August 2013
Clifton Brown and Kana Kimura in Lang's I.N.K..© Takao Komaru. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet v6.0 Festival – Whim W’Him, BalletCollective and Jessica Lang Dance – New York

The Ballet v6.0 Festival has just been on at New York’s Joyce Theater and Marina Harss was there for. So where are young choreographers taking contemporary ballet…?

Denis Medvedev and Elena Bukanova (King and Marie Antoinette) in The Flames of Paris.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Flames of Paris – London

“Alexei Ratmansky’s Flames of Paris is a lot like Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake…” starts Jann Parry’s review…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in The Flames of Paris.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in The Flames of Paris

20 pictures by Dave Morgan of the Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev cast.

Fan Xiaofeng, Wu Husheng and Xiang Jieyan in Jane Eyre.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Shanghai Ballet Company in Jane Eyre

20 pictures by Dave Morgan

Poster image for Jane Eyre.© Shanghai Ballet Company. (Click image for larger version)

Shanghai Ballet Company – Jane Eyre – London

“It is performed with great commitment…” says Lynette Halewood of a Jayne Eyre ruthlessly pruned for dance…

Weston Krukow, Annali Rose and James Gilmer in Amy Seiwert's The Devil Ties My Tongue.© David DeSilva. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – Sketch 3 – San Francisco

Amy Seiwert’s Sketch series is about dancers taking risks. Aimée Tsao caught up with Sketch 3 and works by Seiwert, Marc Brew and Val Caniparoli…

Olga Smirnova in Diamonds, from Jewels.© Marc Haegeman.

Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – London

The Bolshoi’s glorious rising star, Olga Smirnova, was imperious…

Evgenia Obraztsova & Vladislav Lantratov in Emeralds, from Jewels.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in Emeralds, from Jewels

20 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou

Joey McKneely/Jerome Robbins production of West Side Story.© Nilz Bohme. (Click image for larger version)

Joey McKneely / Jerome Robbins – West Side Story – London

I said it was the must-see show of the year in 2008, and – while there are a lot of great musicals now around in the West End today – this is still one that must be seen.

Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev together with Angelina Vorontsova and the company in The Flames of Paris.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – The Flames of Paris – St. Petersburg

There is a lack of egotism to Messerer’s work that is immensely appealing, too: unlike Nureyev or Grigorovitch, he never appears to be coercing the music or the steps into fitting his idiosyncratic vision.

Anna Tikhomirova (Fairy Audacity) in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

…but the production isn’t so interested in motivation, more in grand effects, and those were delivered. It was a glittering, ostentatious performance, though not one to catch the heart.

Svetlana Zakharova in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty

Svetlana Zakharova cast – 20 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou

Alexei Ratmansky.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky – Balletic Musings, a Continuing Conversation

Do you perceive a difference between the musicality of American dancers and that of Russian dancers? AR: There is a huge difference in the musicality. I often found Russian dancers unmusical… But they have other qualities…

Bolshoi Ballet - Kingdom of the Shades in La Bayadere.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – La Bayadère – London

Grigorovich’s staging of Act III is masterly. He has the fakirs lull Solor into an opium-induced sleep in a setting that lifts away to reveal a rocky arch. Within it Solor sees a vision of Nikiya enticing him into a ballet blanc nirvana

Anna Tikhomirova and Evgenia Obraztsova in La Bayadère.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in La Bayadere

Evgenia Obraztsova, Anna Tikhomirova, Alexander Volchkov and Semyon Chudin, Olga Smirnova casts – 20 pictures

Aidan DeYoung and Post:Ballet in Robert Dekkers' field the present shifts.© Tricia Cronin. (Click image for larger version)

Post:Ballet – Four Plays: Colouring, Sixes and Seven, When in Doubt, field the present shifts – San Francisco

Dekkers has some interesting ideas for collaborations with composers, visual artists and set designers, which sound good in the program notes but, at best, they remain embryonic on stage.

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