"Jean-Christophe Maillot" tag
Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov in The Taming of the Shrew.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Taming of the Shrew – New York

★★★✰✰   It wouldn’t be a complete exaggeration to say that the Bolshoi’s U.S. premiere of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew set the Koch Theater on fire Wednesday night…

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in La Belle.© Alice Blangero. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – La Belle – Monte-Carlo

★★★★✰   Maillot has succeeded in giving perhaps the most authentic retelling of Perrault’s story in dance with his tale of love overcoming the darkest evil…

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

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2016 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 17th National Dance Awards,

Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov in Taming of the Shrew.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Taming of the Shrew – London

★★★✰✰   Maillot’s ballet… belongs to Krysanova and Lantratov, who succeed in conveying that Kate and Petruchio are wildly, equally in love, however crassly they treat each other…

Bolshoi Ballet Summer Season in London 2016

Press release – 11 April 2016 Victor Hochhauser presents BOLSHOI BALLET General Director: Vladimir Urin Artistic Director: Makhar Vaziev ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Monday 25 July – Saturday 13 August 2016 The Bolshoi Ballet…

Jerome Tisserand and Lesley Rausch in Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Lindsay Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Square Dance, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto – New York

★★★★✰ Clarity of execution is a hallmark of this Seattle-based company, which has been led since 2005 by the former New York City Ballet star, Peter Boal.

Cover of the Dance Open 2015 Gala programme.© Dance Open. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival 2015 Dance Open and Tsiskaridze at the Vaganova Academy – St Petersburg

Margaret Willis has just been in St. Petersburg, catching up with the Dance Open Festival and also visiting the Vaganova Academy where she had some words with director Nikolai Tsiskaridze…

Noélani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in Romeo and Juliet.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – Roméo et Juliette – London

Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette reduces Shakespeare’s poetic play to a graphic novel, illustrating every emotion in bold outlines.

Diana Vishneva in Carolyn Carlson's Woman in a Room.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Diana Vishneva – On the Edge: Switch, Woman in a Room – London

According to Carlson’s programme note, the lemons represent segments of challenge and confrontation…

Martha Leebolt and Giuliano Contadini in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliet.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Edinburgh

The Jean-Christophe Maillot Romeo and Juliet, last week given its UK premiere by Northern Ballet, is a strange thing.

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

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.

Svetlana Zakharova in Swan Lake.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

It is even more disappointing that the troupe should open its run with a Swan Lake so lackluster… It’s not the dancers’ fault. At every level, the Bolshoi dancers move with thrilling force and fullness.

Maude Sabourin (Her Majesty of the Night) with Asier Edeso and Bruno Roque (Archangels of Darkness) in LAC.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – LAC (after Swan Lake) – London

All up it’s an entertaining and chic-looking take on Swan Lake, and one where you don’t have to know the original to enjoy it. But I’m glad I have seen a pukka Swan Lake or three…

Peter Boal.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Peter Boal – Pacific Northwest Ballet – Artistic Director

So how long does he see himself staying on the far side of America? “Well, I am just about to sign another six year contract,” he grinned…

Carla Körbes and Seth Orza in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette.© Angela Sterling & courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Romeo et Juliette – New York

Without Körbes’s natural, radiant dancing, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, which dominated the company’s four-day run, would have been hard to bear.

Seth Orza, Carla Körbes, Maria Chapman, Lesley Rausch (front-back) in Apollo.© Lindsay Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Apollo, Agon – New York

In New York one can begin to feel proprietary about Balanchine, to form the illusion that his choreography is a local specialty, the province of a select group of dancers, all of them employees of New York City Ballet. But this is mere local pride.

Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in Giselle.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Carla Korbes – Pacific Northwest Ballet – Principal

Now thirty-one Carla Korbes has grown up to become one of America’s most remarkable ballerinas. Her recent performance of Terpsichore’s duet with Apollo at the Guggenheim was one of the most touchingly natural and innately musical interpretations I’ve seen.

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.

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