May 2014
Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Dream, Connectome (premiere) and The Concert

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Renako McDonald and Nicolette Whitley, of Alleviate, in FLASH MOB.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

FLASH MOB – London

Including a low-key pilot at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 2012, the ‘Flash Mob’ brand is now into its third iteration, and I must immediately confess to liking this show less than either of its predecessors.

The Cottier Dance Project – Glasgow, 22-27 June

Glasgow’s West End Festival gets a dance component this year – curator Freya Jeffs tells all on the plans…

Rosas and Ictus in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Vortex Temporum.© Anne Van Aerschot. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas & Ictus (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) – Vortex Temporum – London

…while I may have successfully held my own for the first two rounds, I’d been soundly beaten by the end.

The company in FLASH MOB.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – FLASH MOB

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Zoe White, John O'Gara and Alice Handford in Leanne King's Toots Goes to Charleston.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2014 Tour – London

Of all the school shows I most appreciate the one by Central School of Ballet. Their show, under the name Ballet Central, invariably has the widest range of dance, from ballet to contemporary to musical theatre and more. And importantly they tour it…

Nancy Burer, surrounded by Nathan Brhane, Daniel Cooke, Thomas Van Damme and Wentao Li in Hans van Manen's Kwintet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – DNB Junior Company in Kwintet and Dawn Dances

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Claudio Gonzales and Melina Brufman in milonga.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at IDFB 2014 – M¡longa – Birmingham

This was a tremendous show with which to close the Birmingham International Dance Festival of 2014.

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in Rubies, © The George Balanchine Trust.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version

Boston Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – Boston

To close its 50th anniversary season Boston Ballet mounted a splendid production of Balanchine’s 1967 masterpiece Jewels.

Svetlana Zakharova and David Hallberg in Giselle.© Elena Fetisova. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Giselle (Zakharova, Hallberg) – Washington

David Hallberg is a rarity in today’s classical ballet. Tall, lean and strikingly handsome, with pure classical line and impeccable dancing prowess, he is a genuine danseur noble.

Scottish Ballet in Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo and Juliet.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

Although his movement is as unfussy as dress-down Friday, in the bedroom and tomb scenes he delivers handsome images of love and grief.

Nancy Osbaldeston and Guilherme Menezes in Stina Quagebeur's Vera.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2014 – London

All up this was a solid night and a good complement to ENB’s ‘Lest We Forget’ (WW1) bill that was so recently on the main Barbican stage. But I hope that next year they return to a more open choice on what choreographers can do and also concentrate on choreography rather than include musical soiree interludes.

Hetain Patel in American Boy.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Hetain Patel – American Boy – London

The unclassifiable can be good fun. That’s the lesson from Hetain Patel’s new solo show at the Lilian Baylis Studio.

Guilherme Menezes, Joshua McSherry-Gray and Juan Rodriguez in Makoto Nakamura's Ripple Effect.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet’s Choreographics evening

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Estela Merlos in Lucinda Childs' Four Elements.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Rooster, Four Elements, Sounddance, Dutiful Ducks – London

This programme might also be viewed as demonstrating a particular curve in the formal journey of contemporary dance, albeit one taken in reverse and with an interloper for the sake of contrast.

Hetain Patel in American Boy.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Hetain Patel in American Boy

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

New Ballet Ensemble at the National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES program.© Scott Suchman. (Click image for larger version)

New Ballet Ensemble – Program 2, National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES: symphony + dance season – Washington

Smythe’s Harlem was a riot of imagination, movement and color. The choreography blended together three seemingly unmixable styles of dance – classical ballet, jookin’ and flamenco…

Antonette Dayrit, Hannah Rudd, Simone Damberg Würtz in Lucinda Childs' Four Elements.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Four Elements

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza in the pas de deux from Esmeralda.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition – 2014 Winners Announced

“Super – absolutely spot on” I thought when Tamara Rojo announced Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza as joint winners of the company’s Emerging Dancer Competition.

Madison Keesler in Liam Scarlett's Variations on a Theme.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet, Emerging Dancer Competition 2014

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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