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Viktoria Tereshkina in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Don Quixote – London

★★★★✰   Tereshkina and Kim match well physically and temperamentally. She has a lovely high-flying arabesque line and a wide range of slow and fast turns, small and expansive movements.

Ivan Vassiliev and Kristina Kretova in Sceherazade.© Marc Haegeman. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala – In the steps of the Ballets Russes – London

★★★★✰   The long gala (three and a half hours with one interval) was well organised, with no speeches and no protracted curtain calls.

ABT in The Green Table.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – After You, Le Spectre de la Rose, Valse Fantaisie, The Green Table, Valse Fantaisie, Company B – New York

A highlight of the season is the return of Kurt Jooss’s The Green Table, made in 1932. This meditation on the folly of war in eight scenes has lost none of its punch…

Devon Teuscher in Pillar of Fire.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Pillar of Fire, Fancy Free, Theme and Variations – New York

There are times when a dance lover just can’t believe her good fortune and one of those times comes around once a year in New York…

Russian Ballet Icons Gala front cloth with Olesya Novikova.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala – Dedicated to the History of Russian Ballet – London

The gala opened with the Act III wedding pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Ekaterina Osmolkina and Guiseppe Picone. No fish-dives in this version – the Russians regard them as vulgar, and Osmolkina could never be vulgar.

Alexei Ratmansky.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky – Balletic Musings, a Continuing Conversation

Do you perceive a difference between the musicality of American dancers and that of Russian dancers? AR: There is a huge difference in the musicality. I often found Russian dancers unmusical… But they have other qualities…

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International Ballet Festival 2013 – Dance Open – St Petersburg

The 12th International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – was held over 4 days in St Petersburg. Margaret Willis (our Ms Expressivity) was there to report on much ballet and not a little award giving…

Valerie and Clive Barnes with foundation logo.© Valerie Taylor-Barnes.

Valerie Taylor-Barnes – former Royal Ballet dancer & Director of the Clive Barnes Foundation

On the eve of the Clive Barnes Foundation announcing its annual awards we interview Valerie Taylor-Barnes, the great critics widow, about her life in dance (including the Royal Ballet) and the work of the Foundation…

Joaquin de Luz and Megan Fairchild in Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky/Balanchine Firebird quad bill – New Work

The highlight of the program was the seldom-performed Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”. It is a deceptively shadowy work, a fairy tale in the guise of a conventional divertissement.

Members of the Bolshoi Ballet perform Oath of the Ushers.© Moanalani Jeffrey. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Dancers – Napa Valley Festival del Sole – San Francisco

I don’t regret spending two afternoons in the warm sun before the unbelievably early performances ( 6 and 6:30 curtain times), but overall, the dancing, no matter how artistic or technically accomplished, is seriously hindered by the productions and/or venues.

American Ballet Theatre – Firebird, Thirteen Diversions, Apollo – New York

Sometimes the second time is the charm. This seems to be especially true when it comes to new ballets by Alexei Ratmansky. Often, they’re not easy to take in on first viewing, indigestible as an over-rich meal. But then, something in us changes, our eye evolves.

Boston Ballet – Simply Sublime triple bill – Boston

Symphony in Three Movements: This collaboration of two of the giants of 20th century art (Balanchine, Stravinsky) was clearly a marriage made in heaven, and thanks to Boston Ballet’s newest production, we got to attend the nuptials.

Ekaterina Kondaurova in The Firebird. © Natasha Razina.

Marrinsky Ballet – Chopiniana, The Firebird, Scheherazade – Washington

Balancing spectacular dancing with stirring drama, the Mariinsky dancers delivered a riveting, unforgettable performance. I left the Opera House with wonderful memories…

Close up of book plate. © Dance Books

Book – At the Sign of the Harlequin’s Bat, My Years with Cyril Beaumont

Fifty or sixty years ago, no true ballet-lover would have dreamt of visiting London without calling in at Cyril Beaumont’s famous bookshop in Charing Cross Road. The great and the good of the dance world went to learn from his vast store of knowledge, to reminisce about the golden years of the Diaghilev company, or just to exchange gossip…

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