"London" tag
Maria Vega Dance Company in A Dancer's Journey.© David Cancelado. (Click image for larger version)

Maria Vega Dance Company – A Dancer’s Journey – London

★★★★✰   Vega has assembled an impressive team for the first leg of her new dance company’s journey. However, she is the talisman throughout.

Olga Smirnova and Danis Rodkin (Kitri & Basil) in Don Quixote.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Don Quixote – London

★★★★✰   The Bolshoi’s Don Quixote continues to delight for the exuberance and skill of its range of performers, with the corps de ballet and demi-soloists taking pride of place.

Margarita Shrainer (Kitri) in Don Quixote.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in Don Quixote

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Leanne Stojmenov in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Cinderella – London

★★★✰✰   …the production lurches between down-to-earth Aussie niceness and the designer’s European conceits…

Ingrid Gow, Ben Davis and Eloise Fryer in Cinderella.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Australian Ballet in Cinderella

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Australian Ballet publicity image for Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake.© Liz Ham. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★✰✰   Australian Ballet (AB) must surely be the only significant ballet company in the world with two Swan Lakes in their active repertoire. Strangely, the one we’ve seen before in Britain we have just been seeing again…

Paco Peña's Patrias.© Andy Phillipson. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Patrias – London

★★✰✰✰   There is a great deal of ambition in the latest show from the superlative flamenco guitarist, composer and producer Paco Peña.

Arianna Maldini and pianist Jonathan Higgins in Mistake Waltz.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2016 – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet School in particular includes something very special in their show – the closing Grand Defile, which always brings a lump to the throat and a feeling of pride.

Amber Scott in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Australian Ballet in Swan Lake

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Hofesh Shechter Company in tHE bAD.© Gabriele Zucca. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company – barbarians trilogy – London

★★✰✰✰   A psychology degree might have been helpful in analysing Hofesh Shechter’s first triple bill; here returning to Sadler’s Wells where it premiered, last September.

Natalia Osipova in Russell Maliphant's Silent Echo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova – Qutb, Silent Echo and Run Mary, Run – London

★★★✰✰   Three of our leading contemporary choreographers added to the megawatt talent of these two Russian dancers (plus Polunin’s bad boy reputation), seems a surefire recipe for success. However, that’s not entirely the case.

Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Arthur Pita's Run Mary, Run.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Natalia Osipova in new works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita

A certain Sergei Polunin danced with Osipova in 2 of the pieces. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Irina Kolesnikova.© Sven Arnstein. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Irina Kolesnikova on her new work – “Her Name was Carmen”

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre and their lead ballerina Irina Kolesnikova return to the London Coliseum this summer and with a brand new ballet to boot – we wanted to know more…

Compagnie Marie Chouinard in Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge.© Nicolas Ruel. (Click image for larger version)

Compagnie Marie Chouinard – Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge / HENRI MICHAUX: MOUVEMENTS – London

★★✰✰✰   Marie Chouinard certainly has interesting and original ideas – hurrah for that – but an editor would really help make the best of them sparkle.

Rachelle Rafailedes and Julia Eichten in Benjamin Millepied's Hearts & Arrows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – L.A. Dance Project in Harbor Me, On the Other Side, Hearts & Arrows

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Michael Hulls LightSpace.© Heathcliff O'Malley. (Click image for larger version)

No Body – Installations by Lucy Carter, Michael Hulls, Nitin Sawhney, Siobhan Davies and Russell Maliphant – London

★★★✰✰   No Body was an interesting diversion, that confirms the artistic chops of the technical talent that makes so many shows pop and zing. As an exercise I hope it might be repeated every few years.

Francesca Hayward in The Invitation.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet: Promotions and joiners for the 2016/17 season

Four Royal Ballet dancers promoted to Principal from the start of the 2016/17 Season – Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano and Akane Takada

Alina Cojocaru and Osiel Gouneo in Swan Lake.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.

Lucy Carter.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to lighting designer Lucy Carter on ‘No Body’ – Sadler’s Wells dance installation sans the dancers

‘No Body’, by Lucy Carter, Michael Hulls and Nitin Sawhney, runs from 7-12 June 2016 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Dreda Blow and Javier Torres in Jane Eyre.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Jane Eyre – London

★★★★✰   …their final duet, when Rochester is blinded and broken, is truly touching…

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