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Thiago Soares and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Judas Tree.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

MacMillan Celebrations – The Judas Tree (RB), The Song of the Earth (ENB) – London

★★★★✰   The second programme commemorating the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death revealed his very different responses to music, and to human nature.

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez in La Sylphide.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Song of the Earth, La Sylphide – Manchester

★★★★✰   The ENB production of La Sylphide has been staged by three luminaries of Danish ballet, Frank Andersen, Eva Kloborg and Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, and is, therefore, one supposes, as authentic to the August Bournonville ideals, as possible…

English National Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – London

★★★★✰   Hoffalt brings an elegantly mature intelligence to the part… Laurretta Summerscales will leave a hole in the company when she takes her sabbatical next season…

English National Ballet in Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen bill – London

★★★★★   One cannot help but observe that while the programmes of other companies both hit and miss, in terms of their critical appreciation and popular appeal, ENB is continually raising the bar…

Alina Cojocaru and Osiel Gouneo in Swan Lake.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.

Tobias Batley as Gatsby, Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Guiliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby.© E. Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – London

David Nixon must be able to lay claim to being the most prolific creator of full-length narrative ballets at work today…

Alina Cojocaru in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake (Cojocaru / Vasiliev) – London

It is the final act that brings out the best in them. Vasiliev is abject, Cojacaru is truly touching, despairing and resolutely resolved to die.

Snowflakes, led by Alison McWhinney, in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet Nutcracker London, Coliseum 11 December 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.ballet.org.uk You know that Christmas is really on its way when you see your first Nutcracker. And for…

Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget: No Man’s Land, Second Breath, Dust, Firebird – London

Dust is a resounding success for Khan as creator, Rojo as artistic director and both as performers.

Junor Souza as Ali in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

Anna-Marie Holmes’s latest staging of Le Corsaire has proved to be a triumph for English National Ballet…

English National Ballet – Beyond Ballet Russes, Programme 1 – London

Firebird: To Williamson’s credit, the action, though baffling, never palls. He knows how to deploy a diverse cast, using an interesting vocabulary of classical ballet steps and partnering. He’s obviously fired up his dancers to commit themselves to their roles, flaunting their glitzy costumes with panache. But it’s a muddled piece, overpowered by Stravinsky’s myth-making music.

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