"A Streetcar Named Desire" tag
Chris Hampson.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet’s Director, on celebrating the companies 50th anniversary in 2019 & future plans

Scottish Ballet have just announced plans for their Fiftieth Anniversary in 2019, including three world premieres – we have the full press release and touch-base with CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson about the celebrations and what happens beyond…

Cira Robinson in Red Riding Hood by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – House of Dreams, Captured, Red Riding Hood – London

★★★✰✰   It’s rather a scandal that Ballet Black get no regular Arts Council support and yet proportionally they do far more to put new work out there and also before a public that is not your usual ballet crowd.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.© Titus Tiel Groenestege. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, choreographer, on working with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the award winning choreographer, chats with Diane Parkes about working with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. The ‘high powered’ and much admired company are about to tour the UK with one of her works and we wanted to know more…

Tamara Rojo and Jeanette Kakareka in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – She Said: Broken Wings, M-Dao, Fantastic Beings – London

★★★✰✰   Rojo has succeeded in securing one really stimulating work in Broken Wings.

Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Arthur Pita's Cristaux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Cristaux, To Begin, Begin, Storyville – London

★★★★✰   I’ve long admired Ballet Black’s efforts to make ballet a more accessible art form to both dancers and audiences who’ve historically been excluded from it.

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2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

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2015 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards,

Eve Mutso as Blanche DuBois with Company dancers in Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire – Washington

This smartly-conceived and expertly-developed translation of prose to movement was a result of an artistic partnership between film and theater director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, well-known in Washington for her collaboration with the Washington Ballet.

Kostas Papamatthaiakis and Rick Rodgers in Two for C by Javier de Frutos.© Pedro Machado. (Click image for larger version)

Candoco Dance Company – Miniatures, Two for C, Notturnino – London

Candoco completely embodies the essence of diversity in the human condition. I love the emphasis of its strapline being “The Company of Disabled and Non-Disabled Dancers”.

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Ashley Page – Choreographer

Music is always my anchor. I can’t work without a very solid musical base. The lion’s share of the work I’ve made over the years has been music-led and the primary instigator in Subterrain is the Turnage music.

Brenda Lee Grech and Victor Zarallo in a poster image for Elite Syncopations and Rite of Spring.© G W Shooting. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Rite of Spring, Elite Syncopations – Glasgow

An imaginatively contrasting double-bill, it pulled in audiences and left them buzzing.

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Virginia Johnson – Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wherever Virginia Johnson goes, she seems to travel on a cloud, with a kind of regal composure few possess in our day. She appears imperturbable…

2012 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the winners of the 13th National Dance Awards at The Place on 28th January 2013.

Sergei Polunin in Narcisse.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2012 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

2012 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the nominations for the 13th National Dance Awards at a reception held at The Place on 9th November 2012. The winners will be announced 28th January 2013.

Eve Mutso and Tama Barry in a publicity image for A Streetcar Named Desire. © Graham Wylie. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire – London

That said, the narrative is graphic and gripping. Scottish Ballet’s dancers prove themselves dramatic actors in supporting roles as well as principal ones….

Eva Trapp and Robert Moore (Blanche and Stanley) in A Streetcar Named Desire. © Rich Sofranko. (Click image for larger version)

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – A Streetcar Named Desire – Pittsburgh

While Neumeier’s choreography for Street Car lacked virtuosic technical dancing and any substantial group dance numbers, the ballet proved exquisite without them and PBT’s well-rehearsed dancers were outstanding in the Neumeier ballet classic.

Hamburg Ballet - Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler. © Holger Badekow.

Hamburg Ballet – Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler and Streetcar Named Desire – Hong Kong

The local audiences warmly welcomed the long-overdue return of the Hamburg Ballet which was appearing for the third time in the festival. For this 40th anniversary festival the Hamburg company brought both a plotless ballet and a narrative ballet by its renowned choreographer, John Neumeier.

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