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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.

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.

Delia Mathews (The Suicide) and Cesar Morales (The Stranger) in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – London

Gillian Lynne has made Helpmann and Benthall’s wartime collaboration into a gutsy dramatic ballet, probably with more choreography than Helpmann attempted.

Cesar Morales as the Stranger in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – Birmingham

See these thoughts as a heads up and, ultimately, encouragement to Londoners to go and see an interesting bill…

Christpher Saunders, Ricardo Cervera and Marianela Nunez in Manon.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Manon – London

The advantage of a big company accustomed to performing narrative ballets (something we can take for granted with the Royal Ballet) is that it is able to portray a whole society on stage.

Christopher Saunders (Monsieur GM) and Marianela Nunez in Manon.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Manon (Nunez / Bonelli)

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Kevin O'Hare (Director The Royal Ballet) receives the QEII Award from Darcey Bussell (President Royal Academy of Dance) and Luke Rittner (CEO of the Royal Academy of Dance).© Elliott Franks, Royal Academy of Dance . (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet receives the Royal Academy of Dance’s highest award during fundraising gala

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) marked the 60th anniversary of its highest honour – the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award (QEII Award) – by giving it to The Royal Ballet. A good time for DanceTabs to catch up with director Kevin O’Hare and some of his dancers at the awards reception…

© San Francisco Ballet

World Ballet Day – Global First: Five World-Class Ballet Companies, One Day of Live Streaming on Wednesday 1 October

Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day, each of the five ballet companies – Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters…

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