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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…

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.

David Rodriguez (as Diaghilev) in NIJINSKI.© Regina Brocke. (Click image for larger version)

Gauthier Dance – NIJINSKI – Stuttgart

★★★✰✰   NIJINSKI neatly lassos this altogether using Goecke’s avant garde movement style …to give the Stuttgart audience an abstract impression of Nijinsky’s life and contribution to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

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.

Karina Gonzalez and Connor Walsh in Romeo and Juliet.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Melbourne

★★★★★   This R&J gives the audience so much to admire, so much to be immersed in, and so much to delight in and even laugh over.

Daniel White in Suite Saint-Saens.© Lucas Chilczuk. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group – An Evening of Dance – New York

★★★✰✰   The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, a pre-professional troupe of young dancers under the direction of David Robertson, performed a mixed but very split bill on Thursday night, roughly dividing the six-work program into two moods: spring/summer and dark and stormy.

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?

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.

Tamara Rojo.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Tamara Rojo – Director and Principal Dancer, English National Ballet – in her own words

It was only when I worked with Mats Ek that I understood who I was as a dancer.

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…

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…

Begona Cao and Alejandro Virelles in William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Modern Masters: Petite Mort, Spring And Fall, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated – London

English National Ballet Modern Masters: Petite Mort, Spring And Fall, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated London, Sadler’s Wells 10 March 2015 Gallery of pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou www.ballet.org.uk www.sadlerswells.com As the opening salvo…

James Forbat and Ksenia Ovsyanick in Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet’s Modern Masters bill, works by Forsythe, Kylian & Neumeier

ENB Modern Masters: William Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’, John Neumeier’s ‘Spring and Fall’ and Jiri Kylian’s ‘Petite Mort’. 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.

Edward Watson, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Alexander Campbell in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ceremony of Innocence, The Age of Anxiety, Aeternum – London

The programme was so underwhelming that I went twice in succession, to see whether alternative casts could make a difference.

Aakash Odedra in Nritta.© Kajal Nisha Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 5: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Aakash Odedra Company, Sarasota Ballet – New York

The word transcendent gets tossed around a lot, overused, especially in the performing arts. But if one performer deserves it at this year’s Fall For Dance Festival, it is Aakash Odedra.

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