From the moment the curtain rose, Queensland Ballet’s “Strictly Gershwin” dazzled. Choreographed by Derek Deane and adapted by Gareth Valentine, the production pays homage to the musical legacy of George and Ira Gershwin in the most romantic way possible. A medley of dance and musical genres, it features a variety of ballet, tap, and ballroom dance alongside four vocalists and an orchestra. The golden age of American song was presented on the Brisbane stage.
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading