"Kristen McNally" tag
Kristen McNally and company dancers in Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Human Seasons, After the Rain, Flight Pattern

The Royal Ballet in perhaps the most eagerly anticipated premiere of the season – Crystal Pite’s “Flight Pattern”. Also on the bill are Christopher Wheeldon’s “After the Rain” and David Dawson’s “Human Seasons”. Dave Morgan was at the photocall for us…

Bethany Headland, Alexander Nuttall, Alexandra Cameron-Martin and Diogo Barbosa in Kristen McNally's Moonshine.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Quint-Essential bill of Five New Ballets – London

★★★✰✰   Some of these pieces are more successful than others but the dancers seize the opportunities with relish…

Diogo Barbosa in Valentino Zucchetti's Enticement's Lure.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre in Land of Nod, Strangers, Moonshine and Enticement’s Lure

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sarah Lamb in Giselle.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★★✰ Lamb’s mad scene is all the more effective by starting as though she’s a broken porcelain doll, uncomprehending. She retreats into her herself in disbelief at Albrecht’s treachery.

Federico Bonelli and Natalia Osipova in Strapless.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wheeldon bill: Strapless, After the Rain, Within the Golden Hour – London

★★★✰✰ Wheeldon’s talents are on display, as well as the Royal Ballet’s dancers. A pity, then, that Strapless has been exposed without previews to sort out its weaknesses.

Leo Dixon and Georgina Connolly in Valentino Zucchetti's Orbital Motion.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre and Guests – Dancing for Nepal – London

The overall standard of dancing of both NEBT and guests was very good – if the choreography was rather more mixed.

Alexandra Cameron-Martin, Chantelle Gotobed, Arianna Mariachi, Chloe Lopez Gomez and Emma Lucibello in Kristen McNally's Mad Women.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre in the studio with Orbital Motion and Mad Women

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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…

Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015 – London

This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.

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.

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – London

Royal Ballet Don Quixote London, Royal Opera House 25 November 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.roh.org.uk New directors of old ballets are often tempted to make them relevant to today by…

Thomas Whitehead and Kristen McNally in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Don Quixote

Gallery by Dave Morgan… the cast is led by Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta,

Ballet Spectacular book cover.© Carlton Kids, The Royal Ballet and respective photographers. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Ballet Spectacular: A children’s guide to ballet and an insight into a magical world.

A key to the book’s success is that it’s based on talking about one company – the Royal Ballet – and that makes all the information so much more real and immediate.

Matthew Sandiford and Adam Kirkham in McNally's MeTheus.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

BalletBoyz, The Talent, at Deloitte Ignite 2014 – The Murmuring, MeTheus, Mesmerics – London

I like McNally’s sense of fun but I also like this more serious side because the movement is also fresh and unpredictable. Of all the ballet choreographers coming through I think hers is one of the most original voices.

Leon Poulton and Matthew Sandiford in Wheldon's Mesmerics.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – BalletBoyz, The Talent in The Murmuring, MeTheus, Mesmerics

Gallery by Dave Morgan. The BalletBoyz bill is part of Deloitte Ignite 2014, The Royal Opera House’s annual contemporary arts festival which runs from 5 – 28 September, this year based on the theme of myth…

Chisato Katsura and Reece Clarke in Raymonda Act III.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance – London

Question… What’s the biggest audience noise you will ever hear in ballet? Answer… The roar of the audience at the end of the Royal Ballet School show at the Opera House.

Mercedes Schindler and Joshua Barwick in Valentino Zucchetti's Orbital Motion.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal bill – London

If you are keen on seeing new work, this is an attractive package of five varied pieces which is very well presented.

Francesca Tennant and Matthieu Quincy in Kristen McNally's Mad Women.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New English Ballet Theatre in Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Tara-Brigitte Bhavani & Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela's Untitled, Draft Works 2014.© Tristram Kenton / ROH, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2014 – London

At the outset I have to say I thought this year was one of the better years and we should all feel encouraged at the creativity on show.

The Genée 2013 medallists together with Darcey Bussell, Kevin O'Hare and Christopher Hampson.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 – Glasgow

The Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 was held in Glasgow this year – Jann Parry reports on the finals for us…

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