High-energy “Propulsion” showcases Blythe Barton’s visceral combat, Lara Segura’s thorny relationships, Andrew Holmes’s deft use of space, and John Paul Lawson’s “Yippee! I get to leap!”
Beauty, the Beast, the artist, the body, the soul, and a lot of curtains: The classic “Beauty and the Beast” had to compete with a lot of other busyness from Malandain Ballet Biarritz. The result was some stunning dancing but not enough heart.
Reviewing City Ballet of San Diego’s “Nutcracker,” I wrote: “I’m eager to see [this company] make a grand jeté to the next level.” With this program, particularly exciting new works by Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins—and pianists from the New York City Ballet—they did it.
Relentless, brutal, an emotional roller-coaster … In “OCD Love,” L-E-V Dance Company’s six dancers occasionally connected and, more often, struggled, creating a society onstage that was high on alienation, short on comfort, and electrifying to watch. With influences from the Tel Aviv club scene, this Israeli dance company …
City Ballet’s superb “Nutcracker” features bravura dancing by the principals, sets and costumes created with loving detail, and a decent orchestra. But, having watched this company progress one small step at a time, I’m eager to see it make a grand jeté to the next level.
For a number of recent dances, Malashock has picked contemporary classical music with wide-ranging moods, dynamics, and tempi, and it’s led to some of his richest, most complex work. That’s the happy case with “yKNOT.” set to several pieces performed by the sextet yMusic Ensemble.