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New York CityMerce Cunningham Centennial

Joshua Whitehead of Ballet West in Merce Cunningham's Summerspace © Beau Pearson
Various, Cage
Merce Cunningham; Compagnie CNDC-Angers; Ballet West; The Washington Ballet

MunichJewels

Jewels
Various: Jewels
George Balanchine; Bavarian State Ballet; Robert Reimer; Peter Harvey; Barbara Karinska; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

LeipzigJohannes-Passion

© Ida Zenna
Bach: Johannes-Passion
Mario Schröder; Leipziger Ballett; Christoph Gedschold; Paul Zoller; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

BudapestProkofiev: Cinderella

Prokofiev: Cinderella
Prokofiev: Cinderella
Enrico Cecchetti; Lev Ivanov; Marius Petipa; Alexei Ratmansky; Mariinsky Ballet; Valery Gergiev; Elena Markovskaya; Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra

BarcelonaBallet de l'Opéra de Lyon

© Michel Cavalca
Various, Mozart
Jiří Kylián; Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon; Santiago Serrate; Joke Visser; Michael Simon

TokyoCinderella

Cinderella
Prokofiev: Cinderella
Sir Frederick Ashton; The National Ballet of Japan; Misato Tomita; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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Merce Cunningham's centennial kicks off at The Joyce

Joshua Whitehead of Ballet West in Merce Cunningham's Summerspace © Beau Pearson
Despite the uneven performances, the evening offered a painful reminder: the future of Cunningham's opus is fragile and delicate. With his own company disbanded, his future is in the hands of dancers who are not trained in his technique and did not have the good fortune of working directly with the great choreographer.
***11
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Merce Cunningham Trust: Night of 100 Solos

Joseph Sissens © Stephen Wright
This opener to a unique tri-city, same-day event celebrating Cunningham's centenary was a magical and tranquil collage.  
****1
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Lost Dog's alternative Juliet & Romeo

Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter in Juliet and Romeo © Jane Hobson
Clever in its concept, witty in its development, precise in its interpretation, refreshingly universal and accessible.
*****
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Alonzo King's LINES Ballet goes wild

Maya Harr, Babatunji and Madeline DeVries in Pole Star © Manny Crisostomo
A projection of green sky above shadowy mountains hovered behind their duet, and the curved bodies of the other dancers moved, barely visible, in the darkness of downstage.
****1
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Pure eye-candy: a dream of a Dream in Seattle

Ezra Thomson (Bottom) and Laura Tisserand (Titania) in Balanchine's Dream © Angela Sterling
A very fine performance, notable for the musicality which imbued each dancer’s presence and the excellent acting which kept the audience glued to the story.
*****
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Strong showing from International Draft Works 2019

for:jake © ROH | Bill Cooper
A sample of emerging choreographic talent from around the world that suggests a fascinating future
****1
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