"Frederick Ashton" tag
Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in La Fille mal gardée.© Stas Levshin. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – La Fille mal gardee – St. Petersburg

…the audience was in thrall to the bucolic genius of Ashton’s production with as many curtain calls at the premiere as I can recall witnessing for a very long time.

Momoko Hirata (Princess Belle Sakuma) and Joseph Caley (Salamander Prince) in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Caley/Hirata) – London

In his programme note, Bintley claims to have foregone sexual romance in favour of ‘something more mystical and subtle’, connected with Japanese veneration of its Imperial family. It doesn’t resonate in this royal kingdom.

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in Cinderella.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Cinderella – Boston

Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella is one of the great ballets of the 20th century and a triumph of his career.

Alice Renavand in Fall River Legend.© Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Fall River Legend, Miss Julie – Paris

…an unusual choice of bill. Unusual firstly as the work of two women choreographers, and secondly in that it gives audiences a rare chance to see ballets from the extremely interesting and creative period of the 1940’s and 1950’s, now sadly neglected.

Eric Underwood, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Tetractys -The Art of Fugue, Rhapsody, Gloria – London

The Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill has a happy beginning and a sad ending and in the middle there’s Wayne McGregor’s new piece, Tetractys, an emotionally-neutral blank sheet on which you can write your own feelings – or more likely, your own thoughts.

Edward Watson in Arthur Pita’s Volver, Volver.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet and other Dancers – Gala for Ghana – London

Royal Ballet and other Dancers Gala for Ghana London, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, 2 February 2012 Original programme details www.ashanti-development.org Sunday’s gala evening of music and dance raised money for the…

John Craxton, 1997.Photograph by Matthew Thomas, © estate of John Craxton.

John Craxton Exhibition – Cambridge

John Craxton, the celebrated designer of Frederick Ashton’s Daphnis and Chloe, is the subject of an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge…

Gala for Ghana flyer with Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson of The Royal Ballet.© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)

Gala for Ghana – Royal Ballet Dancers Charity Gala – 2 Feb 2014

Members of The Royal Ballet, including Principals Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb and Rupert Pennefather, will be performing at a unique gala evening on Sunday 2 Feb in aid of Ghanaian charity Ashanti Development.

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Martha Clarke's Cheri.© 2013 Joan Marcus. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Clarke Takes on Colette’s Chéri + Herman Cornejo interview

Novels are treacherous terrain for choreographers. So much of what draws us into a book and imprints itself in our imagination …is almost impossible to convey in the language of the body.

Robert Helpmann offstage. Courtesy and © The Royal Ballet School Collections, White Lodge Museum. (Click image for larger version)

The Many Faces of Robert Helpmann Symposium – London

Eighty years after Robert Helpmann left Australia and joined the Sadler’s Wells Ballet company, a Royal Ballet School symposium celebrated his achievements as a man of the theatre.

Veronika Part and Cory Stearns in The Moor's Pavane.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Theme and Variations, The Moor’s Pavane, A Month in the Country, Piano Concerto #1 – New York

On Sunday, American Ballet Theatre’s two-week fall season draws to a close. By most measures, it’s been a success…

American Ballet Theatre in Les Sylphides.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Clear, Theme and Variations – New York

It’s good to see the company perform Sylphides again after a hiatus of eight years. The style hasn’t eroded. …The dancers believe in it.

American Ballet Theatre in The Tempest.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Opening Night Gala: The Tempest (premiere), Theme and Variations, Aftereffect – New York

Fashioning a ballet out of The Tempest is no small endeavor. How does one distill Shakespeare’s rather complex play into forty-six wordless minutes….

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Ghosts.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Trio, Ghosts and Borderlands – New York

San Francisco Ballet is in town for two weeks, and on the evidence of opening night, this should be an invigorating visit. The company looks to be in top form.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – E=mc2, Tombeaux, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

What the programme showed was that, unlike most of other ballet choreographers in Britain today, Bintley’s work isn’t primarily about the pas de deux.

Susan Jones.© Sarah Sterner. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Jones – Ballet Mistress, American Ballet Theatre

My father asked my original teacher in Rockville, Ms. Hood, whether it was viable for me to become a dancer, and she said she thought I could, even though I wasn’t blessed with beautiful legs and feet. But I had a lot of other assets…

Megan Fairchild and Taylor Stanley in Peter Martins' Jeu de Cartes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tradition and Innovation & Just for Fun bills – New York

Jeu de Cartes, by Peter Martins, is jaunty and busy, a cross between the pas de deux in Balanchine’s Rubies, the trios in Danses Concertantes, and the non-stop action of Martins’ Fearful Symmetries….

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote (Acosta production) – London

It’s especially challenging for the Royal Ballet, whose repertoire and style are built on the subtle understatement of Frederick Ashton and the deep psychological explorations of Kenneth MacMillan: hot-blooded Latin exuberance is not really their thing…

The Genée 2013 medallists together with Darcey Bussell, Kevin O'Hare and Christopher Hampson.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 – Glasgow

The Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 was held in Glasgow this year – Jann Parry reports on the finals for us…

Leanne Stojmenov in Cinderella.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Alexei Ratmansky Cinderella premiere – Melbourne

This Cinderella, the hotly anticipated centerpiece of the Australian Ballet’s 2013 season, is sensationally, luxuriantly, and extravagantly beautiful…

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