December 2015
Karen Kain.© Aleksandar Antonijevic, courtesy NBoCanada. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Karen Kain – Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada

The much admired Karen Kain has been directing the National Ballet of Canada for 10 years now – Oksana Khadarina catches up with her as the company prepare to visit Washington with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Winter’s Tale”…

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

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

Peter Todd, Sir Peter Wright, Marion Tait and Kit Holder celebrating the BRB Nutcracker's Silver Anniversary.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Celebrating the Birmingham Royal Ballet / Peter Wright Nutcracker at 25

Birmingham Royal Ballet have been celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Sir Peter Wright’s great Nutcracker production and the company’s move to Birmingham that same year.

GERALDCASELDANCE in Splinters in Our Ankles.© Robbie Sweeny. (Click image for larger version)

GERALDCASELDANCE – Splinters in Our Ankles – San Francisco

Choreographer Gerald Casel describes his new work, Splinters in Our Ankles, as an exploration of the tinikling, a lively folk dance of the Philippines.

Soledad Barrio (Antigona) and Juan Ogalla (Haemon) in Antigona.© Zarmik Moqtaderi. (Click image for larger version

Noche Flamenca – Antigona – New York

One of the most effective elements is also the most innovative: the inclusion of a dancer specializing in krumping…

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Nutcracker – San Francisco

The first time I saw San Francisco Ballet’s current production of The Nutcracker, a little boy sitting in front of us turned to his mother and whispered, “It’s magic!” Eleven years later, to the very day, it’s still a magical experience.

Mark Morris's The Hard Nut.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – New York

As with the Balanchine version, the Hard Nut’s success is a foregone conclusion.

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet has been dancing this ever-popular Russian classic in various guises each holiday season for the past 50 years, delighting audiences and inspiring youngsters…

Alison McWhinney in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Tamara Rojo.© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)Taken from: What Lies Beneath - portraits of dancers by Rick GuestAvailble at: rg-books.com

“What Lies Beneath” – A book of dancers portraits by Rick Guest

“I wanted to make a series of portraits of the dancers themselves, as opposed to dancers dancing, to show the character that underpins their performance, to see the determination and sacrifice that it…

Corey Claire Annand and Angelo Smimmo in Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

It all makes for a captivating hour that will surely bring a tear to your eye.

Estela Merlos and Stefano Rosato in Patricia Okenwa's II. Void.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert: New Choreography 2015

Gallery by Stephen Wright…

Corey Annand in Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Jacqueline Green in Kyle Abraham's Untitled America: First Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Memoria, Piazzolla Caldera, Grace, Polish Pieces, Untitled America: First Movement, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Warmth, exuberance, power, finesse – all these qualities infuse everything they do.

Ashley Shaw and Adam Maskell in Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – London

It’s a modern and sometimes rather busy retelling, but it ends as every fairy tale should do…

Holly Doyle in Bernhard Knauer's Derived.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Sydney Dance Company & Carriageworks – New Breed 2015, Emerging choreographers bill – Sydney

It is an initiative that I hope will remain on the Sydney Dance Company calendar in the future.

Romany Pajdak, Grace Blundell, Chisato Katsura, Iana Salenko, Steven McRae and Gina Storm-Jensen in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

This Nutcracker production has the best conclusion of any…

Marianela Núñez and Carlos Acosta in Diana and Actaeon.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – A Classical Selection – London

Acosta deserves every moment of his standing ovation…

Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Christopher Harrison in Cinderella.© Andy Ross, Scottish Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Cinderella – Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet are touring Christopher Hampson’s “Cinderella” this Christmas – Graham Watts was at the European premiere in Edinburgh for DanceTabs…

Carlos Acosta in Diana and Actaeon.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Carlos Acosta in Diana and Actaeon & Majisimo, part of his A Classical Selection bill

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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