Reviews
Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Onegin – London

…Onegin remains a sparkling example of what a narrative ballet is and ought to be.

Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in Michel Fokine's Chopiniana.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Chopiniana, Without, In the Night – New York

Too much Chopin? Perhaps.

Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in Possokhov's Bells.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Infinite Romance: 2015 Season Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

The SF Ballet premiere of choreographer-in-residence Yuri Possokhov’s pas de deux from Bells is my all-round favorite of the evening. Sublime dancing from Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan…

Ashley Bouder in Donizetti Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C, Donizetti Variations, La Valse, Chaconne – New York

In recent seasons New York City Ballet has gotten into the habit of starting things off with a week or two of Balanchine. It’s an excellent idea.

Kaori Ito in Plexus.© Aglae Bory.

Compagnie 111 / Aurelien Bory / Kaori Ito – Plexus – London

“…a very striking and unusual piece with moments of real theatrical magic.”

© Mariinsky Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella (+ The Enchanted Wanderer) – New York

…the Ukrainian-born soloist Anastasia Matvienko was a pliant, loose-limbed Cinderella who danced with uninhibited ease and looked perfectly at home in Ratmansky’s goofy interpretation of the character.

Mira Calix's Inside There Falls installation.© Prudence Upton. (Click image for larger version)

Mira Calix and Sydney Dance Company – Inside There Falls – Sydney

Inside There Falls is a multi-media experience, and an immersive and sensory one at that. It is complex in the ideas that it encompasses.

Moscow City Ballet in Giselle.© Moscow City Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Moscow City Ballet – Giselle – London

I suspect first-time Giselle-goers will like this bright production just fine. Veteran viewers, on the other hand, might find its mildness harder to swallow

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks in First Fall by Brian Brooks.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – San Francisco

Ultimately, it mattered less what Whelan and her collaborators were doing, and more that they were doing.

Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© 2015 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos, courtesy BAM. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

If you really think about it, Swan Lake is, for lack of a better phrase, an odd duck…

BalletBoyz in Young Men.© George Piper. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Young Men – London

William Trevitt and Michael Nunn have taken their BalletBoyz company up a few gears with this latest work; pitching their 11 male dancers – and two guest women – into an intense, demanding, full-length piece exploring the horrors of war.

Susanne Grinder and Ulrik Birkkjaer in Napoli.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet’s Soloists and Principals – Bournonville Celebration – New York

To watch Bournonville is to see visages of Marie Taglioni or Carlotta Grisi lifted straight from a lithograph, complete with the sloping shoulders, the torso tipping from the waist and the demure demeanor. As to the men, Bournonville gave them stuff to do,..

Gudrun Bojesen in La Sylphide.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet’s Soloists and Principals – Bournonville Celebration – London

…we really are short-changed in not seeing these dancers more regularly.

Nrityagram at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.© Nan Melville. (Click image for larger version)

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble – Shyamala Vandana, Dhira Samiré, Vibhakta – New York

In an inspired collaboration with the World Music Institute, the Metropolitan presented two dancers from the southern-Indian ensemble Nrityagram, Surupa Sen and Bijayiny Satpathy, at the Temple of Dendur on Saturday.

Alina Cojocaru in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake (Cojocaru / Vasiliev) – London

It is the final act that brings out the best in them. Vasiliev is abject, Cojacaru is truly touching, despairing and resolutely resolved to die.

Ballet Nice Mediterranee in Pas de Dieux.© Dominique Jaussein. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Nice Mediterranee – Soir de Fête, Pas de Dieux – Nice

Vu-An writes in the programme that he has chosen the two ballets Soir de Fete and Pas de Dieux to make up an entertaining and enjoyable programme for the festive season. However, he has chosen two very contrasting and rather curious works…

Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in rehersals for An American in Paris.© Matt Trent Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Wheeldon – An American in Paris – Paris

As in his narrative ballets, Wheeldon crams in too many ideas. What he does supremely well is to convey emotions beyond words in his pas de deux and solos.

Erik Cavallari as the Prince with Sophie Martin as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Nutcracker – Edinburgh

… what a Nutcracker Scottish Ballet now have – focused on the joy of children, the delight of dance and the wonder of magic and great design.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Matthew Rushing's Odetta.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Uprising, Suspended Women, Odetta – New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is making a big deal out of its premieres this year, but at the company’s “All New” program during its City Center residency, Matthew Rushing’s Odetta was the standout work.

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.

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