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Xiomara Reyes and Sascha Radetsky in Coppélia.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Coppélia – New York

The three dancers who took their leave this week – Sascha Radetsky, Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews – are all soloists. Each led a different cast of the company’s 1997 production of Coppélia.

Polina Semionova and David Hallberg in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – New York

Few nineteenth-century story ballets are as satisfying as Giselle, with its simple and poetic plot, compact structure and starkly contrasting moods. This week I watched four Giselles, with four distinctly different casts…

Danielle Brown and Ricardo Rhodes in Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering.© Frank Atura. (Click image for larger version)

Sarasota Ballet – Sir Frederick Ashton Festival, Programmes 1-4 – Sarasota

Both as a tribute to Ashton and as a coming-out party, it’s hard to imagine how the festival could have gone better. The ballets are in good hands.

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Manon, from The Royal Ballet Tour of Japan in 2013.© Kiyonori Hasegawa. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Manon (Cojocaru/Kobborg ) – Sydney

The presence of Cojocaru and Kobborg in Manon, apart from giving such pleasure in itself, lifted the Australian Ballet’s production and took it to a different level. And bouquets to Steven Heathcote for a remarkable performance as well.

Steven McRae as Romeo.© Andrej Uspenski, courtesy the Royal Opera House.

The Royal Ballet – NEW BOOK – Steven McRae Dancer in the Fast Lane

Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane is a revealing insight into the world of Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae. Photographed over the last 12 months by Andrej Uspenski…

Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget: No Man’s Land, Second Breath, Dust, Firebird – London

Dust is a resounding success for Khan as creator, Rojo as artistic director and both as performers.

Daria Klimentova in Christopher Hampson's TBA.© Pavel Hejny and taken from Bruce Marriott's review of the 2010 Daria Klimentova Gala in Prague for Balletco. (Click image for larger version)

Daria Klimentova to retire

Daria Klimentová farewell performances in Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall – with Vadim Muntagirov

Junor Souza as Ali in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

Anna-Marie Holmes’s latest staging of Le Corsaire has proved to be a triumph for English National Ballet…

Dusty Button in William Forsythe’s The Second Detail.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2013 Dance Memories – London

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

Alina Cojocaru and Vadim Muntagirov in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire (premiere) – Milton Keynes

A first night of superlatives and Tamara Rojo’s done the country (not just London) a terrific service in her first full-evening commission. You’d be daft to miss Le Corsaire as it tours the UK. Bravo all.

Alison McWhinney as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Le Corsaire

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Scene from Le Corsaire.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Principal Casting Announced For Le Corsaire

Principal Casting Announced for English National Ballet’s new production of Le Corsaire

Andrej Uspenski.© Andrej Uspenski, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Andrej Uspenski – Photographer, Royal Ballet First Artist

Words with the man and thoughts on the Behind the Scenes at The Royal Ballet book from Graham Watts. Details of his next book too – on Natalia Osipova…

Alina Cojocaru.© Charlotte MacMillan. (Click image for larger version)

Alina Cojocaru to Join English National Ballet

Alina Cojocaru, one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, is to join English National Ballet.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.

Johan Kobborg and Alina Cojocaru at their farewell curtain calls.© Ellen West, courtesy the Royal Opera House.

Royal Ballet – Mayerling – Kobborg/Cojocaru farewell performances – London

Johan Kobborg and Alina Cojocaru said farewell to the Royal Ballet in Mayerling. Jann Parry was there for an emotional night, flower throw and standing ovation…

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Romeo and Juliet (from a 2010 gallery by John Ross on Balletco).© John Ross, courtesy the Royal Opera House.

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg to leave The Royal Ballet at the end of 2012/13 season

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg have announced they will leave The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2012/13 season to pursue other artistic challenges.

Charlie Siem, Steven McRae, Alina Cojocaru and Marcelino Sambe in Johan Kobborg's Les Lutins rehearsals.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alina Cojocaru Gala – Preparations and Rehearsals

Picture above is from Dave Morgan: Alina Cojocaru Gala – Preparations and Rehearsals – 30 pictures These are pics of the preparations and practise runs in the afternoon before the show. Many thanks…

Book cover - Daria Klimentova: Agony and Ecstasy My Life in Dance.© Metro Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Daria Klimentova – Agony and Ecstasy: My Life in Dance

“Vadim was the first partner to make me feel like I was 16, even though I was approaching 40 when we first danced together.”

Alina Cojocaru.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

Alina Cojocaru Charity Gala – 12 May 2013, Sadler’s Wells

An evening of artists celebrating the past present and the future, with highlights from the classical repertoire along side new or rarely seen pieces including choreography by Marius Petipa, John Neumeier, Tim Rushton, Johan Kobborg and others.

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