Luz San Miguel as Giselle. (Photo: Mark Frohna)
30 MARCH 2015

Firing squads & zombies in Milwaukee Ballet’s war-time Giselle

Michael Pink’s reworking of Giselle for Milwaukee Ballet may not be the most farfetched distortion of the Romantic classic. But Pink’s setting of the ballet in a 1940’s Jewish ghetto, policed by armed guards, and the mass execution of ghetto inhabitants, who then resurrect as zombie-like Wilis in white pyjamas, …

World première of Myles Thatcher's Manifesto (Photo: Erik Tomasson)
15 MARCH 2015

The highs and lows of San Francisco Ballet’s latest mixed bills

San Francisco Ballet unleashed 24-year-old corps dancer Myles Thatcher’s latest creation on a wildly enthusiastic audience on February 24th – an audience that included dance world luminaries William Forsythe and Natalia Makarova, whose work was also on display in a decidedly mixed bill.…

Annali Rose and Kendall Teague in Jessica Lang's Eighty-One (Photo: Robert Shomler)
10 MARCH 2015

Only four more days to keep Ballet San Jose alive

Ballet San Jose danced their heart out last month in a dazzling, ambitious program of iconic American works by Balanchine, Robbins and Tharp, of which we wrote:

The company, with an infusion of new, youthful talent from Cuba, China, and points beyond – imported by the charismatic José Manuel