Reviews
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.

Mikhail Lobukhin in Spartacus.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – New York

If there’s one thing you can say for Yuri Grigorovich’s 1968 ballet Spartacus, it’s that it gets its point across loud and clear.

Carlos Acosta and Pieter Symonds in Miguel Altunaga's Derrumbe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Cubania – London

It’s not a perfect show by any means, but come the end you still love Acosta, his spirit and his smile. He remains a potent name, doing potent things for ballet, like filling the ROH…

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Bolshoi Ballet – Don Quixote – New York

…the real star of Don Quixote is the Bolshoi itself.

Wendy Whelan in Joshua Beamish's Waltz Epoca.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – London

It would be invidious to compare Wendy Whelan’s brave attempt to reinvent herself as a contemporary dancer with Sylvie Guillem’s far more mature achievement.

Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham in Christopher Wheeldon's Within The Golden Hour.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Maelstrom, Within the Golden Hour, Glass Pieces – Paris

Great to see so many of San Francisco Ballet’s dancers enjoying themselves and enthusing their audience in a steamy summer evening in Paris.

San Francisco Ballet in Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Caprice, Hummingbird, Symphonic Dances – Paris

Audience applause during the evening recognised that Scarlett’s Hummingbird was the starry centrepiece of the three Paris premieres.

Joseph Taylor, Kevin Poeung, Giuliano Contadini and Nicola Gervasi in Kennth Tindall's The Architect.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Concertante, The Architect – Leeds

Overall I thought this was another move forward for Tindall – he can grab our attention theatrically and also provide visceral choreographic texture.

Svetlana Zakharova in Swan Lake.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

It is even more disappointing that the troupe should open its run with a Swan Lake so lackluster… It’s not the dancers’ fault. At every level, the Bolshoi dancers move with thrilling force and fullness.

Rosas in Elena's Aria.© Herman Sorgeloos. (Click image for larger version)

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Elena’s Aria and Bartok/Mikrokosmos – New York

…I think it’s safe to say that she is an artist who follows her obsessions with a tenacity that is both admirable and frequently defeating.

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