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Wendy Whelan in Joshua Beamish's Waltz Epoca.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – London

It would be invidious to compare Wendy Whelan’s brave attempt to reinvent herself as a contemporary dancer with Sylvie Guillem’s far more mature achievement.

Wendy Whelan in Joshua Beamish's Waltz Epoca.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Wendy Whelan in Restless Creature

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Carlos Acosta and Pieter Symonds in Miguel Altunaga's Derrumbe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Carlos Acosta in Derrumbe, part of the Cubania bill

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Fernanda Oliveira and Daniel Kraus rehearsing Coppelia.© Laurent Liotardo, courtesy ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Coppelia in the studio

Some pictures of Coppelia coming together in the main English National Ballet studio, taken by ENB dancer, and well known photographer, Laurent Liotardo…

Shiori Kase.© ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Shiori Kase – First Soloist, English National Ballet

5 Questions to Shiori Kase. ENB soloist Shiori Kase is on a roll – only yesterday promoted to First Soloist (as of September), she’s just won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Jackson International Ballet Competition in the USA and is about to make her debut in Coppelia…

Les Saisons Russes / Natalia Sats Opera & Ballet - Polovtsian Dances.© Elena Lapina. (Click image for larger version)

Les Saisons Russes / Natalia Sats Opera & Ballet – Petrushka, Chopiniana, Polovtsian Dances – London

The triumph of the triple bill was the rip-roaring account of the Polovtsian Dances, with the choir exulting from boxes at the side of the Coliseum stage.

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.

Elaine Lucia and James Batista in Brasil Brasileiro.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Brasil Brasileiro – London

I feel that I now know what an end-of-pier seaside special looks like in Brazil.

Nicolas Le Riche farewell - final curtain calls.© Sébastien Mathé / Opéra national de Paris. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Nicolas Le Riche Farwell Gala – Paris

Only the official retirement age of 42 requires him to leave the company, alas, though he may be invited back as a guest.

Paul White in the studio preparing Anatomy of an Afternoon.© Paul Hyde. (Click image for larger version)

Paul White – Anatomy of an Afternoon – London

It’s a really demanding work, and the intimate setting of the Purcell Room brings you up close to every drop of sweat.

Natalia Savelieva (Queen of Shamakha) in Le Coq d'Or.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Les Saisons Russes / Natalia Sats Opera & Ballet – Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) – London

…it’s very Russian in its mixture of comedy, satire and luscious spectacle – and first-class performances.

The company in Brasil Brasileiro.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Brasil Brasileiro

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Oleg Fomin (Dodon) and Yulia Selivanova (Amelfa) in Le Coq d'Or.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Les Saisons Russes presents Le Coq d’Or

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Paul White in the studio preparing Anatomy of an Afternoon.© Paul Hyde. (Click image for larger version)

Paul White – Dancer, Collaborator, Lecturer and Choreographer

5 Questions to Paul White. Last year Australian Paul White danced at the Southbank Centre in Meryl Tankard’s ‘The Oracle’ and won a UK National Dance Award for Outstanding Performance. This week he dances in a new piece at the Southbank – another winner? We catch up with him…

Scottish Ballet: Jealousy, choreography James Cousins, performed by Brenda Lee Grech & Lewis Landini (both Central alumni).© Martin Bell. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central and Friends Gala – London

This glitzy evening proved that the Central School of Ballet has friends in abundance (or perhaps that should be hyphenated to “a-bun-dance”) but the aim of this gala event was clearly to encourage a few more.

Louise Lecavalier in So Blue.© Andre Cornellier. (Click image for larger version)

Louise Lecavalier – So Blue – London

If there’s a linking rationale between the sequences, other than one of physical contrasts, it’s not evident. Lecavalier cannot fail to be riveting because of her compelling presence, as androgynous as David Bowie, as vulnerable as Wendy Houstoun…

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.

Ema Yuasa in Schmetterling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Nederlands Dans Theater in Sehnsucht and Schmetterling

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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…

Publicty image for Kiss & Cry.© Marteen Vanden Abeele. (Click image for larger version)

Charleroi Danses – Kiss & Cry – London

The result is enchantingly low-tech, re-created afresh at every performance

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