January 2017
Alexander Kuiimov in La Fille mal gardée.© Russian State Ballet of Siberia. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Siberia – La Fille mal gardée – Basingstoke

★★★✰✰   The Siberian company performs its Fille mal gardée with good heart and neat feet.

Robert Cohan and Vicki Igbokwe - part of 52 Portraits.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion & Hugo Glendinning – 52 Portraits – London

★★★✰✰   The portraits are probably not a way into dance for someone who wasn’t already interested – and it’s probably better to watch them in small doses. However, they do remind us of something rather lovely…

Jennifer Davis, Gemma Nixon, Jonathan Goddard, Edward Watson, Zenaida Yanowsky and Thomas Whitehead in Les Enfants Terribles by Javier de Frutos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet / Royal Opera – Les Enfants Terribles – London

★★★✰✰   The story line becomes as labyrinthine as the ribbons of tape that criss-cross Paul’s bedroom.

Mavin Khoo.© Mavin Khoo. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Mavin Khoo – Artistic Director ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, choreographer, rehearsal director

Malta’s national contemporary dance company, ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, are touring to the UK for the first time – we have a word with Artistic Director Mavin Khoo…

Elisa Badenes and Cesar Corrales in rehersal for Giselle.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★✰✰   Elisa Badenes and Cesar Corrales delivered a good professional show, if it was not the runaway success I had perhaps hoped for.

Tiler Peck in Justin Peck's The Times are Racing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Times are Racing, The Shimmering Asphalt, Fearful Symmetries – New York

★★★✰✰   More than anything, Peck’s “The Times are Racing” reminded me of the movie Rebel Without a Cause. These kids are uneasy, but what is the object of their unease?

Clemmie Sveaas in Les Enfants Terribles by Javier de Frutos.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Les Enfants Terribles

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Koto Ishihara, Francisco Mungamba and Wei Wang in Bubeníček's Fragile Vessels.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Haffner Symphony, Fragile Vessels (premiere), In the Countenance of Kings – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The company’s first regular-season commission from Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček, “Fragile Vessels”, is a 40-minute meditation on love, loss and reconciliation.

Taylor Stanley, Anthony Huxley and Brittany Pollack in Justin Peck's Scherzo Fantastique.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky x Five bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Alongside George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, one could argue that the third most important voice at New York City Ballet in the twentieth century was that of Igor Stravinsky.

Alessandra Ferri and Francesca Hayward in the I Now, I Then section of Woolf Works.© Tristam Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Woolf Works – London

★★★✰✰   The ballet’s narrative interest depends on the dancer, and both performers are magnificent – different in tone and physicality, though not markedly so.

Lindsey Matheis and Joseph Kudra with Guzmán Rosado and Joseph Davis in Death Defying Dances by Arthur Pita.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

BODYTRAFFIC – Death Defying Dances, 3 Preludes, Private Games: Chapter One – New York

★★✰✰✰   BODYTRAFFIC, the Los Angeles-based contemporary dance troupe, drew a robust crowd to the Joyce on Friday night.

Olivia Cowley in the Becomings section of Woolf Works.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Woolf Works

Mara Galeazzi cast. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sonnambula, Prodigal Son, Firebird, Allegro Brillante, Swan Lake, Four Temperaments – New York

★★★★✰   Sara Mearns, who made her name as Swan Queen at the age of nineteen, is still the most thrilling Odette around.

Dew Drop fairies in Hansel and Gretel.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Hansel and Gretel – Glasgow

★★★★✰   …a great communal effort by the whole company and one that stretches out to embrace kids in the cities it plays to – showing new generations how relevant and effortlessly entertaining ballet can be.

J7s Dance Company in Shikishin Funi.© Lidia Crisafulli. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Resolution 2017: J7s Dance Company, Ania Straczynska

Gallery by Lidia Crisafulli…

Isaac Hernandez and Alina Cojocaru in Giselle.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★★✰   The magic in this production isn’t simply its bewitching ambience but also its harnessing of centuries-old themes in a way that resonates today.

Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade, Natasha Gooden, Dan-I Harris-Walters, Nicole McDowall, Idney De’Almeida, Ricardo Da Silva, Gemma Kay Hoddy and Dickson Mbi in Gray.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boy Blue Entertainment in Blak Whyte Gray

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Gandini Juggling in Smashed: Special Edition.© Kristy Meijers. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling – Smashed: Special Edition – London

★★★★✰   Bausch with added balls.

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in La Belle.© Alice Blangero. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – La Belle – Monte-Carlo

★★★★✰   Maillot has succeeded in giving perhaps the most authentic retelling of Perrault’s story in dance with his tale of love overcoming the darkest evil…

English National Ballet in Giselle.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Giselle

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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