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Nicholas Shikkis, Nancy Nerantzi, Ihsaan de Banya, Elly Braund and Nicholas Bodych in Gypsy Mixture.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Glint, Tangent, Chacony, Gypsy Mixture – London

★★★★★   The programme ended with a revival of the ebullient and uplifting Gypsy Mixture…

Marianna Krempeniou, Liam Riddick, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Nancy Nerantzi and Elly Braund in Richard Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Richard Alston, Aszure Barton, Wendy Whelan, Edward Watson, Grupo Corpo – New York

★★★✰✰   One of this recurring festival’s strongest selling selling points is the serendipity of its pairings. You pay $15 and get a grab-bag of dance in return. You’re bound to like something.

Jack Lister in Natalie Weir's We who are left.© David Kelly. (Click image for larger version)

Queensland Ballet – Lest We Forget: We who are left, Company B, In the Best Moments – Brisbane

★★★★✰   Natalie Weir’s “We who are left” is nothing less than a knockout.

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

Beata Giza and Beniamin Citkowski in Phaedra.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Phaedra, The Tempest – Gdansk

It seems now to be a given that any new work by Izadora Weiss will combine dramatic, narrative-based dance theatre with a profound visual impact, danced to challenging, powerful music.

Norika Matsuyama and Steven Morse in Thatcher's Manifesto.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Program 3 including Myles Thatcher premiere – San Francisco

Program 3 features Hans van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Manifesto by Myles Thatcher and “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère.

Olga Semyonova (Teresa) and Maxim Podosyonov (Cornet) in Le Halte de Cavalerie.© Sveta Tarlova. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Le Halte de Cavalerie, Class Concert, Prelude – New York

The idea behind the triptych is to show three aspects of the company’s style: the classicism and character dance of Petipa; the technical pizzazz of mid-twentieth-century Soviet dance, the eccentricities and atmospherics of contemporary movement…

Edward Watson, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Alexander Campbell in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ceremony of Innocence, The Age of Anxiety, Aeternum – London

The programme was so underwhelming that I went twice in succession, to see whether alternative casts could make a difference.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s American Debut at the Lincoln Center

Having wowed London with three acclaimed seasons over the last six years, at last the Mikhailovsky Ballet make their American debut in NY. Lisa Snyder introduces the company and its repertoire…

Delia Mathews (The Suicide) and Cesar Morales (The Stranger) in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – London

Gillian Lynne has made Helpmann and Benthall’s wartime collaboration into a gutsy dramatic ballet, probably with more choreography than Helpmann attempted.

Nancy Nerantzi and Liam Riddick in Martin Lawrance's Burning.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Burning, Rejoice in the Lamb, Holderlin Fragments, Overdrive – Edinburgh

It may be his name only on the posters, but Richard Alston firmly shares the limelight with Martin Lawrance in this quadruple bill, which sees the premiere of Lawrance’s new work, Burning, placed alongside three of Alston’s own pieces.

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.

Momoko Hirata (Princess Belle Sakuma) and Joseph Caley (Salamander Prince) in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Caley/Hirata) – London

In his programme note, Bintley claims to have foregone sexual romance in favour of ‘something more mystical and subtle’, connected with Japanese veneration of its Imperial family. It doesn’t resonate in this royal kingdom.

Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet as Yokai in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Bracewell/Roberts) – London

One of Bintley’s other notable commitments as Director is the rapid development of young dancers. For a graduating dance student, hungry for big roles, BRB is the company to aim for….

Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet as Yokai in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas – Salford

Bintley has created a solidly entertaining family work that never bores but never soars to another emotional level, either…

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…

Josh Wille in Jose Agudo's Ki.© Brian Slater. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Particle Velocity tour – London

Phoenix Dance Theatre are part way through their Autumn “Particle Velocity” tour – Paul Arrowsmith caught up with them in London at their Royal Opera House Linbury performances…

Nancy Nerantzi (Oeone) in Phaedra.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Lachrymae, Hölderlin Fragments, Phaedra, Illuminations – London

Richard Alston’s devotion to Britten’s music goes back 50 years, and for his programme at the Barbican Theatre he’s made two new works to be shown alongside two from an earlier stage in his career.

Ormsby Wilkins.© John Lauener/National Ballet of Canada. (Click image for larger version)

Ormsby Wilkins – Britten’s Sylphs and other Musical Questions for ABT’s Music Director

ABT’s run of Les Sylphides this season are different – after research, the company, under their musical director Ormsby Wilkins, have rediscovered a 1941 orchestration by Benjamin Britten. Marina Harss reveals all in conversation with Wilkins…

American Ballet Theatre in Les Sylphides.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Clear, Theme and Variations – New York

It’s good to see the company perform Sylphides again after a hiatus of eight years. The style hasn’t eroded. …The dancers believe in it.

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