November 2014
Momoko Hirata and Joseph Caley as Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, photographed by Dave Morgan at the Birmingham Hippodrome…

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in Sacred Monsters.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan – Sacred Monsters – London

Half the pleasure of watching Sacred Monsters on this, its final tour, is of course enjoying the penultimate opportunity to watch the ultimate ballerina of our age take the stage.

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – London

Royal Ballet Don Quixote London, Royal Opera House 25 November 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.roh.org.uk New directors of old ballets are often tempted to make them relevant to today by…

Carmen Vazquez Marfil and Andreas Grimaldier in Christopher Bruce's Shift.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Phoenix Dance Theatre in Shift and Shadows

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Thomas Whitehead and Kristen McNally in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Don Quixote

Gallery by Dave Morgan… the cast is led by Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta,

James Cousins Company in Without Stars.© David Foulkes. (Click image for larger version)

James Cousins Company – Without Stars, There We Have Been – London

This two-part bill, my first introduction to James Cousins’ work, could hardly have left me with a more positive impression of the young choreographer,

Gillian Murphy rehearsing La Bayadère.© Kate Longley. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – La Bayadère (Gillian Murphy, Kevin Jackson) – Sydney

The stars were indeed aligned when American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy arrived to guest with the Australian Ballet for two performances as the leading lady, Nikiya the temple dancer.

Tiler Peck in Little Dancer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Stroman/Kennedy Center – Little Dancer – Washington

This is a musical that will certainly delight all dance lovers: the theme of ballet permeates the show from start to finish.

Baltic Dance Theatre in Jiri Kylian's Falling Angels.© K. Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Netherlands bills 1 & 2 – Gdansk

Baltic Dance Theatre have just presented two Netherlands inspired nights of dance with local premieres by Izadora Weiss (director), Jiri Kylian and Patrick Delcroix. Graham Watts with a comprehensive report…

Estela Merlos and Alejandra Baño in the studio rehearsing Provisional Landscapes© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Special Gallery – AVA Dance Company in the studio rehearsing Provisional Landscapes

Foteini Christofilopoulou catches AVA Dance Company in the studio creating and rehearsing their latest work – Provisional Landscapes – which premieres in the Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio on 24 and 25 Nov…

Hannah Rudd, Adam Blyde & Kym Sojourna in Mark Baldwin's The Strange Charm of Mother Nature. © Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Subterrain, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, Terra Incognita – London

By the end, I felt our journey of discovery had involved driving down one of those long, straight, interminable cross-American highways, with nothing but the same prairieland in view.

Eryck Brahmania and Lee Clayden in Beauty of the Beast.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Company Chameleon – Beauty Of The Beast – London

Company Chameleon take a long hard look at what it means today to be a man (or maybe that should be what it means to be a bloke) in Beauty Of The Beast.

Olga Semyonova (Teresa) and Maxim Podosyonov (Cornet) in Le Halte de Cavalerie.© Sveta Tarlova. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Le Halte de Cavalerie, Class Concert, Prelude – New York

The idea behind the triptych is to show three aspects of the company’s style: the classicism and character dance of Petipa; the technical pizzazz of mid-twentieth-century Soviet dance, the eccentricities and atmospherics of contemporary movement…

Pierre Tappon and Simone Damberg Würtz in Shobana Jeyasingh's Terra Incognita.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Shobana Jeyasingh’s Terra Incognita

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Lublin Dance Theatre in All stories, which we have not told before with Beata Mysiak and Ryszard Kalinowski.© Jakub Wittchen. (Click image for larger version)

Polish Dance Platform – Lublin 2014

A first for DanceTabs in covering the Polish Dance Platform event – 3 days of contemporary dance and big thinking in Lublin. Lucy Ribchester, who has covered much dance at the Edinburgh festivals, reports on a wide ranging event…

Clemmie Sveaas and Renaud Wiser in Please Be Seated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Movement Collective – Please Be Seated – London

All up NMC pulled another interesting night out the bag and easy to see why they have been nominated (as Best Independent Company) in this years National Dance Awards.

Ashley Ellis and Eris Nezha in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Swan Lake – Boston

At my first performance, Ashley Ellis was a first-rate Odette/Odile, giving a nearly flawless performance. (I’m assuming that flawless performances transpire only in Heaven or some other extraterrestial locale.)

Ivan Vasiliev in Flames of Paris.© Costas. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Flames of Paris – New York

But, for the ballet to work it has to be danced with conviction and joy, and this is what the Mikhailovsky pulls off marvelously well.

Dance Proms 2014 – Royal Albert Hall, London

I’ve never been to Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall before. Which is amazing given it has a cast of over 400 dancers, has been running since 2011 and, as I discovered, is such an uplifting and feel-good affair.

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