Review: 30 December 2014
Trumps Pathos at Notre Dame
In this vintage production,
complete with costumes by Yves Saint Laurent, the pathetic hunchback
Quasimodo is no match for the magnificently evil Frollo who made him the
bell-ringer of the cathedral.
Review: 17 December
Bausch: Palermo Palermo
As the wall of rubble
collapses at the beginning of the show, many things are being blown up in
Profile: 6 December 2014
The Paris Opera ballet star, whose father was
French, owes her exotic dark beauty and high cheekbones to her Vietnamese
Review: 6 July 2014
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
Festival: Béjart Ballet Lausanne
Dance editor Patricia
Boccadoro on the Béjart Ballet Lausanne at the Chateau de
Review: 23 June 2014
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
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
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 Neumeiers Lady of the Camellias, the
official career of Paris Opera Ballet star Agnès Letestu came to an
Review: 10 April 2014
Agnes de Mille / Birgit
Cullberg: The Private Worlds of Very Different Women
review of two major works from two of the most important choreographers of
the 20th century, both women.
Review: 8 April 2014
Onegin' and the Nomination of an Étoile
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
Review: 27 March 2014
Sleeping Beauty Revived at the Bastille
on a key work in Nureyev's career and the ultimate expression of the Saint
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
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?
Alexei Ratmansky and the Bolshoi Ballet present their vision of
Balzac's famous novel.
Interview: 7 January 2014
Choreographer Nicolas Paul talks about his latest
commission from the Paris Opera Ballet.
Review: 15 December 2013
Lust and Seduction in
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
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
Review: 23 September 2013
Pina Bausch Marks
Centenary of The Rite of Spring
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
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
What began life as a solo art exhibition based
on the smile, soon evolved into a mysterious fusion of painting, dance and
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
Irish choreographer Michael KeeganDolan
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 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
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
Gallotta: Redeeming Death With Movement
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
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
'La Fille mal Gardée' at the Paris Opera Ballet
nominated French ballet stars Miriam Ould-Braham and Josua Hoffalt stake
their claim to the lead roles in British choreographer's landmark
Review: 30 September 2012
Savion Glover: SoLo
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
Patricia Boccadoro in Paris on Philippe
Decouflé's latest creation.
Review: 3 July
Congolese Faustin Linyekula Updates 1923 "Negro-Cubist
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
In conversation with Josua Hoffalt, new étoile of the Paris Opera
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
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
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
Review: 30 March 2012
Pina Bausch Braves
"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
Interview: 21 March 2012
Now based in London, Israeli choreographer and
percussionist Hofesh Shechter tells why he couldn't take "the heat" in
Review: 16 March 2012
Merce Cunningham Dance
Company : World Heritage Tour - Paris
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 Nureyevs
version of Perraults fairy tale "a well-conceived muddle", others the
legendary artist's tribute to Hollywood movies.
Review: 28 January 2012
Canadian Outsider Dazzles
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
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
Review: 9 December 2011
provocative and disturbing new work, French enfant terrible Boris
Charmatz tackles the horror of child physical and sexual abuse.
Review : 28 November 2011
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
Famous for his interpretations of female roles, the
Japanese Kabuki actor, Tamasaburo Bando V, is a veritable legend in
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
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
Spanish danseur étoile José Martinez bowed his farewell to
the Paris Opera Ballet at 42 years and six months as French law
Review: 1 August 2011
Wayne McGregor on Francis
Bacon: Anatomy of a Failed Idea
reviews British choreographer Wayne McGregor's new work for the Paris
Review: 25 July 2011
The Last Testament of Pina
The work, inspired by a song by Violeta Parra, was
the result of Pina Bauschs two week stay in 2008 at the Villa Grimaldi in
Chile where Pinochets army imprisoned and tortured thousands of people in
News: 12 July 2011
Roland Petit: 1924 -
Dance critic Patricia Boccadoro assesses the work
and legacy of the great French choreographer who died suddenly in Geneva
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 Shakespeares tragedy stand up to those of Kenneth MacMillan
and John Cranko.
Review: 27 May 2011
Paulo Ribeiro and the Ballet
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
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
Review: 5 May 2011
Paris Opera Ballet School
"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
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
Interview: 6 April 2011
Akram Khan: The Making of
A strange encounter with a taxi-driver in
Australia two years ago acts as a catalyst for the Bengali artist's latest
Comment: 9 March 2011
The Frye-ku Folio: 37,
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
Review: 14 February 2011
Passion, Depression and
Carla Bruni Inspire Young Choreographers
Boccadoro on new experimental dance works in Paris.
Cinema: 1 February 2011
Melynda Nuss on Darren Aronofskys "psychosexual
thriller." set in the world of New York City ballet.
Review: 18 December 2010
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 Arthurs Knights of the Round
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
Evening at the Opéra Bastille
The Paris Opera Ballet
offers up their exquisitely light, yet deeply moving, production of
Kaguyahime, Jiri Kylians retelling of the Japanese fable, The Tale of
the Bamboo Cutter.
Review: 28 July 2010
Marriage in the Gardens of Versailles
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 lOpera de Paris,
filmmaker Frederick Wiseman focuses obsessively on mundane details, only
hinting at the compelling treasures they support and surround.
News: 26 June 2010
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
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
Through The Profane With Little Sacred Payoff
Preljocajs Siddartha, the opportunity to contrast the seedier
side of the future Buddhas life with its transcendant conclusion is
sadly, and confoundingly, missed.
Review: 22 March 2010
Made in Siberia
to foreigners by Stalin in the 1930s, Perm, the gateway to Siberia,
didnt open to outsiders until the 1990s.
Review: 21 March 2010
is one of Nureyevs outstanding achievements," writes Patricia Boccadoro
Feature: 22 February 2010
1909 - 2009
As part of Europes flagship events
celebrating the centenary of the Ballets Russes, the Paris Opera Ballet
programmed four of Diaghilevs legendary works. Patricia Boccadoro offers
Review: 3 February 2010
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
Three French choreographers celebrate the
90th birthday of the late Merce Cunningham.
DVD Review: 14 January 2010
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
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
Born in Marseilles and brought up in Africa where
his father was a Maths teacher, Mathias Heymann did not have a typically
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:
European dance critic Patricia Boccadoro on the next
generation of promising young dancers in Paris.
Obituary: 6 August 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 Ashtons
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
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
Remembrance: 16 July 2009
The Death of Pina
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
Rhapsodic: Good Morning, Mr. Gershwin is an Uneven Evening of
Montalvo and Hervieus new show starts strong, but the
second half may leave a wrinkle on your brow. Patricia Boccadoro
Profile: 26 May 2009
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
Three great choreographers intermingle chic, drama
and erotic ritual in a single evening at the Paris Opera Ballet.
Interview: 23 April 2009
"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
While landmark works from Frances 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
Review: 17 February 2009
Les Enfants du
Paradis: Extreme Makeover
Marcel Carnés 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.
The Fairest of All: A Soaring
'Blanche-Niege' by Angelin Preljocaj Transcends its Grimm
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
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.
New York City
Ballet in Paris: Great Expectations, Disappointment for
European dance critic Patricia Boccadoro weighs in on the
first visit of the American troupe to the Paris Opera in 43 years.
Les Grands Ballets
Canadiens de Montréal
The Canadian dance company marks the 400th
anniversary of the city of Québec.
Saarinen Triumphs at Paris Dance Festival
extravagant staging, glamorous costumes and a particularly inventive use
of videos marked the recent Chatelet Dance Festival in Paris