Homemade Jam. BalletCollective Aotearoa with Tawa College dance group

6 July 2024. Te Auaha Theatre, Wellingtonreviewed by Jennifer Shennan This attractive program takes the unpretentious title Homemade Jam, as if to say, ‘We can’t afford to import posh marmalade from Harrods so we’ve made our own jam from the fruit in the orchard here.’ With a full house at both performances, and sold-out printed programs, BalletCollective Aotearoa (BCA) must

Vismaya—Amazement. Mudra Dance Company with visiting musicians

choreography Vivek Kinraauspices of Chamber Music New Zealand29 June 2024. Q Theatre, Auckland30 June 2024. Meteor Theatre, Hamilton2 July 2024. Little Theatre, Lower Huttreviewed by Jennifer Shennan Vismaya is Sanskrit for Amazement and proved the perfect title for this highly enterprising project of Bharata Natyam, South Indian classical dance, in performances and workshops on a national tour to five centres—Auckland,

Dance diary. June 2024

Former Australian Ballet dancer (and a graduate of the Australian Ballet School), Remi Wörtmeyer, has been appointed artistic director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. The press from BalletMet has further information and some online examples of his dancing and choreography. Follow this link. Wörtmeyer’s career has been diverse to say the least. In addition to his dance-related activities, which include

The Dataset. Australian Dance Party

27 June 2024. The Vault, Dairy Road Precinct, Canberra The Dataset took place in the Vault, an expansive, untheatrical space in the Dairy Road Precinct in Fyshwick, a largely industrial area in Canberra. The Vault has been used effectively before by Alison Plevey’s Australian Dance Party, in particular with From the Vault in 2019. But it needs an exceptional production

Coppélia. Queensland Ballet

22 June 2024 (matinee). The Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane I didn’t see Greg Horsman’s version of Coppélia, a joint production between Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet, when it was first performed back in 2014. But, having admired his reimagining of La Bayadère (despite efforts by some to remove it, and other productions of Bayadère, from the world-wide

Momenta. Sydney Dance Company

21 June 2024. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre Below is a slightly enlarged version of my review of momenta, originally published online by Dance Australia on 24 June 2024. A link to the Dance Australia version is at this link. The word momenta is the plural form of momentum, a word that means ‘the product of the mass and velocity

Elixir Festival, 2024

10–20 April, 2024. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Londonreviewed by Sonia York-Pryce It has been 10 years since the inaugural Elixir Festival, the brainchild of Chief Executive & Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding, and Artistic Programmer and Producer of the Elixir Festival, Jane Hackett. Created in 2014 as ‘a celebration of creative ageing’, the 4-day festival thrust the subjectivity of

Horizon. Bangarra Dance Theatre

13 June 2024. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House Below is my slightly enlarged review of Horizon, originally published online by Dance Australia on 17 June 2024. A link to the Dance Australia version is at this link. Horizon is a collaborative venture focusing on selected dance customs and activities in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. It is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first mainstage, international collaborative initiative, a momentous and

Dance diary. May 2024

Given the publication of my book, Kristian Fredrikson. Designer by Melbourne Books in 2020, I am always interested in the winners of the biennial award of the Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship. My book would never have been published without the generous donations I received via the Australian Cultural Fund, and from royalties owing to Fredrikson during the year I was struggling

Subject to Change. QL2 Dance

16 May 2024. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre Below is a slightly enlarged version of my review of Subject to Change, which was published on 17 May in Canberra CityNews. Three separate works made up Subject to Change, the 2024 production by Quantum Leap, the pre-professional youth performance group at Canberra’s QL2 Dance. First up was Kaleidoscope choreographed by Gabrielle