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MacMillan Celebrations – Gloria (NB), The Judas Tree (RB), Elite Syncopations (RB+Guests) – London

★★★★✰   Elite Syncopations: Dancers from all five major British ballet companies took part, some doubling up roles in identical outfits so that identifying dancers was confusing. The stand-out solo in both the casts I saw was to the Calliope Rag, Monica Mason’s original role…

Javier Torres, Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Riku Ito in Kenneth MacMillan's Gloria.© Lauren Godfrey. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – MacMillan bill: Las Hermanas, Concerto, Gloria – Bradford

★★★★✰   Gloria was Nixon’s first choice because he felt it showed MacMillan at his moving best. It contrasts Poulenc’s choral setting of the Latin text from the mass in praise of God with the toll of human lives in the First World War.

Javier Torres in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – London

★★★★✰   In his new ballet, Kenneth Tindall takes Casanova on an epic adventure in absorbing dance theatre that aligns his inventive choreography and mime with a strong and exciting narrative…

Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Taming of the Shrew (Birmingham) and Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre (Leicester)

★★★✰✰ for BRB’s troublesome fun packed Taming of the Shrew and ★★★★✰ Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre with Hannah Bateman in the lead…

Dreda Blow and Javier Torres in Jane Eyre.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – London

★★★★✰   …their final duet, when Rochester is blinded and broken, is truly touching…

Dreda Blow and Javier Torres in Jane Eyre.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Northern Ballet in Jane Eyre

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Dreda Blow (Jane) in Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – Doncaster

★★★★✰   It’s actually the best new narrative work I’ve seen Northern Ballet do in many years.

Northern Ballet in Swan Lake.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

★★★✰✰   Although David Nixon authored this ballet long before Lord Grantham was a twinkle in Julian Fellowes’ eye, it certainly provides an inkling of Swan Lake meets Downton Abbey.

Northern Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Nutcracker – Woking

Seeing Northern Ballet’s Nutcracker is a lot like going to a favourite local trattoria. It’s not incredibly fancy but the base ingredients are rather good – in this case the dancers and music…

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley in 1984 - still from a Northern Ballet YouTube video.© Northern Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – 1984 – Leeds

It’s a significant accomplishment – Watkins has really marked his card.

Rachael Gillespie in Madame Butterfly.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Northern Ballet in Madame Butterfly

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Northern Ballet in A Northern Trilogy.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Angels in the Architecture, Perpetuum Mobile, Little Monsters, Northern Trilogy, The Architect – London

Good to see Northern Ballet back at the Royal Opera House with a mixed bill of 5 new and old works, rather different to the full evening dramatic ballets with which they tour the nation.

Javier Torres and Dreda Blow in The Great Gatsby.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Northern Ballet in The Great Gatsby

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Joseph Taylor, Kevin Poeung, Giuliano Contadini and Nicola Gervasi in Kennth Tindall's The Architect.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Concertante, The Architect – Leeds

Overall I thought this was another move forward for Tindall – he can grab our attention theatrically and also provide visceral choreographic texture.

Poster image for the 2012 festival. © Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana 2012. (Click image for larger version)

23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2012

The festival was as intensive as ever, with three performances running on seven days, four on one day, some concurrently. The range and quality of dance overall was impressive.

Northern Ballet – Perpetual Motion mixed bill – Leeds

This was a pleasant night, pleasant for its broad content but especially pleasant because mixed bills and choreographic variety are not something normally associated with Northern Ballet. It’s a time of great hardship for all the major companies as grants are pegged back and I hope the company will continue its journey in introducing more variety like this.

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