Author: Christina Gallea Roy

Christina Gallea Roy studied ballet in Sydney, London and Paris dancing with British, Australian, American and European companies, working with choreographers Leonide Massine, Walter Gore, Hans van Manen and Rudi van Dantzig among others. A partnership with dancer and choreographer, Alexander Roy led to the foundation of International Ballet Caravan and Alexander Roy London Ballet Theatre. Now living in France Christina also writes regularly for Dancing Times and her book, "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – A Life in Dance", was published in 2012. Her website is www.gallearoy.com

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Zaloa Fabbrini and Alessio Passaquindici in Roland Petit's L'Arlésienne.© Dominique Jaussein. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Nice Mediterranee – Grand Pas Classique from Raymonda, Gnawa, L’Arlesienne – Nice

★★★✰✰   The most interesting item of the programme was definitely the revival of Roland Petit’s L’Arlésienne, created in 1974 when he was director of the National Ballet of Marseille.

Emilia Gisladdottir in Carmen.© Jesus Vallinas. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Spain – Carmen – Cannes

More from the Cannes Dance Festival and director Brigitte Lefèvre definitely kept the best for the last night with Johan Inger’s full-length production of Carmen performed by the National Ballet of Spain…

Cannes Dance Festival – Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse: The Beast and Beauty, Lyon Opera Ballet: Kylian bill – Cannes

For the festival Brigitte Lefèvre chose an eclectic mixture of popular and audacious programmes from twelve different companies – mainly regional French companies… some smaller independent groups and international companies from Korea, Argentina and Spain.

The 7 Fingers in Cuisine & Confessions. © Alexandre Galliez. (Click image for larger version)

The 7 Fingers – Cuisine & Confessions – Vaison-la-Romaine

…Cuisine and Confessions is a mixture of circus arts, dance, music, narration – and cooking.

Oscar Chacon in The Ninth Symphony.© Francette Levieux. (Click image for larger version)

Bejart Ballet Lausanne & The Tokyo Ballet – The Ninth Symphony – Monte-Carlo

It is, of course, a huge show but the commitment the dancers bring to it, the excellence of the dancing and sense of joy they bring to the final movement, make it a very theatrical experience.

Ballet Nice Mediterranee in Pas de Dieux.© Dominique Jaussein. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Nice Mediterranee – Soir de Fête, Pas de Dieux – Nice

Vu-An writes in the programme that he has chosen the two ballets Soir de Fete and Pas de Dieux to make up an entertaining and enjoyable programme for the festive season. However, he has chosen two very contrasting and rather curious works…

Jeffrey Van Sciver in Writing Ground.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King Lines Ballet – Concerto for Two Violins, Men’s Quintet, Writing Ground – Cannes

A popular visitor to Cannes, the company was welcomed with a packed house for their new Triple Bill…

Oleg Gabyshev as Rodin in Eifman’s Rodin.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Rodin – Cannes

Despite many critics’ reservations, Eifman’s work does remain popular internationally, and in France it can be explained by the lack of good quality touring dance in the country.

Systeme Castafiore in Aktualismus.© Karl Biscuit, courtesy Systeme Castafiore. (Click image for larger version)

Systeme Castafiore – Aktualismus, 4Log Volapuk – Grasse

The recent programme in Grasse was a revival of two very early works from the company’s beginnings, Aktualismus from 1989 and 4Log Volapűk from 1992. If the titles have any significance, it escaped me…

James Thierrée's Raoul.© Richard Haughton. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierree – Raoul – Antibes

This beginning, supremely theatrical, brought the mainly young audience, already excited and expectant, to shout and clap enthusiastically….

Jiri Kylian's East Shadow.© Kylian Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Jiri Kylian – East Shadow – Monte-Carlo

Jiri Kylian’s latest production, East Shadow, which has just received its European premiere at the Monaco Dance Forum, is a very curious work….

Aurelia Thierree in Murmurs.© Richard Haughton. (Click image for larger version)

Aurelia Thierree & Victoria Thierree Chaplin – Murmurs (Murmures des murs) – Nice

Murmurs, bears all the hallmarks of Victoria Thierrée Chaplin’s fantasy-rich imagination. The performance opens on a stage littered with packing cases…

Alice Renavand in Fall River Legend.© Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Fall River Legend, Miss Julie – Paris

…an unusual choice of bill. Unusual firstly as the work of two women choreographers, and secondly in that it gives audiences a rare chance to see ballets from the extremely interesting and creative period of the 1940’s and 1950’s, now sadly neglected.

Ballet Preljocaj in Les Nuits.© Jean-Claude Carbonne. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Preljocaj – Les Nuits – Cannes

Les Nuits is inspired by the Thousand and One Nights, stories which have come together from Indian, Persian, Arabian and North African sources. Preljocaj is quoted as being influenced by the erotic content of the stories…

Compagnie Philippe Genty in Forget Me Not.© Pascal Francois. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie Philippe Genty – Forget Me Not (Ne M’Oublie Pas) – Grasse

These are not purely dance performances, but an imaginative and original mixture of dance, mime, marionettes, illusion, music, light and sound effects…

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