"Maya Plisetskaya" tag
Diana Vishneva in Carmen Suite.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Carmen Suite, Infra, Grand Pas from Paquita – London

★★★✰✰   When Maya Plisetskaya commissioned a Carmen-based ballet from Alberto Alonso, co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, she wanted to shake up Soviet ballet conventions…

Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio in Don Quixote.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Don Quixote – New York

★★★★✰   Don Q is pure entertainment, the kind of extroverted spectacle that the ballet is so very good at.

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.

Daniel White in Suite Saint-Saens.© Lucas Chilczuk. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group – An Evening of Dance – New York

★★★✰✰   The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, a pre-professional troupe of young dancers under the direction of David Robertson, performed a mixed but very split bill on Thursday night, roughly dividing the six-work program into two moods: spring/summer and dark and stormy.

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – Harlequinade, The Wedding Procession, Walpurgis Night – New York

★★★✰✰   This is no second-rate student group. The Gelsey Kirkland Academy is doing something right.

Vladislav Lantratov and Maria Alexandrova in Spartacus.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Maya Plisetskaya.© Ensemble Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya – London

★★★✰✰ Every gala needs a revelation, and this one was provided by Sergio Bernal, a Spanish dancer who dominated the stage in an imperious farruca solo from Antonio’s flamenco version of The Three Cornered Hat…

San Francisco Ballet School students in the Waltz of the Hours from Balanchine's Coppélia.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

★★★✰✰ By way of a défilé, the evening opened with the “Waltz of the Hours” from Balanchine and Danilova’s Coppélia …Soloist Jennifer Stahl led two dozen girls from the SFB School, adorable in cotton-candy tutus.

Yakatarina Verbosovich and Chase Johnsey.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Chase Johnsey, Dancer, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Yet again the Trocks had a fabulous critical reception during their Autumn UK tour and mentioned in nearly every review was Chase Johnsey, or in Trocks speak their petite ballerina Yakatarina Verbosovich. So what makes Chase/Yakatarina tick? Time for an interview…

Emilia Gisladdottir in Carmen.© Jesus Vallinas. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Spain – Carmen – Cannes

More from the Cannes Dance Festival and director Brigitte Lefèvre definitely kept the best for the last night with Johan Inger’s full-length production of Carmen performed by the National Ballet of Spain…

Zizi Strallen and Chris Trenfield in The Car Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – The Car Man – London

It is almost eight years to the day since The Car Man was last revived at Sadler’s Wells (having premiered in 2000) and it seems even better than I recall…

Russian Ballet Icons Gala front cloth with Olesya Novikova.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala – Dedicated to the History of Russian Ballet – London

The gala opened with the Act III wedding pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Ekaterina Osmolkina and Guiseppe Picone. No fish-dives in this version – the Russians regard them as vulgar, and Osmolkina could never be vulgar.

Natalia Osipova and Leonid Sarafanov in Giselle.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Giselle – New York

Osipova’s vitality is astonishing: the minute she stepped onstage, it’s as if the whole world became a few shades brighter…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s American Debut at the Lincoln Center

Having wowed London with three acclaimed seasons over the last six years, at last the Mikhailovsky Ballet make their American debut in NY. Lisa Snyder introduces the company and its repertoire…

Zoe Ashe-Browne and Dominic Harrison in Carmen.© Ewa Figaszewska. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Ireland – Carmen – London

Ballet Ireland have danced several times in London but never at Sadler’s Wells and never with the Irish ambassador as a warm-up, I fancy.

Carlos Acosta in Scheherazade.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection – London

his diverse selection of 17 works (including musical interludes) is a gala in all but name and this one could have been sub-titled “Gems of The Royal Ballet” for all nine dancers hail from that company…

Toba Singer and the book cover of Fernando Alonso, The Father Of Cuban Ballet.© Toba Singer and University Press of Florida.

Toba Singer, writer, on Fernando Alonso – The Father Of Cuban Ballet

Alonso trained the first generation of Cuban dancers, among who there were many standouts, but the most well-known in Cuba were the “Four Jewels” of Cuban ballet: Josefina Méndez, Mirta Pla, Aurora Bosch, and Loipa Araújo (now Associate Artistic Director of English National Ballet)

Cindy Jourdain and Arionel Varga in Love Tomorrow poster.© Minyahil K Giorgis. (Click image for larger version)

Film – Love Tomorrow – Raindance Film Festival winner

There is no attempt to make this a ‘ballet’ film with all the strange rituals and physical training normally attached to the art. There are short dance sequences: a bit of salsa in a Cuban bar…

Nina Ananiashvili – 30 years on stage gala – Tbilisi

So what has made her a ballet legend? The simple fact that she lives, breathes and demonstrates the finest techniques of Russian classical ballet. She is fastidious in her footwork, has the most beautiful pliable back, expressive arms and has perfect proportions and great sensitivity…

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