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Edward Watson in The Winter’s Tale.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – Brisbane

Royal Ballet The Winter’s Tale ★★★★✰ Brisbane, Queensland Performing Arts Centre Gallery of pictures (Apr 2014, London) by Dave Morgan 5 July 2017 www.roh.org.uk www.qpac.com.au From his choreography for the dance movie, Centre…

The Joffrey Ballet in Bells.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – Body of Your Dreams, Fool’s Paradise, Bells – New York

★★✰✰✰   Some vein connected Bells and Fool’s Paradise on Thursday night and it wasn’t encouraging. Both pieces overuse the female body as a vulnerable entity…

Matthew Ball and Marianela Nunez in Wayne McGregor's Multiverse.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wayne McGregor bill: Chroma, Multiverse, Carbon Life – London

★★★✰✰   Multiverse: McGregor and his dramaturg may know what they want to convey about life and the universe(s) but despite the dancers’ efforts, the result is baffling.

Sonia Rodriguez in The Winter's Tale.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – New York

★★★✰✰   Every choreographer has their voice, and if Wheeldon’s current oeuvre satisfies you then this will too, but don’t expect a significant departure.

BalletBoyz in Javier De Frutos' Fiction.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz – Life: Rabbit, Fiction – London

★★★★✰   Having missed the opening night of the BalletBoyz tour, at Sadler’s Wells, a few weeks ago, I caught up with it, just three bus stops away from my home…

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.

Harrison James, Hannah Fischer and Piotr Stanczyk in The Winter's Tale.© Karolina Kuras, courtesy NBoC. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – Washington

★★★★✰ Despite the monumental levels of snow in Washington nothing was going to stop Oksana Khadarina from seeing the National Ballet of Canada in Christopher Wheeldon’s “The Winter’s Tale”. And in two casts as well…

Boston Ballet in Hans van Manen's Black Cake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Shades of Sound: Chroma, Episodes, Black Cake – Boston

All three performances brought home the fact that this is a very strong company with the skills to perform any choreography that comes its way…

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

Vadim Muntagirov, making his debut as Jack, is any girl’s dream of a dancing partner.

Sonia Rodriguez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – New York

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a showy affair…

Rachael McLaren and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Wayne McGregor's Chroma.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Lincoln Center Programs A & B – New York

Since becoming artistic director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, Robert Battle has been steadily mixing up the company’s repertory, adding works by choreographers beyond its usual range: Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Wayne McGregor, to name just three.

Bohemia in Christopher 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 honed his craft in making a story ballet, much better constructed than his Alice in Wonderland. His core characters account for themselves in revealing solos and his pas de deux are no longer over-ingenious.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in David Dawson's The Human Seasons.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Chroma, The Human Seasons, The Rite of Spring – London

The Royal Ballet’s autumn season triple bill offered very different ways of presenting bodies in space: anatomical studies in an architectural limbo (Chroma); flying figures in constant flux (The Human Seasons); a tribal community following ritual patterns (The Rite of Spring).

Jeffrey Cirio in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Chroma, Serenade, Symphony in C – Boston

Chroma: Perhaps it’s meant as a kind of sherbet to clear the palate between the Balanchine pieces… In short, I found the ballet dazzling but soulless.

Christopher Wheeldon rehearsing his new Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Wheeldon – Choreographer

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is currently at the San Francisco Ballet preparing for the American premiere of his Cinderella. He has a rehearsal in forty-five minutes so we quickly set off to discuss his latest full-length ballet and many other things…

Sarah Lamb in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

…though I don’t believe it’s a great work of art, there’s no denying that it’s fun.

Jillian Vanstone in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Cylla von Tiedemann. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Washington

The highly-anticipated and much-talked-about production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has finally made its way to Washington D.C. for a ten-performance run in January…

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. © Johan Persson, courtesy ROH.

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

But if some grasp of the narrative can be assumed rather than supplied, Wheeldon still needs to make us care about his characters. He does succeed in making Alice a warm-blooded, strong-willed character, and Lauren Cuthbertson works extremely hard in the role to give us a lively, resourceful and energetic heroine. Jack is less strongly drawn. Federico Bonelli is certainly handsome enough for any teenager to fall for…

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