5.Diana Vishneva in Carolyn Carlson's  Woman in a Room. Photo Gene Schiavone

Diana Vishneva: On the Edge

“In On the Edge, Diana Vishneva proves herself a woman of infinite variety – not to mention infinite charisma. She closes the evening with a casually staged coup: sauntering into the auditorium to share her tray of bitter-sweet lemons with a delighted audience. If this had been an election husting, I suspect she would have garnered every vote in the house.” Maggie Foyer reports.


La Dame aux Camelias (01). Igone de Jongh and Marijn Rademaker in La Dame aux Camelias.  Photo Angela Sterling

La Dame aux Camélias translates into Dutch passion

“John Neumeier’s La Dame aux Camélias written in 1978 has joined the repertoire of the Dutch National Ballet. The premiere saw a very special pairing of two Dutch principals, Marijn Rademaker, who has danced the role of Armand many times with Stuttgart Ballet, and Igone de Jongh, making her debut as Marguerite: she has the classical beauty and maturity while Rademaker brought his youthful ardour to ignite the flame.” Read here.


The Royal Ballet 2015-2016

The Royal Ballet has announced details of its 2015-16 season, which is to include four world premieres: a full-length ballet by Liam Scarlett, new one-act ballets by Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon, and a new production of Carmen by Carlos Acosta. David Mead looks ahead.


Lina Kim and Shane Wuerthner in Short Dialogues.  Photo Amitava Sarkar

Dance Salad 2015

Final reports from Dance Salad 2015.
There’s Dark dramatic fare in Rigor Mortis from Eastman, and Norwegian National Ballet in Ghosts; and a look at Newcomers and New Works from Houston Ballet and Queensland Ballet.


DV8's Hannes Langolf in Lloyd Newson's John.  Photo Hugo Glendenning

Leading choreographers raise concerns over UK contemporary dance training

Three of Britain’s best-known contemporary dance companies, Hofesh Shechter Company, DV8 and Akram Khan Company, have raised concerns over the standards of training in UK contemporary dance schools. David Mead reports their thoughts, and adds a few of his own. Read here.


Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet in Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake.   Photo Angela Sterling

Feathers, Fins, and Fine Capes: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake

From the plaintively evocative opening strains in the oboe, you know you’re in for a good ride at the ballet. Romantic and sweeping in its scope, Swan Lake makes a compelling case for its sustained popularity.
Dean Speer reports.


New York City Ballet in Pictures at an Exhibition. Photo Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet in DC

Carmel Morgan has mixed views on a mixed program (Symphonic Dances, Pictures at an Exhibition, This Bitter Earth, Everywhere We Go), finding the intriguing sculpture installation, Psychogeographies, more captivating than the dancing.
Read here.


The Walkers: PosterThe Walkers (行者)

Taiwanese choreographer Lin Lee-chen and her Legend Lin Dance Theatre are noted at home and overseas for their large-scale works that reflect the culture of Taiwan, inspired by rituals, rites and the rhythms of nature. A major new documentary explores her life and work. David Mead was at the release screening to take a look.
Read here.


Century Contemporary Dance Company in Wild Butterflies.  Photo Chou Chia-hui

Of marriage, relationships and city life: Century Contemporary Dance Company and Leipzig Ballet at TIFA

“Century Contemporary Dance Company (世紀當代舞團) artistic director Yao Shu-fen (姚淑芬) met Mario Schröder, her counterpart at Leipzig Ballet, a couple of years ago during a trip to Germany. She liked his contemporary ballet choreography so much that she invited him to collaborate with her company…Schröder and CCDC obviously hit it off big time. His Wild Butterflies (狂放的野蝶) made on Yao’s ensemble, is not only an excellent piece of dance, but quite simply one of the best pieces I’ve seen made by a foreign choreographer on a Taiwanese company.” David Mead reports.

More from the Taiwan International Festival of the Arts here.

Also from Taipei, David Mead reports on Focus Dance 2015, the graduate company of Taipei National University of the Arts.
Read here.


From New York

Jerry Hochman and Cecly Placenti on TAKE Dance in There and Here at the Schimmel Center at Pace University


Check out the latest CriticalDance regular columns

From San Francisco, Heather Desaulniers reports on San Francisco Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, ODC/Dance and much more.

And in the latest occasional Letter from Taipei, David Mead rounds up the March dance happenings in Taiwan’s capital.


Elsewhere…

Read Bryn E Namavari on Diablo Ballet‘s 21st anniversary celebration.

And Carmel Morgan on Jessica Lang Dance in Washington, DC, in a program where the concept swamped the choreography.


Like A Bomb Going Off, Leonid Jakobson

Book review: Like A Bomb Going Off, Leonid Jakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia

Charlotte Kasner takes a look at Janice Ross’ recent book on Soviet choreographer Leonid Jakobson. Read here.


And check out our new links to major choreographer and dancer archives, foundations, trusts and resources, under Other Resources on the Links pages.