Experience: World Première (Ossola) / Blake Works III (The Barre Project) (Forsythe) / Bella Figura (Kylián), Citizens Bank Opera House, Boston MA:

Madelyn E. Mckenzie, The Harvard Crimson

Jeanne Denizard, The Sleepless Critic


Trisha Brown, Locus / Group Primary Accumulation, Fifth Avenue Blooms Festival, New York NY: Faye Arthurs, Fjord Review


Danny Neilsen, In Conversation, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver BC: Gail Johnson, Create a Stir


Koma Otake, You, Ellen Stewart Theatre, New York NY: Karen Hildebrand, Fjord Review


Joika aka The American, Joy Womack biopic: Graeme Tuckett, The New Zealand Post via Stuff





LA Dance Project, Romeo & Juliet Suite, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW: Hannah Story, The Sydney Morning Herald


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Giselle (Cavallari after Coralli, Perrot and Petipa), Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montreal QC: Staff, The Montrealer Online





Dancer paralysed in crash humbled to inspire others: Andy Trigg, BBC News Norfolk


New Partnership Unites Birmingham Royal Ballet And Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery: Staff Writer, Theatre Weekly


Peter Ottmann Bids Farewell After 48 Years With The National Ballet of Canada: Stephi Wild, Broadway World





Observers rate male dance groups higher in coalition quality: Eric W. Dolan, PsyPost


Bebe Neuwirth on the Part of a Stage That Feels Like Home: Sarah Bahr, The New York Times (paywalled)


The Sarasota Ballet dances Frederick Ashton’s “Sinfonietta”: Video, Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Six Ballet Dancers on Finding Their Feet in the Performing Arts, the finalists of English National Ballet’s annual Emerging Dancer award, supported by Chanel, discuss the liberating freedom of embodying a character on stage: Isabelle Bucklow with photos by Laurent Liotardo, AnOther Magazine


Ballez’ Katy Pyle Creates a Coppélia Rooted in Queer History: Olivia Manno, Dance Magazine


Dior’s Kim Jones Designed Costumes for Ballet That Premiered at the Charleston Festival: Hikmat Mohammed, Women’s Wear Daily

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