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Interviewed - Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes - 4 of the 6 Emerging Dancer 2017 finalists.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017 Competition – 5 Questions to 4 Finalists

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition is unique in British ballet in throwing the spotlight on more junior dancers or “tomorrow’s stars” as ENB put it. This year’s competition is on the 25 May and ahead of the that we talk to 4 of the 6 finalists – Isabelle Brouwers, Rina Kanehara, Madison Keesler and Guilherme Menezes…

Silvia Azzoni (Mermaid) and Carsten Jung (the Prince) in The Little Mermaid.© Holger Badekow. (Click image for larger version)

Hamburg Ballet – The Little Mermaid – Washington

★★★✰✰   It’s a somber and dark story; yet in Neumeier’s hands it gets even darker. Don’t expect Disney’s happily-ever-after – this Little Mermaid is certainly not for children.

Hamburg Ballet in "Nocturnes" from John Neumeier's Old Friends.© Holger Badekow. (Click image for larger version)

Hamburg Ballet – Old Friends – New York

★✰✰✰✰   Dancers roam around the stage connecting, disconnecting, clinging and separating in a drifting non-specific haze of memories. Who are the exes, who are the friends? Who are the never-weres? Who knows.

Koto Ishihara, Francisco Mungamba and Wei Wang in Bubeníček's Fragile Vessels.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Haffner Symphony, Fragile Vessels (premiere), In the Countenance of Kings – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The company’s first regular-season commission from Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček, “Fragile Vessels”, is a 40-minute meditation on love, loss and reconciliation.

Alexandre Riabko in Nijinsky.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Nijinsky – Melbourne

★★★✰✰   Even after his death, Vaslav Nijinsky suffered from the power and control of others…

Svetlana Zakharova and Edvin Revazov in Lady of the Camellias.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Lady of the Camellias – live cinema screening

Dance on film is a tricky thing. On the one hand it provides a unique opportunity to see dance up close and to see foreign repertoires and artists; on the other, it lacks the intangible live chemistry that can electrify an opera house.

Dores André.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Dores André – Principal, San Francisco Ballet

If it was up to me, I would pay more [salary] to the corps than to the principals. Half the ballet depends on them, and it is very hard to be in a good mood and trying your hardest every day when you are not getting the attention and the development that we get as principals and soloists.

Kenneth Tindall.© Simon Lawson . (Click image for larger version)

Kenneth Tindall – Choreographer, on his new work, The Architect

5 Questions to Kenneth Tindall on The Architect, about to receive its London premiere at the Royal Opera House, and also talking about his decision to stop dancing and become a freelance choreographer…

American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake, Bach Partita, Seven Sonatas, Fancy Free – Brisbane

No-one could fail to be impressed by the versatility of ABT’s dancers and by the diverse repertoire they brought. They did themselves, their company and their country proud.

Vladimir Malakhov and Beatrice Knopp in Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me.© Sergei Andreetsev. (Click image for larger version)

Two Russian Galas – Dance Open in St. Petersburg, Soul of Dance in Moscow

Margaret Willis has been busy: in St. Petersburg at the Dance Open Festival Gala and 2 days later in Moscow at the Soul of Dance Ballet Gala. And important awards were given at both…

Sergei Polunin.© Bryan Adams. (Click image for larger version)

The 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN – 23-28 April 2014, St. Petersburg

The Festival is held from April 23 to April 28, 2014 on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Petersburg. The main focus of the 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN, which performances will be held on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, is on original contemporary choreography.

Jennifer Stahl, Garen Scribner and James Sofranko in Possokhov's The Rite of Spring.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Guide to Strange Places, Beaux, Rite of Spring – San Francisco

Possokhov’s Rite of Spring is a mixture of mostly good choices with a few that seem rather odd to me.

Hélène Bouchet, Alexandre Riabko and Carsten Jung in Neumeier's Nijinsky.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

Hamburg Ballet – Nijinsky – San Francisco

It’s Valentine’s Day and I wish I could write a “love letter” review to the Hamburg Ballet. I am not being sentimental – this company is full of incredible dancers, from principals to corps de ballet…

Julia Gillespie & Adam Park in Marguerite Donlon's Labyrinth of Love.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company – Labyrinth of Love, Roses, Dutiful Ducks, Sounddance – London

All up ‘Labyrinth of Love’ is a wonderful creative endeavour, a great looker, but an extra dash of audience accessibility is needed. We go “Wow”, rather than “Wow, I really loved what that had to say”

Diana Vishneva and Andrei Merkuriev in Subject to Change. © Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Festival – Diana Vishneva bill – St Petersburg

A highlight of the Mariinsky Festival this year was a performance dedicated to the Mariinsky prima ballerina, Diana Vishneva…

Iana Salenko (with Marian Walter) in Elegie der Herzen. © Nikolai Krusser. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – St Petersburg

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open Performances: Bad Boys of Dance, Gala Tribute to Natalia Dudinskaya, Dance Open – Gala of International Ballet Stars St Petersburg, Oktyabrsky Concert Hall and others 14-16 April…

TeZukA artwork. © Tezuka Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Arts Festival – Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Local audiences also saw the return of the Lyon Opera Ballet. Their mixed programme consisted of two ballets by Benjamin Millepied, a ballet by Maguy Marin, and best of all, Balanchine’s masterpiece, Concerto Barocco, staged by Nanette Glushak.

Uliana Lopatkina and Marat Shemiunov in Pavlova and Cecchetti. © Marc Haegeman.

Russian Ballet Icons – Anna Pavlova Gala – London

The ballerinas who made the greatest impact were Uliana Lopatkina and Tamara Rojo: regal, gracious, seemingly effortless…

Hamburg Ballet - Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler. © Holger Badekow.

Hamburg Ballet – Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler and Streetcar Named Desire – Hong Kong

The local audiences warmly welcomed the long-overdue return of the Hamburg Ballet which was appearing for the third time in the festival. For this 40th anniversary festival the Hamburg company brought both a plotless ballet and a narrative ballet by its renowned choreographer, John Neumeier.

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