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National Youth Dance Company promotional picture.© NYDC. (Click image for larger version)

National Youth Dance Company – The Rashomon Effect, Vertical Road – London

This programme exploits their open-hearted zest for dancing and gives them some meaty choreographic challenges.

Jonathan Goddard, Christopher Akrill and Clemmie Sveaas in Before the Interval.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – HeadSpaceDance in If Play is Play… bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Oleg Gabyshev and Lyubov Andreyeva in Rodin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eifman Ballet in Rodin

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Les ballets C de la B in Alain Platel’s tauberbach.© Les ballets C de la B. (Click image for larger version)

Les ballets C de la B – tauberbach – London

Alain Platel was inspired to make this work by the life of an elderly Brazilian woman named Estamira. Suffering from schizophrenia, yet charismatic and philosophical, she lived on a municipal rubbish dump…

Bohemia in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – London

Wheeldon has honed his craft in making a story ballet, much better constructed than his Alice in Wonderland. His core characters account for themselves in revealing solos and his pas de deux are no longer over-ingenious.

Anja Behrend and Maude Sabourin in LAC.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in LAC (after Swan Lake)

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Winter’s Tale

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Savion Glover in SoLe Sanctuary.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Savion Glover – SoLe Sanctuary – London

Savion Glover’s latest show is the ultimate exposition of world-beating virtuosity, performed as an act of spiritual devotion that venerates past leaders of the Hoofer faith.

Savion Glover in SoLe Sanctuary.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Savion Glover in SoLe Sanctuary

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Akram Khan and Tamara Rojo in Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet, Lest We Forget bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

James Thiérrée and Katell Le Brenn in Tabac Rouge.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierree – Tabac Rouge – London

It takes Thiérrée a long time to make each new work. Tabac Rouge is his fourth production in a decade…

Momoko Hirata (Princess Belle Sakuma) and Joseph Caley (Salamander Prince) in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Caley/Hirata) – London

In his programme note, Bintley claims to have foregone sexual romance in favour of ‘something more mystical and subtle’, connected with Japanese veneration of its Imperial family. It doesn’t resonate in this royal kingdom.

Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet as Yokai in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Bracewell/Roberts) – London

One of Bintley’s other notable commitments as Director is the rapid development of young dancers. For a graduating dance student, hungry for big roles, BRB is the company to aim for….

Boris Eifman.© Eifman Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Eifman – Artistic Director, Eifman Ballet

Graham Watts met up with the choreographer on a recent visit to St Petersburg to discuss his career and to ask what London audiences might expect from Rodin…

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…

Farruquito - Improvisao.© Sophie M Hlenburg. (Click image for larger version)

Farruquito – Improvisao – London

I was not surprised to discover that Farruquito was voted one of the world’s great beauties by People magazine since I spent much of this show wondering if he had a talking mirror in his dressing room…

Belen Maya in Trasmin).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Belen Maya Company in Trasmin (also Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble) – London

If Maya is a consummate performer who manages to be both elegant and ebullient in equal measure, then her guest, Manuel Liñán is easily the crème-de-la-crème of the male dancers seen thus far…

Pilobolus Dance Theatre in Shadowland).© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Pilobolus Dance Theatre in Shadowland

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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Mariinsky Ballet – London season including Casting

Casting Released for Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, DSCH, Cinderella (and remember all casting can change…)

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