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Rambert in Patricia Okenwa's No 1 Convergence.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – New Choreography, works by Ahmet, Damberg Wurtz, Hurst, Okenwa, Tappon – London

Featuring works by Rambert dancers Patricia Okenwa, Luke Ahmet, Simone Damberg Wurtz, Dane Hurst and Pierre Tappon.

Cathy Naden and Richard Lowdon in The Possible Impossible House.© Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Forced Entertainment – The Possible Impossible House – London

Forced Entertainment’s first show conceived for young people is a whimsical ode to the power of storytelling.

Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Phil Conrad. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

Arthur Pita The Little Match Girl London, Lillian Baylis Studio 13 December 2014 www.arthurpita.com www.sadlerswells.com This Christmas family show in the cosy space of the Lillian Baylis Studio (at Sadler’s Wells) is a…

Marian Butler and Joseph Gorak (Chinesse) in The Nutcracker.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker – New York

The ballet radiates warmth, but also an awareness of death….

Juilliard Dance in Larry Keigwin's Exit Like an Animal.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Juilliard Dance – New Dances, Edition 2014: works by Austin McCormick, Loni Landon, Kate Weare, Larry Keigwin – New York

While the program slumped, mood wise, in the middle, it went out with a bang thanks to Larry Keigwin’s Exit Like an Animal.

Snowflakes, led by Alison McWhinney, in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet Nutcracker London, Coliseum 11 December 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.ballet.org.uk You know that Christmas is really on its way when you see your first Nutcracker. And for…

Ashley Shaw and Dominic North in Edward Scissorhands.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Edward Scissorhands – London

Though it has a downbeat ending, Bourne raises audiences’ spirits with cheerily choreographed curtain calls, a heavenly chorale and drifting snowflakes.

Tommy Franzen and Duwane Taylor in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation Dance Company – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

…a show that is all about simply feeling good and being part of an event rather than just a spectator.

Sara Mearns in Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York

Year after year, I see Balanchine’s Nutcracker, and year after year I marvel at its perfection. This year it turns sixty.

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…

London Contemporary Dance School Collaborations, flyer image.© Alicia Clarke. (Click image for larger version)

London Contemporary Dance School – Music Collaborations with Guildhall School of Music & Drama

…along with a decent whack of technical precision, the dancers and musicians peppered their performances with dashes of creative flair and energy galore.

Jermaine Terry and Alicia Graf Mack in Revelations.© Gert Krautbauer. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Polish Pieces, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, The Pleasure of the Lesson, Revelations – New York

Although juxtaposed with several new and recently revived productions, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations looks just as good now as it did 10, 15, or even 20 years ago, and probably looks just as good as it did at its premiere, way back in 1960.

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

Vadim Muntagirov, making his debut as Jack, is any girl’s dream of a dancing partner.

Kana Kimura, Kirk Henning and Laura Mead in Jessica Lang's The Wanderer.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – The Wanderer – New York

When music, words and movement are combined, our minds are pulled in different directions.

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.

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.

Jade Heusen - Dance of the Mirlitons in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – Birmingham

…from the off we all knew it was a worthy gift (to Birmingham) and 24 years on it’s still routinely called the best by all who have seen a few.

Sandrine Monin and Sam Vaherlehto in Christopher Bruce's Shadows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Shift, Shadows, Document, Mapping – London

It’s not often these days you get a bill that couples a brand-new piece by Christopher Bruce with something by Darshan Singh Bhuller. Sadly neither of these choreographic heavyweights has been as active in UK dance as they were formerly and this program reminds us of what we have been missing.

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in Sacred Monsters.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan – Sacred Monsters – London

Half the pleasure of watching Sacred Monsters on this, its final tour, is of course enjoying the penultimate opportunity to watch the ultimate ballerina of our age take the stage.

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

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – London

Royal Ballet Don Quixote London, Royal Opera House 25 November 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.roh.org.uk New directors of old ballets are often tempted to make them relevant to today by…

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