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Saturday Links - 7 January 2012

 

Links today were actually done by Anna Merrick

 

Interview: Hofesh Shechter and Antony Gormley: love of bodies

by Mark Monahan

“A monster pendulum and 100 drummers, pastoral strings and moments of ‘madness’. ”

Daily Telegraph

 

REVIEW: Paris Opera Ballet

La Source

France, Paris, Palais Garnier

Dancers: Heymann

by Michael Church

“But the chief pleasure lies where it should, in the dance itself. In Mathias Heymann the Paris Opera has a dancer with the effortless charisma and exquisite line of the young Nureyev….”

Independent

 

REVIEW: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Park Avenue Armory Event

USA, New York, Park Avenue Armory

by Charles Isherwood

“Its vitality, mystery and humanity are as clear to the innocent eye as they are, I expect, clarifying to the jaded. ”

New York Times

REVIEW: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Park Avenue Armory Event

USA, New York, Park Avenue Armory

by Susan Yung

“an up-close view of the effortful ease of the style, of the underlying tension within the body that is essential to the great dynamism expressed in Cunningham’s work, giving it so much internal life. ”

 

REVIEW: Elizabeth Streb

Kiss the Air!

USA, New York, Park Avenue Armory

by Susan Yung

“truly like a three-ring circus, complete with a barking ringmaster.”

 

REVIEW: English National Ballet

Strictly Gershwin

UK, London, Coliseum

Dancers: Chalendard, Glurdjidze, Klimentova, Konvalina, Muntagirov, Streeter, Scott

by Clement Crisp

“Deane has re-organised it with skill and an unfailing sense of popular theatre…”

Financial Times

 

REVIEW: Scottish Ballet

4 stars

The Sleeping Beauty

UK, Glasgow, Theatre Royal

by Kelly Apter

“As with all Page/McDonald creations, however, what’s most interesting is the narrative route they take to tell the story.”

The List

 

Sweeping changes at Ballet San Jose

by Richard Scheinin

“the company is struggling to complete the lineup for its truncated 2011-12 season, which so far has featured only longtime artistic director Dennis Nahat’s popular “Nutcracker.” But the future of Nahat — who, for many ballet patrons, is Ballet San Jose — has been a subject of intense speculation in recent days. ”

Mercury News

 

Touchdown Dances

by Gia Kourlas

“Suddenly, the back bump, in which players fling themselves against one another in the air, is everywhere: it’s a slam dance turned pas de deux.”

New York Times

 

REVIEW: China Jinling Dance Company

The Peony Pavilion

USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater

Dancers: Bo, Liang, Xinyu

by Gia Kourlas

“what holds the greatest enchantment … is not a secret springtime romance, but Wang Ruiguo’s trippy lighting, especially when paired with Mo Xiaomin’s costumes for the ensemble…”

New York Times

REVIEW: Abraham-In-Motion

Focus Dance: Live The Realest MC

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

Dancers: Abraham

by Leigh Witchel

“You don’t know what to feel — and that’s intriguing.”

 

REVIEW: Kate Weare

Focus Dance: Garden

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

by Leigh Witchel

“There’s a beautiful 10-minute dance somewhere in “Garden,” but it’s 32 minutes long.”

 

REVIEW: Laura Arrington Dance

Hot Wings

USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center

Dancers: Babaoff, Dichter, Sigourney, Tenuto

by Claudia La Rocco

“there is little impetus to work hard when it seems that the people you’re watching haven’t worked nearly hard enough. ”

New York Times

 

REVIEW: Helix Dance

UnEarth

Canada, Toronto, Betty Oliphant Theatre

Dancers: Keeling

by Paula Citron

“As always, Garneau’s dance language is highly controlled, filled with off-balances, high kicks and lunges. But there is a fluidity here as the dancers give themselves over to the emotion of the work. ”

Globe and Mail

 

Will Signature’s ‘Hairspray’ lead to a permanent wave of dance on D.C. stages?

by Sarah Kaufman

“Technology has played a crucial role in moving dancing ahead in the theater world, says Hope, the association executive. What cheap flights did for travel, video has done for the visual arts. “Being able to do video inexpensively, it’s sort of like the jet plane here,” he says.”

Washington Post

 

This week’s new theatre and dance

by Judith Mackrell

“The Royal Ballet: Romeo And Juliet, London, Hofesh Schechter & Antony Gormley: Survivor, London”

The Guardian

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Sunday Links - 8 January 2012

 

Links today were actually done by Anna Merrick

 

REVIEW: Miami City Ballet

Viscera, In the Night, Ballet Imperial

USA, Miami, Arsht Center

Dancers: Albertson, Catoya, Delgado J, Esty S, Guerra, Kronenberg, Manning, Penteado, Rebello

by Jordan Levin

“an urgent, intricately structured piece (Viscera) set to a driving contemporary score by American composer Lowell Lieberman, Scarlett built on the attack, musicality and intensity that Villella has honed…”

Miami Herald

 

REVIEW: Mariinsky Ballet

The Little Humpbacked Horse

Russia, St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Dancers: Ivanov, Matvienko A, Popov, Sergeyev

by Luke Jennings

“Ratmansky’s emotional touch is sure. He sends you out into the icy St Petersburg winter with a warm heart and the memory of two hours of glorious dance.”

Observer

 

Feature: Hofesh Shechter

by Luke Jennings

“Shechter’s work succeeds because it bypasses the cerebral, analytical place where most contemporary dance finds a lodging, and strikes directly at our buried fears and longings.”

Observer

 

Feature: ENB at the Coliseum

by Genevieve Roberts

“As they go out to perform the pas de deux in Summertime, and lose themselves in their dance, I see Vadim smile at Daria, everyone in the Coliseum enchanted by the magic between them. In a few steps they are a world away from tracksuit tops and woolllen, stripy leggings.”

Independent

 

Preview/Feature: Meg Stuart Blessed

by Gia Kourlas

““Blessed,” Ms. Stuart said, explores how circumstances can change from one minute to the next. “What does it mean to survive?” she asked. ”

New York Times

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Monday Links - 9 January 2012

 

Links today were actually done by Anna Merrick

 

REVIEW: Miami City Ballet

Viscera, In the Night, Ballet Imperial

USA, Miami, Arsht Center

Dancers: Catoya, Delgado P, Guerra, Kronenberg

by Jeff Haller

“Viscera will not disappoint lovers of ballet athleticism; romance is not much in evidence, even in the glorious second movement pas de deux powerfully interpreted by the company’s love couple, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra. ”

ConcertoNet

 

REVIEW: Nichole Canuso

Takes

USA, New York, 3LD Art & Technology Center

Dancers: Canuso, Van Reigersberg

by Brian Seibert

“The technology of “Takes” effectively delivers Ms. Canuso’s message, but the content doesn’t communicate enough to make us care. ”

New York Times

 

Ballet San Jose: Big Next Steps

by Janice Berman

“The plan for Ballet San Jose to link up with the American Ballet Theatre began last August, said BSJ Executive Director Stephanie Ziesel as “a very simple lamenting between sisters. I was saying, ‘I don’t know what to do for this company.’” ”

San Francisco Classical Voice

 

Changes at West Australian & Queensland Ballet

by Deborah Jones

“West Australian Ballet’s Ivan Cavallari will leave Perth in December. Queensland Ballet’s artistic director, Francois Klaus, departs at the end of 2013. ”

The Australian

WA Ballet Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari is calling it quits

by William Yeoman

“WA Ballet Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari is calling it quits at the end of 2012 after overseeing five highly successful seasons which have seen Australia’s oldest ballet company reach unprecedented artistic heights. In 2013 he will take up the position of Artistic Director with Ballet du Rhin in Alcase, France.”

Yahoo

 

Feature: Terence Kohler dancer and choreographer

by Deborah Jones

“”I want to shape where classical ballet is going,” he says. “It’s beautiful to be able to speculate and to dream.”"

The Australian

 

Preview:Proximity Australian Dance Theatre

by Verity Edwards

“Inspired by two of his previous works which used live photography and focused on philosophical, poetic and physical contact, Stewart said he wanted to explore the perception of reality.”

The Australian

 

Preview:Misters and Sisters

by Valerie Gladstone

“Parker, 52, often uses his own experience as inspiration for his works, but “Misters and Sisters’’ is the most autobiographical show he has ever choreographed. ”

Boston Globe

Preview/feature:Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith

by Susan Josephs

“”What people respond to in our work is the reveal of our neuroses and process of working,” Smith says. “We also don’t take ourselves too seriously, but when people see our work, I think they realize that we’re serious about our craft and that we have a clear idea of what we want to achieve.”"

LA Times

 

Preview:Babel Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet

by Joyce Morgan

“When the pair began working on the piece, two words came to mind: language and territory, says Jalet”

The Age

 

Feature: Shen Yun

by Epoch Times Staff

“On its website, Shen Yun tells about their creative backdrop: “Animated backdrops transport the audience to another world. Projected behind the dancers, the hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises.””

Epoch Times

 

Feature: Korea National Ballet

by Park Min-young

“KNB celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is planning unprecedented shows. It is to meet the heightened expectations of local ballet fans, said Choi. ”

Korea Herald

 

Feature: Scottish Ballet dancer enjoys playing wicked fairy in Sleeping Beauty

by Steve Hendry

““I just love the fact you can get such a reaction from the audience. You can really bounce off it.””

Daily Record

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Tuesday Links - 10 January 2012

 

REVIEW: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Duato Experiments With Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

Russia, St Petersburg, Mikhailovsky Theatre

Dancers: Osipova, Vasilyev

by Raymond Stults

“Despite my reservations about its choreographic setting, the Mikhailovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” does add up to a pretty good show, one likely to give much pleasure to the relatively undemanding viewers who probably form the majority among most ballet audiences.”

Moscow Times

 

REVIEW: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

The honesty of gesture

Babel (words)

Australia, Sydney, Sydney Theatre

by Deborah Jones

“But at almost every point there is something fascinating to experience and ponder…”

Australian

 

BOOK FEATURE: Australian Ballet History

A memento of youth and aching beauty

Book: Luminous: Celebrating 50 years of the Australian Ballet, $99

Emily Dunn looks behind the scenes at the Australian Ballet.

Sydney

by Emily Dunn

“The collection of photographs, accompanied by a series of essays by prominent Australian arts writers, is the result of more than a year of researching and gathering images from the archives of the company, media outlets and ballet enthusiasts.”

Sydney Morning Herald

 

REVIEW: China Jinling Dance Company

From Controversial Epic to a Generic Flower

The Peony Pavilion

USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater

Dancers: Bo, Xinyu, Du, Yanfeng

by Robert Greskovic

“This government-sanctioned, two-hour “Peony Pavilion” proved colorful and accomplished in surface effects but sorely lacking in action, drama and stage theatrics.”

Wall Street Journal

 

REVIEW: China Jinling Dance Company

Dancing ‘The Peony Pavilion’ with garish effects

The Peony Pavilion

USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater

Dancers: Bo, Xinyu

by Robert Johnson

“Dancers Xu Xinyu and Han Bo are adequate, but not compelling, and the duet in which Han travels around Xu’s body in angled lifts, while couched in a giant lotus leaf, is the closest this production comes to inspiration.”

Newark Star Ledger

 

REVIEW: China Jinling Dance Company

Chinese troupe brings vibrant life to tragic tale

The Peony Pavilion

USA, New York, David H. Koch Theater

Dancers: Bo, Xinyu

by Jocelyn Noveck

“…an entertaining evening, full of vibrant colors, lush costumes, and traditional Chinese dance: Highly stylized, full of flexed feet and striking poses, with a healthy dose of acrobatics thrown in.”

San Francisco Chronicle

 

REVIEW: Taylor 2

Spotlighting a Choreographer Through Some Classic Works

Images, Oracle, Funny Papers, Esplanade

USA, New York, Pace University Schimmel Center

Dancers: Ho, Kahan, Markham, Sanchez

by Brian Seibert

“Mr. Taylor’s compositions are solid enough to handle some roughness of execution, but the mixing of light and serious is what makes Taylor Taylor. Even with reduced numbers, a Taylor company has to get that right for the work to convince.”

New York Times

 

INTERVIEW: UK Arts – Dan Jarvis, Labour party Arts Minister

Dan Jarvis: a very unlikely arts minister

He has served with the Special Forces in Afghanistan. But is Dan Jarvis facing his toughest challenge yet – as shadow arts minister?

London

by Charlotte Higgins

“As Jarvis himself says: “I have never tried to pretend I was in and out of the ballet every night of the week prior to getting this job, because I wasn’t.” His personal circumstances have also militated against a committed cultural life…”

Guardian

 

NEWS: DiverseWorks – Elizabeth Dunbar

DiverseWorks names new executive director

Houston

by Molly Glentzer

“We caught Dunbar during her first hour on the job.

“Fresh beginnings,” she said.

Houston Chron

 

 

Place Resolution!

 

REVIEW: The Ticket Theatre Dance

3 stars

Resolution! 2012: Scratched

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bradburn

by Zoe Anderson

“Lexi Bradburn has fun with the panic of getting a show on, the performers making the best of it as the situation slides out of control…”

Independent

 

REVIEW: The Ticket Theatre Dance

3 stars

Resolution! 2012: Scratched

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bradburn

by Jenny Gilbert

“…aimed for comedy and missed by a mile.”

Independent

 

REVIEW: The Ticket Theatre Dance

Resolution! 2012: Scratched

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bradburn

by Neil Norman

“The fact that it coheres at all is a tribute to the company’s commitment.”

The Stage

 

REVIEW: The Ticket Theatre Dance

Resolution! 2012: Scratched

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bradburn

by Donald Hutera

“Just the ticket? Alas, no.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: The Ticket Theatre Dance

Resolution! 2012: Scratched

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bradburn

by Misa Brzezicki

“…and the combination of average dancing with sub-standard slapstick meant it simply meandered along to an inconsequential end.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Eleanor Sikorski

3 stars

Resolution! 2012: Chocolate

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Sikorski

by Zoe Anderson

“The humour in Eleanor Sikorski’s Chocolate gets darker as the piece goes on…”

Independent

 

REVIEW: Eleanor Sikorski

3 stars

Resolution! 2012: Chocolate

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Sikorski

by Jenny Gilbert

“The evening’s singular treat.”

Independent

 

REVIEW: Eleanor Sikorski

Resolution! 2012: Chocolate

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Sikorski

by Neil Norman

“The use of gaudily wrapped chocolates as a kind of treasure and later as an image of fertility offers an impressionistic study of body image, pregnancy and addiction to sweeties.”

The Stage

 

REVIEW: Eleanor Sikorski

Resolution! 2012: Chocolate

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Sikorski

by Donald Hutera

“Perhaps the work’s implications could’ve been more deeply plumbed, and the result more profoundly bittersweet, but it showed originality.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Eleanor Sikorski

Resolution! 2012: Chocolate

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Sikorski

by Misa Brzezicki

“Additional kudos is also due for putting that post- Christmas excess of Quality Street to good use.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: AD Dance Company

3 stars

Resolution! 2012: FAWN

UK, London, The Place

by Zoe Anderson

“The young company give a polished performance.”

Independent

 

REVIEW: AD Dance Company

3 stars

Resolution! 2012: FAWN

UK, London, The Place

by Jenny Gilbert

“The polish in Holly Noble’s FAWN was welcome.”

Independent

 

REVIEW: AD Dance Company

Resolution! 2012: FAWN

UK, London, The Place

by Neil Norman

“…four couples in black performing a series of neo-classical pas de deux with tremendous flexibility and muscle-cracking poise.”

The Stage

 

REVIEW: AD Dance Company

Resolution! 2012: FAWN

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Noble

by Donald Hutera

“She and her dancers tried hard – maybe too hard – but to little avail. I don’t know who was more trapped – them, or us?”

The Place

 

REVIEW: AD Dance Company

Resolution! 2012: FAWN

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Noble

by Misa Brzezicki

“Credit must go to the dancers however, for their complete lack of irony in performing those seemingly random incidences of pelvic thrusting…”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Tony Fitzgibbons and Matthew Robinson

Resolution! 2012: (why wait for what for wait for when)

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Fitzgibbons, Robinson

by Sanjoy Roy

“All it needs is more narrative coherence. Or less narrative.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Tony Fitzgibbons and Matthew Robinson

Resolution! 2012: (why wait for what for wait for when)

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Fitzgibbons, Robinson

by Lucy Jarvis

“With no programme note and an ambiguous title, at times this confusion left me wondering what I was even waiting for.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Daniel Walters

Resolution! 2012: BooJack

UK, London, The Place

by Sanjoy Roy

“The imagery is striking, but the piece doesn’t get into gear until the women start floundering in paper flotsam.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Daniel Walters

Resolution! 2012: BooJack

UK, London, The Place

by Lucy Jarvis

“Furthermore, with such a strong focus on newspapers I am left pondering its relevance in today’s internet culture.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: The Maxwell Dance Project

Resolution! 2012: The B-Sides

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Lowe

by Sanjoy Roy

“The B-Sides is sharp, smart entertainment.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: The Maxwell Dance Project

Resolution! 2012: The B-Sides

UK, London, The Place

by Lucy Jarvis

“B-Sides is at its best during playful duets and when the energy is at its height.”

The Place

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Wednesday Links - 11 January 2012

 

OBITUARY: Miguel Terekhov, Dancer With Ballets Russes, Dies at 83

New York

By Jack Anderson

“Miguel Terekhov, a dancer with the two leading Ballets Russes troupes of the 1940s and ’50s and a co-founder, with his wife, of the School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma, one of America’s leading university dance programs, died on Jan. 3 at the home of a daughter in Richardson, Tex. He was 83 and lived in Oklahoma City.”

NY TIMES

 

INTERVIEW: Nikolay Tsiskaridze (Bolshoi?)

The Bolshoi’s act of revenge?

Moscow

by staff

“Tsiskaridze, who is one of Russia’s most celebrated artists, has received official notice that his contract as a ballet teacher at the Bolshoi will be cut short.

“The theater maintains that it needs a ballet teacher who, unlike the eminent soloist, could work full-time.

RT.com

 

REVIEW: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Riot of music and movement

Babel (words)

Australia, Sydney, Sydney Theatre

by Jill Sykes

“BABEL is an astonishing piece: an inventive hybrid of movement from East and West; dance and acrobatics; music sourced from Japan, Turkey and places in between… and powerful performers who bring a wide range of individual qualities to an epic presentation.”

Sydney Morning Herald

+ gallery of pictures

 

REVIEW: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Babel (words)

Australia, Sydney, Sydney Theatre

Dancers: Chaudary, Fahlstrom, Fournier, Fury, Jalet, Kozuki, Leach, Leboutte, O’Hara, Porcel, Seabra, Svensson, Woods

by Augusta Supple

“But, this is a technically impressive piece of work – which has already delighted Sydney by its message of inclusivity and unity. And what’s not to love about that?”

Australian Stage

 

REVIEW: Taiwan International Ballet Star Gala

Contemporary works outdo classics at ballet gala

6th International Ballet Star Gala: Come Neve al Sole, Mona Lisa, Adam, Don Quixote pdd, Le Cosaire pdd, Por Ti, Le Rendez-vous and others

Taiwan, Taipei, National Theater

Dancers: Amatriain, Ciaravola, Jelinek, Kochetkova, Kolb, Reilly, Rodriquez, Saiz, Semionov, Semionova, Simkin

by Diane Baker

“The Sixth International Ballet Star Gala on Saturday night at the National Theater was a delight from start to finish, but it was the contemporary pieces, more than the usual gala virtuoso works that really made the event special.”

Taipei Times

 

INTERVIEW: Scottish Dance Theatre – Janet Smith (Who is leaving SDT) and Pathways to the Profession event – about dance being a profession for disabled people

Access all areas: The politics of dance

Janet Smith leaves Scottish Dance Theatre with a lasting legacy of her work, says Mary Brennan

Glasgow

by Mary Brennan

“For Smith, the Pathways to the Profession Symposium encapsulates what she and SDT have been putting into practice. Chaired by multi-disciplinary performing artist and writer Mat Fraser, who vividly lives up to his description as “the Jack of all disability performance trades”, the high-profile guest speakers from all sectors – education, professional training, arts industry employers and artists…”

Glasgow Herald

REVIEW: Paul White and Martin del Amo

Dance piece Anatomy of an Afternoon a test of nerve

Anatomy of an Afternoon

Australia, Sydney, Opera House

Dancers: White

by Deborah Jones

“This piece is beyond austere, it is strange, and I will add it doesn’t hurt to know your dance history. …White is extraordinary…”

 

REVIEW: Circa

Dance piece Anatomy of an Afternoon a test of nerve

Wunderkammer

Australia, Sydney, Opera House

by Deborah Jones

“The fun is diluted only when the company tries, well, to be more fun. I found the attempts at comedy far less compelling than the physical work; irritating even. No one else seemed to mind.”

 

REVIEW: Molissa Fenley

Whimsy and Tenderness in Motion: Frying Pans and Gentle Touches

Credo in Us, The Vessel Stories

USA, New York, Judson Memorial Church

Dancers: Fenley, Kao

by Claudia La Rocco

“But the choreographer has her madcap and her romantic sides as well. Both of these were on display Monday night…”

New York Times

 

REVIEW: Michael Klien

Doodles, Puddles, Responses and Chalk

Choreography for Blackboards

USA, New York, Invisible Dog Art Center

Dancers: Klien

by Claudia La Rocco

“It happened. I watched it. And then I had lunch.”

New York Times

REVIEW: Kyle Abraham

Dance showcase puts the ‘Focus’ on new moves

Focus Dance: Live! The Realest MC

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

by Robert Johnson

“Abraham has issues with hip-hop and the blustering cool of gangsta rap. For him, the loose knees, splayed hands and cheerfully self-hugging attitude of boyz-in-the-hood is the masculine alternative to voguing.”

 

REVIEW: Kate Weare

Dance showcase puts the ‘Focus’ on new moves

Focus Dance: Garden

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

Dancers: Gillespie, Kraus, Murphy

by Robert Johnson

“The men swing their arms and exhale sharply; the women prowl like caged tigers.”

 

REVIEW: Joe Goode

Dance showcase puts the ‘Focus’ on new moves

Focus Dance: The Rambler

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

by Robert Johnson

“‘The Rambler’ has the theatrical know-how other Focus Dance participants need to acquire. It deserves a longer run.”

 

REVIEW: Jason Samuels Smith

Dance showcase puts the ‘Focus’ on new moves

Focus Dance: Anybody Can Get It

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

Dancers: Arnold, Dorrance, Sumbry-Edwards, Smith

by Robert Johnson

“For those who love technique…”

 

REVIEW: Larry Keigwin

Dance showcase puts the ‘Focus’ on new moves

Focus Dance: Triptych, Mattress Suite, Runaway

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

by Robert Johnson

“knows how to put a dance together, but doesn’t always have a reason to do so.”

 

REVIEW: Monica Bill Barnes

Dance showcase puts the ‘Focus’ on new moves

Focus Dance: Mostly Fanfare

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

by Robert Johnson

“…repeats herself.”

 

REVIEW: Trey McIntyre Project

Dance showcase puts the ‘Focus’ on new moves

Focus Dance: The Sweeter End

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

by Robert Johnson

“…singularly shallow…”

 

REVIEW: AD Dance Company

2 stars

Resolution! 2012: FAWN

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Fisher, Wraith

by Clifford Bishop

“…Noble brought out a tenderness between Emma Fisher and Oliver Wraith, a solicitous shepherding of each other through this overwhelming piece of music that was a quantum leap from anything else in the whole evening.”

Evening Standard

 

REVIEW: The Ticket Theatre Dance

2 stars

Resolution! 2012: Scratched

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bradburn

by Clifford Bishop

“Choreographer Lexi Bradburn seems to have the attention span of a cat in a zoetrope.”

Evening Standard

 

REVIEW: Eleanor Sikorski

2 stars

Resolution! 2012: Chocolate

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Sikorski

by Clifford Bishop

“Chocolate was the definition of a show that was more fun to perform than to watch…”

Evening Standard

 

INTERVIEW: Kate Champion

Slap bang in middle of search for balance

Sydney

by Wendy Frew

“IN KATE Champion’s new work, Never Did Me Any Harm, seven dancers and actors bump, glide, roll and collide in an archetypal Aussie backyard, lit with a grid pattern of strobe light. With the help of verbatim dialogue…”

Sydney Morning Herald

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Thursday Links - 12 January 2012

 

REVIEW: Royal Ballet

Romeo and Juliet

UK, London, Covent Garden

Dancers: Acosta, Avis, Chapman, Kura, Martin, McGorian, Rojo, Rosato

by Zoe Anderson

“This revival is full of insights, of characters reacting in the heat of the moment. Even the crowded market scenes, the weakest of this production, are full of vivid detail.”

Independent

 

REVIEW: Royal Ballet

4 stars

Romeo and Juliet

UK, London, Covent Garden

Dancers: Acosta, Avis, Martin, Rojo

by Clifford Bishop

“The chemistry they shared was visceral even when one of them was supposed to be dead. Acosta hauled her about in the crypt scene like a mournful scavenger worrying a piece of meat.”

Evening Standard

 

REVIEW: Royal Ballet

Romeo and Juliet

UK, London, Covent Garden

Dancers: Acosta, Rojo

by Lise Smith

“The Royal Ballet is justly proud of this production…”

Londonist

 

REVIEW: Royal Danish Ballet

Hübbe has turned Napoli into a triple bill of sorts, where every act comes with its own wildly different period setting and aesthetics – 3 stars

Napoli

France, Paris, Palais Garnier

Dancers: Birkkjaer, Bojesen, Cuni, Jeppesen, Watson

by Laura Cappelle

“If only the whole felt like more than the sum of its parts in this version of Napoli.”

Financial Times

 

PARTY PICS: Miami City Ballet – Liam Scarlett premiere

Miami City Ballet Presents its Second Program of the Season

Miami

by Cinthya Karen

“Miami City Ballet started its second program of the season with the World Premiere of Viscera and London’s most successful young choreographer, 25-year-old Liam Scarlett.

“The performance …received a standing ovation.”

HauteLiving

 

REVIEW: Paul White and Martin del Amo

Faun falls short of expectations

Anatomy of an Afternoon

Australia, Sydney, Opera House

Dancers: White

by Jill Sykes

“It could be that the weight of the project squeezed out some of these artists’ natural instincts – or that, as a viewer, expectations were simply set too high.”

Sydney Morning Herald

 

REVIEW: Paul White and Martin del Amo

Anatomy of an Afternoon

Australia, Sydney, Opera House

Dancers: White

by Emily Garrett

“An unforgettable experience. Book your tickets now!”

Australian Stage

 

REVIEW: Noche Flamenca

Heaven Sent Flamenca – Noche Flamenca’s profound singing/dancing

The Rhythms of Joy:

USA, New York, Joe’s Pub

Dancers: Argenta, Barrio, Granados, Santangelo

by Judy Gelman Myers

“Thank God for Noche Flamenca. Or rather thank Martin Santangelo, Noche’s artistic director, and Soledad Barrio, the company’s leading lady…”

City Arts

 

PREVIEW: Jane Weiner/Hope Stone Dance Company + Ayman Harper

Hope Stone Dance and (theLID moving experiments)

Houston

by Molly Glentzer

“He didn’t really find his niche — seriously avant-garde theater — until he joined William Forsythe’s company in 2004, he said.

“When I got to Bill, it was like chaos. With him, sometimes you don’t know what to do until you go onstage…”

Houston Chron

 

 

Place Resolution!

 

REVIEW: CoDa Dance

Resolution! 2012: You Remind Me of Someone I Once Knew

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Collins, Godfrey

by Lyndsey Winship

“…is at its strongest when its at its starkest – the two very good performers, Kimberley Collins and Georgia Godfrey, in matching movements, slow and grounded.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: CoDa Dance

Resolution! 2012: You Remind Me of Someone I Once Knew

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Collins, Godfrey

by Germaine Cheng

“A despairing situation often forces people to have a different perspective on time.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Hamish MacPherson and Martine Painter

Resolution! 2012: Meeting Place

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: MacPherson, Painter

by Lyndsey Winship

“Some genuine laughs out loud and a nice visible logic at play.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Hamish MacPherson and Martine Painter

Resolution! 2012: Meeting Place

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: MacPherson, Painter

by Germaine Cheng

“he piece reflected a thoroughly considered approach, building up a number of simple movements in a formulaic way…”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Do Not Dance UK

Resolution! 2012: Local Group

UK, London, The Place

by Lyndsey Winship

“Random – that’s the only word for it.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Do Not Dance UK

Resolution! 2012: Local Group

UK, London, The Place

by Germaine Cheng

“The work is bookended by an ensemble of dancers moving in various permutations around the stage, repeating the same sequence so many times that I was willing them to stop.”

The Place

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INTERVIEW: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Tory Dobrin, Paul Ghiselin and others

Trockaderos revel in paradox

Chicago

by Sid Smith

“These older ballets have such a wealth of choreography in terms of their steps,” Dobrin says. “A lot of contemporary ballets are interesting, but the actual steps employed just aren’t as sophisticated. Costume some of these old works that we do in spandex, and you’d say, ‘Wow, a modern hit.’ A lot of people who love ballet respond to that.”

Chicago Tribune

 

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter

Is it possible for a show with 200 drummers to be a damp squib? It is now

Survivor

UK, London, Barbican

by Ismene Brown

“Empty vessels make the most noise. That pithy old aphorism floated into my head a scant few minutes into the much-heralded new work by the undoubtedly talented, but here way off-beam, Hofesh Shechter.”

The Arts Desk

 

PREVIEW: New York City Ballet

Wheeldon and Dealin’: New York City Ballet returns with Balanchine and Wheeldon works

New York

by Susan Reiter

“This season’s major premiere sounds a lot more promising. Christopher Wheeldon, while no longer the company’s resident choreographer, remains a regular contributor to the repertory and continues to be one of the ballet world’s most significant and in-demand choreographers. His 18th work for the company, set to Bizet’s robustly melodious L’Arlesienne Suites No. 1 and 2, features a cast of 20, including five principal couples.”

City Arts

 

REVIEW: Parsons Dance

A solid jump for Joyce

Round My World, Swing Shift, A Stray’s Lullaby, Caught

USA, New York, Joyce Theater

Dancers: Bourne

by Leigh Witchel

“…it’s a pleasant surprise to see his current show is still entertaining, but with more substance – and less cheddar.”

New York Post

 

REVIEW: Parsons Dance

All Lines Lead to a Circle In David Parsons’s Orbit

Round My World, Swing Shift, Step Into My Dream duet, Caught, A Stray’s Lullaby

USA, New York, Joyce SoHo

Dancers: Bourne

by Brian Seibert

“Yet in the middle of a Parsons program, the inscrutability was actually refreshing. Even with its flaws, Ms. Skarpetowska’s dance made you think.”

New York Times

 

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Place Resolution!

 

REVIEW: AD Dance Company

Sarah Crompton reviews The Place’s enterprising dance programme – 3 stars

Resolution! 2012: FAWN

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Noble

by Sarah Crompton

“It didn’t scream its originality, but deserves five stars for effort and promise.”

Daily Telegraph

 

REVIEW: The Ticket Theatre Dance

Sarah Crompton reviews The Place’s enterprising dance programme – 3 stars

Resolution! 2012: Scratched

UK, London, The Place

by Sarah Crompton

“…a promisingly amusing idea …with a lot of aimless noodling…”

Daily Telegraph

 

REVIEW: Eleanor Sikorski

Sarah Crompton reviews The Place’s enterprising dance programme – 3 stars

Resolution! 2012: Chocolate

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Sikorski

by Sarah Crompton

“It felt like a thin idea endlessly expanded…”

Daily Telegraph

 

REVIEW: Replica Dance Company

Resolution! 2012: 414

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bendell, Pickard

by Josephine Leask

“Pickard has a remarkable physical pathos which pulls us right into their intense but short-lived romance.”

The Place

REVIEW: Replica Dance Company

Resolution! 2012: 414

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bendell, Pickard

by Natalia Okeke

“Time stands still just for a while, long enough to be stunned by this performance by Hannily Bendell and Thomas Pickard.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Eithne Kane and Dominick Mitchell Bennett

Resolution! 2012: When Kane Met Conspicuous

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bennett, Kane

by Josephine Leask

“While punishing to witness this duo, I can’t help but admire their stamina.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Eithne Kane and Dominick Mitchell Bennett

Resolution! 2012: When Kane Met Conspicuous

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Bennett, Kane

by Natalia Okeke

“…a strange and athletic choreography.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Ffin 2

Resolution! 2012: The Art of Riot

UK, London, The Place

by Josephine Leask

“Powerful lasting impressions make up for some naïve choreography.”

The Place

 

REVIEW: Ffin 2

Resolution! 2012: The Art of Riot

UK, London, The Place

Dancers: Fine, Sandford

by Natalia Okeke

“Perhaps tackling a theme too large for a small company to embody, this was not quite the success that I’d hoped for.”

The Place

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REVIEW: Force Majeure

A lively slap in the face

Never Did Me Any Harm

Australia, Sydney, Wharf 1

Dancers: Crowley, Howard, McCracken, Mu

by Deborah Jones

“I doubt anyone will leave the theatre changed or surprised, although they will have been delighted.”

Australian

 

Dance and Diplomacy – DanceMotion USA

DanceMotion USA to take shows to countries off the beaten path

Washington

By Rebecca Ritzel

“The Brookland venue hosted 160 performers and diplomatic guests at an event celebrating DanceMotion USA, the State Department initiative that will send four American dance companies to countries that are mostly off the beaten tourist path. The Boise, Idaho-based modern Trey McIntyre Project is headed for Asia. Philadelphia hip-hoppers from Rennie Harris Puremovement are off to the Middle East. New York’s Sean Curran Company will perform modern dance in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic…”

Washington Post

 

REVIEW: Daniel Linehan

Juxtaposing Movement And Speech

Not About Everything, Zombie Aporia

USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center

Dancers: Lac, Linehan, Rosengren

by Gia Kourlas

“In this solo (Not About Everything) he demonstrates a significant goal of his work: to show the contrast between movement and language, or action versus sound.”

New York Times

 

NEWS: BBC Radio Dance Nation series – Deborah Bull

Deborah Bull to explore dance’s social role in R4 series

London

by Matthew Hemley

“Royal Opera House creative director Deborah Bull is to front a five-part BBC series looking at the role dance has played socially in Britain’s history.

“Deborah Bull’s Dance Nation will be broadcast on Radio 4, and is being made by independent company Just Radio.”

Stage

 

Toronto Arts Funding – not cuts

Toronto budget: Arts funding won’t be cut

Toronto

by Martin Knelman

“The executive committee of city council voted in favour of sustaining arts funding levels at the same level that prevailed in 2011.

“Translation: If this decision is endorsed by full council next week as expected, arts funding totalling $19 million will be provided through the Toronto Arts Council, local arts service organizations and direct funding to the city’s major arts organizations.”

Toronto Star

 

PREVIEW: Shen Yun Performing Arts and Chinese New Year Carnival 2012

Troupes present two views of China

Toronto

By Michael Crabb

“Both groups variously claim to celebrate China’s regional and ethnic diversity. So why, you might ask, don’t they join forces and make the whole affair even more mind-blowingly spectacular? The answer has to do with politics.”

Toronto Star

 

REVIEW: Peter Schaufuss Ballet

Romeo and Juliet

UK, Brighton, Brighton Dome

Dancers: Oki, Wise

by Richard Amey

“SIR FRED has left his Romeo and Juliet in hands safe and sure.”

Midhurst and Petworth Observer

 

Dance Fitness – Bhangra

Urban Athlete

A Wedding Dance That’s Also a Workout

New York

By Shivani Vora

“Apparently I’m behind the times. Dance studios, gyms and clubs in New York City and beyond focus on the fitness aspects of bhangra, a centuries-old folk dance from northern India that farmers still perform to celebrate the harvest

NY Times

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