June 2015
Momoko Hirata in Sylvia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Sylvia – Birmingham

David Bintley’s Sylvia is a great piece of classical dance and escapist fun.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet – Promotions, Leavers and Starters – June 2015

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s end of season announcements for June 2015…

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Infra, Divertissements, The Age of Anxiety, The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

These are dancers worth following in a wide repertory of works; it’s a shame to see them go while feeling we’ve barely gotten to know them better.

Celine Gittens in Sylvia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in Sylvia

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

After an absence of eleven years, the Royal Ballet has finally returned to New York; they’re currently presenting two programs at the Koch Theatre,..

Misty Copeland in Swan Lake.© Darren Thomas, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake (Copeland/Whiteside) – New York

Copeland has earned her place center-stage, and it seems more likely than ever that she will be promoted to principal.

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company in Flamencura.© Jeremy Toth. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Flamencura – London

The dancing was never short of extraordinary. The opening part showcased the cerebral seriousness of the Solea…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Robert Battle's No Longer Silent.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Exodus, Strange Humors, No Longer Silent, Revelations – New York

Battle (in No Longer Silent) responds with a brilliant visualization of the music’s intricate parts, a kind of neo-Rite of Spring for our time.

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Marcelo Gomes – Principal Dancer and Choreographer, on London’s Ardani Gala and The Car Man

Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theatre’s much-admired star is about to be busy on other things and in London too. He’ll be staring in The Car Men but first we see him dance in his own choreography at the Ardani Gala 17/18 July. 5 Questions to him…

New York Theatre Ballet in Ashton's Capriol Suite.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

New York Theatre Ballet – Capriol Suite, Two Timing, Cat’s Cradle, Such Longing, Dark Elegies – New York

The program presented at St. Mark’s this past week reflects all of these positive developments; even more, it seemed infused with a new sense of assurance and identity.

Tiffany Hedman and Daniel Kraus in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Give My Love to The Sunrise.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2015 – London

Of the three Choreographics evenings to date I thought this was the best, with all the pieces feeling buffed-up, thought about and nobody making a huge wrong turn.

William Bracewell as Louis XIV, Le Roi, with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in The King Dances.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The King Dances, Carmina burana – Birmingham

The King Dances is a man’s ballet – it has to be said a very pretty man’s ballet with gorgeous designs by Katrina Lindsay.

Adela Ramirez and Juan Rodriguez in James Streeter's A Touch For Eternity.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet’s Choreographics evening 2015

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Evgenia Obraztsova and Herman Cornejo in Romeo and Juliet.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet (Obraztsova/Cornejo) – New York

One could imagine a fine partnership developing between Cornejo and Obraztsova. Both are generous and open-hearted performers.

Adam Kozal and Aneta Zbrzezniak in Moving Rooms.© Ewa Krasucka. (Click image for larger version)

Polish National Ballet – Adagio & Scherzo, Rite of Spring, Moving Rooms – New York

There was no rest for the weary at the Joyce on Tuesday night, where Polish National Ballet whipped through its New York debut with an adrenalin-packed program.

Philippe Decoufle Company DCA in Contact.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Philippe Decouflé Company DCA – Contact – London

It’s undoubtedly fun in Decouflé’s world… but you do start to wish someone would hold your hand through it for a while.

Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi in Romeo and Juliet.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet (Copeland/Hammoudi) – New York

The million-dollar question for any dancer on the cusp is this: can they carry an evening-length story ballet? The answer, on the evidence of Copeland’s début in Romeo and Juliet, is yes.

Doug Fullington, in the studio with Marian Smith, working on Giselle at Pacific Northwest Ballet.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Doug Fullington – on Stepanov Notation

Some of the great 19 century Russian ballet classics were recorded in Stepanov notation – Doug Fullington is one of the few people in the world who can understand Stepanov’s hieroglyphics and what they represent for those looking to do justice to the past…

The 7 Fingers Traces.© Alexandre Galliez. (Click image for larger version)

The 7 Fingers – Traces – London

…Traces has been going now since 2006 and the audience seemed happy enough no matter how depressed I was at times.

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

The Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – Washington

At 42, Acosta is still a powerful presence. A much-loved artist around the world, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest male dancers of his generation.

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