January 2013
Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Divertimento from 'Baiser de la Fée'.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée quad bill – New York

Is there a ballet more deceptive than Balanchine’s Divertimento from ‘Le Baiser de la Fée’? If so, I’m not aware of it.

2012 National Dance Awards - the winners.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – 2012 UK National Dance Awards

Pictures by Dave Morgan – more will be added over the next 24 hours

2012 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the winners of the 13th National Dance Awards at The Place on 28th January 2013.

BalletBoyz The Talent 2013 perform Russell Maliphant’s Fallen.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz: The Talent 2013 – Serpent, Fallen – London

Fallen, an exhilarating closer of the double bill, presents the company at its heart-stopping best.

Mikhail Baryshnikov.© Annie Leibowitz. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhail Baryshnikov – the Art Collector

What one does not see much of, at least at first glance, is nostalgia for the motherland. “I never had nostalgia about anything,” Baryshnikov says.

Liam Scarlett.© George Piper. (Click image for larger version)

Liam Scarlett – Choreographer and Royal Ballet Artist in Residence

5 Questions for Liam Scarlett – catching up on new commissions, including BalletBoyz, Miami City Ballet and the new job…

Robert Carter at work.© Sascha Vaughan. (Click image for larger version)

Why it’s HOT to TROCK – 5 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo ballerinas reveal all

On the eve of a UK tour 5 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo ballerinas reveal all…

Alina Cojocaru and Jason Reilly in Onegin.© Bill Cooper, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Onegin – London

Cojocaru is as great a dance-actress in the final scene as any I’ve been privileged to see – and that includes Lynn Seymour, Natalia Makarova and Ekaterina Maximova.

Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Onegin.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Onegin

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Ángel Muñoz.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Flamenco Vivo – New York

Which brings me to Ángel Muñoz who, with Peña, is the real star of the show. The two couldn’t be more different: Peña is all interiority and nuance, while Muñoz is all bluster and instinct.

Liam Scarlett's Serpent.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – BalletBoyz, The Talent 2013: Fallen, Serpent – London

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Sara Mearns and Company in George Balanchine's Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Mozartiana, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

I’m not yet fully convinced of the wisdom of New York City Ballet’s thematic seasons, organized around the music of a single composer….

© English National Ballet logo

English National Ballet Unveils Rebrand & Vivienne Westwood Collaboration

English National Ballet is pleased to reveal details of its new rebrand, which includes an exciting collaboration with designer Vivienne Westwood, in a creative brand campaign for 2013.

DVD cover.© Dancetime Publications. (Click image for larger version)

DVD – Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet

This is not by any means a DVD for casual viewing, but for the serious student of ballet it provides a concise and fascinating understanding of the key components of Romantic Ballet, hugely enhanced by the opportunity to see a group of restaged dances from that era that have not been seen before…

Valeria Martynyuk in Don Quixote.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Gala – Baden-Baden

The Mariinsky Ballet’s annual Baden-Baden tour is something of a balletomane’s winter retreat and, with mild weather to boot over Christmas, provided yet another opportunity this season to catch up with the St. Petersburg company.

Eiko of Eiko and Koma in White Dance.© Anna Lee Campbell. (Click image for larger version)

Focus Dance with Eiko and Koma & John Jasperse Projects – New York

Eiko and Koma are now in their sixties. What stays with you is the image of those bodies, tormented, trembling, vulnerable, but ultimately indestructible.

Jeanette Delgado & Kleber Rebello in the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic.© Daniel Azoulay. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Miami City Ballet in Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic premiere

Gallery – Miami City Ballet in Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic

Troy Schumacher.© Henry Leutwyler. (Click image for larger version)

Troy Schumacher – Satellite Ballet & New York City Ballet – Choreographer and dancer

Dance is a difficult thing to experience outside of the theatre, but for the sustainability of the artform it has to find a way to make itself more widely available.

Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette in Don Quixote.© Julien Benhamou. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Don Quixote – Paris

It’s not every day Petipa’s carefree Don Quixote comes with a health and safety warning. …Injuries played havoc with the casting throughout November and December…

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Swan Lake.© Sascha Vaughan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Program A, Laurencia Mixed bill – New York

…it’s that ambiguity in their performances — the tension between seriousness and satire — that makes the company such a joy to watch.

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