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Arancha Baselga and Brandon Lawrence in The Nutcracker.© Annabel Moeller. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★✰✰   Peter Wright’s glorious ballet might not shine quite so magically in its Bintley/Albert Hall version but the dancers certainly do…

Alina Cojocaru and Osiel Gouneo in Swan Lake.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.

Royal Ballet School in Jiri Kylian's Sechs Tanze.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2015 – London

I thought this year’s Royal Ballet School (RBS) performance on the main Royal Opera House stage was pretty damn’ good.

Eifman Ballet in Up & Down.© Evgeny Matveev. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Up & Down – St. Petersburg

IMHO, there is no better story-telling choreographer around today….

Alina Cojocaru in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake (Cojocaru / Vasiliev) – London

It is the final act that brings out the best in them. Vasiliev is abject, Cojacaru is truly touching, despairing and resolutely resolved to die.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

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

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles in Swan Lake.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

Eight paragraphs of praise and I haven’t yet mentioned Alina Cojocaru! My advice to anyone yearning to see the special beauty of ballet is simple: take any chance you can to see Cojocaru dance.

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English National Ballet 2014/2015 Season

Full Details of the 2014 / 15 Season…

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – London

…in the autumn of their dancing careers Acosta and Rojo put on a stunning display that brought many in the audience to their feet come the end.

Vladimir Malakhov and Beatrice Knopp in Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me.© Sergei Andreetsev. (Click image for larger version)

Two Russian Galas – Dance Open in St. Petersburg, Soul of Dance in Moscow

Margaret Willis has been busy: in St. Petersburg at the Dance Open Festival Gala and 2 days later in Moscow at the Soul of Dance Ballet Gala. And important awards were given at both…

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

English National Ballet in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Derek Deane created a winner that always seems to sell well and which people, including me, don’t grow tired of. But fill your boots this year – next year “Romeo and Juliet” returns as the ENB/RAH blockbuster

Tamara Rojo and Akram Khan at today's press briefing.© David Jensen. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet Announces 2014 Season and New Barbican Performances

Award winning British choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett will all create new works for English National Ballet, as part of a programme of dance inspired by the centenary of the Great War.

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.”

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Don Quixote (Osipova / Vasiliev) & Giselle (Semionova / Matvienko) – London

…the Mikhailovsky put on a wonderful display of classical excellence that we just don’t routinely see in the UK.

Vadim Muntagirov in The Nutcracker.© Patrick Baldwin. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker, Klimentova and Muntagirov cast – London

….the performance done, Muntagirov was promoted live on stage by new Director Tamara Rojo to the highest rank in the company – Lead Principal. A pleasant surprise, but in fact no surprise at all – it was only ever a question of time.

Artistic Director Tamara Rojo Announces English National Ballet New Season

To be honest I don’t think her first announcements are a landmark in repertoire terms – but it was never going to be unless some ballet fairy deposited a few extra million in the company coffers to allow instant change.

Luana Georg and Sergei Upkin in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.© Harri Rospu. (Click image for larger version)

Estonian National Ballet – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Hong Kong

The story is clearly narrated and easy to follow. Harangozo’s choreography is proficient overall though not particularly inventive. The two pas de deux are warm though lacking emotional depth.

Tamara Rojo. © Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Tamara Rojo to be the new English National Ballet Artistic Director

The news is now officially released – Tamara Rojo is to be the English National Ballet Artistic Director… the press release in all its glory…

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