August 2014
Luca Silvestrini in action.© Angelo Bellotti. (Click image for larger version)

Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director, Protein Dance

Deloitte Ignite 2014 is about to open and Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance are part of it. Time to catch up with Silvestrini because it’s not your ‘standard’ dance show…

Fania Grigoriou in Luca Silvestrini's Windows in Progress.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Protein Dance, at Deloitte Ignite 2014, with Windows in Progress

Gallery by Dave Morgan. ‘Windows in Progress’, by choreographer Luca Silvestrini, is part of Deloitte Ignite 2014, The Royal Opera House’s annual contemporary arts festival which runs from 5 – 28 September, this year based on the theme of myth.

Eve Mutso & Daniel Kirspuu in Mutso’s elEven.© Merlin Bonning. (Click image for larger version)

VTDance & Scottish Ballet Dance Artists – iWitness & Special Edition – Edinburgh

One of the most interesting things about Scottish Ballet’s changing double bill …is the way it subtly changes the atmosphere of the show as a whole, re-contextualising the first piece, iWitness

Detail from the book cover of Constant Lambert - Beyond The Rio Grande.© Boydell & Brewer. (Click image for full version of cover)

Book – Constant Lambert, Beyond The Rio Grande – by Stephen Lloyd

Lloyd has written widely on English composers and is meticulous in combing together many fragmentary impressions of Lambert. The book weighs over 1.5 kilos, 419 pages of small print, most heavily annotated in smaller print still, with a further 150 pages of appendices.

TaikaBox in Beyond The Body.© TaikaBox. (Click image for larger version)

TaikaBox – Beyond The Body – Edinburgh

There’s a clean, healthy lightness that runs through TaikaBox’s meditation on the limits of the body

Diana Vishneva and the 4 seasons in Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella – London

Vishneva as Cinderella has an endearing ability to share her happiness with the audience and casts a warm glow over the entire production.

Diana Vishneva in Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Cinderella

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Mariinsky Ballet in Concerto DSCH.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH – London

“This is how ecstasy is danced.” Kimin Kim in Concerto DSCH.

Diana Vishneva (Marguerite) and Konstantin Zverev (Armand) in Marguerite and Armand.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Vicktoria Tereshkina in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – London

Viktoria Tereshkina has a warm personality and this enhances her dancing. She has long thin limbs and offers expansive port de bras, while her legs whip up effortlessly but with control.

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ZooNation Youth Company – Groove On Down The Road – London

…this show’s greatest sleight of hand is to have constructed a truly professional, West End-worthy production from the performances of young, amateur dancers, under the age of 19.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – Solo for Two: Mercy, Passo, Facada – London

Overall, while an interesting night for them and those who know them, it wasn’t a night that would garner them lots of new fans all hailing them as magnificent. For that you still need to catch them, if you can, doing their fireworks in the likes of Don Quixote…

Uliana Lopatkina and Andrey Ermakov in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2 Casts in various extracts – Vicktoria Tereshkina, Uliana Lopatkina, Vladimir Shklyarov, Filipp Stepin. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

Isaac Mizrahi designs for Acis and Galatea.© Isaac Mizrahi. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Acis and Galatea – New York

As he has shown again and again, the choreographer Mark Morris has a way with Baroque music. He clearly adores it…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Facada from Solo for Two

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake, Stepanova/Parish cast – London

Xander Parish, making his British debut at Saturday’s matinee, proved that he has been transformed into a true Mariinsky prince. His achievement is a reproach to the Royal Ballet, who failed to value him as a danseur noble.

Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake

2 Casts in various extracts – Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov, Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

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