Friday, 13 January 2012 – 22 Links

by Bruce Marriott on January 13, 2012

Links today on: Trocks Interview, Hofesh Shechter, NYCB Season preview, Parsons Dance, DanceMotion USA, Place Resolution!, Bhangra and more…

INTERVIEW: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Tory Dobrin, Paul Ghiselin and others
Trockaderos revel in paradox
Chicago
by Sid Smith
“These older ballets have such a wealth of choreography in terms of their steps,” Dobrin says. “A lot of contemporary ballets are interesting, but the actual steps employed just aren’t as sophisticated. Costume some of these old works that we do in spandex, and you’d say, ‘Wow, a modern hit.’ A lot of people who love ballet respond to that.”
Chicago Tribune

REVIEW:   Hofesh Shechter
Is it possible for a show with 200 drummers to be a damp squib? It is now
Survivor
UK, London, Barbican
by Ismene Brown
“Empty vessels make the most noise. That pithy old aphorism floated into my head a scant few minutes into the much-heralded new work by the undoubtedly talented, but here way off-beam, Hofesh Shechter.”
The Arts Desk

PREVIEW: New York City Ballet
Wheeldon and Dealin’: New York City Ballet returns with Balanchine and Wheeldon works
New York
by Susan Reiter
“This season’s major premiere sounds a lot more promising. Christopher Wheeldon, while no longer the company’s resident choreographer, remains a regular contributor to the repertory and continues to be one of the ballet world’s most significant and in-demand choreographers. His 18th work for the company, set to Bizet’s robustly melodious L’Arlesienne Suites No. 1 and 2, features a cast of 20, including five principal couples.”
City ARts

REVIEW:   Parsons Dance
A solid jump for Joyce
Round My World, Swing Shift, A Stray’s Lullaby, Caught
USA, New York, Joyce Theater
Dancers: Bourne
by Leigh Witchel
“…it’s a pleasant surprise to see his current show is still entertaining, but with more substance – and less cheddar.”
New York Post

REVIEW:   Parsons Dance
All Lines Lead to a Circle In David Parsons’s Orbit
Round My World, Swing Shift, Step Into My Dream duet, Caught, A Stray’s Lullaby
USA, New York, Joyce SoHo
Dancers: Bourne
by Brian Seibert
“Yet in the middle of a Parsons program, the inscrutability was actually refreshing. Even with its flaws, Ms. Skarpetowska’s dance made you think.”
New York Times


Place Resolution!

REVIEW:   AD Dance Company
Sarah Crompton reviews The Place’s enterprising dance programme – 3 stars
Resolution! 2012: FAWN
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Noble
by Sarah Crompton
“It didn’t scream its originality, but deserves five stars for effort and promise.”
Daily Telegraph

REVIEW:   The Ticket Theatre Dance
Sarah Crompton reviews The Place’s enterprising dance programme – 3 stars
Resolution! 2012: Scratched
UK, London, The Place
by Sarah Crompton
“…a promisingly amusing idea …with a lot of aimless noodling…”
Daily Telegraph

REVIEW:   Eleanor Sikorski
Sarah Crompton reviews The Place’s enterprising dance programme – 3 stars
Resolution! 2012: Chocolate
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Sikorski
by Sarah Crompton
“It felt like a thin idea endlessly expanded…”
Daily Telegraph

REVIEW:   Replica Dance Company
Resolution! 2012: 414
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Bendell, Pickard
by Josephine Leask
“Pickard has a remarkable physical pathos which pulls us right into their intense but short-lived romance.”
The Place

REVIEW:   Replica Dance Company
Resolution! 2012: 414
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Bendell, Pickard
by Natalia Okeke
“Time stands still just for a while, long enough to be stunned by this performance by Hannily Bendell and Thomas Pickard.”
The Place

REVIEW:   Eithne Kane and Dominick Mitchell Bennett
Resolution! 2012: When Kane Met Conspicuous
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Bennett, Kane
by Josephine Leask
“While punishing to witness this duo, I can’t help but admire their stamina.”
The Place

REVIEW:   Eithne Kane and Dominick Mitchell Bennett
Resolution! 2012: When Kane Met Conspicuous
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Bennett, Kane
by Natalia Okeke
“…a strange and athletic choreography.”
The Place

REVIEW:   Ffin 2
Resolution! 2012: The Art of Riot
UK, London, The Place
by Josephine Leask
“Powerful lasting impressions make up for some naïve choreography.”
The Place

REVIEW:   Ffin 2
Resolution! 2012: The Art of Riot
UK, London, The Place
Dancers: Fine, Sandford
by Natalia Okeke
“Perhaps tackling a theme too large for a small company to embody, this was not quite the success that I’d hoped for.”
The Place



REVIEW:   Force Majeure

A lively slap in the face
Never Did Me Any Harm
Australia, Sydney, Wharf 1
Dancers: Crowley, Howard, McCracken, Mu
by Deborah Jones
“I doubt anyone will leave the theatre changed or surprised, although they will have been delighted.”
Australian

Dance and Diplomacy – DanceMotion USA
DanceMotion USA to take shows to countries off the beaten path
Washington
By Rebecca Ritzel
“The Brookland venue hosted 160 performers and diplomatic guests at an event celebrating DanceMotion USA, the State Department initiative that will send four American dance companies to countries that are mostly off the beaten tourist path. The Boise, Idaho-based modern Trey McIntyre Project is headed for Asia. Philadelphia hip-hoppers from Rennie Harris Puremovement are off to the Middle East. New York’s Sean Curran Company will perform modern dance in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic…”
Washington Post

REVIEW:   Daniel Linehan
Juxtaposing Movement And Speech
Not About Everything, Zombie Aporia
USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center
Dancers: Lac, Linehan, Rosengren
by Gia Kourlas
“In this solo (Not About Everything) he demonstrates a significant goal of his work: to show the contrast between movement and language, or action versus sound.”
New York Times

NEWS: BBC Radio Dance Nation series – Deborah Bull 
Deborah Bull to explore dance’s social role in R4 series
London
by Matthew Hemley
“Royal Opera House creative director Deborah Bull is to front a five-part BBC series looking at the role dance has played socially in Britain’s history.
“Deborah Bull’s Dance Nation will be broadcast on Radio 4, and is being made by independent company Just Radio.”
Stage

Toronto Arts Funding – not cuts
Toronto budget: Arts funding won’t be cut
Toronto
by Martin Knelman
“The executive committee of city council voted in favour of sustaining arts funding levels at the same level that prevailed in 2011.
“Translation: If this decision is endorsed by full council next week as expected, arts funding totalling $19 million will be provided through the Toronto Arts Council, local arts service organizations and direct funding to the city’s major arts organizations.”
Toronto Star

PREVIEW: Shen Yun Performing Arts and Chinese New Year Carnival 2012
Troupes present two views of China
Toronto
By Michael Crabb
“Both groups variously claim to celebrate China’s regional and ethnic diversity. So why, you might ask, don’t they join forces and make the whole affair even more mind-blowingly spectacular? The answer has to do with politics.”
Toronto Star

REVIEW:   Peter Schaufuss Ballet
Romeo and Juliet
UK, Brighton, Brighton Dome
Dancers: Oki, Wise
by Richard Amey
“SIR FRED has left his Romeo and Juliet in hands safe and sure.”
Midhurst and Petworth Observer

Dance Fitness – Bhangra
Urban Athlete
A Wedding Dance That’s Also a Workout
New York
By Shivani Vora
“Apparently I’m behind the times. Dance studios, gyms and clubs in New York City and beyond focus on the fitness aspects of bhangra, a centuries-old folk dance from northern India that farmers still perform to celebrate the harvest
NY Times

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