March 2013
Natalia Osipova in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mikhailovsky Ballet in Don Quixote with Osipova / Vasiliev & Bondareva / Matvienko

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Jennifer Nugent and LaMichael Leonard in Story/.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Bill T. Jones – Ravel: Landscape or Portrait? and Story/ – New York

It takes a certain amount of nerve to build a dance season around some of the great masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. It’s not simply a matter of status in the musical canon; these pieces are strong, they produce emotions, they command attention for themselves. But Bill T Jones is not a timid artist…

Nina Ananiashvili with her final shrug in Tampopo, from 2012 gala.© Lado Vachnadze. (Click image for larger version)

Happy Birthday Nina Ananiashvili

A tribute to Nina Ananiashvili – with personal memories – on her 50th birthday.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Giselle.© The Mikhailovsky Theatre. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Giselle with Osipova and Vasiliev – London

Osipova is tireless, impelled by a supernatural force until she fades away in a spine-tingling ending, a spirit no longer. Osipova’s Giselle has given every last atom of herself to Albrecht and to us, her witnesses.

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in The Sleeping Beauty.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – Boston

The opening night Aurora and Désiré were danced by Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio, a superbly matched couple who have become a standard in the company.

ENB logo (©) and cover for the piano reduction of excerpts from Adolphe Adam's Le Corsaire score from 1856. (From Wikipedia)

English National Ballet to Premiere Le Corsaire – Autumn 2013

English National Ballet will premiere a new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate), one of the great 19th Century classics, in October 2013. English National Ballet will be the first UK company to perform the complete work…

Serge Lifar auction flyer.© Arts Talents Enchères. (Click image for larger version)

Serge Lifar – Paris Auction 22 April 2013

Auction: Last memories of Serge Lifar. Russian ballet at the Opéra de Paris….

Janine Koertge and Dan Langeborg in OreloB.© Ingmar Jernberg. (Click image for larger version)

GoteborgsOperans Danskompani – Nordic Cool season – Washington

The most successful piece from Göteborg’s troupe was OreloB (Bolero spelled backwards), created by Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström as part of the program titled 3xBoléro – a dance-triptych which interprets Ravel’s Bolero from three different perspectives.

Toba Singer and the book cover of Fernando Alonso, The Father Of Cuban Ballet.© Toba Singer and University Press of Florida.

Toba Singer, writer, on Fernando Alonso – The Father Of Cuban Ballet

Alonso trained the first generation of Cuban dancers, among who there were many standouts, but the most well-known in Cuba were the “Four Jewels” of Cuban ballet: Josefina Méndez, Mirta Pla, Aurora Bosch, and Loipa Araújo (now Associate Artistic Director of English National Ballet)

Rocio Molina.© Felix Vazquez. (Click image for larger version)

Rocio Molina – Danzaora – London

Sadler’s Wells has found the dance equivalent of the Yukon in making this young Spaniard one of its International New Wave Artists.

Cesar Morales, Iain Mackay and Nao Sakuma in Aladdin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Aladdin – London

Don’t expect big emotional highs and lows or deeply defined characters, just a clear narration of a story that everyone knows. So if we judge it on these terms how does it do?

Lauren Langlois in 247 Days.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Chunky Move – 247 Days – Melbourne

van Dijk has been in Australia for less than a year, and already the new Chunky Move has presented two full-length works. The transition of van Dijk’s Chunky Move into an Australian company has begun as well.

Thomas Edwards and Bethany Pike in Mapping #3.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2013 Tour with Bhuller, Marney, Gable and others – London

While I wasn’t wowed by the closer, as I left I couldn’t stop talking about the Bhuller and Gable and wishing to see major companies put them both on in full. That and the usual thought: Another year, another fine night from Ballet Central – well done all.

RNZB dancers perform in Of Days by Andrew Simmons.© Evan Li. (Click image for larger version)

Royal New Zealand Ballet – Anatomy of a Passing Cloud, Of Days, Bier Halle – Auckland

Three radically different worlds are conjured up by strongly contrasting styles of dancing, music, set and design…

NEBT Patrons: Mara Galeazzi, Darcey Bussell, Anya Sainsbury and Erina Takahashi.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre Fundraiser

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Russian Ballet Icons – Nijinsky Gala – London

Though this year it was Nijinsky’s turn to be reclaimed as a Russian icon, the contents of the gala had little to do with him. Very probably the choice of items – mainly pas de deux – depended on which dancers were available to perform whatever was in their repertoire.

Scottish Ballet – Hansel & Gretel, and Me in Scotland’s woodlands

If you go down to the woods this spring you’re in for a big surprise as Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel, and Me project takes over the woodlands of Scotland in advance of the company’s world premiere of Hansel & Gretel later this year.

Sarah Lamb in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

…though I don’t believe it’s a great work of art, there’s no denying that it’s fun.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Rupert Pennefather in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Yasuko Yokoshi in Bell.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Yasuko Yokoshi – Bell – New York

Some experiments sound better on paper – especially when one admires the artist behind them – than they turn out to be in reality.

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