"Frederick Ashton" tag
Aakash Odedra in Nritta.© Kajal Nisha Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 5: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Aakash Odedra Company, Sarasota Ballet – New York

The word transcendent gets tossed around a lot, overused, especially in the performing arts. But if one performer deserves it at this year’s Fall For Dance Festival, it is Aakash Odedra.

Rupert Pennefather and Emma Maguire in A Month in the Country.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ashton quad bill – London

Jann Parry reviews Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country…

Helen Crawford in Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet Ashton quad bill

Royal Ballet Ashton Bill featuring Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals at the ROH for A Month in the Country.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Frederick Ashton Remembered – Ashton Foundation Masterclasses & In Step with Fred film screenings

As The Royal Ballet prepares to celebrate Frederick Ashton with an all Ashton quad bill, two other events have also been celebrating the work of the Royal Ballet’s founder choreographer…

Matthew Sandiford and Adam Kirkham in McNally's MeTheus.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz, The Talent, at Deloitte Ignite 2014 – The Murmuring, MeTheus, Mesmerics – London

I like McNally’s sense of fun but I also like this more serious side because the movement is also fresh and unpredictable. Of all the ballet choreographers coming through I think hers is one of the most original voices.

Sonia Rodriguez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – New York

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a showy affair…

Kevin O'Hare (Director The Royal Ballet) receives the QEII Award from Darcey Bussell (President Royal Academy of Dance) and Luke Rittner (CEO of the Royal Academy of Dance).© Elliott Franks, Royal Academy of Dance . (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet receives the Royal Academy of Dance’s highest award during fundraising gala

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) marked the 60th anniversary of its highest honour – the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award (QEII Award) – by giving it to The Royal Ballet. A good time for DanceTabs to catch up with director Kevin O’Hare and some of his dancers at the awards reception…

Detail from the book cover of Constant Lambert - Beyond The Rio Grande.© Boydell & Brewer. (Click image for full version of cover)

Book – Constant Lambert, Beyond The Rio Grande – by Stephen Lloyd

Lloyd has written widely on English composers and is meticulous in combing together many fragmentary impressions of Lambert. The book weighs over 1.5 kilos, 419 pages of small print, most heavily annotated in smaller print still, with a further 150 pages of appendices.

Mariinsky Ballet in Concerto DSCH.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH – London

“This is how ecstasy is danced.” Kimin Kim in Concerto DSCH.

Diana Vishneva (Marguerite) and Konstantin Zverev (Armand) in Marguerite and Armand.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Vicktoria Tereshkina in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – London

Viktoria Tereshkina has a warm personality and this enhances her dancing. She has long thin limbs and offers expansive port de bras, while her legs whip up effortlessly but with control.

Gillian Murphy in The Dream.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Dream, The Tempest – New York

Who but Frederick Ashton could turn a marital spat into one of the most delightful, touching works in the ballet repertoire? His 1964 The Dream is precisely that…

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Kin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Les Rendezvous, Kin., Elite Syncopations – High Wycombe

I was suitably sent home happy.

Polina Semionova and David Hallberg in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – New York

Few nineteenth-century story ballets are as satisfying as Giselle, with its simple and poetic plot, compact structure and starkly contrasting moods. This week I watched four Giselles, with four distinctly different casts…

Roman Zhurbin and Craig Salstein in Cinderella.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

To fully enjoy Ashton, one has to be willing to acquiesce to one’s own softer impulses, a sense of wonder and perhaps a little nostalgia, and to surrender the loveliness of small things.

Tara-Brigitte Bhavani & Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela's Untitled, Draft Works 2014.© Tristram Kenton / ROH, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2014 – London

At the outset I have to say I thought this year was one of the better years and we should all feel encouraged at the creativity on show.

Steven McRae (with Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball, Luca Acri and Tomas Mock) in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Dream, Connectome, Concert – London

In the Royal Ballet’s last programme for this season two old favourites frame the first performances of Alastair Marriott’s latest work, Connectome. It’s a well-balanced evening and gives the new piece every chance to shine.

Vladimir Shishov and Jurgita Dronina as Prince Florimund and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.© Francesco Squeglia. (Click image for larger version)

Rome Opera Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – Rome

Finding myself in Rome for a few weeks, I decided to test the local waters and was happy to discover that the Rome Opera Ballet was performing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, with several casts. I chose a cast almost at random…

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Dream, Connectome (premiere) and The Concert

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Zoe White, John O'Gara and Alice Handford in Leanne King's Toots Goes to Charleston.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2014 Tour – London

Of all the school shows I most appreciate the one by Central School of Ballet. Their show, under the name Ballet Central, invariably has the widest range of dance, from ballet to contemporary to musical theatre and more. And importantly they tour it…

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