April 2012
Iana Salenko (with Marian Walter) in Elegie der Herzen. © Nikolai Krusser. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – St Petersburg

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open Performances: Bad Boys of Dance, Gala Tribute to Natalia Dudinskaya, Dance Open – Gala of International Ballet Stars St Petersburg, Oktyabrsky Concert Hall and others 14-16 April…

City Contemporary Dance Company in Blind Chance. © Cheung Chi Wai. (Click image for larger version)

City Contemporary Dance Company – Blind Chance – Hong Kong

Dominic Wong is one of Hong Kong’s more unpredictable choreographers. Each new work he creates seems to explore a new direction and Blind Chance, his latest creation for City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), is no exception.

Eve Mutso and Tama Barry in a publicity image for A Streetcar Named Desire. © Graham Wylie. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire – London

That said, the narrative is graphic and gripping. Scottish Ballet’s dancers prove themselves dramatic actors in supporting roles as well as principal ones….

Morgane Le Tiec & Brett Taylor in Night Box. © Benjamin Von Wong. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (BJM) – Les Chambres des Jacques, Night Box – Erie

BJM didn’t disappoint, delivering a solidly entertaining and impeccably-danced program packed with both the bizarre and the familiar. …the Erie audience gave the company a well-deserved standing ovation.

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in La Fille mal Gardee. © John Ross.

Royal Ballet – La fille mal gardee – London

Every review of La Fille mal Gardée should start with an acknowledgement that, however excellent the performance may have been, the greatest credit belongs to Frederick Ashton, who more than 50 years ago put this happy masterpiece together in a few weeks of cheerful collaboration with his dancers.

Ecole de Danse de l'Opéra national de Paris in David Lichine's Le Bal des cadets - Graduation Ball. © Francette Levieux. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet School – Spectacle Ecole de Danse bill – Paris

While all the young people were lovely to watch, Roxane Stojanov, the girl in yellow, stood out. She had the fullest extension of arms and upper body, the lushest movement quality. It would seem great things are expected of her, as she was cast in every part of the program.

Ballet Revolucion. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Revolucion

21 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Dame Antoinette Sibley and her Frances Segelman bronze. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Dame Antoinette Sibley Tribute Luncheon at the Royal Academy of Dance

14 pictures by Dave Morgan…

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments. © Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – All Balanchine Bill (Program 7) – San Francisco

The sixty-five-year-old The Four Temperaments is now a senior citizen, but not even close to retiring…

Bob Lockyer at 70. © Elliott Franks at www.elliottfranks.com. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Bob Lockyer at 70, Mr Dance when the BBC did dance

In a life at the BBC the director, Bob Lockyer, was an outstanding champion of dance for the camera. Now 70, he is still indefatigable in his enthusiasms

Charlotte Moraga and Joanna Meinl in Darbar. Background musicians L to R: Ben Kunin, Pandit Chitresh Das, Jayanta Banerjee, Abhijit Banerjee. © Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Chitresh Das Dance Company – Darbar – San Francisco

San Francisco is reputedly the second-largest dance community in the United States after New York. What SF lacks in the number of ballet and modern dance companies, it makes up for in the sheer variety of ethnic dance troupes…

Front screen of La fille mal gardee. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in La fille mal gardee

27 pictures by Dave Morgan…

NYCB in Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite. © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All American bill – Washington

Fortunately, Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, the final dance of the evening, was anything but tedious. One of the greatest entertainers in ballet, Robbins knew how to keep his audiences awake, engaged, and excited.

Wim Vanlessen & Aki Saito in Artifact. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet of Flanders – Artifact – London

In 1984 Fosythe’s vocabulary was much more strongly rooted in ballet: though it is spikily aggressive and legs are flung upwards over beyond the perpendicular, it is not as twisted and distorted as it later became. It is cool, rigorous, fiercely disciplined and blazing with adrenalin.

Jiri Kylian and Michael Schumacher's Last Touch First. © Robert Benschop. (Click image for larger version)

Jiri Kylian and Michael Schumacher – Last Touch First – Pittsburgh

In the end, Last Touch First’s unusual slice of life suspended in space and time left one with many indelible images. Its riveting choreography…

Royal Ballet of Flanders in William Forsythe's Artifact. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet of Flanders in Artifact

27 Pictures by Dave Morgan

Bob Lockyer's Birthday Bash at The Place - Bob with Kenneth Tharp OBE (Chief Executive, The Place). © Richard Thompson. (Click image for larger version)

Bob Lockyer’s Birthday Bash – London

Bob Lockyer must be truly proud of his birthday gift: not a dud amongst the commissions he has brought about, sending three young choreographers on their way to a promising future.

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Interview: Tamara Rojo – Artistic Director designate – English National Ballet

I want to bring more of the public to the artform and see the enjoyment it brings. I suppose I believe I have something to say!

Tamara Rojo. © Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Tamara Rojo to be the new English National Ballet Artistic Director

The news is now officially released – Tamara Rojo is to be the English National Ballet Artistic Director… the press release in all its glory…

Wu Fei-fei in Turandot. © Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Turandot – Hong Kong

…in late March the troupe revived Turandot, created in 2003 by the Australian choreographer, Natalie Weir, and one of the best works premiered during the tenure of the former artistic director, Stephen Jefferies.

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