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Tristan Dyer in Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety.© ROH, 2014. Photographed by Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Infra, Divertissements, The Age of Anxiety, The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

These are dancers worth following in a wide repertory of works; it’s a shame to see them go while feeling we’ve barely gotten to know them better.

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

After an absence of eleven years, the Royal Ballet has finally returned to New York; they’re currently presenting two programs at the Koch Theatre,..

Tiffany Hedman and Daniel Kraus in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Give My Love to The Sunrise.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2015 – London

Of the three Choreographics evenings to date I thought this was the best, with all the pieces feeling buffed-up, thought about and nobody making a huge wrong turn.

Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi in Romeo and Juliet.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet (Copeland/Hammoudi) – New York

The million-dollar question for any dancer on the cusp is this: can they carry an evening-length story ballet? The answer, on the evidence of Copeland’s début in Romeo and Juliet, is yes.

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, Song of the Earth – London

The final triple bill of the Royal Ballet’s season reverts to its founder’s faith in classical ballet as an expressive language.

Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson and Ryoichi Hirano in Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, Song of the Earth

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Les Rendezvous.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Les Rendezvous, Kin., Elite Syncopations – Nottingham

Les Rendezvous is 21 minutes of classical movement perfection, but Alexander Whitley comes surprisingly close to besting it with his 20-minute more modern take on ballet – Kin.

Joseph Gorak in Études.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – 75th Anniversary Gala – New York

American Ballet Theatre know how to do a Gala and this was their 75th Anniversary as well – Everybody seemed to have a good time says Marina Harss…

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in the Becomings section of Woolf Works.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Woolf Works – London

Woolf Works is a chimera, an illusory creation made up of disparate elements…

Rosie Kay Dance Company in 5 Soldiers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rosie Kay Dance Company – 5 Soldiers: The Body is The Frontline – London

Kay’s cast all look real, raw, anxious and laser sharp, ready for action…

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…

JV2 2015 publicity image.© Alastair Muir, courtesy The Place, JV2. (Click image for larger version)

JV2 – Silence, Unregistered Traces, I was Minus All – London

What you get with the Jasmin Vardimon brand is an intense physical approach to dance and the JV2 dancers have assimilated this physicality with gusto.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – San Francisco

Choreographed by artistic director Helgi Tomasson in 1994, the ballet is popular with audiences here and makes a satisfying coda to his thirtieth-anniversary season…

Benjamin Ella, Tomas Mock, Kristen McNally, James Hay and Solomon Golding in Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Four Temperaments, Untouchable (Shechter premiere), Song of the Earth – London

It’s a truism that any startlingly new dance-maker without an early elite training will have based his (or her) choreography on their own physique…

Kristen McNally and Solomon Golding (both kneeling) in Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Four Temperaments, Untouchable, Song of the Earth

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Eifman Ballet in Up & Down.© Evgeny Matveev. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Up & Down – St. Petersburg

IMHO, there is no better story-telling choreographer around today….

Russian Ballet Icons Gala front cloth with Olesya Novikova.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala – Dedicated to the History of Russian Ballet – London

The gala opened with the Act III wedding pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Ekaterina Osmolkina and Guiseppe Picone. No fish-dives in this version – the Russians regard them as vulgar, and Osmolkina could never be vulgar.

Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Diamonds.© ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House – A Gala Celebration: Life Reimagined – London

Both Royal Ballet premieres, one by Kim Brandstrup, the other by Liam Scarlett, were surely keepers, bound to be seen again.

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.

Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela's Cassandra.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet / Ludovic Ondiviela – Cassandra – London

Ondiviela has established himself as a choreographer on a bigger scale than before, though still in need of an outside eye as he goes freelance. And he has found a future star in Olivia Cowley.

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