July 2017
Paris Opera Ballet in Emeralds.© Agathe Poupeney. (Click image for larger version)Jewels, choreography by George Balanchine, ©The George Balanchine Trust.

Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels – New York, Lincoln Center Festival

★★★★✰   It’s not often that one gets to see three such companies side by side, or to experience a work as familiar as Jewels with new eyes…

Fevered Sleep’s Men & Girls Dance at Tate Britain.© Tate Britain. (Click image for larger version)

Fevered Sleep’s Men and Girls Dance at Tate Britain

In at the start of the process Josephine Leask talked to Fevered Sleep’s artistic directors Sam Butler and David Harradine about re-staging “Men and Girls” for Tate Britain. It’s an emotive and challenging work to present to an unsuspecting passing audience…

Rihoko Sato in Sleeping Water.© Jean Michel Blasco. (Click image for larger version)

Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS – Sleeping Water – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are dances that one figures out in the first five minutes. Hope as one might that the piece will evolve or turn a corner, it soldiers on in the same vein, section after section, until the end.

New York City Ballet – Stars & Stripes, Fearful Symmetries, The Times Are Racing – Saratoga Springs

★★★✰✰   Stars and Stripes premiered in 1958, and the Russian emigree demonstrates his affection for the quintessential writer of om-pah music in his adopted country by subverting the common association that marching is all about knee action.

English National Ballet School publicity image for the 2017 Summer Performance.© ENB School. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – Summer Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   The highlight of the second half of the programme was Mats Ek’s Pas de Danse, staged by his assistant, Pompea Santoro.

Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down – London

★★★★✰   The thunderous finale pulls all the threads together with the entire cast on stage playing and dancing in a riotous sonic adventure.

Emily Hoff in The Conservatory.© Johan Persson / RBS. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   It was a well-balanced programme, featuring different kinds of discipline for future corps de ballet dancers, and honouring veteran choreographers as well as contemporary ones.

Michelle Dorrance and Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie in ETM: Double Down.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Martina Conti and Stine Nilsen in (Un)touched.© Noah Da Costa. (Click image for larger version)

Angela Woodhouse & Nathaniel Rackowe – (Un)touched – London

★★★✰✰   Conti and Nilsen explore the space, the installation and each other’s forms without making direct contact, their interaction always mediated by a panel of glass or steel meshing.

Sarah Lane and Alban Lendorf in Souvenir d’un lieu cher.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Tchaikovsky Spectacular bills – New York

★★★✰✰   Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher turned out to be a mysterious little ballet, a double pas de deux that captures, …the complex history of a quartet of characters.

Edward Watson in The Winter’s Tale.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – Brisbane

Royal Ballet The Winter’s Tale ★★★★✰ Brisbane, Queensland Performing Arts Centre Gallery of pictures (Apr 2014, London) by Dave Morgan 5 July 2017 www.roh.org.uk www.qpac.com.au From his choreography for the dance movie, Centre…

Sisters Grimm's Voices of the Amazon.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Sisters Grimm – Voices of the Amazon – London

★★★✰✰   By far the best of this production – more musical theatre, than dance – was the outstanding score and songbook from Ella Spira…

News – Royal Ballet Promotions, Joiners and Leavers, 2017/18 Season

Hightlight – Yasmine Nagdhi promoted to Principal dancer. Full press release with all Promotions, Joiners and Leavers

Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov in Onegin.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Onegin – Moscow

★★★✰✰   Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov reviewed – There were few dry eyes in the auditorium as the opulent gold and red curtains of the Bolshoi Theatre closed on the petite distraught figure of Pushkin’s heroine, Tatiana.

Maureya Lebowitz as Swanilda in Coppélia.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Coppelia and Three Short Story Ballets – Bristol and Birmingham

★★★✰✰   I went to Bristol to catch Coppelia and the specific lead casting of Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton – who have now totally transitioned from being rising stars to fully risen Principals.

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