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  • Carmen – Solo de Dança Contemporânea de Cuba

    Carmen – Solo de Dança Contemporânea de Cuba

    Everyone is familiar with the opera Carmen, always a huge crowd pleaser. The choreography chosen for Danca Contemporanea’s Carmen was energetic, atheletic, and contemporary, certainly fitting this company’s contemporary style. However, the choreography wasn’t quite what I expected to see and although it was a strong performance executed by a skilled technician, I thought it was a bit boring and odd at places. Performed in 2008 at Joinville’s Dance Festival in southern Brazil, one of the world’s largest events of […]

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  • Baryshnikov – “That’s Life”, a tribute to Sinatra

    Baryshnikov – “That’s Life”, a tribute to Sinatra

    Here we have a little Sinatra but a lot more Baryshnikov as he and Elaine Kudo dance to Ole Blue Eyes’ “That’s Life.” We probably know Baryshnikov more as a dancer and choreographer than an actor, but there’s little question about his Thespian talents as we watch his interpretation of Sinatra’s “That’s Life” as choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Originally broadcast almost 30 years ago as “Baryshnikov by Tharp” for television’s Dance in America, it was the recipient of two Emmy […]

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  • Rock the Ballet – Ne Me Quitte Pas

    Rock the Ballet – Ne Me Quitte Pas

    Ne Me Quitte pas, Don’t Leave Me, is a beautiful, emotional performance by Bad Boys of Dance. Intense, but controlled energy. At 2’55” you’ll see a rather unusual sequence which I found difficult to relate to given the mood of the piece, however. Very sedate when compared to much of what Bad Boys does. If you enjoy the personal and emotional nature of Ne Me Quitte Pas, please like then share with others.

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  • Rock the Ballet – Carmen (dance with blow-up dolls)

    Rock the Ballet – Carmen (dance with blow-up dolls)

    The title pretty much tells the tale. The blow up doll is an entire industry in and of itself, so it shouldn’t be surprising when those dolls’ feet are set to tappin’…”with a little help from (our) friends”, of course. And that’s exactly what Rock the Ballet has done! This is just, simply put, plain funny. The exaggerated seriousness of the male dancers as they dance with these inert, lifeless inflatables plus the selection of Carmen for music make it […]

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  • Circa – Wunderkammer

    Circa – Wunderkammer

    Circa, a modern circus, much less dance… It’s a circus with a twist where, in the full-length performance, roles are reversed and women are the ones who catch and carry the men. A twist, unlike traditional circus, where performers showcase their individual skills… Wunderkammer, translated “wonder room” or “cabinet of wonder” in Renaissance Europe, refers to a cabinet of collections of objects that hadn’t yet been defined. Circa performs Wunderkammer with a detachment that seems to say, “Here I am; […]

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  • Ballet Revolucion – Concerto

    Ballet Revolucion – Concerto

    Seductive, sexy, savvy, and diverse. Diverse not only in style of dance but equally so in music as well as costume. A distinctive Cuban look and feel, yes, but one that also reaches beyond the borders of Cuba…toward Britain and its vocalists, toward pop music around the world. Into Spain, Argentina, Jamaica, the United States… A blend of ballet, hip hop, and contemporary, Ballet Revolucion is energy, high energy, and talent, lots of it. But despite its diversity of style, […]

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  • Sydney Dance Company – 360°- So You Think You Can Dance

    Sydney Dance Company – 360°- So You Think You Can Dance

    Sydney Dance Company’s 360o danced to Foetus’ “Hemo The Cuckold” during the Australian version of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2009.. Upbeat, contemporary, with patterns of movement complex enough to make your head spin. Any performance is much more dynamic when seen live, of course; but I think this is especially true of 360o because of its high energy nature. That energy is lost in video. Also, the live performance would allow it to come “full 360 circle” […]

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  • Sydney Dance Company – Rafael Bonachela’s We Unfold

    Sydney Dance Company – Rafael Bonachela’s We Unfold

    Sydney Dance Company’s We Unfold, choreographed and directed by Rafael Bonachela. Music: Ezio Bosso’s Symphony No. 1, Oceans, for Cello and Orchestra. The choreography was a collaborative one with Bonachela and the dancers. When the piece was being created, the dancers were asked to improvise, to develop relationships among one another, and to see where this led them artistically. Against the backdrop of starlit darkness projected onto a screen, we watch a striking duet which then seamlessly changes to different […]

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  • Mémoires d’Oubliettes Jirí Kylián Nederlands Dans Theater I

    Mémoires d’Oubliettes Jirí Kylián Nederlands Dans Theater I

    Memories d’Oubliettes, Forgotten Memories, is Kylian’s last piece as resident choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater, having created more than 100 works during his tenure. Performed by Theater 1 during its 50th Anniversary Tour, Memoires d’Oubliettes gives us what we’ve come to expect over the years from Kylian in its highly unusual, very creative, unexpected choreography. Did it bring back wonderful memories of other works? Absolutely? Was it skillfully executed. Certainly from my perspective it was. However, for all its ingenuousness, […]

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  • Jiri Kylian’s Black and White – Performed by the Boston Ballet

    Jiri Kylian’s Black and White – Performed by the Boston Ballet

    Jiri Kylian’s Black and White ballets are actually five pieces that were choreographed between 1986 and 1991. No More Play, Petite Mort, Sarabande, Falling Angels, and Sechs Tanze. When the Boston Ballet performed the Black and White ballets in 2009 to popular acclaim, it was the first company other than Nederlands Dans Theater to do so. Here you see excerpts from each. You might say that each ballet gives you a mental and emotional framework to work within. Then it’s […]

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