"August Bournonville" tag
Robert Carter in The Dying Swan.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Les Sylphides bill – London

★★★★✰   The curtain calls for Robert Carter’s “Dying Swan” are nearly as long as the ballet itself and just as funny.

Tamara Rojo and Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, La Sylphide – London

★★★★✰   One great privilege of Rojo being both director and dancer must be the opportunity to choose her own partners and this year’s returning guest is Ivan Vasiliev…

Isaac Hernandez and Jurgita Dronina in La Sylphide.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Song of the Earth, La Sylphide – London

★★★★✰   The pairing cannily indulges our need for vivid material on these bleak mid-winter nights while also steering us down from the high of the Christmas circuit, with its sugary Nutcrackers and other family-friendly fare.

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez in La Sylphide.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Song of the Earth, La Sylphide – Manchester

★★★★✰   The ENB production of La Sylphide has been staged by three luminaries of Danish ballet, Frank Andersen, Eva Kloborg and Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, and is, therefore, one supposes, as authentic to the August Bournonville ideals, as possible…

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.

Cassandra Trenary in The Sleeping Beauty.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sleeping Beauty – Paris

★★★✰✰   I was eager to see American Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty, mounted by Alexei Ratmansky last year, because of the enthusiastic reviews it has received in the United States. The Paris premiere, however, met with muted acclaim…

Abi Stafford in Flower Festival in Genzano.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – 21st Century Choreographers & Classic NYCB I bills – New York

★★★★✰   New York is a good place to be in springtime.

New York City Ballet in Peter Martins’ staging of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – Washington

★★★✰✰ In his staging of La Sylphide, Martins not only removes the intermission, thus shortening the performance time, he also accelerates the pace of the events. It feels as if the story rushes at you with…

New York City Ballet in the Scottish Reel section of La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

★★★✰✰ The Bournonville footwork and even the mime are there, but there’s little sense of joy or pathos of any kind.

James Hay.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

James Hay – Royal Ballet First Soloist

The Royal Ballet’s 2015/2016 season is providing big opportunities for James Hay, promoted to First Soloist in June…

Alexei Ratmansky.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky – Simple and Wise, a Q&A about Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT

Q: What have you learned about Petipa from the notations? Ans: Looking at the notations changed my taste. Honestly, I just can’t stand seeing productions of the classics any more, because I know how far it is from Petipa’s intentions…

Luke Schaufuss and Sarah Thompson in La Sylphide.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Queensland Ballet – La Sylphide – London

Australian audiences are lucky to have La Sylphide in Queensland Ballet’s repertoire…

Sarah Thompson in Schaufuss' La Sylphide.© David Kelly. (Click image for larger version)

A Heads-Up on Queensland Ballet, La Sylphide and company director Li Cunxin

Jann Parry on the award winning Peter Schaufuss “La Sylphide”, not seen in the UK in decades, and Li Cunxin’s Queensland Ballet who are bringing it to London this summer. Includes an interview with Cunxin…

DNB Junior Company in Blink by Juanjo Arques.© Michel Schnater. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet, Junior Company – 2015 Tour – London

The programme stretches and shows off the young graduates to good advantage in a well-chosen assortment.

Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Bournonville Divertissements, La Sylphide (Lovette debut) – New York

In her début as the Sylph, Lovette was warm, soft, enticing, more child-like than enigmatic.

Bianca Fota and Dawid Trzensimiech in Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.© Cristian Lazarescu. (Click image for larger version)

Romanian National Ballet – Classical Symphony, Petite Mort, Marguerite and Armand, Tango, Radio and Juliet – Bucharest

Johan Kobborg took over as Director of Bucharest National Ballet just over a year ago. Time for Graham Watts to go and see how they are looking – in two very different bills…

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – New York

At first glance, it’s hard to think of two choreographers more unalike than August Bournonville and Balanchine…

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.

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

Gallery – Royal Danish Ballet’s Soloists and Principals in Bournonville Celebration

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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