Review By Robin J. Miller

The technical ability and sheer charisma of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre dancers has never been in doubt, but there was a period not so long ago when the choreography, outside of Alvin Ailey’s own best works, consistently failed to live up to the dancers. Robert Battle, the company’s artistic director since 2011, has …

The 605 Collective and Inheritor Album: Fast and physical

A Review by Robin J. Miller Performances February 7 + 8 during the Night Moves performance series at the Metro Studio, Victoria Some words you can’t leave out of a review of The 605 Collective and Inheritor Album: intensely physical, fast, urban, youthful, powerful. The Vancouver-based Collective – which is just that, a collective of dancers …

Night Moves Performance Series (Feb. 6 – 8) – Reviews

Out InnerSpace and Me So You So Me: And you thought your dreams were weird Reviewed by Robin J. Miller It starts with the Pixar animated desk lamp brought to life (you’ve seen it: it squashes the “i” in Pixar before the start of movies like Finding Nemo and Wall-E), and then it gets really crazy. …

Ballet BC’s Triple Bill: Triple Chills and Thrills

By Robin J. Miller From near death in 2009, Ballet BC has picked itself up, dusted itself off, and started all over again – arguably better than ever before. Artistic Director Emily Molnar has very deliberately moved the company, at least for now, away from anything resembling classical or storybook ballet, and into the very …

Bounce Back

As it turns out, my intuitive intelligence was in hyper-drive this weekend when I decided to bartend at BOUNCE Around the Building!. The truism that John Q responds to a bartender much like s/he would a Father Confessor was born out on Saturday night. It was a good spot for a co-producer to be planted …

LOLA Projects: Guest Post with Andrew Barrett

Now in its fifth year, Dance Victoria’s LOLA Projects pair a professional dance artist from Vancouver with local dancers to act as a mentor or “outside eye” during the development of a new work.  Andrew Barrett is one of this season’s LOLA Project artists – he shared some thoughts on his experience with us… This …

No Fumble – Just Ecstasy A REVIEW

BY ROBIN J. MILLER In the latest issue of Footnotes, Dance Victoria’s subscriber newsletter, Stephen White asks the question “Is Alberta Ballet selling out with its series of ‘pop’ or (as they call them) portrait ballets or is it actually an innovator?” The answer for the audience in Victoria last night (November 8, 2013) was: who …

Reflections from the Edge

Earlier in July, Producer Stephen White, and Executive Director Jason Dubois, visited the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver. Stephen takes a moment to reflect on this year’s festival: This July, Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Remarkable really, for a festival that over many years, the dance community has loved to complain about. …