February 2015
Ballet Nacional de España in Suite Sevilla.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Nacional de España in Suite Sevilla – Flamenco Festival London 2015

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Norika Matsuyama and Steven Morse in Thatcher's Manifesto.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Program 3 including Myles Thatcher premiere – San Francisco

Program 3 features Hans van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Manifesto by Myles Thatcher and “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère.

Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015 – London

This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.

Carmen Cortés with Gerardo Núñez and musicians In Concert.© Grzegorz Ziemianski, www.fotohuta.pl. (Click image for larger version)

Gerardo Núñez with guest dancer Carmen Cortés – In Concert – London

For dance fans, the chance to see Carmen Cortés is an unalloyed joy. When she abandons providing palmeos and steps to the front of the stage, she prowls cat-like around the music…

Marcellino Sambe's Dez Days (in front: Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Luca Acri, Maria Barroso).© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015

Draft Works 2015 features pieces by Joshua Beamish, Valentino Zucchetti, Sander Blommaert, Erico Montes & Marcelino Sambe. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Julian De Leon and Nicole Diaz in Unstruck.© Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang. (Click image for larger version)

Kate Weare Company – 10th Anniversary Season – New York

There’s something almost too private about the way these dancers handle each other. Weare’s natural habitat is the duet, which in many cases has the flavor of a mortal combat.

New York City Ballet in Jerome Robbins' Interplay.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Hear The Dance: America bill – New York

The most obvious, and pleasurable aspect of New York City Ballet’s mixed bill Hear the Dance: America is its juxtaposition of two very different works by Jerome Robbins.

Cirque Eloise in Cirkopolis.© 2012 Productions Neuvart/Valerie Remise.

Cirque Eloise – Cirkopolis – London

The whole ensemble had a refreshing zest for performance …Although perhaps lacking in theatrical drama…

New York City Ballet in Harlequinade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Square Dance, Harlequinade – New York

If Harlequinade is somewhat less than the sum of its parts, Square Dance (1957), which preceded it on the program, never fails to lift the heart.

Ballet Black in Mark Bruce's Second Coming.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – To Fetch a Pail of Water?, Depouillement, Second Coming – London

All up, another win for Ballet Black – a strong double bill of consequence and contrast preceded by a short amuse-bouche.

Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild in Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Romeo + Juliet – New York

The balcony pas de deux, what all the paramours have come to see, is decent. There are the sweeping, leg splitting lifts, drippy back drapes (so much so that Hyltin at times looks dead), and romantic clutches in abundance.

Lucia Campillo - part of the Gala Flamenca evening.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Gala Flamenca: Flamenco Festival London 2015

Gala Flamenca – part of Flamenco Festival London 2015 at Sadler’s Wells. Pictures of Lucia Campillo, Karime Amaya and Carmen Coy. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the photocall for us…

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English National Ballet 2015/16 Season

Full press release of English National Ballet’s 2015/16 Season.

Hubert Essakow.© Hubert Essakow. (Click image for larger version)

Hubert Essakow – Choreographer and curator of the 1898 Contemporary Dance Festival

5 Questions for Hubert Essakow on the 1898 Contemporary Dance Festival and more…

Ballet Next in Ushuaia.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Next – Outswirl, Ushuaia, Something Sampled – New York

It is hard to know where to start with “Baroque’d”, Ballet Next’s latest season, but it’s safe to say Something Sampled, one of the program’s three world premieres, is, for better or worse, what most people will talk about.

Marianela Núñez in Swan Lake.© ROH, Alice Pennefather.

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

It is somewhat extraordinary that Anthony Dowell’s staging of Swan Lake is almost thirty years old, given the amount of reservations and mixed feelings it still elicits.

Ultima Vez in What the Body Does Not Remember.© Danny Willems. (Click image for larger version)

Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus – What The Body Does Not Remember – London

… 28 years on, what strikes you is how vital and of the moment the piece still seems.

Damien Johnson and Kanika Carr in Mark Bruce's Second Coming.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Black in Second Coming and To Fetch a Pail of Water?

Two brand new Ballet Black works, by Mark Bruce and Kit Holder, photographed by Dave Morgan…

Sarah Lamb in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Swan Lake (Lamb / Acosta)

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

NYCB in Justin Peck’s ‘Rode,o: Four Dance Episodes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Pictures at an Exhibition, ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Mercurial Maoeucres – New York

‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes premiere: It turns out that this combination of male vigor, Copland, and Peck is a felicitous one.

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