May 2013
The Company in Justin Peck's In Creases.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – In Creases (new Peck) quad bill – New York

Creases revealed, once again, Just Peck’s ability to create strikingly imaginative patterns and formations onstage.

Catherine Schaub Abkarian & the company in iniTMOi.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Akram Khan Company – iTMOi – London

No-one could have expected this to be another once-in-a-lifetime explosion of genius but this is nevertheless a ground-breaking work.

Catherine Schaub Abkarian and Denis 'Koone' Kuhnert in iTMOi.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Akram Khan Company in iTMOi

20 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

The Raven Girl and the Raven Prince (Sarah Lamb, Eric Underwood) in Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Raven Girl, Symphony in C – London

At this stage, Raven Girl seems a work in transition. Its longueurs need tightening, an inexplicable ‘19th century couple’excised, solos for important characters expanded, and more light thrown on the goings-on.

Edward Burra: Design for William Chappell as Creole Boy in Rio Grande.From James L. Gordon Collection and ©. (Click image for larger version)

Exhibition of 1930’s British Ballet Design – Saffron Walden

Obscurer corners of early British ballet are connected in the exhibition ‘An Outbreak of Talent’, at the Fry gallery in Saffron Walden, Essex until June 30 2013.

Paula Alonso and Clemmie Sveaas in Witch-hunt.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bern Ballett / Cathy Marston – Witch-hunt – London

…intelligent, well-structured and emotionally engaging… The more I think about Cathy Marston’s Witch-Hunt, the more I admire it.

Sarah Lamb in Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Raven Girl / Symphony in C

6 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Julie Kent in A Month in the Country.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – A Month in the Country premiere and bill – New York

Has there ever been a more sensitive, sympathetic chronicler of that inner flutter brought on by the onset of love than Frederick Ashton? It seems unlikely, on the evidence of ABT’s premiere of A Month in the Country…

Studio picture of Kirven James Boyd and Rachael McLaren.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Minus 16 quad bill – Boston

The whole thing (Minus 16) wasn’t a piece of choreography so much as a choreographed event, and hands down one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen.

Misa Kuranaga and Boyko Dossev in George Balanchine's Coppélia © The George Balanchine Trust.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Coppélia – Boston

Boston audiences were very lucky in their first two Swanildas. Opening night, Misa Kuranaga was a vision of loveliness…

Eifman Ballet in Rodin.© Gene Schiavone and courtesy of Eifman Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Rodin – San Francisco

The choreography looks like a steroid-fueled hybrid of Graham-based agony and the precision and fluidity of classical ballet. …nothing succeeds like excess…

Sylvie Guillem in Mats Ek's Bye. © Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – 6000 Miles Away – London

At the end of Bye, a man nearby leapt to his feet and shouted “awesome”. She sure is.

Paula Alonso and Clemmie Sveaas in Witch-hunt.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bern Ballett in Cathy Marston’s Witch-hunt

30 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Sona Kharatian and Jared Nelson in Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises.© Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises – Washington

…Webre saves the best for last. …watching the bare-knuckle boxing brawl in the end of the ballet, instigated by the disgruntled Robert Cohn, is worth the price of admission alone.

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International Ballet Festival 2013 – Dance Open – St Petersburg

The 12th International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – was held over 4 days in St Petersburg. Margaret Willis (our Ms Expressivity) was there to report on much ballet and not a little award giving…

Slava Samodurov, surrounded by his company after their Five Tangos premiere.© Sergei Gutnik. (Click image for larger version)

Slava Samodurov: bringing Yekaterinburg Ballet in from the cold

Graham Watts braved 21 hours of flights and missed connections just to spend a night at the Yekaterinburg Opera House followed by a meeting with its new(ish) Director of Ballet, Slava Samodurov, a former Principal at The Royal Ballet…

Lucia Barbadillo in Kirill Burlov's Woman and her Riding Hood.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in an Evening of New Choreography

20 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Flyer for the event.© Dance UK. (Click image for larger version)

UK National Choreographers’ Conference 2013

UK National Choreographers’ Conference 2013 – Laura Dodge with a report on an important event in what must sometimes feel like the worlds loneliest profession…

Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle in Marcelo Gomes' Apothéose.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

Symphony in C, a luminous outpouring of legs and arms, crisp geometries, bobbing rhythms, and articulate patter-like conversations for the feet, is a vivid reminder of why one goes to the ballet at all. Luminosity and classical logic, laced with wit and intelligence.

Tobias Batley (Jay Gatsby) and Martha Leebolt (Daisy Buchanan) in The Great Gatsby.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – London

The ballet succeeds most in its incidental scenes – though everything is presented fortissimo. Most clever is the way in which Nixon depicts Myrtle and George Wilson …The performances of Benjamin Mitchell and Victoria Sibson were the strongest of the evening.

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