July 2014
Diana Vishneva in Romeo and Juliet.© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Romeo and Juliet, Vishneva/Shklyarov cast – London

…, the first-night Juliet, Diana Vishneva, brought her understanding of MacMillan’s ballet …to Lavrovsky’s older version.

Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish in Romeo and Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Romeo and Juliet – Tereshkina/Parish Cast

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Arthur Pita's Nobody's Baby, The World's Greatest Show.© Roy Tan. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – Nobody’s Baby, The World’s Greatest Show – London

We don’t give stars but this is a 4- or even 5-star show… Classy work indeed.

Mikhail Lobukhin in Spartacus.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – New York

If there’s one thing you can say for Yuri Grigorovich’s 1968 ballet Spartacus, it’s that it gets its point across loud and clear.

Carlos Acosta and Pieter Symonds in Miguel Altunaga's Derrumbe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Cubania – London

It’s not a perfect show by any means, but come the end you still love Acosta, his spirit and his smile. He remains a potent name, doing potent things for ballet, like filling the ROH…

Yonah Acosta and Shiori Kase in Coppelia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Coppelia

Gallery by Dave Morgan of the Shiori Kase and Yonah Acosta cast

Bolshoi Ballet – Don Quixote – New York

…the real star of Don Quixote is the Bolshoi itself.

Mikhail Fokine.© & courtesy of Isabelle Fokine and Fokine Estate Archive. (Click image for larger version)

The Work of Mikhail Fokine – Q&A with Isabelle Fokine

Born in Paris in 1958, Isabelle Fokine is the daughter of Vitale Fokine and granddaughter of choreographer Mikhail Fokine. She is artistic director of the Fokine Estate Archive, which holds the worldwide copyright to his work.

Wendy Whelan in Joshua Beamish's Waltz Epoca.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – London

It would be invidious to compare Wendy Whelan’s brave attempt to reinvent herself as a contemporary dancer with Sylvie Guillem’s far more mature achievement.

Wendy Whelan in Joshua Beamish's Waltz Epoca.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Wendy Whelan in Restless Creature

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

The Suffolk equivalent of the Hollywood sign!.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2014

For the past seven years, the festival’s organisers have been collaborating with Sadler’s Wells to curate a dance programme on the strikingly beautiful Waterfront Stage at the heart of the festival site…

Carlos Acosta and Pieter Symonds in Miguel Altunaga's Derrumbe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Carlos Acosta in Derrumbe, part of the Cubania bill

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ballet Revolucion at Latitude Festival 2014.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dance at Latitude Festival 2014

Lise Smith with a gallery of pictures taken over the 3 days of Latitude festival. Features the following, in order of appearance: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Ballet Revolucion, Sonia Sabri Company, James Cousins Company, English National Ballet, Candoco Dance Company and National Youth Dance Company

Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham in Christopher Wheeldon's Within The Golden Hour.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Maelstrom, Within the Golden Hour, Glass Pieces – Paris

Great to see so many of San Francisco Ballet’s dancers enjoying themselves and enthusing their audience in a steamy summer evening in Paris.

Pavel Mašek and Andrea Opavská in Riders.© Viktor Kronbauer. (Click image for larger version)

Lenka Vagnerová brings wild women and mythological animals to Edinburgh in Fringe shows La Loba and Riders

‘I was not interested in the image of womanhood as it is presented by the media, nor in its visual aspect,’ says Vagnerová…

San Francisco Ballet in Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Caprice, Hummingbird, Symphonic Dances – Paris

Audience applause during the evening recognised that Scarlett’s Hummingbird was the starry centrepiece of the three Paris premieres.

Joseph Taylor, Kevin Poeung, Giuliano Contadini and Nicola Gervasi in Kennth Tindall's The Architect.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Concertante, The Architect – Leeds

Overall I thought this was another move forward for Tindall – he can grab our attention theatrically and also provide visceral choreographic texture.

Fernanda Oliveira and Daniel Kraus rehearsing Coppelia.© Laurent Liotardo, courtesy ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Coppelia in the studio

Some pictures of Coppelia coming together in the main English National Ballet studio, taken by ENB dancer, and well known photographer, Laurent Liotardo…

Svetlana Zakharova in Swan Lake.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

It is even more disappointing that the troupe should open its run with a Swan Lake so lackluster… It’s not the dancers’ fault. At every level, the Bolshoi dancers move with thrilling force and fullness.

Shiori Kase.© ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Shiori Kase – First Soloist, English National Ballet

5 Questions to Shiori Kase. ENB soloist Shiori Kase is on a roll – only yesterday promoted to First Soloist (as of September), she’s just won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Jackson International Ballet Competition in the USA and is about to make her debut in Coppelia…

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