"Bolero" tag
Washington Ballet in Les Sylphides.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire pdd, Bolero, Prodigal Son – Washington

★★★★✰   It was a pleasure to see this company in such a smart and wide-ranging program. It was even more rewarding to see the Washington Ballet dancers masterly navigating the numerous challenges…

Maya Plisetskaya.© Ensemble Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya – London

★★★✰✰ Every gala needs a revelation, and this one was provided by Sergio Bernal, a Spanish dancer who dominated the stage in an imperious farruca solo from Antonio’s flamenco version of The Three Cornered Hat…

Poster for 35 Amici Drive.© Turtle Key Arts. (Click image for larger version)

Amici Dance Theatre Company – 35 Amici Drive – London

Amici’s production celebrating its 35th anniversary is its first for five years, during which time the company for able-bodied and disabled performers had somewhat slipped from public awareness.

LeeSaar The Company in Grass and Jackals.© David Andrako. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva and LeeSaar The Company – B/olero, Grass and Jackals – New York

Grass and Jackals possesses what B/olero leaves wanting. Oversized eyebrows painted on each dancer…

Oscar Chacon in The Ninth Symphony.© Francette Levieux. (Click image for larger version)

Bejart Ballet Lausanne & The Tokyo Ballet – The Ninth Symphony – Monte-Carlo

It is, of course, a huge show but the commitment the dancers bring to it, the excellence of the dancing and sense of joy they bring to the final movement, make it a very theatrical experience.

Nicolas Le Riche farewell - final curtain calls.© Sébastien Mathé / Opéra national de Paris. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Nicolas Le Riche Farwell Gala – Paris

Only the official retirement age of 42 requires him to leave the company, alas, though he may be invited back as a guest.

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…

Unknown dancers in unknown piece from the 2013 bill Still / Current (also known as Still Current).© Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Russell Maliphant Company – Still Current bill – London

Still / Current is a marvellously evocative title for Maliphant’s work, capturing the mercurially elusive quality of his choreography and his own dancing. And the good news is that Maliphant is back on stage…

Nicolas Le Riche and Paris Opera Ballet in Maurice Bejart's Bolero.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Suite en Blanc, L’Arlesienne, Bolero – New York

Nicolas Le Riche was fabulously predatory in Bolero, a raging furnace of self-love and sex appeal. One imagines that after the show he must have ravaged a hundred virgins, but maybe he simply went home and soaked his feet in the tub, but in any case, he was magnificent, good taste (and choreography) be damned.

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