Author: Oksana Khadarina

Oksana Khadarina writes about dance in the Washington area since 2006. She is a member of the Dance Critics Association. Fine art photography and playing classical piano are among her other interests.

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Harrison James, Hannah Fischer and Piotr Stanczyk in The Winter's Tale.© Karolina Kuras, courtesy NBoC. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – Washington

★★★★✰ Despite the monumental levels of snow in Washington nothing was going to stop Oksana Khadarina from seeing the National Ballet of Canada in Christopher Wheeldon’s “The Winter’s Tale”. And in two casts as well…

Karen Kain.© Aleksandar Antonijevic, courtesy NBoCanada. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Karen Kain – Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada

The much admired Karen Kain has been directing the National Ballet of Canada for 10 years now – Oksana Khadarina catches up with her as the company prepare to visit Washington with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Winter’s Tale”…

Violeta Angelova and Kirk Henning in the Scene d’amour from Romeo and Juliet, choreography by Maurice Bejart.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Emeralds – Washington

Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s new program, “Balanchine, Béjart, and the Bard,” presented at the Kennedy Center Opera House at the end of October, was dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It offered an appealing mix of four ballets

Suzanne Farrell.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Suzanne Farrell – Artistic Director

We talk to Farrell about her summer program, her approach to teaching aspiring ballet dancers, her studies and work with George Balanchine and also about her her company and its new season at the Kennedy Center, which runs 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015.

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – Washington

At 42, Acosta is still a powerful presence. A much-loved artist around the world, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest male dancers of his generation.

Eifman Ballet in Boris Eifman's Rodin.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Rodin – Washington

“People say I think too much about women; yet, after all, what is there more important to think about?” So mused Auguste Rodin…

Eve Mutso as Blanche DuBois with Company dancers in Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire – Washington

This smartly-conceived and expertly-developed translation of prose to movement was a result of an artistic partnership between film and theater director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, well-known in Washington for her collaboration with the Washington Ballet.

NYCB in Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Symphonic Dances, Pictures at an Exhibition, This Bitter Earth, Everywhere We Go – Washington

New York City Ballet’s second bill in Washington was all about 21st-Century Choreographers, with works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck and Peter Martins.

Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in Swan Lake.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

This handsomely-crafted and well-danced Swan Lake marked an important milestone for the Washington Ballet and proved a huge achievement for its artistic director Septime Webre.

Ashley Bouder and NYCB in George Balanchine's Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C – Washington

Oksana Khadarina reviews the Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C bill – prepare for many happy adjectives and lots of history…

Roman Zhurbin and Craig Salstein in Cinderella.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – Washington

Both nights that I attended were blessed with an exquisite Cinderella. Gillian Murphy gave this production a beating heart with her tenderly expressive and incisive performance…

Xiomara Reyes in Rodeo.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Theme and Variations, Pillar of Fire, Rodeo – Washington

Nothing can ignite a cowboy’s imagination better than the fluttery ruffles of a voluminous skirt…

María Pages Utopia.© David Ruano. (Click image for larger version)

Iberian Suite Festival – Compañía María Pagés in Utopía – Washington

…María Pagés infuses the essence and spirit of flamenco with modern sentiment.

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras in action.© Peter Muller. (Click image for larger version)

Iberian Suite Festival – Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras in Voces, Suite Flamenca – Washington

IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix Kennedy Center Festival – details www.kennedy-center.org Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras Voces, Suite Flamenca 9 March 2015 www.sarabaras.com Born in the Gypsy community in the impoverished Andalusia region of…

Grupo Corpo in Sem Mim.© Sharen Bradford. (Click image for larger version)

Iberian Suite Festival – Grupo Corpo and Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo – Washington

In March, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is presenting IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix – a celebration of the cultures and influences of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Mariinsky Ballet in Le Sacre du Printemps.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version

Mariinsky Ballet – Le Sacre du Printemps, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Swan, Paquita Grand Pas – Washington

In all, this was a tremendously entertaining and well-received program; but at the same time it left an unsettling impression that the Russian company is holding on to its eminent past with all its might, relying heavily on well-worn

Patricia McBride on the red carpet.© Margot Schulman. (Click image for larger version)

Patricia McBride Honoured at The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honours

McBride joined the New York City Ballet in 1959, and two years later, at the age of 18, she was promoted to the rank of principal, becoming the youngest principal dancer in the troupe’s history.

Natalia Magnicballi and Michael Cook in Balanchine's Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Swan Lake, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Allegro Brillante, The Concert – Washington

It’s hard to imagine a better program to showcase the power of ballet as an expressive art than Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s impressive offering for its annual season at the Kennedy Center.

Tiler Peck in Little Dancer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Stroman/Kennedy Center – Little Dancer – Washington

This is a musical that will certainly delight all dance lovers: the theme of ballet permeates the show from start to finish.

Maki Onuki and Corey Landolt in Christopher Wheeldon's in Polyphonia.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Petite Mort, 5 Tangos, Polyphonia – Washington

The Washington Ballet hit all the right marks with its 70th anniversary season opening program at the Sidney Harman Hall in October.

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