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San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
February and March 2011 Reviews

After months of waiting, Spring has finally arrived in Northern California. And though
we may not be done with the rain quite yet, flowers are blooming and trees are emerging from their wintry slumber. With transition all around us, now is the ideal time to look back at the amazing dance that transformed the stages of the Bay Area over the past two months.

New York City Ballet
Spring 2011

Ballet on Broadway Triple Bill
by Colleen Boresta
May 29, 2011 - David H. Koch Theater, New York, NY

'Afternoon of a Faun' Mixed Bill
by Jerry Hochman
May 21, 2011 - David H. Koch Theater, New York, NY

'The Seven Deadly Sins', 'Vienna Waltzes'
by Jerry Hochman
May 11, 2011 - David H. Koch Theater, New York, NY

For its Spring Gala performance on May 11, 2011, the New York City Ballet presented the world premiere of a new version of the Brecht/Weill ballet chante “The Seven Deadly Sins,” choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, on a program together with George Balanchine’s venerable “Vienna Waltzes.”

'Apollo', 'Square Dance', 'Agon'
by Jerry Hochman
May 7, 2011 - David H. Koch Theater, New York, NY

“Apollo” was the beginning of a program of three of Balanchine’s pieces, which were part of a week-long celebration and commemoration of Balanchine’s black-and-white ballets.

View from St. Petersburg

Stars of the White Nights Festival - 'Carmen Suite', 'Symphony in C'
by Catherine Pawlick
June 8, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet
by Catherine Pawlick
May 21, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Following debuts in “Don Quixote” and “Swan Lake” last week, Saturday night witnessed one more Mariinsky debut this month when second soloist Maria Shirinkina appeared as Juliet alongside principal dancer Vladimir Schklyarov in “Romeo and Juliet.”

Mariinsky Ballet - La Bayadére
by Catherine Pawlick
April 27, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
It has been several years since Daria Pavlenko graced the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre – or any other stage for that matter – as the lead in a full-length ballet.  Maternity leave followed by a serious injury were the cause for the interruption for spectators who love and adore her, but the long draught ended on April 27...


Blast From the Past...

Due to an unexpected publishing hiatus in late 2010 and early 2011, we ended up with many excllent, but out of date submissions.  As we have time, we'll link to them below.

A Remembrance of Uwe Scholz
by Saul Marziali
November 2010

Ballet Nice: Preview of 'Marco Polo'
by Saul Marziali
November 2010

Ballett Basel: 'One of a Kind'
by Saul Marziali
Octoeber 10, 2010, Basel Opera House, Basel, Switzerland

English National Ballet: 'Romeo and Juliet'
by David Mead
November 2, 2010, Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, UK

Tanztheater Wuppertaal Pina Bausch : 'Iphigenie auf Tauris'
by David Mead
Octoeber 27, 2010, Sadler's Wells Theater, London, UK

Wayne McGregor/Random Dance: Far
by Lauren Butler
November 17, 2010, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK

Oregon Ballet Theatre - 'Sleeping Beauty'
by Dean Speer
October 9, 2010, Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR

Hoghe and Linyekula - 'Sans titre'
by Mark Franko and Juliet Neidish
September 18, 2010, Dance Theatre Workshop, NY, NY

SITI Company and Martha Graham Dance Company - 'American Document'
by Rosella Simonari
June 11, 2010, Joyce Theater, New York, NY


A Moveable Interview with Jonathan Chmelensky
by Toba Singer
Chmelensky, who is French, comes from a Venezuelan-Czech-U.S.family of ballet dancers. He trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, the Escuela Nacional des Artes in Havana, and besides dancing with the Royal Danish, is an after-hours DJ...

Book Review: Leaps in the Dark- Art and the World
reviewed by Dean Speer
Editor Mindy Aloff and the University Press of Florida have put a lot of heart and thought into a compilation of de Mille’s best writings in the newly released and very welcome “Leaps in the Dark: Art and the World.”  Some of my favorite stories are here including a description of the great teacher and dancer Carmelita Maracci and of de Mille’s agony and triumph with her choreographic breakthrough

Pina - a movie by Wim Wenders
reviewed by David Mead
When Pina Bausch died suddenly in 2009, a gaping hole was left in the contemporary dance scene... Before she died plans were laid with iconic German film-maker and long time friend Wim Wenders for a collaborative film about her work.



Ballet Central - Mixed Programme
by Dean Mead
May 5, 2011 -- Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, UK
As impressive as they were earlier in their tour at Chipping Norton, it was no surprise that the Ballet Central dancers looked much more comfortable on the larger Linbury stage.

Dance Salad Festival 2011
by Maggie Foyer
April 21-23, 2011 -- Houston, TX
Texas evokes many images, but seldom the image of a cutting edge dance festival. This is what makes Houston’s Dance Salad Festival, now into its 19th year, so very special. Add to this the range of talent: worldwide and sky high from China to Croatia and topped by stars of the calibre of Vladimir Malakhov and Daniel Proietto.

David St. Pierre Company- 'Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde!'
by David Mead
June 2, 2011 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Sadler’s Wells was bursting at the seams for the UK debut of Canadian choreographer Dave St. Pierre. What the audience hadn’t bargained for was that the first fifteen minutes or so would be spent being clambered over by naked men in long blonde wigs determined to be genitally confrontational

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Giselle'
by Dean Speer
June 4, 2011 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
Restraint and good taste are the order of the day for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new production of this virtually sole-surviving Romantic Era ballet. “New” is an accurate term here. It’s new because PNB has never done “Giselle” before.

American Ballet Theatre- 'Giselle'
by Jerry Hochman
May 27 and 28, June 1, 2011 matinee -- Metropolitan Opera House, NY, NY
“Giselle” premiered in Paris in 1841, reportedly has not been out of the repertoire of one company or another since then, and consequently is regarded as the oldest continually performed ballet.

American Ballet Theatre- 'Lady of the Camillias'
by Colleeen Boresta
June 4, 2011 matinee -- Metropolitan Opera House, NY, NY
The best thing about Lady of the Camellias is the passionate performances of Diana Vishneva as Marguerite and Marcelo Gomes as Armand. Both dancers clearly portray the intensity of the love affair between the courtesan and the young aristocrat.

Keigwin + Company - 'EXIT'
by Julie Lam
March 8, 2011 -- The Joyce Theater, New York, NY
Over the past few months, Keigwin+Company released a racy promotional video series a la Skins that featured the dancers of his upcoming evening-length work “EXIT” and their individual dark habits amidst gritty urban backdrops.

American Ballet Theatre- 'Giselle'
by Colleeen Boresta
June 1, 2011 matinee -- Metropolitan Opera House, NY, NY
Giselle is the most famous ballet of the Romantic Era. It was originally choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot in 1841. It was revived by Marius Petipa in 1850. ABT’s current production of Giselle is staged by Kevin McKenzie, after the choreography of Corralli, Perrot and Petipa.

Rambert Dance Company: 'Cardoon Club', 'Roses', 'Monolith'
by David Mead
May 24, 2011-- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Paul Taylor’s work does not get much of a showing here in Britain, so top marks to Rambert artistic director Mark Baldwin for bringing “Roses” to the company’s repertory. 25 years after it was made it is a work that not only still looks fresh, original, but that is utterly captivating.

Bern:Ballett- 'CLARA', 'Howl'
by David Mead
May 26, 2011-- Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, UK
Emotions run deep through Cathy Marston’s “CLARA”. The problem for composer and noted pianist Clara Wieck-Schumann was that she always seemed to be being pulled different directions. She had a difficult relationship with her domineering father, renowned piano teacher Friedrich Wieck, who was determined she should devote herself wholly to becoming a virtuoso.

Ulanova Gala
by Charlotte Kasner
May 15, 2011-- London Coliseum, London, UK
The programme opened with an excerpt from “Les Sylphides”, perhaps a ballet that is better when seen in small sections than as a whole, and paradoxically illustrative of a new wave in choreography heralded by Mikhail Mikhailovich Fokine as he paid tribute to Romantic ballet.

American Ballet Theatre- New Choreography Mixed Bill
by Jerry Hochman
May 24, 2011-- Metropolitan Opera House, NY, NY
For at least one week during its annual season at the Met, American Ballet Theatre presents a mixed bill to accompany the full-length ballets that comprise the bulk of its performances. The mixed bill this year was particularly impressive-sounding: two world premieres, a U.S. premiere, and a major revival.

Oregon Ballet Theatre- 'Song and Dance' Program
by Dean Speer
April 30, 2011-- Seattle, WA
OBT’s season ending series of performances was designed to showcase Principal Dancer Anne Mueller upon her retirement from full-time performing. She and Alison Roper dually hold the record for having the longest tenure among OBT dancers. We have to remember that both are still young and that a dancer’s performing career tends to be fleeting.

American Ballet Theatre- 'Don Quixote'
by Jerry Hochman
May 20 and 21, 2011-- Metropolitan Opera House, NY, NY
In two consecutive performances, American Ballet Theatre audiences were treated to company debuts of major guest artists in the same major role. The guest artists were Alina Cojocaru and Polina Semionova, and the role was Kitri in “Don Quixote.” Both performances were memorable, and brightened what is otherwise a ponderous production.

American Ballet Theatre- 'Don Quixote'
by Colleen Boresta
May 18 and 21, 2011-- Metropolitan Opera House, NY, NY
Petipa’s main goals for this ballet are phenomenal dancing, lively music and a good time for the audience. American Ballet Theatre’s production of Don Quixote,staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, show offs Petipa’s famous comedy to its best advantage.

Alberta Ballet - 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy'
by Kate Snedeker
May 12, 2011-- Jubilee Theatre North, Edmonton, Alberta
Pairing ballet with popular music has become all the rage in the ballet world, for better or worse. When it comes to Alberta Ballet’s exploration of Sarah McLachlan’s music in “Fumbling Toward Ecstasy”, fortunately, it’s all for the better.

Maria Pages and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - Dunas
by Charlotte Kasner
May 5, 2011-- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Dunas, a collaboration between Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Maria Pages is a fusion between contemporary and flamenco nuevo. All too often this sort of attempt at melding two disparate styles presents a dog's breakfast, but in this instance two undisputedly talented artists pull off an hour and a quarter that manages to be entertaining...

Pennsylvania Ballet - Triple Bill
by Jerry Hochman
March 15, 2011-- Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA
The PA Ballet dancers not only did Balanchine’s “Who Cares”
justice, they were superb. A crowd-pleaser choreographed to sixteen Gershwin songs, “Who Cares” is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as you leave the theater.

Silesian Dance Theatre - 'Because'
by Monika Gorzelak
January 21, 2011-- Silesian Dance Theatre, Bytom, Poland
‘If I could say it, I wouldn’t have to dance it,’ said Isadora Duncan when asked to explain her dance. The latest choreography by Idan Cohen for texts by Leonard Cohen and the Beatles bridges what Duncan labeled unbridgeable...

Northern Ballet - 'Cleopatra'
by Lauren Butler
February 26, 2011-- Grand Theatre, Leeds, UK
‘Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra, with choreography by David Nixon and an original score by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, is exceedingly charming. Thankfully, the wit and vigor of the dancing save the production from collapsing under the weight of its own sweetness.

Rosas - Early Work
by David Mead
April 10-16, 2011-- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
The Sadler’s Wells week proved to be a fascinating journey. Each of the works presented (“Fase”, “Rosas danst Rosas”, “Elena’s Aria” and “Bartok/Mikrokosmos”) features De Keersmaeker’s pared down and repetitive vocabulary that minimises the movement elements.

Pennsylvania Ballet - Building on Balanchine Triple Bill
by Lori Ibay
April 14, 2011-- Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Ballet opened “Building on Balanchine,” a program including two Balanchine works and a world premiere by Benjamin Millepied, on Thursday evening before a packed house at the Merriam Theater.

Richard Alston Dance Company - Triple Bill
by David Mead
April 5, 2011-- The Curve, Leicester, UK
For Richard Alston music and dance are inseparable bedfellows though. They do not get much closer than in “Out of the Strong”. Previously danced at The Place under the working title “Even More,” Alston’s choreography conveys the moods inherent in Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata no.6,” itself very much a reflection of the composer’s personal and professional circumstances.

Russell Maliphant Company - 'AfterLight'
by David Mead
April 4, 2011-- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Russell Maliphant’s “AfterLight” began life as a 15-minute solo created in 2010 for the “Inspired by Diaghilev” programme at Sadler’s Wells that commemorated the centenary of the founding of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The piece has since been extended to a near hour-long work, the new sections featuring two additional dancers and new music by Andy Cowton, best known for his documentary and film soundtracks.

Romeo and Juliet

A selection of our past Romeo & Juliet reviews from around the ballet world. The image gallery will be updated as our editors are available!

American Ballet Theatre
by Jerry Hochman
July 10, 2010 matinee, Metropolitan Opera House, NYC, NY

Pacific Northwest Ballet
by Dean Speer
February 2, 2008, McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Love in Death
by David Mead
February 2006

National Ballet of Canada
by Kate Snedeker
March 11, 2009, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, ON

New York City Ballet
by Elizabeth McPherson
May 10, 2007, NY State Theatre, NYC, NY

Pennsylvania Ballet
by Lori Ibay
June 10, 2005, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA

Bolshoi Ballet
by Cassandra
July 26, 2004,The Royal Opera House, London, UK

Kirov Ballet
by Catherine Pawlick
June 20, 2006, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley
by Dean Speer
March 10, 2006, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, CA

Royal New Zealand Ballet
by Kate Snedeker
May 13, 2004, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, UK

Tulsa Ballet
by Gretchen Collins
September 29, 2007, Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, OK

Universal Ballet
by Jeff Kuo
August 7, 2004, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA

editors' choice

· National Ballet of Canada - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
June 4- 23, Toronto, Ontario
The National Ballet of Canada presents the North American premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's highly praised take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

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