Yet on stage, too, the reach of Cohan’s inspiration was no less clear, especially in the two specially commissioned works that paid homage to his own most classic choreography
Jeyasingh’s physical language is so insistent, so ineluctable in its flow, that it’s easiest just to let oneself be carried along by it.
It’s odd after Balanchine to have the men more in your mind than the women, given how much Mr B identified ballet with ballerinas, but it’s not just a reflection of the current state of the RB principals’ roster, where interesting men outnumber interest…
Untouchable is far from Shechter at his best. But – and it’s a big but – the work still feels like a milestone commission for the Royal. It was a big ask for these dancers to take on Shechter’s style, and they rise to it with a willing and winning intelligence.
[Shechter] told me recently that he didn’t want to be too experimental with the Royal Ballet – but the trouble is that experimenting is what he does best. Next time, here’s hoping Shechter lets his talent roar and truly, in all respects, makes the foundations o…
Innovation and dislocation were the accidental themes of this challenging triple bill; featuring over two hours of dance flavoured only by the merest hints of subject matter, without narrative or any other unifying idea. Continue Reading
The Place announced the launch of the inaugural Cohan Lecture and the re-launch of the Cohan Scholarship at a gala event to celebrate Robert Cohan CBE’s 90th birthday last week, and the immense contributio… Continue Reading
American multi-media artist Doug Aitken’s project takes over the Barbican this summer, with more than 100 free events over 30 days. Continue Reading
The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England (YDE) will work together to become a ‘go-to’ industry body... Continue Reading
Jeyasingh embodies his confusion brilliantly, both in the dangerously sinuous choreography she gives to the lead devadasi (a woman danced by a man) and in the way she uses her remaining eight dancers to portray, simultaneously, the visceral intensity of the devadasis and…
F Scott Fitzgerald’s era-defining novel, The Great Gatsby – which weaves potboiler tragic romance with a sharp-eyed lament for the hollowness of the American Dream – is an ambitious choice for … Continue Reading