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Thiago Soares and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Judas Tree.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

MacMillan Celebrations – The Judas Tree (RB), The Song of the Earth (ENB) – London

★★★★✰   The second programme commemorating the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death revealed his very different responses to music, and to human nature.

Erina Takahashi and Isaac Hernández in Romeo & Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Romeo & Juliet

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Encore Dance Company in James Streeter's Untouchable Void.© Brian O'Carroll. (Click image for larger version)

Encore Dance Company – Tour 2015: De Part Ed, Intermezzo, Don Quixote pdd, Testament, Untouchable Void – London

High spirits saturated this programme from Encore Dance, the graduate company of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

The Suffolk equivalent of the Hollywood sign!.© Lise Smith. (Click image for larger version)

Dance at the Latitude Festival 2014

For the past seven years, the festival’s organisers have been collaborating with Sadler’s Wells to curate a dance programme on the strikingly beautiful Waterfront Stage at the heart of the festival site…

Nancy Osbaldeston and Guilherme Menezes in Stina Quagebeur's Vera.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2014 – London

All up this was a solid night and a good complement to ENB’s ‘Lest We Forget’ (WW1) bill that was so recently on the main Barbican stage. But I hope that next year they return to a more open choice on what choreographers can do and also concentrate on choreography rather than include musical soiree interludes.

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.

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.

Scene from Le Corsaire.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Principal Casting Announced For Le Corsaire

Principal Casting Announced for English National Ballet’s new production of Le Corsaire

Shevelle Dynott and Nancy Osbaldeston in Petrushka.© Dave Morgan (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev – London

The Tribute bill is a well-chosen one… The season has been so short that the dancers haven’t had time to grow into their roles. They look as though they’re remembering instructions rather than relishing the ballets.

Araminta Wraith & Shevelle Dynott in Tamarin Stott's Work in Progress.© Arnaud Stephenson. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics – A Letter to… – London

I hope ENB do lots more short and sweet choreographic initiatives to real audiences. Well done all, great to have a go – now do more.

Nicolas Le Riche and Tamara Rojo in Le jeune homme et la mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Ecstasy and Death bill – London

Rojo has declared that her ambition as artistic director of ENB is to make audiences hold their breath. I certainly did during Le Jeune Homme et la Mort…

NEBT Patrons: Mara Galeazzi, Darcey Bussell, Anya Sainsbury and Erina Takahashi.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre Fundraiser

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Poster image for the 2012 festival. © Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana 2012. (Click image for larger version)

23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2012

The festival was as intensive as ever, with three performances running on seven days, four on one day, some concurrently. The range and quality of dance overall was impressive.

English National Ballet – Beyond Ballet Russes, Programme 1 – London

Firebird: To Williamson’s credit, the action, though baffling, never palls. He knows how to deploy a diverse cast, using an interesting vocabulary of classical ballet steps and partnering. He’s obviously fired up his dancers to commit themselves to their roles, flaunting their glitzy costumes with panache. But it’s a muddled piece, overpowered by Stravinsky’s myth-making music.

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