Articles

George Céspedes: Reluctant wunderkind

By Donald Hutera In his dance Mambo 3XXI George Céspedes, the 30 year-old wunderkind of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, has created a subversive crowd-pleaser. His sensationally smart and sexy choreography gets maximum mileage out of a fabulous score by Nacional … Read more

Mark Morris Dance Group: Timeline

Date Event 1980 Mark Morris gets together some friends and colleagues, calls them the Mark Morris Dance Group, and puts on a show at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City. 1984 Presented by Dance Umbrella, the Mark Morris … Read more

Behind the Scenes with the Mark Morris Dance Group

By Mary Brennan In the course of this autumn tour across the UK, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) will make a welcome return to Edinburgh, a city that – no doubt along with many others on both sides of … Read more

Mark Morris has the rhythm and moves

By Mary Brennan Let’s tweak Shakespeare – something Mark Morris did not so long ago, with Romeo and Juliet – and declare: ‘If love of music is the food of dance – play on. Give this particular choreographer excess of … Read more

Dance Critics

Role of the Dance Critic

Donald Hutera and others on the British dance scene examine the relationship between artist and critic. The public tends to fall in love with Nederlands Dans Theater 2. British dance critics, on the other hand – and specifically the English … Read more

Focus on Paul Ghiselin – Ballet Master for The Trocks

Bring me my Swan costume… Paul Ghiselin muses on life with Ida Nevasayneva and on his role as ballet-master with the Trocks. By Mary Brennan For thousands of Trocks fans worldwide, there is one repertoire piece that they never tire … Read more

The Trocks: Company Class

You gotta have class, guys – or how to get the pointe of being a ballerina Mary Brennan sits in on a Trocks company class with teacher Laura Mas The CD player is belting out an upbeat version of ‘Yes, … Read more

All roads lead to the Hague

The global reach of NDT1 by Mary Brennan The chatter in the Green Room is such a lively mix of tongues it invites a quick reality check – am I at some UN conference? or is this really behind the … Read more

In conversation with Cloud Gate Theatre: An introduction

Elemental Matters: Donald Hutera on Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Something amazing tends to happen to people when they watch Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. The work of this internationally acclaimed troupe from Taiwan is, in essence, based on a fusion of … Read more

In Conversation with Cloud Gate Theatre: Deep Breathing

By Donald Hutera In its early days the company’s work drew upon a blend of Chinese opera, folklore, literature (Lin himself is a published writer) and contemporary Western styles. Then, after the lifting of martial law in 1987, Lin created … Read more