December 2014
Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in rehersals for An American in Paris.© Matt Trent Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Wheeldon – An American in Paris – Paris

As in his narrative ballets, Wheeldon crams in too many ideas. What he does supremely well is to convey emotions beyond words in his pas de deux and solos.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Erik Cavallari as the Prince with Sophie Martin as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Nutcracker – Edinburgh

… what a Nutcracker Scottish Ballet now have – focused on the joy of children, the delight of dance and the wonder of magic and great design.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Matthew Rushing's Odetta.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Uprising, Suspended Women, Odetta – New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is making a big deal out of its premieres this year, but at the company’s “All New” program during its City Center residency, Matthew Rushing’s Odetta was the standout work.

Rambert in Patricia Okenwa's No 1 Convergence.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – New Choreography, works by Ahmet, Damberg Wurtz, Hurst, Okenwa, Tappon – London

Featuring works by Rambert dancers Patricia Okenwa, Luke Ahmet, Simone Damberg Wurtz, Dane Hurst and Pierre Tappon.

Cathy Naden and Richard Lowdon in The Possible Impossible House.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Forced Entertainment – The Possible Impossible House – London

Forced Entertainment’s first show conceived for young people is a whimsical ode to the power of storytelling.

Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Phil Conrad. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

Arthur Pita The Little Match Girl London, Lillian Baylis Studio 13 December 2014 www.arthurpita.com www.sadlerswells.com This Christmas family show in the cosy space of the Lillian Baylis Studio (at Sadler’s Wells) is a…

Daniel Davidson and Edit Domoszlai in Simone Damberg Wurtz's RIFT.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert: New Choreography 2014

Featuring works by Rambert dancers Luke Ahmet, Simone Damberg Wurtz, Dane Hurst, Patricia Okenwa and Pierre Tappon. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

Marian Butler and Joseph Gorak (Chinesse) in The Nutcracker.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker – New York

The ballet radiates warmth, but also an awareness of death….

Patricia McBride on the red carpet.© Margot Schulman. (Click image for larger version)

Patricia McBride Honoured at The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honours

McBride joined the New York City Ballet in 1959, and two years later, at the age of 18, she was promoted to the rank of principal, becoming the youngest principal dancer in the troupe’s history.

Juilliard Dance in Larry Keigwin's Exit Like an Animal.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Juilliard Dance – New Dances, Edition 2014: works by Austin McCormick, Loni Landon, Kate Weare, Larry Keigwin – New York

While the program slumped, mood wise, in the middle, it went out with a bang thanks to Larry Keigwin’s Exit Like an Animal.

Snowflakes, led by Alison McWhinney, in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet Nutcracker London, Coliseum 11 December 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.ballet.org.uk You know that Christmas is really on its way when you see your first Nutcracker. And for…

Ashley Shaw and Dominic North in Edward Scissorhands.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Edward Scissorhands – London

Though it has a downbeat ending, Bourne raises audiences’ spirits with cheerily choreographed curtain calls, a heavenly chorale and drifting snowflakes.

Tommy Franzen and Duwane Taylor in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation Dance Company – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

…a show that is all about simply feeling good and being part of an event rather than just a spectator.

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in the Nutcracker

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles were the lead dancers. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Jarkko Lehmus.© Jukka Nuutinen. (Click image for larger version)

Jarkko Lehmus Blog: Artistic Director – a customer service professional

Like so many other artistic organisations we currently have a yearly cycle of funding. In addition to that some parts of the funding are only secured during the season. A bit like juggling a chainsaw.

Sara Mearns in Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York

Year after year, I see Balanchine’s Nutcracker, and year after year I marvel at its perfection. This year it turns sixty.

Jeffrey Van Sciver in Writing Ground.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King Lines Ballet – Concerto for Two Violins, Men’s Quintet, Writing Ground – Cannes

A popular visitor to Cannes, the company was welcomed with a packed house for their new Triple Bill…

London Contemporary Dance School Collaborations, flyer image.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – Music Collaborations with Guildhall School of Music & Drama

…along with a decent whack of technical precision, the dancers and musicians peppered their performances with dashes of creative flair and energy galore.

Dane Hurst.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Dane Hurst – Dancer and Choreographer, on Rambert’s New Choreography bill

“Turn every disadvantage into an advantage.” This is the advice Dane Hurst has for aspiring dancers looking for encouragement…

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