January 2012
Sergei Polunin in Narcisse. © Dave Morgan.

Gallery – Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion

27 pictures by Dave Morgan….

Sergei Polunin in Narcisse. © Dave Morgan.

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion – London

After all the fuss about Sergei Polunin abruptly leaving the Royal Ballet, guess who stole the Men in Motion show? Daniel Proietto, in the AfterLight solo Russell Maliphant made for him in 2010. Admittedly, you could read the 15-minute solo as a warning of the fate awaiting a troubled dancer deprived of the support of a company of colleagues

Alina Somova in Swan Lake. © David Makhateli.

Moscow Kremlin Ballet – Swan Lake – Athens

Somova is going to become one of the world’s greatest dancers within a very few years and it is a great honour to have been able to watch the progress of her early career.

Ekaterina Kondaurova in The Firebird. © Natasha Razina.

Marrinsky Ballet – Chopiniana, The Firebird, Scheherazade – Washington

Balancing spectacular dancing with stirring drama, the Mariinsky dancers delivered a riveting, unforgettable performance. I left the Opera House with wonderful memories…

Royal Ballet – Draft Works – London

Good to see Draft Works in the larger Linbury Theatre and as ever much fun to spot rising choreographic and dance stars closer than normal…

Daria Klimentova and Gary Avis, winners of Grishko Award for Best Female Dancer and Outstanding Male Performance classical performance. © Dave Morgan.

Gallery – National Dance Awards 2011

42 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody. © Dave Morgan.

Sergei Polunin leaving Royal Ballet – Instantly

Dame Monica Mason announced this afternoon that Principal Sergei Polunin has resigned from The Royal Ballet with immediate effect.

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2011 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

12 Winners Announced: The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2011 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Hofesh Shechter & Antony Gormley's Survivor. © Tom Medwell.

Hofesh Shechter and Antony Gormley – Survivor – London

As has happened so often before, this collaboration by two individuals who are outstanding innovators in their own art, didn’t quite add up to the sum total of that brilliance.

From the book cover - Amy Watson in Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven. © Rene Erik Olsen.

Book – Royal Danish Ballet in Photographs

What a nice find! A casual Google search, a few weeks ago, led me to a book I’d never heard of but which has turned out to be doubly interesting as well as, already, a source of a lot of pleasure.

Sian Murphy and Claire Calvert as Harlots. © Dave Morgan.

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet

30 pictures by Dave Morgan….

Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

The production stands or falls by the strength of the central performances, and on this occasion we were fortunate indeed.

DanceEast Rural Retreat 2012 group photograph.© Eamonn McCabe. (Click image for larger version)

DanceEast Rural Retreat – Dance leaders call for re-branding of Dance

I went to the final get-together of of the Rural Retreat on Monday at the House of Commons. I’ve been to a few of these wrap-up sessions now and they are good for…

Close up of book plate. © Dance Books

Book – At the Sign of the Harlequin’s Bat, My Years with Cyril Beaumont

Fifty or sixty years ago, no true ballet-lover would have dreamt of visiting London without calling in at Cyril Beaumont’s famous bookshop in Charing Cross Road. The great and the good of the dance world went to learn from his vast store of knowledge, to reminisce about the golden years of the Diaghilev company, or just to exchange gossip…

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