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Akane Takada in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.© Robbie Jack. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Opening the New bill – Hull

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s away-day to Hull, this year’s UK Capital of Culture, was dramatic in its scale: 17 pieces presented over three hours…

Emma Maguire.© and courtesy The Royal Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Emma Maguire, RB Soloist, about the Ann Maguire Gala and Charity

We talk to Emma Maguire about the Gala that honours the life of her mum, Ann Maguire, and this year takes place at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 3 September. The proceeds go to support the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund – inspiring young people through the arts…

News – Royal Ballet Promotions, Joiners and Leavers, 2017/18 Season

Hightlight – Yasmine Nagdhi promoted to Principal dancer. Full press release with all Promotions, Joiners and Leavers

Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – 3 casts in The Dream, Symphonic Variations, Marguerite and Armand – London

★★★★✰   In Marguerite and Armand the 3 casts reviewed are Zenaida Yanowsky and Roberto Bolle, Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli, Natalia Osipova and Valdimir Shklyarov.

Zenaida Yanowsky in Symphonic Dances.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Symphonic Dances (premiere), The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Tarantella, Strapless – London

★★★★✰   Symphonic Dances is Scarlett’s farewell portrait of Yanowsky. Like her, the ballet is big and bold, beautiful and elusive.

The Royal Ballet in Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Flight Pattern (premiere), After the Rain, The Human Seasons – London

Flight Pattern: ★★★★★, After the Rain: ★★★✰✰, Human Seasons: ★★✰✰✰.   Like Gorecki, Crystal Pite has created a memorable and moving work full of meaning…

Lauren Cuthbertson in The Nutcracker.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★★★   The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker has undergone various changes since its gala premiere in 1984, not least in the central roles of Clara and Drosselmeyer…

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.

Valeri Hristov, Marianela Nunez and Edward Watson in Monotones II.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version

Royal Ballet – Monotones I & II, The Two Pigeons – London

Monotones II: Audiences are now accustomed to the manic acrobatic contortions of modern choreography, so it is rewarding to see the rigour with which the three performers (Marianela Nunez, Valeri Hristov and Edward Watson) control their elasticity.

Sarah Lamb in Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Raven Girl, Connectome – London

In this revival of Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl, Watson becomes something more than a postman…

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.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Facada.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – Solo for Two: Zeitgeist, Mozart & Salieri, Facada – New York

Dancers should be allowed to have fun, especially when they’ve worked as hard as Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova…

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Zeitgeist.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ardani 25 Dance Gala – Zeitgeist, Tristesse, Facada – London

…it certainly showed that Osipova is a lightning bolt which can illuminate and energise everything she appears in.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Edward Watson and Marcelo Gomes star in ‘Ardani 25 Dance Gala’. 17/18 July 2015, London Coliseum

Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Edward Watson and Marcelo Gomes star in ARDANI 25 DANCE GALA Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2015, London Coliseum This summer’s hot dance ticket will be the ARDANI…

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.

Marcellino Sambe's Dez Days (in front: Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Luca Acri, Maria Barroso).© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015

Draft Works 2015 features pieces by Joshua Beamish, Valentino Zucchetti, Sander Blommaert, Erico Montes & Marcelino Sambe. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Edward Watson, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Alexander Campbell in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ceremony of Innocence, The Age of Anxiety, Aeternum – London

The programme was so underwhelming that I went twice in succession, to see whether alternative casts could make a difference.

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