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Sayaka Ichikawa and artists of Scottish Ballet and Ballet Black in House of Birds.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time bill – London

★★★★✰   All credit to Viviana Durante (supported by Royal Ballet, Ballet Black and Scottish Ballet dancers) for contributing to the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death with recreations of his early work.

Benjamin Ella and Isabella Gasparini in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – London

Head and shoulders above other new work this year was Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern for the Royal Ballet…

Le Rossignol masterclass: Anna Rose O’Sullivan and William Bracewell with Anthony Dowell.© Rachel Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Frederick Ashton’s choreography for Le Rossignol – a masterclass with Sir Anthony Dowell

The Metropolitan Opera in New York staged “Le Rossignol” in December 1981 as part of a programme commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Stravinsky’s birth… the producer was John Dexter. He told Ashton, back in London, that he could choreograph two dancers as the Nightingale and the Fisherman on stage, while the roles would be sung by opera singers in the orchestra pit…

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Bayadère: The Ninth Life.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Bayadère: The Ninth Life – London

★★✰✰✰ …an intriguing idea inflated into unwieldy modern dance-theatre.

Mara Galeazzi.© and courtesy the Royal Opera House.

Interview – Mara Galeazzi on Woolf Works, her wider career and dancing on…

She found that she came back to perform with the company she left five years ago with a different approach. ‘I know more about why I love to perform…’

Gandini Juggling in Smashed: Special Edition.© Kristy Meijers. (Click image for larger version)

Gandini Juggling – Smashed: Special Edition – London

★★★★✰   Bausch with added balls.

ZooNation in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Alice Pennefather, ROH. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

★★★★✰   ZooNation’s “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” has come a long way as a thoughtful Royal Opera House alternative to the Royal Ballet’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Arthur Pita's Cristaux.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – Cristaux, To Begin, Begin, Storyville – London

★★★★✰   I’ve long admired Ballet Black’s efforts to make ballet a more accessible art form to both dancers and audiences who’ve historically been excluded from it.

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Elizabeth – London

reciting, along with modern bits of exposition to keep the audience informed of who’s who. Tuckett’s movement language is similarly diverse…

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth

With Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in the lead roles. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Aakash Odedra in Murmur 2.0.© Sean Goldthorpe. (Click image for larger version)

Aakash Odedra Company – Murmur 2.0 – London

Odedra undoubtedly feels passionate about dyslexia …and succeeds here in making what might seem an unlikely subject into a compelling account of struggle and wonder.

Royal New Zealand Ballet in Anatomy of a Passing Cloud by Javier de Frutos.© Evan Li. (Click image for larger version)

Royal New Zealand Ballet – A Passing Cloud 4 bill – London

The solemnity of the middle section of the programme is alleviated by irreverent visions of heaven and hell…

James Hay.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

James Hay – Royal Ballet First Soloist

The Royal Ballet’s 2015/2016 season is providing big opportunities for James Hay, promoted to First Soloist in June…

Phoenix Dance Theatre in Until.With / Out.Enough.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Until.With / Out.Enough, Tearfall, Bloom – London

One essential factor in the current success of Phoenix is a cohort of excellent dancers…

Phoenix Dance Theatre in Until.With / Out.Enough.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Phoenix Dance Theatre in Until.With / Out.Enough

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Chéri.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Clarke – Chéri with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo – London

Cornejo is a splendid actor, as well as partner, but Ferri’s anguish is the tortured heart of the piece. Clarke has enabled her to be her age, a mature woman with a still-youthful body and ever- passionate emotions…

Alessandra Ferri in Chéri.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Martha Clarke’s Chéri with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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