The Season Rolls On…

Ratmansky’s “Odessa” is back at NYCB for just a few performances. I wasn’t allowed to review it last season because I’d watched a couple of rehearsals (company policy). So I was glad to revisit the ballet—which caused some controversy—and get to think about it again.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz, Odessa. Photo by Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet held a gala evening with premieres of dances by young choreogarphers. I particularly enjoyed Justin Peck’s new “Pulcinella Variations,” his first stab at a real “classical” ballet. My review is here.

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

I got to watch Julio Bocca and Alessandra as they coached a group of students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in a scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a ballet they danced together countless times. I wrote about it for the New Yorker Culture Blog.

Teen-age dance students at a ballet workshop led by the former stars Julio Bocca and Alessandra Ferri, in New York City.

 

‘Tis the Season

Dance season arrived last week with a vengeance. Suddenly there is just too much to see, too much to choose from! Here are a few of the things I’ve caught around town:

  1. Twyla Tharp at the Joyce
Sara Rudner and Rose Marie Wright in The Raggedy Dances at ANTA Theatre (1972). © William Pierce

 

 

Here’s my review.

2.Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Salva Sanchis’s “A Love Supreme,” at New York Live Arts

Rosas in A Love Supreme. Photo by Maria Baranova.

Here’s my review.

3. The New York City Ballet fall gala, with works by Troy Schumacher, Gianna Reisen, Lauren Lovette and Justin Peck

Indiana Woodward in Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Here’s my review. 

This is a portrait of Breanna O’Mara (by Claudia Kempf) of Breanna O’Mara, part of a new generation of dancers who are beginning to fill the ranks at Tantzheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. A full 15 of the 36 dancer joined after Pina’s death. This week, the company is coming to BAM to perform Café Müller and The Rite of Spring. (O’Mara will dance Pina’s role in Café Müller 9/19-20.) For the Times, I spoke with O’Mara, the legendary Nazareth Panadero, and Tsai-Chin Yu about what it’s like to dance these works after Pina.

See link here.