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Never Far from Dancing book cover.© Routledge. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Never Far from Dancing, Ballet artists in new roles by Barbara Newman

While some of the views expressed may not chime with your own, the fascination of this book is to understand how contentious maintaining and developing ballet as vibrant theatre often is.

Sophie Martin and Constant Vigier in Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Hansel and Gretel (premiere) – Glasgow

Christopher Hampson’s production, set to Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera score, dances round traditional perceptions of good and evil, raising sinister notions about the invisibility of danger lurking in the real world.

Julia Gillespie and the company in Barak Marshall's The Castaways.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – The Castaways, Subterrain, The Comedy of Change – London

There are many stand-out moments in Marshall’s work, in its humour, visual impact and through the regular break-away from the spoken text in synchronised group dancing to catchy tunes of a middle-eastern, gypsy or Yiddish style…

Ashley Page.© Ewa Krasucka. (Click image for larger version)

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.

Royal Ballet: Alexander Campbell, Itziar Mendizabal and Deidre Chapman in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Rob Marrison. (Click image for larger version)

Aldeburgh Festival – Britten Dances bill by Royal Ballet & RB Flanders

The performance was sold out and very warmly applauded and I hope the Festival authorities will take notice, and schedule a similar programme in future years.

Jennifer Stahl, Garen Scribner and James Sofranko in Possokhov's The Rite of Spring.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Guide to Strange Places, Beaux, Rite of Spring – San Francisco

Possokhov’s Rite of Spring is a mixture of mostly good choices with a few that seem rather odd to me.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Wheeldon's Ghosts.© Dave Morgan and courtesy of San Francisco Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programme B: Tomasson, Wheeldon, Page – London

San Francisco’s second programme was better balanced than the first, with contrasting works created for the company within the past two years.

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San Francisco Ballet – Primer and London Season Preview

Aimée Tsao, watching San Francisco Ballet for over 35 years now, with a general primer on the company and some thoughts on the repertoire they are bring to London in September 2012…

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….

NYCB in Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite. © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All American bill – Washington

Fortunately, Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, the final dance of the evening, was anything but tedious. One of the greatest entertainers in ballet, Robbins knew how to keep his audiences awake, engaged, and excited.

Frances Chung and Pascal Molat in Page's Guide To Strange Places. © Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Programs 5 and 6 (Liang/Page premieres) – San Francisco

Calling this ballet a guide (Guide To Strange Places) is not really precise because it’s more like a portal that lets you in and then leaves you on your own to figure out where you are. Whether you have absolutely no sense of direction or can find your way anywhere blindfolded could determine how you explore this terrain

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San Francisco Ballet bringing 9 premieres to London in September 2012

True to style, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson is showcasing his dancers in a highly varied programme of ten short works – no fewer than nine of them UK premieres – for their long-awaited return to the London stage.

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2011 UK National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

12 Winners Announced: The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2011 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

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