March 2014
James Thiérrée and Katell Le Brenn in Tabac Rouge.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierree – Tabac Rouge – London

It takes Thiérrée a long time to make each new work. Tabac Rouge is his fourth production in a decade…

Momoko Hirata (Princess Belle Sakuma) and Joseph Caley (Salamander Prince) in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Caley/Hirata) – London

In his programme note, Bintley claims to have foregone sexual romance in favour of ‘something more mystical and subtle’, connected with Japanese veneration of its Imperial family. It doesn’t resonate in this royal kingdom.

Ji-young Kim as Nikia in La Bayadere.© Sunkyung Reina Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Korean National Ballet in La Bayadere

Gallery by Sunkyung Reina Jang…

Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet as Yokai in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Bracewell/Roberts) – London

One of Bintley’s other notable commitments as Director is the rapid development of young dancers. For a graduating dance student, hungry for big roles, BRB is the company to aim for….

Boris Eifman.© Eifman Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Eifman – Artistic Director, Eifman Ballet

Graham Watts met up with the choreographer on a recent visit to St Petersburg to discuss his career and to ask what London audiences might expect from Rodin…

TPAM, Yokohama. © Jarkko Lehmus. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: Planes and bums and rock ’n roll.

This month he talks about Japan, nude dancing and invites applications for JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre’s co-productions for 2015.

Manuel Rodriguez and James Thiérrée in Tabac Rouge.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thiérrée in Tabac Rouge

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in Cinderella.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Cinderella – Boston

Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella is one of the great ballets of the 20th century and a triumph of his career.

Misun Kang in rehearsal for Don Quixote gala exceprt.© Sunkyung Reina Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Universal Ballet 30th Anniversary Gala – Studio Rehearsal

Gallery by Sunkyung Reina Jang…

Lusymay Di Stefano and Claudio Coviello in [I]Giselle[/I].© Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano, Teatro alla Scala. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2014: La Scala Ballet in Giselle & Scottish Ballet in Highland Fling

The Festival kicked off with two classical ballet companies presenting very different versions of the oldest and most celebrated Romantic ballets in the repertoire: a classic rendering of Giselle and a radically different take on La Sylphide…

Yasmine Naghdi at the launch of The Royal Ballet Pointe Shoes Competition.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Tower of Royal Ballet Pointe Shoes to Launch New Competition

Competition entrants will be invited to guess how many shoes are contained within the tower to enter the chance to win a pair of tickets to a Royal Ballet in Rehearsal Insight Event…

Rocio Molina in Afectos.© Anna Lee Campbell. (Click image for larger version)

Rocio Molina – Afectos – New York

If there’s one overriding impression left by Rocío Molina’s intimate evening Afectos it’s the general eschewing of flamenco clichés. Molina does what she likes and is indebted to no-one.

Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Kings of the Dance – Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Remanso and others – London

Wonderful how Petit’s youthful melodrama (Le Jeune et la Mort) still works its power, performed with commitment and coached by an expert – Luigi Bonino, one of Petit’s favourite dancers

Denis Matvienko and Marcelo Gomes in Morel et Saint-Loup (from Proust).© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Kings of the Dance in London

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Cedric Lambrette, Benjamin Buza, Alexandra Lo Sardo and Alban Lendorf in Manon.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Manon – Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Ballet’s production of Manon is a rather different affair from the Covent Garden original which I fled from sometime in the 1990s and have never revisited….

Farruquito - Improvisao.© Sophie M Hlenburg. (Click image for larger version)

Farruquito – Improvisao – London

I was not surprised to discover that Farruquito was voted one of the world’s great beauties by People magazine since I spent much of this show wondering if he had a talking mirror in his dressing room…

Morgann Rose in Christopher Bruce's Rooster.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – British Invasion: A Day in the Life, Rooster, There Where She Loved – Washington

Created for the Geneva Ballet in 1991, Rooster is both an entertaining rock‘n’roll romp and a nostalgic glimpse into the ebullient 1960s.

Israel Galván in La Curva.© Kevin Yatarola. (Click image for larger version)

Israel Galván – La Curva – New York

His body is like a cubist deconstruction of the human form, all angles and planes. His fingers and wrists can be as rigid as hammers or as florid as Moorish arabesques.

Alice Renavand in Fall River Legend.© Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Fall River Legend, Miss Julie – Paris

…an unusual choice of bill. Unusual firstly as the work of two women choreographers, and secondly in that it gives audiences a rare chance to see ballets from the extremely interesting and creative period of the 1940’s and 1950’s, now sadly neglected.

Belen Maya in Trasmin).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Belen Maya Company in Trasmin (also Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble) – London

If Maya is a consummate performer who manages to be both elegant and ebullient in equal measure, then her guest, Manuel Liñán is easily the crème-de-la-crème of the male dancers seen thus far…

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