April 2014
Jenna Roberts in Alexander Whitley's Kin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet at IDFB 2014 – Quatrain, Kin., Façade – Birmingham

Choreographically Alexander Whitley’s ‘Kin.’ was probably the best new thing I’ve seen BRB premiere these last 4 years…

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English National Ballet, Random Dance and National Youth Dance Company Top Latitude 2014 Dance Bill

Latitude, the summer festival for people who don’t like rolling around in the mud, is back in sunny Southwold for a ninth year…

Yuhui Choe (Royal Ballet) in The Human Edge.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mayuri Boonham: The Human Edge, Ex nihilo – featuring RB and ATMA Dancers

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Davon Doane and Ashley Murphy in Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven.© Rachel Neville. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Theatre of Harlem – 45th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center – New York

The task Johnson faces is complicated, full of potential pit-falls. In these early seasons she is working to define the company’s character, while helping the dancers to hone their classical training and shine as individuals.

Nacho Duato with Universal Ballet Dancers rehearsing Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness.© Sunkyung Reina Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Universal Ballet in Nacho Duato’s ‘Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness’ – Studio Rehearsal

See the full gallery at… Sunkyung Reina Jang: Universal Ballet in Nacho Duato’s ‘Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness’ – Studio Rehearsal More details at: www.universalballet.com              …

Paloma Herrera as Kitri in Don Quixote.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Don Quixote – Washington

The Sunday matinee performance I attended had all the prerequisites for huge success, featuring world-class principals Paloma Herrera and Ivan Vasiliev, plus a superb supporting cast.

Cindy Salgado and Eric Beauchesne in The Tempest Replica.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite — The Tempest Replica

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Amelia Forrest (Servant) and Filip Michalak (Master) in Light by Izadora Weiss.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Netherlands 1 bill: Clash, Fun, Light – Gdansk

The big event was Light, set to the music of Phillip Glass and based upon Symborska’s poem about “that woman from the Rijksmuseum” (a reference to the servant girl that Vermeer painted pouring milk).

Jiri Kylian's East Shadow.© Kylian Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Jiri Kylian – East Shadow – Monte-Carlo

Jiri Kylian’s latest production, East Shadow, which has just received its European premiere at the Monaco Dance Forum, is a very curious work….

Jonathan Goddard and Gemma Dixon in The Days The Nights The Wounds and The Night.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

HeadSpaceDance – If Play is Play: Two, Before the Interval, The Days The Nights The Wounds and The Night – London

All up there was lot of thoughtful and thought-provoking contemporary movement on stage made by some of the best dramatic dancers you will see. The approach is all very grown-up and I hope they do more.

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Manon, from The Royal Ballet Tour of Japan in 2013.© Kiyonori Hasegawa. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Manon (Cojocaru/Kobborg ) – Sydney

The presence of Cojocaru and Kobborg in Manon, apart from giving such pleasure in itself, lifted the Australian Ballet’s production and took it to a different level. And bouquets to Steven Heathcote for a remarkable performance as well.

Erik Cavallari and Sophie Martin in Romeo and Juliet.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – Glasgow

Perhaps it’s the case that our receptors for beauty lie close in the brain to those for horror: what else could explain how a story about two young lovers dying a needless, violent death should be so passionately, tragically beautiful.

Oleg Gabyshev and Lyubov Andreyeva in Rodin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Rodin – London

Like it, or not, seeing Eifman’s company is a very memorable thing.

Ashley Laracey in the studio (with Troy Schumacher).© Ani Collier, provided by Troy Schumacher. (Click image for larger version)

Two Young NYCB Choreographers on the Move: Justin Peck and Troy Schumacher

Two young NYCB choreographers have been out talking and showing what they do: Justin Peck at the Guggenheim and Troy Schumacher at the 92nd Street Y. Marina Harss on why they are so worth tracking…

National Youth Dance Company promotional picture.© NYDC. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – The Rashomon Effect, Vertical Road – London

This programme exploits their open-hearted zest for dancing and gives them some meaty choreographic challenges.

Jonathan Goddard, Christopher Akrill and Clemmie Sveaas in Before the Interval.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – HeadSpaceDance in If Play is Play… bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sergei Polunin.© Bryan Adams. (Click image for larger version)

The 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN – 23-28 April 2014, St. Petersburg

The Festival is held from April 23 to April 28, 2014 on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Petersburg. The main focus of the 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN, which performances will be held on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, is on original contemporary choreography.

Oleg Gabyshev and Lyubov Andreyeva in Rodin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eifman Ballet in Rodin

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Maude Sabourin (Her Majesty of the Night) with Asier Edeso and Bruno Roque (Archangels of Darkness) in LAC.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – LAC (after Swan Lake) – London

All up it’s an entertaining and chic-looking take on Swan Lake, and one where you don’t have to know the original to enjoy it. But I’m glad I have seen a pukka Swan Lake or three…

Hye Ju Go, Seung Won Shin and Eun Won Lee (Hungarian Bride, Neapolitan Bride and Spanish Bride) in Swan Lake.© Sunkyung Reina Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Korean National Ballet in Swan Lake

Gallery by Sunkyung Reina Jang…

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