January 2014
Yuan Yuan Tan and Davit Karapetyan in Tomason's Giselle.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Giselle – San Francisco

Though Tan dances with a wonderful lightness and an elegance not quite suited to a naïve peasant girl, she never really emotionally engages with the ardent Karapetyan, who possesses nuanced acting and strong technique, and deserves to have a partner who can match his level of commitment to crafting a role.

Javier De Frutos setting his 3 With Dwith Edward Watson, Marijn Rademaker and Dan Gillespie Sells.© Jim Markland @James Rowbotham Dance Photography www.frozenmotion.co.uk.(Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion (blur)

Jim Markland of James Rowbotham Dance Photography thought he’d do a different take on photographing Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion – using some 5 second exposures.

Carol Furtado in The Merchants of Bollywood.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – The Merchants of Bollywood

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Giselle, live cinema broadcast with Osipova, Acosta – London

The Royal Ballet are pushing their cinema relay performances as a way of getting ‘out there’- so what’s it like to see Osipova and Acosta out in the sticks? Margaret Willis gives her view and talks to others on the experience…

Boris Charmatz's enfant.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse in enfant

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

An elated Matthew Bourne and Leanne Benjamin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Awards 2013 – Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne’s citations for outstanding achievement in dance

At Monday’s National Dance Awards two de Valois awards were given for outstanding achievement in dance. Here are Graham Watts citations for Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne, as given on the day.

Christopher Wheeldon, Classical Choreography winner.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2013

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Leanne Cope and James Hay in Liam Scarlett's Hansel and Gretel.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Hansel and Gretel – London

…we get a cleverly staged and very well danced psychodrama, scary both in what we see and what we further imagine. There are, though, two fundamental problems which hold the piece back from complete success.

Vadim Muntagirov in Suite en Blanc. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Vadim Muntagirov to Join The Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer

Vadim Muntagirov will join The Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer on 24 February….

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2013 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2013 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Rie Ogura & Steven Melendez in Richard Alston's Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms.© Richard Termine. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Legends & Visionaries bill – New York

The company embraces the turn-of-the-20th-century Cecchetti Method, more concerned with anatomic integrity than with razzle-dazzle. Cecchetti’s motto is “purity of line, simplicity of style.” You get the idea.

Sarah Van Patten and Anthony Spaulding in Hans van Manen's Variations for Two Couples.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – 2014 Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

The best all-round piece of the evening is Hans van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples, from the exquisitely concise choreography by this still-relevant master…

Justin Peck and Teresa Reichlen in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, Who Cares? – New York

There is perhaps no better way to start off a season at New York City Ballet than with a performance of Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Yasuyuki Shuto in Apocrifu.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Apocrifu

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Steven McRae.© Johan Persson / ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Steven McRae – Young Australian Achiever Of The Year 2014

Steven McRae awarded Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK. Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet wants to inspire other children to chase their dreams…

Ivan Putrov.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Dancer, Choreographer and Director of Men in Motion

“I want audiences to leave inspired, not scratching themselves in boredom.”

Natalia Osipova and Hikaru Kobayashi in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

It looks as though Natalia Osipova is to become Sylvie Guillem’s successor at the Royal Ballet, giving her idiosyncratic interpretation of a role whether or not it aligns with the company’s existing production.

Peter Rapp drawing for Rebelling Against Limit.© Peter Rapp.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion – Rebelling Against Limit – London

Where Cheap Lecture seemed content to dispense casual and unpretentious pearls of wisdom in rhythmic form (“things made with effort sometimes only show effort”), Rebelling Against Limits seems shot-through with a minor angst…

Ivan Putrov in the studio preparing for Narcisse.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ivan Putrov in the studio preparing for Men in Motion

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

A northern sunrise.© Jarkko Lehmus. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: It’s a New Day. It’s a New Dawn.

Jarkko has just taken over as Artistic Director of the JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre based in Northern Finland. This month he starts to explain what his directorship is about…

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