Mark Morris and his dancers haven’t exactly been absent from Britain in the last decade. But they’ve only performed their large-scale pieces and projects, and it’s been too long since we’ve seen the mixed programmes, the little works that reveal t…
What he does looks quite simple. He sets steps to wonderful music, played live, and performed by people who have a vitality very different from the kind of etoliated intensity of most dancers. Yet in fact Morris’s choreographic conceits, his sheer invention as he respo…
Satie apparently wanted his composition to be ‘white and pure’ and Morris captures that transparency beautifully. His musical integrity is undeniable, but only this final work reaches a higher plane. Otherwise, it’s a sober evening.
There were 20 different short pieces on view including eight premieres & one UK premiere, plus second showings of three works. Along with a pretty ambitious programme there was the fine venue itself... Continue Reading
Capturing comedy in ballet is difficult without descending into vulgar slapstick but Cranko’s genius lies in creating a clever mix of subtle parody, lyrical dance & a brisk momentum that allows the far… Continue Reading
This Thursday take a peek behind the scenes at some of the ballet stars of the future - online from 5.30pm... Continue Reading
This programme provokes an overwhelming thought that Clark’s newer work seems now to be hovering in the slipstream left by the shooting star that was Merce Cunningham... Continue Reading
There is a certain serene beauty to the precision-tooled, skewed-classical movements.. but the disconnect between those strictly shaped arms.. and the dreamy electronic pop soundtrack, doesn’t seem to yield anything very insightful or thrilling.
Earlier this year Alina Cojocaru left the Royal Ballet to join English National Ballet - enjoying a transformation under the leadership of her friend Tamara Rojo. She talks to the Observer's Luke Jennings... Continue Reading
Michael Clark was always a pop rebel with a classical heart, from his ballet training to his 1980s art-fashion triumphs. His latest work.. puts both sides into its opening image. Julie Cunningham descends from on high, like a shaven-headed angel with beautiful feet.
Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Company has bright dancers who look ready to take on everything. In the mixed bill Particle Velocity, they go from the lyricism of Richard Alston’s All Alight to the messy relationship of Douglas Thorpe’s Tender Crazy Love.
The dancers – Cunningham, Harry Alexander, Melissa Hetherington, Oxana Panchenko, Daniel Squire and Benjamin Warbis – are formidable, and the lighting and costumes are transfixing.
The evening’s standout work was Jo Meredith’s Chimera. Meredith is a working dancer whose next engagement is in Will Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows, which transfers to the West End in December. But she is also, as her 2009 piece Vulnerasti demonstr…
It’s all professionally enough executed, but there’s no evidence that Clark has anything to say – or indeed feels the need to have anything to say – and the overwhelming impression, as the muted applause of his loyal audience attests, is of an artist ru…