Dance Reviews

There’s something of a disconnect when you watch a live performance of ballet on YouTube knowing that it is taking place 20 minutes from your house. Due to the latest State of Emergency issued by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese capital has become a cultural and social wasteland. With... Read More
There’s about 14 different choreographies in this 13-minute long dance film, Dive. Some of them are bonkers. Some are sad. One has an alpaca. Dive is the brainchild of the electric Scottish Ballet resident choreographer Sophie Laplane, once again alchemising a tautly choreographed film for the company, and director James... Read More
The Martha Graham Dance Company turned 95 on April 18th. The company celebrated this milestone with a trio of performances broadcast live from its studios last weekend. Viewers could purchase programs separately or as a three-pack. Past/Present was the most balanced and satisfying as a standalone. Otherwise, the three-pack was... Read More
Twice a year the Australian Ballet relocate to the Sydney Opera House from their home in Melbourne to debut major works. Known as their Sydney seasons, this is the first time the company have ventured to sunny Sydney since late 2019 and Covid shook the world. Under the new Artistic... Read More
Ballet22 is a new pick-up company in the San Francisco Bay Area born of one dancer with extraordinarily strong feet. Growing up in Puerto Rico, Roberto Vega Ortiz longed to dance on pointe, but his teachers said that wasn’t acceptable. So he practiced in private. Obsessively. And his pointe work... Read More
For Red Sky Performance, dance is deeply connected to oral traditions, ceremony, and place—the land and water of Turtle Island, a name that many Indigenous communities in Canada use to refer to the continent and the ancestral territories where they live, work, and create today. The interconnectedness of Red Sky’s... Read More
The New York City Ballet’s Digital Spring Season continued this week with the premiere of the dance film When We Fell, choreographed by Kyle Abraham and co-directed by Abraham and Ryan Marie Helfant. This was an ambitious departure from the old performance recordings and Zoom rehearsal footage of the first... Read More
In early April, the Australian Ballet returned to the main stage of the Sydney Opera House for the first time in over a year. Like companies the world over, they were on hiatus while the pandemic raged. With Australia now essentially Covid-free, the company returns to a packed house, and... Read More
Queensland Ballet opened their 2021 Season with a belated celebration. The company performed their 60th Anniversary Gala—a production which, like most others around the globe, was cancelled last year due to coronavirus. It paid homage to Queensland Ballet’s history. It listed the contributions made by previous Artistic Directors and, on... Read More
I’m having a pandemic love affair with Pacific Northwest Ballet. It’s most unexpected, as so many of the emotional complexities of the past year have been. I live in California’s Bay Area; San Francisco Ballet has been my “home” company for two decades; I feel a loyalty to them. Yet... Read More
It’s always fascinating when a production asks serious and intellectual questions of the audience. What is the role of dance? How does it reflect our lives and the world in which we live? How can it viscerally change us as human beings?  “An Afternoon of Fauns and Nymphs,” at New... Read More
The American Ballet Theatre aired a pre-filmed, all-Ratmansky program this week on City Center’s digital platform. For $25, it is accessible on demand through April 18th. I highly recommend it. There were three works offered in excerpt and one world premiere, “Bernstein in a Bubble,” created recently in a working... Read More
William Forsythe is a dancers’ choreographer. Dancers love working with him, he challenges their minds and their bodies, his knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary of ballet is profound. In the studio, the atmosphere is one of co-conspirators, playmates. All this comes through in his most recent creation, a collaboration... Read More
Belgian choreographer and film maker Wim Vandekeybus’ work is characterised by absolute extremes: jaw-dropping theatricality; the use and abuse of unusual props, athleticism, frenzy, danger and discomfort. He doesn’t deal in soft options; rather, he credits his audience with enough intelligence to enjoy, pick apart and understand his challenging, often... Read More

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