To Sir Frederick Ashton’s fast footwork and musicality belongs the Australian Ballet’s double bill “The Dream” and “Marguerite & Armand.” To the charming misadventure distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream bubbles “The Dream.” To the legend of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, dovetails Amy Harris’s Marguerite, in Harris’s last stage role before her retirement. After 22-years with the company, Harris bids farewell in a delicious camellia-bloom, echoing Marguerite’s own departure (thankfully for altogether different reasons; Harris is retiring from the stage, whereas her character Marguerite is dying of tuberculous).FREE ARTICLE
The headline performance of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Hip Hop Across the Pillow mini-festival—which took place from August 2-6, 2023 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip hop—was an abundance of embodied knowledge. The triple-bill program featured two world premieres, both commissioned by the Pillow: “Thief of Hearts,” a duet choreographed and performed by hip hop luminaries Kwikstep and Rokafella, and “Parable of PassAge,” a collaboration between d. Sabela grimes and the Ladies of Hip-Hop. The evening ended with Rennie Harris’ 2016 work “Nuttin’ but a Word,” performed by Harris’ company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Each piece on the program showcased a different facet of hip hop, highlighting the many ways the genre can be used to tell stories, educate, entertain, foster community, and honor individuality.
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continua a leggere