June 2014
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Birmingham Royal Ballet – End of season promotions, leavers and joiners

BRB Promotions, Joiners and Leavers…

Boston Ballet in Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Program B: Symphony in Three Movements, L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune, Plan to B, Bella Figura – New York

…the dancers seem able to handle whatever comes their way. It’s a quality that will serve them well in their travels.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Kin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Les Rendezvous, Kin., Elite Syncopations – High Wycombe

I was suitably sent home happy.

Hee Seo and Roman Zhurbin in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake is looking tired …bogged down by reams of flavorless dancing.

Robert Wilson – The Old Woman, staring Mikhail Baryshnikov – New York

In the end, the real pleasure of the evening is watching two extraordinary showmen…

Boston Ballet in Alexander Ekman's Cacti.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Program A: The Second Detail, Resonance, Cacti – New York

Like the best comedians, Ekman is as facetious as he is profound, leaving the viewer with plenty to ponder post-performance.

Publicty image for Kiss & Cry.© Marteen Vanden Abeele. (Click image for larger version)

Charleroi Danses – Kiss & Cry – London

The result is enchantingly low-tech, re-created afresh at every performance

Guro Nagelhus Schia and Kazutomi 'Tsuki' Kozuki in Matter.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eastman & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – 4D – London

It’s a very satisfying package of liquid, sinuous movement delivered by idiosyncratic and characterful performers.

Transitions Dance Company publicity image.© Chris Nash, (Click image for larger version)

Transitions Dance Company – 2014 Mixed bill – London

Transitions Dance Company is a finishing school that provides a special opportunity to contextualise their dance studies and training and this year’s ensemble demonstrated a strong range of capabilities across a wide spectrum of skill sets.

James O'Hara and Olivia Ancona in Faun.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eastman, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in 4D – part of Sadler’s Sampled Festival

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Polina Semionova and David Hallberg in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – New York

Few nineteenth-century story ballets are as satisfying as Giselle, with its simple and poetic plot, compact structure and starkly contrasting moods. This week I watched four Giselles, with four distinctly different casts…

Liewellyn Mnguni (Odile) and Dada Masilo (Odette) in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dada Masilo in Swan Lake – part of Sadler’s Sampled Festival

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Rachael McLaren and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Wayne McGregor's Chroma.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Lincoln Center Programs A & B – New York

Since becoming artistic director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, Robert Battle has been steadily mixing up the company’s repertory, adding works by choreographers beyond its usual range: Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Wayne McGregor, to name just three.

Roman Zhurbin and Craig Salstein in Cinderella.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

To fully enjoy Ashton, one has to be willing to acquiesce to one’s own softer impulses, a sense of wonder and perhaps a little nostalgia, and to surrender the loveliness of small things.

Tara-Brigitte Bhavani & Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela's Untitled, Draft Works 2014.© Tristram Kenton / ROH, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2014 – London

At the outset I have to say I thought this year was one of the better years and we should all feel encouraged at the creativity on show.

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

…in the autumn of their dancing careers Acosta and Rojo put on a stunning display that brought many in the audience to their feet come the end.

Daria Klimentová in Romeo and Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Daria Klimentová & Vadim Muntagirov in Romeo and Juliet, English National Ballet

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, English National Ballet

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Georgy Isaakyan and Andris Liepa.© Georgy Isaakyan and Andris Liepa. (Click image for larger version)

Andris Liepa and Georgy Isaakyan – Bringing Diaghilev Back: Recreating the Russian Seasons

Graham Watts, visited the Natalia Sats Theatre in Moscow, earlier this year, to talk to both Liepa and Isaakyan about their new production of Le Coq d’Or.

Thomasin Gülgeç in Russell Maliphant's Afterlight.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Still Current bill – London

It’s a short programme but packed with memorable images, and brilliantly executed.

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