‘Rock the Ballet’ by Adrienne Canterna starring Bad Boys of Dance ~ review

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‘Rock the Ballet’

Last week, I went to see ‘Rock the Ballet’, choreographed by Adrienne Canterna and featuring the Bad Boys of Dance.

As soon as ‘Rock the Ballet’ starts, the theatre is filled with contagious fun and energy. The first scene showcases the six Bad Boys of Dance, before dancing beauty Adrienne comes onto the stage, seducing them all. Continue reading

Interview with Yacobson Ballet’s principal dancers

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The Lilac Fairy, Aurora and Prince Désiré in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ – copyright Yacobson Ballet

Before attending St Petersburg’s State Academic Yacobson Ballet’s performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, I spoke to three principal dancers: Alla Bocharova (Aurora), Darya Elmakova (the Lilac Fairy), and Andrey Sorokin (Prince Désiré), as well as Lidia Zernova, the company manager.

Alla and Darya both studied at the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy in St Petersburg, and Andrey studied at Perm State Choreographic College. Andrey has been dancing with Yacobson Ballet for six months, and Alla and Darya are both on their fourth season. Continue reading

Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project ~ review

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‘Reflections’ – copyright Rose Eichenbaum

Earlier this week, I went to see Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project perform four pieces from their repertoire (Reflections by Benjamin Millepied; Duets by Martha Graham; Helix by Justin Peck; and Hearts and Arrows by Benjamin Millepied).

They were all incredibly different, each had, I thought, its own particular meaning. Continue reading

Interviews with LINES dancers

Some members of the LINES company very kindly agreed to chat with me after the perfomance, for which I’m very grateful; they were all so lovely!

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Michael Montgomery – RJ Muna

What’s it like working for LINES ballet?

LINES was actually my dream company, and I got asked to join them in my junior year in college. I really think that Alonzo [King]’s philosophies on dance, movement and arts intertwine perfectly with nature and humanity. He has a way of stripping away all that materialistic crap that dance can get self-absorbed in. It’s a lot of hard work physically and spiritually, but it’s really rewarding. It’s a moment where I’m really grateful to be alive and be dancing. Continue reading

‘Shostakovich/Writing Ground’ by Alonzo King with LINES Ballet ~ review

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Meredith Webster and men in Writing Ground – Margo Moritz (Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet)

Right from the opening, it was obvious why the company is called LINES ballet: the simplicity of the lighting, decor, and costumes meant you could completely focus on the stunning lines created by the dancers’ incredibly fluid bodies. It was almost like watching a series of still photographs, swept up into a swirl of movement. Continue reading

‘Pixel’ by Mourad Merzouki and Adrien M / Claire B, with Käfig Dance ~ review

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Pixel – copyright Laurent Philippe

Last Saturday night, I went to see ‘Pixel’ by Mourad Merzouki’s Käfig, a hip hop show, created in collaboration with the digital design company Adrien M / Claire B.

As soon as the curtain went up, my attention was grabbed by the simple yet beautiful set; the stage was dotted with candle-like lights, which moved around as the dancers performed. Continue reading

An interview with Random Dancers

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After seeing the show ‘Atomos’, I was lucky enough to have the chance to meet dancers Catarina Carvalho, Jessica Wright, and Travis Clausen-Knight.

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I first asked Travis how working with Wayne McGregor is different from working with other choreographers. Travis described working with Wayne as a very fast and intense process, and said Wayne’s work is very collaborative. Continue reading