Category Dance

Ballet Revolucion: review

Ballet Revolucion is a high-octane extravaganza of incredible technique and bravura dancing. The production is set around a number of loose tableaus that focus on the joy of dance, with rarely less that three members of the company on stage at any one time. While some of the choreography was fairly simple this seemed to be […]

Salute Remembering WW1

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s quadruple bill Salute Remembering WW1: Four dance works is an evocative commemoration of war- not just of World War One, but all war. Accompaniment was by the New Zealand Army Band (with guest cellist Rolf Gjelsten) for three of the four works the bill. Led by Captain Graham Hickman, the […]

Jazz Music and Dance

This is a repost from my other blog nzjazz exploring how entwined music and dance were in jazz in the first half of the twentieth century, which I decided to share here for International Dance Day. From about 1920 to the late 1940s jazz was almost inextricably linked with the act of dancing. This is […]

RNZB at 60

This is a repost from my other site nzjazz. I’ve been reading the celebratory The Royal New Zealand Ballet at Sixty with great interest these past few days. I’m a huge fan of ballet, and the RNZB in particular, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book. However, maybe my expectations don’t match the brief, but […]