May 2015
Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, Song of the Earth – London

The final triple bill of the Royal Ballet’s season reverts to its founder’s faith in classical ballet as an expressive language.

American Ballet Theatre in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty.© Doug Gifford. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Sleeping Beauty – New York

Perhaps the most striking element in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre is its musicality, the way the steps, peppered with accents and breaths, unspool within the music.

Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson and Ryoichi Hirano in Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, Song of the Earth

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog/Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

Ben Duke opens his one-man show disarmingly by losing his place in his copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost…

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks in the studio.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – New York

The whole evening has the feeling of an extended experiment. We see Whelan ridding herself of ballerina habits and trying on new clothes.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Les Rendezvous.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Les Rendezvous, Kin., Elite Syncopations – Nottingham

Les Rendezvous is 21 minutes of classical movement perfection, but Alexander Whitley comes surprisingly close to besting it with his 20-minute more modern take on ballet – Kin.

Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Bournonville Divertissements, La Sylphide (Lovette debut) – New York

In her début as the Sylph, Lovette was warm, soft, enticing, more child-like than enigmatic.

Cie. Willi Dorner - the building part of fitting.© John Mallinson. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Cie. Willi Dorner in fitting

Gallery by John Mallinson…

Ballet Black in Dogs Don't Do Ballet.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Dogs Don’t Do Ballet – London

So how did it go with the young audience? Answer, jolly well…

American Ballet Theatre in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle (Abrera debut) – New York

The American Ballet Theatre season continues with Giselle where Marina Harss saw Stella Abrera’s company debut. The response to the performance was understandably enthusiastic.

Elizabeth Dalman in Serendity, Australian Dance Theatre 1967.© Jan Dalman. (Click image for larger version)

Mirramu Dance Company and Guests – Fortuity bill – Canberra

Fortuity was an exceptional program showing in particular the range of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s choreographic output…

English National Ballet and English National Ballet School announce plans for a new joint home in East London

The joint home will be based at London City Island E14, a new neighbourhood from Eco World Ballymore. The development is a short distance from Canning Town and adjoins Trinity Buoy Wharf…

Nuno Bizarro in Boris Charmatz's manger.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Charmatz / Musee de la Danse – manger – London

What, you may wonder, is the point of it all?

Robert Clark's Promises of Happiness.© Bronwen Sharp. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Clark – Promises of Happiness – London

Clark has spent two years on his “happiness project”, working with a psychoanalyst amongst others to investigate the causes and manifestations of happiness but…

Olga Dukhovnaya in Boris Charmatz's manger.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boris Charmatz – Musée de la danse in London season – manger

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Joseph Gorak in Études.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – 75th Anniversary Gala – New York

American Ballet Theatre know how to do a Gala and this was their 75th Anniversary as well – Everybody seemed to have a good time says Marina Harss…

Bianca Fota and Dawid Trzensimiech in Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.© Cristian Lazarescu. (Click image for larger version)

Romanian National Ballet – Classical Symphony, Petite Mort, Marguerite and Armand, Tango, Radio and Juliet – Bucharest

Johan Kobborg took over as Director of Bucharest National Ballet just over a year ago. Time for Graham Watts to go and see how they are looking – in two very different bills…

Frédéric Seguette performing part of Jerome Bel's Shirtology.© John Mallinson. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boris Charmatz: If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?

Boris Charmatz, dancer, choreographer and provocateur curated this two day festival bringing dance performance into the art gallery. Gallery by John Mallinson…

New Zealand Dance Company in Rotunda.© John McDermott. (Click image for larger version)

New Zealand Dance Company – Rotunda – Sydney

From the show flyer… “Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915…”

Bradley Schlagheck and Emily Mistretta in Jeffrey Cirio's fremd.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Thrill of Contact: Theme and Variations, The Concert, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, fremd – Boston

Boston Ballet closed its season with a generous offering of four ballets spanning almost 70 years… and including a world premiere and two company premieres…

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