June 2013
Poster for A Midsummer Night's Dream with Sayaka Haruna as Puck.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Gdansk

Ultimately this was a very human take on the ‘Dream’ – full of emotional punch, fun and bold movement in a clever modern staging. It’s a production that you could take anywhere…

A funny moment from Petrushka (violinist Lisa Kim).© Chris Lee. (Click image for larger version)

New York Philharmonic – A Dancer’s Dream: Le Baiser de la Fee, Excerpts from Neige, Petrushka – New York

…what joy to see a performance turn into a kind of rave, …to feel the music overflow the boundaries of convention and habit and feel, well, intensely alive.

Hannah Bateman and Tobias Batley in Concertante.© E Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Hannah Bateman – Northern Ballet – Leading Soloist

5 Questions to Northern Ballet’s Hannah Bateman on dancing in something very different from normal – Hans van Manen’s Concertante and working with the man himself…

Jean Abreu in Blood with designs by Gilbert & George.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Jean Abreu Dance in Blood

21 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Polina Semionova in Sylvia.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia – New York

Like a Fabergé egg with a tiny golden bird inside, Sylvia is decadent, a bit indulgent, but delightful.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Giselle.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Giselle – Birmingham

…a jewel of a performance from Nao Sakuma. Her movement is beautifully musical, weighted and controlled – she hardly ever needs to do adjustments, so precise is she.

Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard in Middlemost Nowhere.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

The Place, Spring Loaded – works by Goddard Nixon, Chris and Me, Robbie Synge – London

The movement (in Goddard Nixon’s Middlemost Nowhere) was exquisite, at times full of careful balances and slow complex duets, their senses slow and dulled it seems, turning in a moment to explosive speed.

Royal Ballet: Alexander Campbell, Itziar Mendizabal and Deidre Chapman in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Rob Marrison. (Click image for larger version)

Aldeburgh Festival – Britten Dances bill by Royal Ballet & RB Flanders

The performance was sold out and very warmly applauded and I hope the Festival authorities will take notice, and schedule a similar programme in future years.

Amber Scott and Adam Bull in Swan Lake.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake – Melbourne

I’ll take this Swan Lake over a traditional version, any day of the week.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.

The Forsythe Company in Study #3.© Dominik Mentzos. (Click image for larger version)

The Forsythe Company – N.N.N.N., Study #3 – London

What Merce Cunningham devised as an Event, William Forsythe calls a Study. In both cases, the choreographer has combined selections from his back catalogue to make a ‘new’ work…

Dance Theatre of Harlem in Return.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – North Carolina, Ballet Austin & DT of Harlem – Washington

As the soundtrack cried “Baby, Baby, Baby,” the impressively talented DToH dancers whipped the audience into a frenzy.

David Wall as Crown Prince Rudolf and Leslie Collier as Mary Vetsera in The Royal Ballet production of Mayerling.© Leslie E Spatt, 1980, courtesy ROH. (Click image for larger version)

David Wall RIP (1946 – 2013)

David Wall, member of The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet, sadly died on 18 June 2013 – he was 67.

Kate Weare Company in Drop Down.© Kate Weare Company. (Click image for larger version)

SF Walking Distance Dance Festival – Kate Weare, Brian Brooks and others

Kate Weare, originally from the Bay Area and now based in New York, is easily the most intriguing choreographer in the festival. It certainly helps that she also has outstanding dancers…

English National Ballet in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Derek Deane created a winner that always seems to sell well and which people, including me, don’t grow tired of. But fill your boots this year – next year “Romeo and Juliet” returns as the ENB/RAH blockbuster

Kim Brandstrup.© Henrik Bjerregrav. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

2013 is the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth and Kim Brandstrup is part of the celebrations with important works at the Aldeburgh Festival (with the Royal Ballet) and in London (for ENO). Jane Simpson catches up with him…

Scene from Le Corsaire.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Le Corsaire – New York

American Ballet Theatre have a new production of Le Corsaire. Eric Taub sees the headline casting of Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – but was he moved and wowed? Not really…

BRB Coppelia publicity image.© Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Coppelia and Mid-scale Tour – Birmingham, High Wycombe

Birmingham Royal Ballet are busy at the moment – we catch up with them touring a mixed bill, and at home in Coppelia – happy times…

Hee Seo in Romeo and Juliet.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet – New York

American Ballet Theatre are dancing Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Marina Harss reviews 2 casts: Polina Semionova / David Hallberg and Roberto Bolle / Hee Seo…

Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Swan Lake, Klimentova and Muntagirov

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

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