Category Archives: Critical Dance

Ballet Reawakened: ABT’s new Sleeping Beauty

It was a thrill to be at the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of “The Sleeping Beauty,” restored from historical documents by Alexei Ratmansky. It was a trip back in time, a glamorous pageant and loads of fun, and I reviewed it for Critical Dance.

American Ballet Theatre's "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo by Doug Gifford.
American Ballet Theatre’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” Photo by Doug Gifford.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA: March 3, 2015

American Ballet Theatre artistic director Kevin McKenzie said that he wanted to mark the company’s 75th anniversary season with an iconic new “The Sleeping Beauty”, and he meant it. ABT’s spectacular new production (its fourth since 1976) premiered on March 3 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, with Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in the lead roles—and the world hasn’t seen anything like it since 1890.

Read the full review here.

Marcelo Gomes and Diana Vishneva in ABT's "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo by Gene Schiavone.
Marcelo Gomes and Diana Vishneva in ABT’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” Photo by Gene Schiavone.

February Review Redux

February came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. For the curious, here are the end-of-month notices.

*Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion’s Pavement at YBCA in San Francisco, Feb. 19 (Critical Dance)

Kyle Abraham in Pavement. Photo: Steven Schreiber.
Kyle Abraham in Pavement. Photo: Steven Schreiber.

*Ballet San Jose’s MasterPieces, Feb. 22 (Critical Dance)

*San Francisco Ballet’s Program 3, Feb. 24, including the long-awaited world premiere of Myles Thatcher’s Manifesto (DanceTabs)

Coming up…the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. So exciting!

Review Roundup

It’s a thrill to be writing reviews for Critical Dance and DanceTabs. Here’s for starters:

*DanceTabs review of Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature, San Francisco, January 15, 2015

*Critical Dance review of Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker, December 20, 2014

*Critical Dance review of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in Shostakovich and Rasa, November 20, 2014

*Critical Dance review of Batsheva Dance Company’s Sadeh21, San Francisco, November 6, 2014

*Critical Dance review of the Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake, Berkeley, October 16, 2014