Reviews
Viktoria Tereshkina in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Don Quixote – London

★★★★✰   Tereshkina and Kim match well physically and temperamentally. She has a lovely high-flying arabesque line and a wide range of slow and fast turns, small and expansive movements.

The cast of Tanguera.© Herbert Schulze. (Click image for larger version)

Tanguera – London

★★✰✰✰   This story sounds a lot more interesting than it played out on stage where… it was one long bore, punctuated occasionally by some arresting dance sequences.

Paris Opera Ballet in Emeralds.© Agathe Poupeney. (Click image for larger version)Jewels, choreography by George Balanchine, ©The George Balanchine Trust.

Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels – New York, Lincoln Center Festival

★★★★✰   It’s not often that one gets to see three such companies side by side, or to experience a work as familiar as Jewels with new eyes…

Rihoko Sato in Sleeping Water.© Jean Michel Blasco. (Click image for larger version)

Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS – Sleeping Water – New York

★★✰✰✰   There are dances that one figures out in the first five minutes. Hope as one might that the piece will evolve or turn a corner, it soldiers on in the same vein, section after section, until the end.

New York City Ballet – Stars & Stripes, Fearful Symmetries, The Times Are Racing – Saratoga Springs

★★★✰✰   Stars and Stripes premiered in 1958, and the Russian emigree demonstrates his affection for the quintessential writer of om-pah music in his adopted country by subverting the common association that marching is all about knee action.

English National Ballet School publicity image for the 2017 Summer Performance.© ENB School. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – Summer Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   The highlight of the second half of the programme was Mats Ek’s Pas de Danse, staged by his assistant, Pompea Santoro.

Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down – London

★★★★✰   The thunderous finale pulls all the threads together with the entire cast on stage playing and dancing in a riotous sonic adventure.

Emily Hoff in The Conservatory.© Johan Persson / RBS. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   It was a well-balanced programme, featuring different kinds of discipline for future corps de ballet dancers, and honouring veteran choreographers as well as contemporary ones.

Martina Conti and Stine Nilsen in (Un)touched.© Noah Da Costa. (Click image for larger version)

Angela Woodhouse & Nathaniel Rackowe – (Un)touched – London

★★★✰✰   Conti and Nilsen explore the space, the installation and each other’s forms without making direct contact, their interaction always mediated by a panel of glass or steel meshing.

Sarah Lane and Alban Lendorf in Souvenir d’un lieu cher.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Tchaikovsky Spectacular bills – New York

★★★✰✰   Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher turned out to be a mysterious little ballet, a double pas de deux that captures, …the complex history of a quartet of characters.

Edward Watson in The Winter’s Tale.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – Brisbane

Royal Ballet The Winter’s Tale ★★★★✰ Brisbane, Queensland Performing Arts Centre Gallery of pictures (Apr 2014, London) by Dave Morgan 5 July 2017 www.roh.org.uk www.qpac.com.au From his choreography for the dance movie, Centre…

Sisters Grimm's Voices of the Amazon.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Sisters Grimm – Voices of the Amazon – London

★★★✰✰   By far the best of this production – more musical theatre, than dance – was the outstanding score and songbook from Ella Spira…

Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov in Onegin.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Onegin – Moscow

★★★✰✰   Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov reviewed – There were few dry eyes in the auditorium as the opulent gold and red curtains of the Bolshoi Theatre closed on the petite distraught figure of Pushkin’s heroine, Tatiana.

Maureya Lebowitz as Swanilda in Coppélia.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Coppelia and Three Short Story Ballets – Bristol and Birmingham

★★★✰✰   I went to Bristol to catch Coppelia and the specific lead casting of Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton – who have now totally transitioned from being rising stars to fully risen Principals.

Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in the Tuesday section of Woolf Works.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Woolf Works – Brisbane

★★★★✰   For the Royal Ballet, there could not have been a better start to their Australian tour than Ferri’s performance as Clarissa Dalloway in the first act of Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company in 8 Minutes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Alexander Whitley Dance Company – 8 Minutes – London

★★★✰✰   This is a project with serious intent – but it doesn’t always have the wherewithal to meet its grand ambition.

Brave New Worlds in Trinity.© Camila Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Brave New Worlds – Trinity – London

★★★✰✰   There were times in the hour-long performance when the sensory overload kicked in and one started to be more conscious of the heat inside the chapel…

Ana Laguna and Yvan Auzely in Mats Ek's Axe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells Elixir Festival – KnowBody II – London

★★★✰✰   Mats Ek’s “Axe” could be the beginning to a new Scandi Noir TV series. There is a man, an axe, a huge pile of wood that he starts to chop with repressed intensity and a visibly distressed wife. It doesn’t look like it will end well.

Dutch National Ballet in the Piano Concerto #1 section of Shostakovich Trilogy.© Hans Gerritsen. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet – Shostakovich Trilogy (European premiere) – Amsterdam

★★★★✰   This little trip made it abundantly clear we need to see more Ratmansky in the UK and Europe…

Hee Seo and David Hallberg in Onegin.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Onegin – New York

★★★✰✰   It is the melodrama that people remember and are drawn to in Onegin. But his kind of melodrama isn’t everyone’s cup of tea…

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