"Giselle" tag
Zhang Jian and Zhu Yan in The Peony Pavilion.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of China – The Peony Pavilion – London

★★★✰✰   Peony Pavilion has become a signature work for the National Ballet of China and it’s easy to see why it has come back.

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★✰✰   Jann Parry with an alternative view and detailed account of the Akram Khan Giselle for English National Ballet…

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★✰   Khan’s revision of this classic ballet is spirited and confident; its faults are definitely fixable. This is bravura dance-making and a thrilling addition to the ENB’s repertoire.

Miami City Ballet in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – Giselle – Fort Lauderdale

★★★★✰   From start to finish, this Giselle was superbly realized: stylistically accurate, visually enchanting and emotionally poignant.

Poster for the film Dancer staring Sergei Polunin.© West End Films. (Click image for larger version)

Film: “Dancer” – Sergei Polunin documentary

“Dancer” has been given a few screenings in London, most recently as part of the BFI London Film Festival, with Polunin and the director, Steven Cantor, in attendance for Q&A sessions…

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.

Alina Cojocaru in Akram Khan's Giselle.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Giselle (Khan premiere) – Manchester

★★★✰✰   As UK ballet commissions go, it’s probably the most anticipated of the season and really a career defining decision by Tamara Rojo. This is the way dance moves forward, by the art talking creative risk and if it’s not the full ten tenths yet, then it’s another solid step along the way…

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…

Francesco Ventriglia.© Stephen A’Court. (Click image for larger version)

Francesco Ventriglia – Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Nearly 2 years into his directorship at RNZB, Michelle Potter talks to Francesco Ventriglia about his life before joining the company and broad hopes for the company.

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

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

★★★✰✰   Murphy is a sensual Odette, something made all the more effective by Stearns’ tenderness.

Svetlana Lunkina in Giselle.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Giselle – Toronto

★★★★✰   On opening night, Svetlana Lunkina in the title role gave one of those unique performances in which the ballerina completely disappears into her heroine, putting her entire living self into the role.

Mariko Kida and Anthony Lomuljo in Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo.© Gert Weigelt. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Swedish Ballet – Juliet and Romeo – Washington

★★★✰✰   The production nevertheless intrigues the eye and is fueled by the exceptional dancing of the company’s talented and dedicated dancers.

New York City Ballet in Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Hallelujah Junction, Duo Concertant, Western Symphony – New York

★★★★✰   Balanchine himself once said that Serenade is “many things to many people.” If it is one thing to City Ballet, it is the single ballet which they are expected to do perfectly every time.

Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison in David Dawson's Swan Lake.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Swan Lake (Dawson premiere) – Glasgow

★★★✰✰   Sophie Martin’s Odette/Odille, despite the costume, steals the show with layers of dramatic nuance on top of the pushed lines of Dawson’s steps.

Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – London

★★★★✰   Wheeldon has succeeded in turning an often intractable play into an emotionally moving ballet.

Maya Plisetskaya.© Ensemble Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya – London

★★★✰✰ Every gala needs a revelation, and this one was provided by Sergio Bernal, a Spanish dancer who dominated the stage in an imperious farruca solo from Antonio’s flamenco version of The Three Cornered Hat…

Sarah Lamb in Giselle.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★★✰ Lamb’s mad scene is all the more effective by starting as though she’s a broken porcelain doll, uncomprehending. She retreats into her herself in disbelief at Albrecht’s treachery.

Uliana Lopatkina in The Dying Swan.© Jack Vartoogian. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, Program B – New York

★★✰✰✰ What’s going on in the head office at the Mariinsky Ballet?

Natalia Osipova in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Giselle

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding cast. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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