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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Australian Ballet in New York reviews

Alastair Macaulay, New York Times: mixed program:
" A solo for Daniel Gaudiello, with his limbs pulling him open in opposite directions, and his legs and feet pulsating, is the single finest dance I have seen by Mr. McGregor; it makes Mr. Gaudiello both fascinating and appealing... Most of his dances look like a brew of gimmickry and stunts, and the idea of humanity that emerges from his work inclines toward the freakish. New York has recently experienced at least two other dances done to Mr. Reich’s “Double Sextet”; Mr. McGregor’s revealed the architecture of the music far less than the pieces by Larry Keigwin and Peter Quanz"

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/arts/dance/australian-ballet-at-the-koch-theater.html

Swan Lake (Graeme Murphy)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/arts/dance/swan-lake-by-australian-ballet-at-koch-theater.html?_r=1

Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times:

"The Australians’ placid performance often struggled to compete with the rough energy that New York emanates"

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/fb9d9a2a-b540-11e1-ad93-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%252Frss%252Flife-arts_theatre-dance%252Ffeed%252F%252Fproduct#axzz1xg4A3lHh 

Margaret Fuhrer, Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-fuhrer/the-australian-ballets-in_b_1604090.html 

Vanity Fair

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/06/australian-ballet-50th-anniversary-david-koch-theater#slide=1

Marina Harss, dancetabs.com
"The good news is that the dancers are excellent: athletic, superbly trained, with lovely lines and crisp footwork, and an unmannered, open style. The bad news is that, for the most part, the repertory – at least what we saw here – was not on the same level."

http://www.dancetabs.com/2012/06/australian-ballet-infinity-mixed-bill-swan-lake-new-york/


Wendy Perron, Dance magazine:
"Graeme Murphy’s choreography, step for step, lift for lift, is complex and daring. He uses more modern-dance type back curves than most ballet choreographers. His organic patterns for the swans (in Odette's dream and later) really show them as a flock."

http://www.dancemagazine.com/blogs/dance-glance/4465

Robert Gottlieb, New York Observer

http://observer.com/2012/06/what-makes-the-firebird-sing-at-abt-alexei-ratmanskys-action-packed-version-has-energetic-bird-engaging-maiden/  


Video trailer of the program here:


more about the ballets here:
http://www.australianballet.com.au/newyork2012

cool photos of Australian Ballet dancers in famous NY locations (on Facebook)
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150952820966132.439188.64013826131&type=3

and slideshow of dancers in rehearsal:
http://www.behindballet.com/new-york-tour-2012-the-rehearsals/

and the insider's view: Australian Ballet ballerina Juliet Burnett blogs about the tour to NY:

http://www.behindballet.com/a-ballerina-in-manhattan/

If you love ballet, check out my season of outstanding ballet trips in 2012-13 by clicking here.

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