Ana Maria Alvarez in “Agua Furiosa.” Photo by Heather Toner

Dancing In, On, Around the Music Center

Los Angeles, often dubbed the ‘city of the future,’ is not a town known for honoring its past. But with the Music Center having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, it seemed the ideal venue for four local dance troupes to perform simultaneous, site-specific works on and around its Grand Avenue campus, one that’s been, on occasion, likened to New York City’s Lincoln Center.
Ballet Revolucion. Photograph by Nilz Boehme

Ballet Revolución

The work is “Ballet Revolución”—the company’s namesake. In two halves, the performance is co-choreographed by Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez together with Australian choreographer Aaron Cash (of Tap Dogs fame).
Eloise Fryer and Ben Davis in “Cinderella.” Photograph by Jeff Busby

Age of Magic

As befits the dreamscape of a fairy tale, the chance to revisit an encore Melbourne-only 2015 season of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Cinderella” was one ball I was destined to attend, with a longed for Schiaparelli shoe hat planted atop my head or otherwise.


Artist Voice

Nat Cursio and Daniel Crooks, “at least for a while anyway,” 2015. Image courtesy of the artists

Dancer, Farmer

“at least for a while anyway” is a seven minute video piece, a collaboration between myself and artist Daniel Crooks. I was invited by Carriageworks to create something for 24 Frames Per Second, and the brief was pretty open. The exhibition looks at the juncture of dance, film and visual art and I wanted to collaborate with somebody I hadn’t worked with before. I wanted to work in a way that was a little foreign to me and that might produce something I couldn’t have achieved as a single author.


American Ballet Theatre performing Alexei Ratmanksy's “The Sleeping Beauty.” Photograph Gene Schiavone

In Pursuit of Petipa

American Ballet Theatre’s brand new production of “The Sleeping Beauty” proved the most anticipated and talked about event of the ABT’s spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House, and the highest point of the company’s 75th anniversary celebrations.