Reviews
Mbulelo Ndabeni in INALA.© Giulietta Verdon-Roe. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo – INALA – London

Inala is set to be a runaway success

Matthew Sandiford and Adam Kirkham in McNally's MeTheus.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz, The Talent, at Deloitte Ignite 2014 – The Murmuring, MeTheus, Mesmerics – London

I like McNally’s sense of fun but I also like this more serious side because the movement is also fresh and unpredictable. Of all the ballet choreographers coming through I think hers is one of the most original voices.

Alesandra Seutin in This Is Not Black.© Camilla Greenwell Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Alesandra Seutin – This Is Not Black – London

The powerful stage presence of Alesandra Seutin is immediately appealing…

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Nacho Duato's Gnawa.© Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance at the Delacorte Theatre – New York

For the second year in a row, the Fall for Dance Festival began with a pair of performances at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, one of the most enchanting spots in the city.

Sonia Rodriguez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – New York

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a showy affair…

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

Claire Cunningham in Guide Gods with Derek Nisbet behind.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Claire Cunningham – Guide Gods – London

What do the major faiths and religions have to say about disability and how do they treat the differently abled? Claire Cunningham’s ‘Guide Gods’ shines a light…

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake, Bach Partita, Seven Sonatas, Fancy Free – Brisbane

No-one could fail to be impressed by the versatility of ABT’s dancers and by the diverse repertoire they brought. They did themselves, their company and their country proud.

Eve Mutso & Daniel Kirspuu in Mutso’s elEven.© Merlin Bonning. (Click image for larger version)

VTDance & Scottish Ballet Dance Artists – iWitness & Special Edition – Edinburgh

One of the most interesting things about Scottish Ballet’s changing double bill …is the way it subtly changes the atmosphere of the show as a whole, re-contextualising the first piece, iWitness

TaikaBox in Beyond The Body.© TaikaBox. (Click image for larger version)

TaikaBox – Beyond The Body – Edinburgh

There’s a clean, healthy lightness that runs through TaikaBox’s meditation on the limits of the body

Diana Vishneva and the 4 seasons in Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella – London

Vishneva as Cinderella has an endearing ability to share her happiness with the audience and casts a warm glow over the entire production.

Mariinsky Ballet in Concerto DSCH.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH – London

“This is how ecstasy is danced.” Kimin Kim in Concerto DSCH.

Vicktoria Tereshkina in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – London

Viktoria Tereshkina has a warm personality and this enhances her dancing. She has long thin limbs and offers expansive port de bras, while her legs whip up effortlessly but with control.

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ZooNation Youth Company – Groove On Down The Road – London

…this show’s greatest sleight of hand is to have constructed a truly professional, West End-worthy production from the performances of young, amateur dancers, under the age of 19.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – Solo for Two: Mercy, Passo, Facada – London

Overall, while an interesting night for them and those who know them, it wasn’t a night that would garner them lots of new fans all hailing them as magnificent. For that you still need to catch them, if you can, doing their fireworks in the likes of Don Quixote…

Isaac Mizrahi designs for Acis and Galatea.© Isaac Mizrahi. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Acis and Galatea – New York

As he has shown again and again, the choreographer Mark Morris has a way with Baroque music. He clearly adores it…

Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake, Stepanova/Parish cast – London

Xander Parish, making his British debut at Saturday’s matinee, proved that he has been transformed into a true Mariinsky prince. His achievement is a reproach to the Royal Ballet, who failed to value him as a danseur noble.

Diana Vishneva in Romeo and Juliet.© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Romeo and Juliet, Vishneva/Shklyarov cast – London

…, the first-night Juliet, Diana Vishneva, brought her understanding of MacMillan’s ballet …to Lavrovsky’s older version.

Arthur Pita's Nobody's Baby, The World's Greatest Show.© Roy Tan. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – Nobody’s Baby, The World’s Greatest Show – London

We don’t give stars but this is a 4- or even 5-star show… Classy work indeed.

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