"Frederick Ashton" tag
Valeri Hristov, Marianela Nunez and Edward Watson in Monotones II.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version

Royal Ballet – Monotones I & II, The Two Pigeons – London

Monotones II: Audiences are now accustomed to the manic acrobatic contortions of modern choreography, so it is rewarding to see the rigour with which the three performers (Marianela Nunez, Valeri Hristov and Edward Watson) control their elasticity.

Vadim Muntagirov and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Two Pigeons.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Monotones, The Two Pigeons

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

James Hay.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

James Hay – Royal Ballet First Soloist

The Royal Ballet’s 2015/2016 season is providing big opportunities for James Hay, promoted to First Soloist in June…

Ballet Memphis in Gabrielle Lamb's I Am A Woman: Moult.© Ari Denison. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Memphis – Confluence, I Am a Woman: Moult, The Darting Eyes, Politics – New York

Without a doubt, the most eccentric piece on the program is Gabrielle Lamb’s I Am a Woman: Moult, originally commissioned as part of an evening of works by women choreographers. (A noble cause.) …

Gillian Murphy and Sterling Baca in After You by Mark Morris.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – After You, Monotones I & II, Brahms-Haydn Variations – New York

ABT galas are more laid-back than City Ballet’s; they’re less “produced,” with fewer speeches or slick video presentations. For the most part, the company just gets on with the show, with minimum fuss.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Balanchine's Theme and Variations.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Themes & Variations, Enigma Variations, The King Dances – London

The 28-strong cast rose to the challenge of Themes and Variations, with its tricky footwork and complicated formations…

David Drew in his later years - here as the Duke of Courland in Giselle.© John Ross, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: David Drew, Royal Ballet Principal, with the company 56 years

David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russees – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today.

Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence in Swan Lake.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake (Mathews and Lawrence) – Birmingham

Some partnership work because the dancers are so different and others, as here, work because they share a style and approach – unaffected, nuanced, true and richly musical.

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Chéri.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Clarke – Chéri with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo – London

Cornejo is a splendid actor, as well as partner, but Ferri’s anguish is the tortured heart of the piece. Clarke has enabled her to be her age, a mature woman with a still-youthful body and ever- passionate emotions…

Thomas Edwards, Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo in Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Maze, Motion of Displacement, Elsa Canasta – Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s autumn bill is an uplifting affair with everything on it new to the company…

Izumi Higa; courtesy of Yokohama Noh Theater.© Yoshiaki Kanda. (Click image for larger version)

Japan Society – Traditional Dance from Okinawa – New York

The Japan Society consistently offers up some of the most eye-opening, refined evenings of music and dance in New York. One senses a real care in the curation…

Lucy Crowe in Orphée et Eurydice.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version

Royal Opera and Hofesh Shechter Company – Orphée et Eurydice – London

Hofesh Schechter joins the ranks of choreographers who have directed (or co-directed in Schechter’s case, along with John Fulljames) Gluck’s Orpheus opera: they include Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Pina Bausch and Mark Morris, among others.

Macarena Giménez in Ashton's Sylvia.© Máximo Parpagnoli, Teatro Colon. (Click image for larger version)

Live Stream: Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires – Sylvia – from Buenos Aires

Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires recently lived streamed Ashton’s “Sylvia” from their home theatre. Graham Watts tuned in from a remote North Norfolk – it’s a small world…

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

Alexei Ratmansky – Simple and Wise, a Q&A about Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT

Q: What have you learned about Petipa from the notations? Ans: Looking at the notations changed my taste. Honestly, I just can’t stand seeing productions of the classics any more, because I know how far it is from Petipa’s intentions…

Royal Ballet School in Jiri Kylian's Sechs Tanze.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2015 – London

I thought this year’s Royal Ballet School (RBS) performance on the main Royal Opera House stage was pretty damn’ good.

Zenaida Yanowsky.© Rob Moore, ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Zenaida Yanowsky – Principal, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet’s Zenaida Yanowsky talks about her long career and also about the joys of working with Carlos Acosta – part of which is appearing with him in ‘Cubania’ this summer…

Maiko Tutsumi, Victoria Ananyan, Matthew Golding and Maria Chigai in Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version

Dutch National Ballet – Cinderella – London

Wheeldon has two problems to contend with in Cinderella: Prokofiev’s prescriptive score and Ashton’s definitive choreography from 1948…

Marianela Nuñez and James Whiteside in Cinderella.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

Two 2 casts reeviewed – led out by Stella Abrera and a guesting Marianela Nunez. But the star of Cinderella is the ballet itself – Ashton’s tribute to Petipa, to silliness, and to the power of childlike wonder…

Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Infra, Divertissements, The Age of Anxiety, The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

These are dancers worth following in a wide repertory of works; it’s a shame to see them go while feeling we’ve barely gotten to know them better.

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

After an absence of eleven years, the Royal Ballet has finally returned to New York; they’re currently presenting two programs at the Koch Theatre,..

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