January 2015
Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson's Giselle.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Giselle – San Francisco

…Kochetkova and Luiz told the tale beautifully…

Marcos Esteban Roberts and Louise Junqueira Malucelli in Flames of Desire.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Tango Fire in Flames of Desire

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Émilie Lalande and Jean-Charles Jousni in Angelin Preljocaj's Snow White.© Sunkyung Reina Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Preljocaj in Snow White

Gallery by Sunkyung Reina Jang…

Central School of Ballet announce new patrons: Cassa Pancho MBE and Robert Mackintosh

Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Black and Robert Mackintosh, Co Founder of The Entertainment & Media Group and Creative Director of The St James Theatre have been announced as new patrons of Central School of Ballet,

Yuan Yuan Tan and Pascal Molat in Possokhov's RAkU.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Prog 1: Serenade, RAkU, Lambarena – San Francisco

America’s oldest ballet company, San Francisco Ballet, opened its eighty-second season with a triple bill that encapsulates the uniquely varied repertory developed by artistic director Helgi Tomasson…

Richard Alston Dance Company in Nomadic.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Richard Alston Dance Company in Nomadic

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Onegin – London

…Onegin remains a sparkling example of what a narrative ballet is and ought to be.

Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in Michel Fokine's Chopiniana.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Chopiniana, Without, In the Night – New York

Too much Chopin? Perhaps.

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2014

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2014 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2014 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Matthew Golding in Onegin.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Onegin (Golding / Osipova)

Another Onegin cast recorded for posterity – Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova photographed in rehearsal by Dave Morgan…

Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in Possokhov's Bells.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Infinite Romance: 2015 Season Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

The SF Ballet premiere of choreographer-in-residence Yuri Possokhov’s pas de deux from Bells is my all-round favorite of the evening. Sublime dancing from Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan…

Aakash Odedra in Murmur.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Aakash Odedra in Murmur

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Ashley Bouder in Donizetti Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C, Donizetti Variations, La Valse, Chaconne – New York

In recent seasons New York City Ballet has gotten into the habit of starting things off with a week or two of Balanchine. It’s an excellent idea.

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Onegin (Soares / Nunez)

The opening night bill of Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez captured in reherasal by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Kaori Ito in Plexus.© Aglae Bory.

Compagnie 111 / Aurelien Bory / Kaori Ito – Plexus – London

“…a very striking and unusual piece with moments of real theatrical magic.”

Thiago Soares.© Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Thiago Soares – Royal Ballet Principal, on Onegin

On the eve of opening the latest Royal Ballet season of ‘Onegin’ Thiago Soares talks about one of his most inspirational roles, and a few other things too…

© Mariinsky Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella (+ The Enchanted Wanderer) – New York

…the Ukrainian-born soloist Anastasia Matvienko was a pliant, loose-limbed Cinderella who danced with uninhibited ease and looked perfectly at home in Ratmansky’s goofy interpretation of the character.

Mira Calix's Inside There Falls installation.© Prudence Upton. (Click image for larger version)

Mira Calix and Sydney Dance Company – Inside There Falls – Sydney

Inside There Falls is a multi-media experience, and an immersive and sensory one at that. It is complex in the ideas that it encompasses.

Moscow City Ballet in Giselle.© Moscow City Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Moscow City Ballet – Giselle – London

I suspect first-time Giselle-goers will like this bright production just fine. Veteran viewers, on the other hand, might find its mildness harder to swallow

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