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
Twyla Tharp is 80-years old this year, and even with an epic, half-century dance career behind her, the legendary choreographer is just as busy as ever. Throughout the pandemic, Tharp has been hard at work experimenting over zoom; recently, she stepped back into the studio to work with lead dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, as well as a group of young dancers she hand-picked, to create “Twyla NOW,” a program that matched two world premieres with two older pieces from the choreographer's vast repertoire in celebration of her birthday.
Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia now in “Cornbread” for “Twyla NOW.” Photograph by Paula Lobo
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