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Viviana Durante.© David Scheinmann, courtesy Viviana Durante. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Viviana Durante: Ballerina, mother, teacher and coach of MacMillan’s Anastasia

One of the leading interpreters of Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballets Viviana Durante’s leaving of the Royal Ballet at the height of her powers was a sad loss to London, if the gain of those who saw her perform elsewhere all around the world. Well now she’s back at the Royal Opera House, this time to coach MacMillan’s Anastasia, which is where Jann Parry caught up with her…

Daniil Simkin and Blaine Hoven in Alexei Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Symphonic Variations, Brahms-Haydn Variations + Fall Gala – New York

★★★★✰   A second look at Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium confirms the impression formed last season. It is a fascinating work that represents a new direction for the choreographer.

Gary Harris.© Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Gary Harris on life and setting Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia for the Royal Ballet

Gary Harris has had one of the most varied ballet careers you can get… dancer, teacher, ballet master, artistic director, designer and notator. Now he’s working with the Royal Ballet to bring back Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia – Jann Parry went for a chat.

Iain Mackay (Prospero) in David Bintley's The Tempest.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Tempest – London

★★★✰✰   Bintley has treated Shakespeare’s drama as a masque, full of spectacle, music and dancing, with elusive characters that are more allegorical than realistic. It doesn’t work as a narrative ballet because the sub-plots are too complicated…

Julie Kent and Washington Ballet.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

The Washington Ballet – 40th Anniversary Celebration – Washington

★★★✰✰   “Hi! I am Julie Kent, artistic director of the Washington Ballet.” Looking ravishing in her long strapless slivery-white gown, her hair immaculately styled, the new director of the Washington Ballet introduced herself to the audience of the fully-packed Eisenhower Theater…

Tyrone Singleton (Caliban) in David Bintley's The Tempest.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Tempest (premiere) – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   In a nutshell Bintley’s Tempest is a visual triumph but feels slight choreographically and you’d be well advised to mug up on the story before seeing it.

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez in Apollo.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – The Classical Farewell – London

★★★★✰   “Thank you, Carlos,” boomed one audience member as Acosta ended his performance by changing out of his dance gear, sitting meditatively on stage…

Osbert Lancaster's front screen for Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Fille mal gardée – London

★★★★✰   Early arrivals for the opening night of the Royal Ballet’s autumn season could watch Peregrine the pony being escorted to the stage door in readiness for his role in La Fille mal gardée…

Marianna Krempeniou, Liam Riddick, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Nancy Nerantzi and Elly Braund in Richard Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Richard Alston, Aszure Barton, Wendy Whelan, Edward Watson, Grupo Corpo – New York

★★★✰✰   One of this recurring festival’s strongest selling selling points is the serendipity of its pairings. You pay $15 and get a grab-bag of dance in return. You’re bound to like something.

Yuhui Choe and Valentino Zucchetti in La Fille mal gardee.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in La Fille mal gardee

Yuhui Choe and Valentino Zucchetti cast. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

David Bintley in the studio rehearsing The Tempest.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

David Bintley, choreographer and director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, on his latest work – The Tempest

David Bintley, director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is a prolific choreographer and just about to unveil his latest full evening work – The Tempest. Graham Watts went to talk to him about a work, that after 30 years of consideration, has found its time and proper custom score…

Cassandra Trenary in The Sleeping Beauty.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sleeping Beauty – Paris

★★★✰✰   I was eager to see American Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty, mounted by Alexei Ratmansky last year, because of the enthusiastic reviews it has received in the United States. The Paris premiere, however, met with muted acclaim…

Book cover - Peter Wright: Wrights and Wrongs – my life in dance.© Oberon Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Peter Wright: Wrights and Wrongs – my life in dance

His is an insider’s account, complete with waspish comments and cameos of the famous people he encountered…

Sarasota Ballet in Frederick Ashton's Facade.© Frank Atura. (Click image for larger version)

Sarasota Ballet – A Knight of the British Ballet (Ashton bill) – New York

★★★✰✰   The Sarasota dancers, who do so much Ashton, truly understand the style. As the evening progresses, one feels it more and more.

Stephanie Amuro in Helix.© Rose Eichenbaum. (Click image for larger version)

L.A. Dance Project – Harbor Me, 3 Marth Graham duets, Helix, On the Other Side – New York

L.A. Dance Project Harbor Me, Marth Graham duets (White, Star, Moon), Helix, On the Other Side ★★★✰✰ New York, Joyce Theater 27 July 2016 www.ladanceproject.com www.joyce.org LA Story Since his quick exit from…

Leanne Stojmenov in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Cinderella – London

★★★✰✰   …the production lurches between down-to-earth Aussie niceness and the designer’s European conceits…

Arianna Maldini and pianist Jonathan Higgins in Mistake Waltz.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2016 – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet School in particular includes something very special in their show – the closing Grand Defile, which always brings a lump to the throat and a feeling of pride.

Miriam Miller and Anthony Huxley in Midsummer Night’s Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream – New York

★★★★✰   But the kids are just one element of what makes Midsummer tick. Another is the intelligence and efficiency with which the ballet tells its story.

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in La Fille mal gardée.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – La Fille Mal Gardée – New York

★★★★★   La Fille Mal Gardée is a ballet that glows from within, lighthearted, tender and bursting with happy ideas.

American Ballet Theatre in Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

★★★★✰   It isn’t often that a gala program proves satisfying, but this one was the exception.

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