Month: July 2015

Frame[d] – New Youth Dance Company – Jerwood House Ipswich, July 21 2015

In a show lasting sixty minutes the New Youth Dance Company (NYDC) seemed to expend enough energy to power a small nation. That nation something like an ideal – a shared enterprise of dance. The pieces stressed the brotherhood of human ambition and addressed discrimination against disability; war and general conflict, ostracism, judgemental attitudes, common pain – with a smattering of neurobiology added for good measure!

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The Bakkhai – The Almeida, July 23 2015 8pm

The short: anyone expecting “the Ben Whishaw show” may be disappointed – (it’s not his show, it’s the ensemble’s – but he is good,) in this new, largely faithful version of Euripides’ classic.

The long:

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Cinderella – Dutch National Ballet, The Coliseum, July 11th 2015

Put me down as “not enchanted”. This Cinderella felt thoroughly bland, lacking much to warm the heart even in places where it should do. I didn’t care too much about Cinderella’ s “journey”. I didn’t think the Prince was too likeable. Having him jape around with his buddy was a strange interjection. The magic struggled to emerge: paganism is not as enchanting as a magic wand waving to make everything aright. Brave choices by Wheeldon at each turn, but I wasn’t carried away to believe in the fairytale. Too, I didn’t quite feel the romance. Whether due to casting, performance or story or all three, this wasn’t quite the dance spectacle I had hoped for. (more…)

One To Watch? Eleonora Sevenard, student at Vaganova Academy

Eleonora Sevenard is a student at the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg. She’s in her 6th year, soon to be 7th year class, which means she graduates end of 2017. She is perhaps 17 years old here.

The pas de deux “Искупление” (Atonement) choreographed by Kseniya Zvereva is danced to John William’s Schindler’s List theme. Sevenard is partnered by Manuel Garrido from Spain.

Eleonora Sevenard in "Atonement"

Eleonora Sevenard in Zvereva’s  “Atonement”

To my eye its a lovely piece, and Sevenard displays an artistic maturity and musicality rare for her years.

The first video is “Atonement” entire. Her grasp of technique and security of execution is evident in the second video, a variation from Petipa’s “Cavalry Halt”.

Who knows what she will go on to do? The world is full of promising young dancers, but for now, enjoy the videos.

Watson + Whelan – Other Stories, July 10th 2015

No doubt about it, the pairing of Watson and Whelan is an inspired one. They in fact share similar physical characteristics – both are rangy in body, gifted with an eloquently athletic élan, and both excel in contemporary choreography. Both are in the latter part of their careers with which comes experience and artistic ability. So too I gather they share a similar mindset on objectives and visions for their dance. (more…)