June 2016
Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Arthur Pita's Run Mary, Run.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Natalia Osipova in new works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita

A certain Sergei Polunin danced with Osipova in 2 of the pieces. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Irina Kolesnikova.© Sven Arnstein. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Irina Kolesnikova on her new work – “Her Name was Carmen”

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre and their lead ballerina Irina Kolesnikova return to the London Coliseum this summer and with a brand new ballet to boot – we wanted to know more…

Compagnie Marie Chouinard in Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge.© Nicolas Ruel. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie Marie Chouinard – Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge / HENRI MICHAUX: MOUVEMENTS – London

★★✰✰✰   Marie Chouinard certainly has interesting and original ideas – hurrah for that – but an editor would really help make the best of them sparkle.

Rachelle Rafailedes and Julia Eichten in Benjamin Millepied's Hearts & Arrows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – L.A. Dance Project in Harbor Me, On the Other Side, Hearts & Arrows

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Garrett Anderson and Anne Zivolich-Adams in Joe & Ida by Penny Saunders.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

SFDanceworks – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Lickety Split, Joe & Ida, Portrait, Z – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   With this first season, Sofranko has proved himself a good curator of choreographic and dance talent, with a preference for loveliness in movement and movers.

Brandon Lawrence in Wink.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Wink, The Moor’s Pavane, The Shakespeare Suite – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   Jessica Lang’s Wink is an attractive piece, well designed and well made with a clear structure.

Alessandra Ferri in Romeo and Juliet.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet with Alessandra Ferri – New York

★★★★✰   One can only imagine the satisfaction of dancing such a role at the age of 53, to a full house, among friends. The ovations were rapturous and went on for a long time.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

★★★✰✰   Murphy is a sensual Odette, something made all the more effective by Stearns’ tenderness.

Svetlana Lunkina in Giselle.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Giselle – Toronto

★★★★✰   On opening night, Svetlana Lunkina in the title role gave one of those unique performances in which the ballerina completely disappears into her heroine, putting her entire living self into the role.

Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Taming of the Shrew (Birmingham) and Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre (Leicester)

★★★✰✰ for BRB’s troublesome fun packed Taming of the Shrew and ★★★★✰ Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre with Hannah Bateman in the lead…

Jessica Lang Dance in Thousand Yard Stare.© Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Thousand Yard Stare, Solo Bach, Among the Stars, Sweet Silent Thought, i.n.k. – New York

★★★✰✰   The beefiest work on the program was a New York premiere, Thousand Yard Stare, a work honoring war veterans…

Wu Husheng (Emperor) and Qi Bingxue (Lady Yang) in Echoes of Eternity.© Shanghai Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Shanghai Ballet – Echoes of Eternity – Shanghai

★★★✰✰   De Bana’s choreography was especially effective in the group scenes and not least in the descriptive expression of the organised chaos of warfare…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Abraham's Untitled America: Second Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Untitled America: Second Movement, No Longer Silent, Exodus, Deep, Vespers, The Hunt, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a truism that any afternoon that includes Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is apt to leave you happy.

Celine Gittens in The Taming of the Shrew.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Taming of the Shrew

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Tanya Howard and Dylan Tedaldi in Le Petit Prince.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Le Petit Prince – Toronto

★★★✰✰   Since its publication nearly 75 years ago, de Saint-Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince,” a short illustrated novella about an improbable encounter between an aviator and a young space traveler, has captivated the hearts of millions of children and adults alike…

Michael Hulls LightSpace.© Heathcliff O'Malley. (Click image for larger version)

No Body – Installations by Lucy Carter, Michael Hulls, Nitin Sawhney, Siobhan Davies and Russell Maliphant – London

★★★✰✰   No Body was an interesting diversion, that confirms the artistic chops of the technical talent that makes so many shows pop and zing. As an exercise I hope it might be repeated every few years.

Wiley Naman Strasser in Manifesting.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Hope Mohr Dance – Manifesting (premiere) – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   What is the purpose of an artist’s manifesto? When does a defined creative vision ossify into a rigid, limiting doctrine?

Francesca Hayward in The Invitation.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet: Promotions and joiners for the 2016/17 season

Four Royal Ballet dancers promoted to Principal from the start of the 2016/17 Season – Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano and Akane Takada

Ethan Fuller in The Four Temperaments (First Variation: Melancholic), choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

School of American Ballet – Workshop Performance: Danses Concertantes, Les Gentilhommes, The Four Temperaments – New York

★★★★✰   Each spring, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet’s breeding-ground, holds a series of “Workshop” performances to show off the crème de la crème of its upper-level students.

Skylar Brandt and Duncan Lyle in The Golden Cockerel publicity image.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Golden Cockerel – New York

★★★★✰   American Ballet Theatre’s spring season has turned into a kind of voyage into the mind of Alexei Ratmansky, its choreographer-in-residence since 2009.

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