Author: Laura Cappelle

Laura Cappelle is a freelance dance writer based in France. She regularly writes for the Financial Times, Pointe and Dance Magazine, and has also contributed articles in French to Le Monde and Le Huffington Post.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs. Reviews on Balletco
Perm Ballet in The Second Detail.© Anton Zavialov. (Click image for larger version)

Perm Ballet – Serenade, Concerto Barocco, The Second Detail – Paris

The Perm Ballet has become a regular fixture in France over the past six years… the company embarks every winter on a countrywide tour akin to a Ballets Russes expedition. This year, they visited 19 different venues…

Mora Godoy in Chantecler Tango.© Federico DeBartolo. (Click image for larger version)

Mora Godoy – Chantecler Tango – Paris

…Chantecler Tango’s assertion that it is “bringing the genre up to date” should be taken with a pinch of salt, but expectations were high for the first tango musical staged in Paris since Tanguera, created in 2002.

Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev together with Angelina Vorontsova and the company in The Flames of Paris.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – The Flames of Paris – St. Petersburg

There is a lack of egotism to Messerer’s work that is immensely appealing, too: unlike Nureyev or Grigorovitch, he never appears to be coercing the music or the steps into fitting his idiosyncratic vision.

Valeria Martynyuk in Don Quixote.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Gala – Baden-Baden

The Mariinsky Ballet’s annual Baden-Baden tour is something of a balletomane’s winter retreat and, with mild weather to boot over Christmas, provided yet another opportunity this season to catch up with the St. Petersburg company.

Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette in Don Quixote.© Julien Benhamou. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Don Quixote – Paris

It’s not every day Petipa’s carefree Don Quixote comes with a health and safety warning. …Injuries played havoc with the casting throughout November and December…

Baltic Dance Theater in Jiri Kylian's No More Play.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Kylian/Weiss bill: Windows, No More Play, Six Dances – Gdansk

It is refreshing to see Jiri Kylian’s repertoire performed by a mostly modern company, and the two works of his that completed the programme were danced with an encouraging sense of theatrical flair.

Svetlana Zakharova and Eris Nezhai in Concerto DSCH. © Rudy Amisano. (Click image for larger version)

La Scala Ballet – Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH – Milan

La Scala Ballet is often dismissed as a company without depth, a haven for international guest artists living on a steady regime of full-length ballets. And yet Makhar Vaziev, who left the Mariinsky to take the helm in Milan in 2008, has been taking on more ambitious projects, one baby step at a time…

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