"English National Ballet" tag
National Youth Dance Company promotional picture.© NYDC. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – The Rashomon Effect, Vertical Road – London

This programme exploits their open-hearted zest for dancing and gives them some meaty choreographic challenges.

Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget: No Man’s Land, Second Breath, Dust, Firebird – London

Dust is a resounding success for Khan as creator, Rojo as artistic director and both as performers.

Akram Khan and Tamara Rojo in Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet, Lest We Forget bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Cedric Lambrette, Benjamin Buza, Alexandra Lo Sardo and Alban Lendorf in Manon.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Manon – Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Ballet’s production of Manon is a rather different affair from the Covent Garden original which I fled from sometime in the 1990s and have never revisited….

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

Marjin Rademaker and Edward Watson in Javier de Frutos' 3 with D.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion (2014) – London

…the men Ivan Putrov has chosen for his latest Men in Motion programme are exceptional dance-interpreters, not self-glorifiers…

An elated Matthew Bourne and Leanne Benjamin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Awards 2013 – Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne’s citations for outstanding achievement in dance

At Monday’s National Dance Awards two de Valois awards were given for outstanding achievement in dance. Here are Graham Watts citations for Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne, as given on the day.

Vadim Muntagirov in Suite en Blanc. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Vadim Muntagirov to Join The Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer

Vadim Muntagirov will join The Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer on 24 February….

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2013 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2013 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Ivan Putrov.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ivan Putrov – Dancer, Choreographer and Director of Men in Motion

“I want audiences to leave inspired, not scratching themselves in boredom.”

Junor Souza as Ali in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

Anna-Marie Holmes’s latest staging of Le Corsaire has proved to be a triumph for English National Ballet…

Ken Saruhashi as Lankendem in Le Corsaire.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Le Corsaire

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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…

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.

Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov in The Nutcracker.© Caroline Holden. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

Despite the frequency with which the work is performed, the company manage to retain a warmth and freshness in their presentation of it.

Shiori Kase and Nathan Young in The Nutcracker.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in David Dawson's The Human Seasons.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Chroma, The Human Seasons, The Rite of Spring – London

The Royal Ballet’s autumn season triple bill offered very different ways of presenting bodies in space: anatomical studies in an architectural limbo (Chroma); flying figures in constant flux (The Human Seasons); a tribal community following ritual patterns (The Rite of Spring).

Alina Cojocaru and Vadim Muntagirov in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire (premiere) – Milton Keynes

A first night of superlatives and Tamara Rojo’s done the country (not just London) a terrific service in her first full-evening commission. You’d be daft to miss Le Corsaire as it tours the UK. Bravo all.

Alison McWhinney as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Le Corsaire

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

The Dance Odysseys poster image.© Graham Wylie. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Odysseys at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival – 4 days of total dance immersion with Scottish Ballet and others…

Dance Odysseys at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival with reviews on 20 dance works by Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre, Gelabert Azzopardi Companyia de Dansa, James Cousins and Rosie Kay. Also thoughts on 4 rare films and links to much video material and many other reviews. It’s big!

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