July 2013
Carlos Acosta in Scheherazade.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection – London

his diverse selection of 17 works (including musical interludes) is a gala in all but name and this one could have been sub-titled “Gems of The Royal Ballet” for all nine dancers hail from that company…

Rambert News – Dancer changes, New Faces and Associate Companies

Interesting times for Rambert as they prepare to move into their new South Bank home in the Autumn…

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

English National Ballet – Principal Casting Announced For Le Corsaire

Principal Casting Announced for English National Ballet’s new production of Le Corsaire

Svetlana Zakharova and Alexander Volchkov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Grigorovich’s production is not concerned with dramatic plausibility or characterisation, which may account for Zakharova’s Odette remaining a remote vision and her Odile a cool doppelganger rather than a temptress.

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez in Scheherazade.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez in Scheherazade

Carlos Acosta’s very short photocall in the Golden Slave duet captured by Dave Morgan…

Maria Alexandrova and Ruslan Skvortsov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in Swan Lake

Maria Alexandrova/Ruslan Skvortsov and Svetlana Zakharova/Alexander Volchkov casts – 20 pictures

Greta Hodgkinson and Guillaume Cote in Giselle.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Giselle – Saratoga

Quibbling and Côté aside, these were both terrific performances, bursting with energy …I wouldn’t mind seeing the Canadians become regular visitors to Saratoga

Shevelle Dynott and Nancy Osbaldeston in Petrushka.© Dave Morgan (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev – London

The Tribute bill is a well-chosen one… The season has been so short that the dancers haven’t had time to grow into their roles. They look as though they’re remembering instructions rather than relishing the ballets.

Tamara Rojo in Raymonda act3.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev (Rojo lead)

20 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Esteban Hernandez in Seven Greek Dances.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance – London

If the choreography was a mixed bag there was a clear flip side, or rather two. This year’s standard, particularly on the boys’ side, gave cause for celebration at the strength on show…

Poster image for Geneva Ballet's Romeo and Juliet.© GTG/Magali Dougados. (Click image for larger version)

Geneva Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Hong Kong

Bouvier’s concept is valid and interesting, the execution less satisfying. She is certainly a talented choreographer and produces some striking images…

Esteban Berlanga and Vadim Muntagirov in Maurice Bejart's Songs of a Wayfarer.© Dave Morgan (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev (Klimentova/Muntagirov)

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

All American Alston DVD cover.© The Place. (Click image for larger version)

DVD – Richard Alston Dance Company – All American Alston

The music for all three of the pieces on Richard Alston’s latest DVD may be ‘all American’ but the choreography isn’t: there’s nothing here to dilute Alston’s reputation as the most ‘all English’ of today’s major dancemakers…

Xander Parish in Scheherazade.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Les Saisons Russes of XXI Century in Spectre, Firebird, Scheherazade

18 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Noureev & Friends Gala poster.© Noureev & Friends. (Click image for larger version)

Noureev & Friends Gala – Paris

Graham Watts was at the Palais Des Congres for us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s birth…

Les Saisons Russes of XXI Century – Firebird, Scheherazade – London

An apologetic Liepa promised to return for a week next time and bring the new Cleopatra with him, but this was an unsatisfying evening in its current form.

Maria Alexandrova in The Flames of Paris.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Flames of Paris – Moscow

The Bolshoi Ballet are touring ‘The Flames of Paris’ to London this summer – but Natasha Rogai recently caught up with it in Moscow for us. So what shape is the company in?

Wayne Mcgregor, Siobhan Davies and Conrad Shawcross – Work at the Roundhouse

Leading Choreographers Wayne Mcgregor and Siobhan Davies Stage Responses to Conrad Shawcross’ New Installation at The Roundhouse

Malgorzata Dzierzon in NEST.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New Movement Collective – NEST – London

Dzierzon is credited as the producer of NEST, so plaudits must go to her for overseeing such an ambitious and successful undertaking.

Alexandra Timofeyeva and Ilya Kuznetsov in The Firebird.© Valeria Komissarova. (Click image for larger version)

Les Saisons Russes of XXI Century – Le Spectre de la rose, Firebird, Scheherazade – London

But altogether, this was an evening of historical curios that lacked consistent vibrancy.

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