Jump to content


Saturday, April 12


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 dirac

dirac

    Diamonds Circle

  • Board Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 24,808 posts

Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:11 AM

A review of the Royal Ballet  and an appraisal of the state of Christopher Wheeldon's career by Luke Jennings in The Observer.

 

The restrained critical enthusiasm for Alice is unlikely to have pleased Wheeldon, who to outside eyes has led something of a charmed life. After training at the Royal Ballet School, and winning a coveted gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, in 1991 he joined the Royal Ballet, where his fleet, stylish dancing swiftly made its mark. In 1993, while recovering from an injury, he saw a TV commercial offering anyone who bought a Hoover vacuum cleaner a free ticket to New York on Virgin Atlantic. He took up the offer, stayed, and by 2001 was resident choreographer at New York City Ballet. Since that date Wheeldon has created more than 20 repertoire works, almost all abstract, for major ballet companies. His work for the Royal Ballet has included the critically lauded Tryst (2002) and Aeternum (2013), for which he won an Olivier award. He is widely liked and admired, and last year married his long-term partner, the yoga instructor Ross Rayburn.

 

 

 



#2 dirac

dirac

    Diamonds Circle

  • Board Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 24,808 posts

Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:27 AM

A review of Minnesota Dance Theatre by Caroline Palmer in the Star-Tribune.

 

Another standout is “TrapHer KeepHer: 2nd Movement” by former New York City Ballet soloist Adam Hendrickson, performed by guest artists Kaitlyn Gilliland and Stephen Hanna. The pair of dancers, who also have NYCB roots, offer a particularly fine study in kinetic contrasts. Gilliland shines in the same work’s “4th Movement” in which her unflappable demeanor is matched by a cool modernist choreographic approach.

 

 

 



#3 dirac

dirac

    Diamonds Circle

  • Board Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 24,808 posts

Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:40 AM

A review of "Spectral Evidence" by Laura Jacobs in the April issue of The New Criterion.

 

Spectral Evidence, Angelin Preljocaj’s new dance for the New York City Ballet, is as strange and beautiful as its title. It’s the kind of title Martha Graham often put on her work—a title like a hardwood floor in Emily Dickinson’s house. And it’s the kind of subject Graham was attracted to—a legend or event knotted with violence and desire. Spectral Evidence is about the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials, a shameful yet fascinating piece of America’s past. Preljocaj sees the story through a prism, a Swarovski crystal. Working a refined synthesis of ballet history, modern dance, and postmodern tropes, he slides content into dazzling form. Though the women don’t wear pointe shoes this is a classical dance, mercurial in its articulation, its flicks of eros, its licks of flame. That we know what’s going on without receiving a hint of a program note makes the work all the more thrilling.


#4 dirac

dirac

    Diamonds Circle

  • Board Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 24,808 posts

Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:43 AM

A review of the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in a Ballets Russes-inspired double bill by Hanna Weibye for The Arts Desk.

 

But oh, how happily wrong you would be! This double bill is just the thing for any mood and season - dance theatre at its fullest throttle, enthralling and rewarding, even better than drinks on pavements and cherry blossom (or at least worth deferring them for). Keegan-Dolan is a rarely gifted dance maker and in this Stravinsky two-parter he gets so many things absolutely right that this critic left wreathed in smiles; if I could, I’d scrawl big red biro ticks over it all, cheerful as a schoolteacher on the last day of term.

 

 

 




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases (adblockers may block display):