"Kings of the Dance" tag
Sergei DiaghilevThe defining image for the "In Diaghilev’s Circle: The Phenomenon of Les Saisons Russes in the Context of European Culture" conference. ©/courtesy International Festival of Arts "Diaghilev. P.S."

Dipping in to the 8th International Festival of Arts ‘Diaghilev. P.S.’ in St. Petersburg

The aim of the annual festival is to celebrate Russian influence in international culture, thanks to Diaghilev’s productions in the first two decades of the 20th century… St Petersburg also wants to boost its reputation as ‘a great forum of the arts’, introducing contemporary creations from different nations to Russian audiences.

Joaquin De Luz, Friedemann Vogel, Denis Matvienko and Marcelo Gomes in Tristesse.© Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Clay, Tristesse, Le Divertissement du Roi – New York

★★✰✰✰   So bravo for Danilian. All the dancing at the gala was very fine – who could expect any less from these dancers? One can (and should) question his taste but it’s clear that he’s willing to go out on a limb…

Marcelo Gomes.© and click image for larger version

Marcelo Gomes – Principal Dancer and Choreographer, on London’s Ardani Gala and The Car Man

Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theatre’s much-admired star is about to be busy on other things and in London too. He’ll be staring in The Car Men but first we see him dance in his own choreography at the Ardani Gala 17/18 July. 5 Questions to him…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Edward Watson and Marcelo Gomes star in ‘Ardani 25 Dance Gala’. 17/18 July 2015, London Coliseum

Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Edward Watson and Marcelo Gomes star in ARDANI 25 DANCE GALA Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2015, London Coliseum This summer’s hot dance ticket will be the ARDANI…

Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Kings of the Dance – Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Remanso and others – London

Wonderful how Petit’s youthful melodrama (Le Jeune et la Mort) still works its power, performed with commitment and coached by an expert – Luigi Bonino, one of Petit’s favourite dancers

Denis Matvienko and Marcelo Gomes in Morel et Saint-Loup (from Proust).© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Kings of the Dance in London

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Gnawa: Taylor Drury lifted by Leiland Charles (pictured) and Raymond Pinto (covered). © Nan Melville. (Click image for larger version)

Juilliard Dances Repertory – works by Limon, Duato, Naharin – New York

Gnawa, on the other hand, is one of Duato’s best, though Duato does not have Limón’s depth. Duato is a master of atmosphere, a stylist with an eye for off-kilter, emotionally-tinged, virtuosic movement. His musical choices are sophisticated and theatrical. He sometimes tries too hard to be profound…

Kings of the Dance / Ardani Artists Management – New York

…so I will just conclude with noting that another depressing thing about the evening’s kitsch-ridden choreography was that it didn’t quite obscure the occasional glimmers of brilliance that reminded us that these men are, indeed, among the world’s best, despite this tawdry presentation.

Sergei Polunin in Narcisse. © Dave Morgan.

Ivan Putrov – Men in Motion – London

After all the fuss about Sergei Polunin abruptly leaving the Royal Ballet, guess who stole the Men in Motion show? Daniel Proietto, in the AfterLight solo Russell Maliphant made for him in 2010. Admittedly, you could read the 15-minute solo as a warning of the fate awaiting a troubled dancer deprived of the support of a company of colleagues

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