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Review: 17 September 2014
Nederlands Dans Theater
At the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, the Dutch contemporary dance troupe presents works by choreographers Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, and the tandem, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot.

Review: 16 September 2014
Platel and her 'Petits Rats' Mark Ten Years
Students of the Paris Opera Ballet School celebrate Elisabeth Platel's 10th anniversary as Director of the renowned French shool of dance.

Review: 6 July 2014
Wim Vandekebus' Booty Looty
Flemish choreographer Wim Vandekeybus and his company Ultima Vez create confrontational and intensely physical works that push dancers and technology beyond their limits. Critic Patricia Boccadoro asks whether his latest work is more photography and theatre rather than dance. 

Review: 25 June 2014
Versailles Festival: Béjart Ballet Lausanne
Dance editor Patricia Boccadoro on the Béjart Ballet Lausanne at the Chateau de Versailles. 

Review: 23 June 2014
Triple Bill: Balanchine / Millepied / Buren
Conceptual artist Daniel Buren shows off his own choreography of forms at the Bastille.

Review: 15 May 2014
Emanuel Gat Dance: The Goldlanbergs
Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat was back in Paris with his own troupe performing a work set to music by Bach, interpreted by Glenn Gould.

Review: 14 May 2014
L. A. Dance Project 2
The Los Angeles-based troupe interpreted works by the Japanese choreographer, Hiroaki Umeda, Israeli-born Emanuel Gat, New York's young Justin Peck and founder Benjamin Millepied. 

Feature: 8 May 2014
Agnès Letestu Bids 'Au Revoir' to the Paris Opera Ballet
With a final performance of John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias, the official career of Paris Opera Ballet star Agnès Letestu came to an end.

Review: 10 April 2014
Agnes de Mille / Birgit Cullberg: The Private Worlds of Very Different Women

A review of two major works from two of the most important choreographers of the 20th century, both women.

Review: 8 April 2014
'Eugene Onegin' and the Nomination of an Étoile

Comings and goings at the Paris Opera Ballet are often emotional moments.

Review: 7 April 2014
Is Dave St-Pierre All Shock and No Awe?

"Neither sexy nor erotic, gangs of over-excited naked people were jumping on and off tables shouting unintelligible things at the tops of their voices," writes Patricia Boccadoro of Canadian Dave St-Pierre's final installment of his trilogy on love.

Review: 27 March 2014
Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty Revived at the Bastille

Patricia Boccadoro on a key work in Nureyev's career and the ultimate expression of the Saint Petersburg style.

Review: 10 March 2014
Akram Khan Company: iTMOi (in the mind of Igor
)  
The Anglo-Indian choreographer has imagined what he believed to be inside Stravinsky's mind when he wrote his legendary Rite of Spring.

Review: 21 February 2014
Hofesh Shecter's Sun

A review of Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter's latest piece,Sun.

Review: 12 February 2014
Is the Bolshoi Ballet's 'Lost Illusions' a Lost Cause?

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and the Bolshoi Ballet present their vision of  Balzac's famous novel.

Interview: 7 January 2014
Nicolas Paul
Choreographer Nicolas Paul talks about his latest commission from the Paris Opera Ballet.

Review: 15 December 2013
Lust and Seduction in Buenos Aires

Sexy, fast-moving, long-legged Argentinian girls and guys are the irresistable eye-candy in this provocative Buenos Aires night-club cabaret.

Review: 7 November 2013
Autumn Festival 2013: Adieu Trisha Brown! 

Brown bids farewell to the dance world at 76 with a presentation of "historical" post-modern works. Read the review.

Review: 19 October 2013
Change of Pace: Chien-Hao Chang Dance Theater

The Paris dance season kicks off with an original programme by the recently formed Chang Dance Theater from Taiwan.

Review: 23 September 2013
Pina Bausch Marks Centenary of The Rite of Spring

"Barbaric rites of sacrifice are played out on a vast expanse of dirt, the soil clinging to the dancers’ sweat-covered bodies as they dance till they drop", writes critic Patricia Boccadoro.

Review: 18 August 2013
La Sylphide, The First 'White' Act in the History of Dance

Patricia Boccdadoro comments on the July restaging of the 19th century classic by the Paris Opera Ballet.

Review: 6 August 2013
Carolyn Carlson: 'Signes'

What began life as a solo art exhibition based on the smile, soon evolved into a mysterious fusion of painting, dance and music.

Review: 21 July 2013
Marina Abramovic Joins Cherkaoui and Jalet for a Dance
The provocative performance artist Marina Abramovic teams up with French choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damian Jalet to create a new work in Paris.

Review: 11 June 2013
Paris Gala Hosts Top International Ballet Schools
Gifted teenagers from the world's leading ballet schools showcase the future and diversity of western classical dance.

Review: 2 June 2013
Rian: Ireland's Fabulous Beast

Irish choreographer Michael Keegan–Dolan and his Dubliners make their sold-out Paris debut.

Review: 8 May 2013
Mathilde Monnier's 'Twin Paradox': Where's the Dance?
At choreographer Mathilde Monnier's latest premiere in Paris, the Culturekiosque dance editor counted up to 39 people leaving before losing track.

Feature: 26 April 2013
A Paris Rendez-vous With Roland Petit

Four vicious murders turn around the theme of tragic love. 

Review: 8 April 2013
Flamenco: Gypsies Confront the Death Camps

A violent and disturbing new flamenco work marks the genocide of gypsies during the Nazi holocaust and the statute of the Roma in Europe today.

Review: 18 March 2013
Akram Khan's 'Desh'

Akram Khan's new show 'Desh' is an amazing amalgam of theatre, videos, mime, magic, and poetry.

Review: 22 February 2013
Martin Schläpfer Brings Swiss Touch to German Troupe

"Swiss choreographer Martin Schläpfer is gradually making his troupe of 48 dancers one of the most important in Germany," writes Patricia Boccadoro.

Review: 12 February 2013
Rachid Ouramdane Evokes The Horrors of Climate Change
Ouramdane's latest work focuses on the havoc and turmoil rent by cyclones, earthquakes, and monster tornadoes.

Review: 14 January 2013
In Paris William Forsythe Trumped Santa Claus

Despite the avalanche of injured stars at the Paris Opera Ballet, the public were treated to a celebration of William Forsythe, rather than Santa Claus.

Review: 14 January 2013
Jean-Claude Gallotta: Redeeming Death With Movement

Gallotta's work is a melting pot of everyone and anyone, those whose dancing years are over or who have never danced.

Review: 10 December 2012
John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Marie-Agnes Gillot According to the Paris Opera Ballet
The French troupe interprets a new work by Paris dance star Marie-Agnès Gillot and a landmark work by two of the leading figures of the American avant-garde.

Review: 23 November 2012
Paris Season Opens With All Balanchine Evening

Although rehearsed by Paul Boos, a member of the George Balanchine Trust, the French put their own touch to three signature works by the great Russian master.

Review: 22 October 2012
Frederick Ashton's 'La Fille mal Gardée' at the Paris Opera Ballet
Recently nominated French ballet stars Miriam Ould-Braham and Josua Hoffalt stake their claim to the lead roles in British choreographer's landmark masterpiece.

Review: 30 September 2012
Savion Glover: SoLo iN TiME

In his latest production SoLo iN TiME, Tap dance sensation Glover explores tap and its connection to flamenco, with a live flamenco band and flamenco dancers.

Review: 13 August 2012
Philippe Decouflé's Panorama

Patricia Boccadoro in Paris on Philippe Decouflé's latest creation.

Review: 3 July 2012
Congolese Faustin Linyekula Updates 1923 "Negro-Cubist Fantasy
"
Seen this summer on stages in Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris, Faustin Linyekula's remix poses the question whether dance and politics make bad companions.

Interview: 27 June 2012
Josua Hoffalt

In conversation with Josua Hoffalt, new étoile of the Paris Opera Ballet. 

Interview: 26 June 2012
Dominique Mercy and Life After Pina Bausch

The co-directer of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch speaks frankly about his more than three-decades-long relationship with the late German choreographer and her dance theatre creations.

Review: 6 June 2012
Irate Housewives Lead March of the Vacuum Cleaners in Paris

A baby burnt to a cinder in an oven while the fabulous Marie-Agnès Gillot has her head stuck down a bidet were among the highlights.

Review: 2 May 2012
Marie Antoinette Returns to Versailles

The Austrian princess and her fate are the subject of a new Vienna State ballet staged and performed at the royal court opera within the Chateau of Versailles.

Review: 11 April 2012
High Drama in the Streets and Beds of Verona

"Passion can happen to us all be they young or old, fat or thin, pretty or plain," says Thierry Malandain about his experimental dance opera set to Hector Berlioz's dramatic symphony. 

Review: 30 March 2012
Pina Bausch Braves the Underworld

"Bausch has created something new and timeless on the myth of the grief-stricken musician who braved the darkness of the Underworld to rescue his young wife, dead from a snakebite on the day of her wedding," writes dance critic Patricia Boccadoro in Paris. 

Interview: 21 March 2012
 Hofesh Shecter
Now based in London, Israeli choreographer and percussionist Hofesh Shechter tells why he couldn't take "the heat" in Israel. 

Review: 16 March 2012
Merce Cunningham Dance Company : World Heritage Tour - Paris

"Watching the last performance of the final programme of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Paris was not unlike witnessing the second death of Cunningham himself," writes dance critic Patricia Boccadoro.

Review: 10 February 2012
Cinderella: Nureyev Meets Hollywood and Survives

Some considered Rudolf Nureyev’s version of Perrault’s fairy tale "a well-conceived muddle", others the legendary artist's tribute to Hollywood movies.

Review: 28 January 2012
Canadian Outsider Dazzles as Onegin

Replacing an injured Nicolas Le Riche, the Canadian-born Evan McKie of the Stuttgart Company took over the title role shortly before the opening performance.

Film Review: 27 January 2012
Balanchine in Paris

Drawing on highlights from his previous films on Alicia Markova, Nina Vyroubova and Violette Verdy, film maker Dominique Delouche adds new footage of former Paris Opera étoile and Balanchine muse Ghislaine Thesmar.

Review: 9 December 2011
Boris Charmatz: Enfant ('Child'
)
In a provocative and disturbing new work, French enfant terrible Boris Charmatz tackles the horror of child physical and sexual abuse.

Review : 28 November 2011
La Source: When Fashion Meets Its Muse

With costumes by Christian Lacroix and jewels by Swarovski, the Jean-Guillaume Bart choreographed ballet La  Source at the Opéra National de Paris combined the chic, the elegant and the spectacular into a flamboyant, scintillating evening of dance.

News: 11 November 2011
Kabuki Star Wins 2011 Kyoto Prize

Famous for his interpretations of female roles, the Japanese Kabuki actor, Tamasaburo Bando V, is a veritable legend in Japan.

Review: 21 October 2011
When Made in France Verges on the Embarrassing

While the the retro-chic of Mad Men ruled at the recent Paris Fashion Week, this trend, alas, did not translate as well for the gala opening of the new Paris Opera Ballet season. 

Feature: 19 October 2011
Villella and His Miami Dancers Triumph in Paris

Interview with American mega star Edward Villella and review of Miami City Ballet's marathon run of 14 different ballets in the French capital.

Review: 14 September 2011
The Bolshoi Ballet in Paris Shows Mixed Results

Despite the brilliant and sensational technique of the Russian dancers, unequal casting and a sometimes incoherent production sadly marked Alexei Fadeyechev's new version of Don Quixote.

News: 22 August 2011
Adios José Martinez
!
Spanish danseur étoile José Martinez bowed his farewell to the Paris Opera Ballet at 42 years and six months as French law requires. 

Review: 1 August 2011
Wayne McGregor on Francis Bacon: Anatomy of a Failed Idea

Patricia Boccadoro reviews British choreographer Wayne McGregor's new work for the Paris Opera Ballet.

Review: 25 July 2011
The Last Testament of Pina Bausch

The work, inspired by a song by Violeta Parra, was the result of Pina Bausch’s two week stay in 2008 at the Villa Grimaldi in Chile where Pinochet’s army imprisoned and tortured thousands of people in the 1970s.

News: 12 July 2011
Roland Petit: 1924 - 2011

Dance critic Patricia Boccadoro assesses the work and legacy of the great French choreographer who died suddenly in Geneva on Sunday.

Interview: 7 July 2011
Manuel Legris and Dominique Meyer at the Vienna State Opera Ballet

Before the arrival of Messrs. Meyer and Legris at the sumptuous Vienna Staatsoper, both dancers and public were suffering from acute indigestion and dance was clearly on the downward slope.

Review: 13 June 2011
Is Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet the Best Version?

How does Rudolf Nureyev's version of Shakespeare’s tragedy stand up to those of Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko.

Review: 27 May 2011
Paulo Ribeiro and the Ballet of Lorraine

Despite recent cutbacks by Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva, a man indifferent to culture in general, Portuguese talent continues to thrive abroad.

Review: 13 May 2011
The Tightrope Walker

Jean Genet's meditation on the loneliness and solitude of artists, as well as his great passion for a young male acrobat are the source material for this spoken word solo work by Angelin Preljocaj.

Review: 5 May 2011
Paris Opera Ballet School Annual Show

"It was very hard to realize that the dancers on stage were still children and not yet young professionals", writes critic Patricia Boccadoro of the emerging talent at the legendary ballet school.

News: 4 May 2011
Patrice Bart Bids Bizarre Farewell to Paris Opera Ballet

Some consider Ballet Master Patrice Bart's 1996 restaging of Coppélia little more than strange and an unfortunate choice as a tribute to his long career at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Interview: 6 April 2011
Akram Khan: The Making of Vertical Road

A strange encounter with a taxi-driver in Australia two years ago acts as a catalyst for the Bengali artist's latest creation.

Comment: 9 March 2011
The Frye-ku Folio: 37, 38, 39 

Canadian humorist and illustrator Arcangelo Frye offers up pages from his folio of Haiku for the age of Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. This latest trio include his take on the world of "the dance.".

Feature: 8 March 2011
A Century of Dance: From Swan Lake to Trisha Brown
Patricia Boccadoro reviews the Paris Opera Ballet's eclectic winter season at the Palais Garnier and the Opera Bastille. 

Review: 14 February 2011
Passion, Depression and Carla Bruni Inspire Young Choreographers

Patricia Boccadoro on new experimental dance works in Paris.

Cinema: 1 February 2011
Review: Black Swan

Melynda Nuss on Darren Aronofsky’s "psychosexual thriller." set in the world of New York City ballet. 

Review: 18 December 2010
Paquita: Version 3.0

Set in Spain under the Napoleonic occupation, this brilliant reconstruction tells the story of Paquita, a girl of noble birth, who, as a small child, the sole survivor of the massacre of the Valley of the Bulls, was taken away and brought up by gypsies.

Review: 6 December 2010
Neumeier Stumbles in Quest for Holy Grail

In his new ballet, Parzival: Episoden und Echo, John Neumeier and his Hamburg company present a choreographic journey of one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table.

Review: 15 November 2010
Murder and Suicide Return to the Palais Garnier

Roland Petit is back at the Palais Garnier with a string of murders followed by yet another suicide.

Review: 12 August 2010
A Luminous Evening at the Opéra Bastille

The Paris Opera Ballet offers up their exquisitely light, yet deeply moving, production of Kaguyahime, Jiri Kylian’s retelling of the Japanese fable, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

Review: 28 July 2010
Sex and Marriage in the Gardens of Versailles
 
"Watching six women weaving their way around the stage with their underwear around their ankles and their private parts blowing in the wind was not particularly uplifting," writes Patricia Boccadoro from the Chateau of Versailles.

Review: 28 June 2010
More is Less: A Documentarian Bungles a Rare Opportunity

In his much ballyhooed documentary La Danse – Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman focuses obsessively on mundane details, only hinting at the compelling treasures they support and surround.

News: 26 June 2010
Nureyev’s Bayadère Confirms New Male Star

Despite past rumours and speculation, the nomination of Stéphane Bullion to the highest rank in the Paris Opera Ballet has caught the dance world by surprise.

Review: 21 May 2010
Ten Years After, Robbins Still Going Strong in Paris

A fusion of classical and modern dance, with snappy jazz overtones, Robbins still seems ideally suited to the Paris dancers with whom he used to work.

Review: 22 April 2010
Mucking Through The Profane With Little Sacred Payoff

In Angelin Preljocaj’s Siddartha, the opportunity to contrast the seedier side of the future Buddha’s life with its transcendant conclusion is sadly, and confoundingly, missed.

Review: 22 March 2010
Made in Siberia

Closed to foreigners by Stalin in the 1930’s, Perm, the gateway to Siberia, didn’t open to outsiders until the 1990’s.

Review: 21 March 2010
Rudolf Nureyev’s Casse-Noisette

"Choreographically, it is one of Nureyev’s outstanding achievements," writes Patricia Boccadoro in Paris.

Feature: 22 February 2010
Ballets Russes: 1909 - 2009

As part of Europe’s flagship events celebrating the centenary of the Ballets Russes, the Paris Opera Ballet programmed four of Diaghilev’s legendary works. Patricia Boccadoro offers her review.

Review: 3 February 2010
Young Choreographers Without Borders

A Frenchman from New York City Ballet, another fom the Paris Opera Ballet and a young Brit who hails from Stockport in the U.K. offer a mixed, star-studded  programme at the Palais Garnier.

Feature: 20 January 2010
A Paris Tribute to Merce Cunningham

Three French choreographers celebrate the 90th birthday of the late Merce Cunningham.

DVD Review: 14 January 2010
Stravinsky and Les Ballets Russes
Two of the greatest ballets of the 20th century — The Firebird and The Rite of Spring —  are given luscious and definitive productions on a new DVD. Patricia Boccadoro offers her review.

Review: 14 December 2009
Diamonds Are Still a Dancer's Best Friend

Dance critic Patricia Boccadoro on the holiday Paris Opera Ballet production of the Balanchine three-act work inspired by the jewellery stores of New York's Fifth Avenue.

Interview: 2 November 2009
Mathias Heymann

Born in Marseilles and brought up in Africa where his father was a Maths teacher, Mathias Heymann did not have a typically French childhood.

Feature: 26 October 2009
Philippe Decouflé at the "Crazy Horse"

After 50 plus years of presenting pretty girls prancing naked on a tiny stage, Le Crazy Horse de Paris is trying anything and everything to squeeze a little more life out of a stage show that is, at best, a quaint souvenir of a bygone time or, at worst, a dead horse that should be beaten no longer.

Review: 2 October 2009
Paris Opera Ballet: Generation Y
European dance critic Patricia Boccadoro on the next generation of promising young dancers in Paris.

Obituary: 6 August 2009
Merce Cunningham: 1919 — 2009

It is impossible to remain indifferent to Merce Cunningham. One is either an admirer or detractor and so it has been for the last sixty years 

Review: 28 July 2009
Ashton Romantic Comedy Ends Season on High Note
The restaging of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée, a ballet created in Bordeaux in 1789, proved even more successful than the Paris production two years ago.

Review: 26 July 2009
Lithe Spirit: Ailey Troupe Triumphs in Paris
Marking their 50th anniversary, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Paris, once again charming an enraptured audience with their trademark lissome, stirring ebullience.

Remembrance: 16 July 2009
The Death of Pina Bausch

When an artist inspires both reverence and revulsion in life, only their death — and the knowledge that the catalog of their work has reached its denouement — can the mysteries they leave to the world be unravelled. 

Review: 28 June 2009
Not Quite Rhapsodic: Good Morning, Mr. Gershwin is an Uneven Evening of Dance
Montalvo and Hervieu’s new show starts strong, but the second half may leave a wrinkle on your brow. Patricia Boccadoro reviews.

Profile: 26 May 2009
Stéphane Bullion
Despite an early bout with cancer, Stéphane Bullion has emerged as one of the most exciting young male dancers in Paris.

Review: 12 May 2009
Ballet Review: Suites en blanc
Three great choreographers intermingle chic, drama and erotic ritual in a single evening at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Interview: 23 April 2009
Charles Jude

"It was a total challenge to present the Italy of the time, festive and joyous, but with the underlying, seething hatred between the rival families," says choreographer Charles Jude about his new version of Romeo and Juliet .

Feature: 9 April 2009
Gala: Carte Blanche to Agnès Letestu
While landmark works from France’s greatest choreographers were shown in Paris, a young generation of newcomers presented their creations at a gala outside the city centre. 

Review: 31 March 2009
Le Parc: The Art of the French Kiss
Preljocaj's passionate three-act drama invites us to rediscover the art and eros of loving in 18th century France with all its gallant codes of seduction and intrigue.

Review: 9 March 2009
Pina Bausch: Lock, Stock and Barrel
Dance critic Patricia Boccadoro on Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal.

Review: 17 February 2009
Les Enfants du Paradis: Extreme Makeover
Marcel Carné’s 1945 film Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) ranks as one of the greatest of French classics. But will José Martinez' makeover for the Paris Opera Ballet fare as well?

Review: 30 January 2009
Akram Khan Scores With The National Ballet of China
"This is the kind of dancing that thrills; pure dance so rarely seen in these days of empty intellectualism where weary choreographers in search of inspiration strip their dancers naked," writes Patricia Boccadoro in Paris.

Review
The Fairest of All: A Soaring 'Blanche-Niege' by Angelin Preljocaj Transcends its Grimm Origins
Magic mirrors, glass coffins, poisoned apples, wicked stepmothers, attempted murder – not to mention dwarves…it takes a rare artistic gift to combine these ingredients into a sublime and sophisticated evening of

Review
Not Quite Dance or Theatre - Call it Ars Gratia Binoche
Without the essential ingredient of self-deprecating irony, actress Juliette Binoche and choreographer Akram Khan serve up a program that has all the horrible fascination of "Dancing With the Stars" with none of the kitschy, winking fun - a recipe for disaster.

Review
New York City Ballet in Paris: Great Expectations, Disappointment for Some
European dance critic Patricia Boccadoro weighs in on the first visit of the American troupe to the Paris Opera in 43 years.

Review
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
The Canadian dance company marks the 400th anniversary of the city of Québec.

Feature
Finland's Tero Saarinen Triumphs at Paris Dance Festival
Attractive music, extravagant staging, glamorous costumes and a particularly inventive use of videos marked the recent Chatelet Dance Festival in Paris

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Cia. Unión Tanguera
23 September - 6 October 2014
at The Joyce Theater in New York

Interview: Akram Khan

 

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