Rebecca Stenn Dance Company
by Elizabeth McPherson -- December 7, 2007, Dance New Amsterdam, New York City
This performance series marked the premiere of “Periphery,” a duet for choreographer Rebecca Stenn and Eric Jackson Bradley. The dance appeared to be about a relationship in which there is a strong connection between two individuals.
National Ballet of China - 'Raise the Red Lantern'
by Stuart Sweeney -- August 1, 2008, Royal Opera House, London
by Catherine Pawlick -- July 19, 2008, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Eighth Anuual Mariinsky Festival Opening Night
by Catherine Pawlick -- March 13, 2008, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Opening night of the Eighth Annual International Mariinsky Festival provided a cozy retreat from drizzle and near-freezing temperatures in chilly St. Petersburg this time of year.
The Eighth Anuual Mariinsky Festival Closing Night Gala Concert
by Catherine Pawlick -- March 23, 2008, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Messiah'
by Lori Ibay -- March 8, 2008 at 2:00pm -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant - 'PUSH'
by David Mead -- April 4, 2008, London Coliseum
“PUSH” has been honoured with four major dance awards and nominated for several others, and it’s easy to see why. The combination of Russell Maliphant and Sylvie Guillem is dance at its very best. Maliphant’s fluid and physical choreography alone is enough to grab you by itself, but when he performs it himself he seems to add an extra dimension. And then of course there is Guillem.
Pacific Northwest Ballet - Director's Choice Program
by Dean Speer -- March 15, 2008, Seattle, Washington
Cas Public - 'Diary' ('Journal intimé)
by David Mead -- May 8, 2008, Patrick Centre, Birmingham, UK
The Tehreema Mitha Dance Company - 'Across All Borders: A Choreography with Freedom'
by Carmel Morgan -- April 27, 2008, The Lyceum Museum, Alexandria, Virginia
Tehreema Mitha came to the United States in search of choreographic freedom. She had pushed the envelope as far as she could in her native Pakistan, where she headed the country’s only dance company. Mitha learned classical Indian Bharatanatyam-style dance from her mother, Indu Mitha, a noted teacher and performer. She is a gifted performer with a hunger for experimentation as well as traditional dance.
225th Anniversary of the Mariinsky Theatre - 16th Annual White Nights Festival
by Catherine Pawlick -- May 13, 2008, Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg
Royal Ballet - 'The Sleeping Beauty'
by Ana Abad-Carles -- 5 May 2008, Royal Opera House, London
Luna Negra Dance Theatre
by Elizabeth McPherson -- February 3, 2008, The New Victory Theatre, NYC
The Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theatre produces and presents works by Latino choreographers. The company of thirteen dancers is directed by Eduardo Vilaro, former principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico of New York. Though The New Victory Theatre is known for its programming for young people, this performance was not tailored to that audience, meaning that the dances were accessible to the young viewer, but appeared to be choreographed for a general audience.
Rachid Ouramdane - 'Far...'
by Theodore Bale -- May 17, 2008, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Stravinsky: 'Petrushka', 'Le Baiser de la fée', 'Card Game'
by David Mead -- July 3, 2008, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK
Downtown Dance Festival
by Elisabeth McPherson -- August 20, 2008, Chase Plaza, New York City
From August 16-24, over thirty dance companies performed in three downtown New York City locations as part of the Downtown Dance Festival 2008. Now in its 27th year, the festival was established by Battery Dance Company... Highlights of the program on August 20 were performances by Battleworks Dance Company & Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population.
Pacific Northwest Ballet - New Works Program: What's New Is Old Again
by Dean Speer -- November 8, 2008, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
· Sydney Festival
January 10-31, 2009 -- Various venues in and around Sydney, Australia
For three weeks, the festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 500 artists from Australia and globally covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums.
Cool New York 2009 DANCE Festival
January 29 - February 8, 2009 -- WHITE WAVE's John Ryan Theater
Nineteen performances in this year's program will feature both young choreographers and well-known ensembles.