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Tzu-Chao Chou in ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia, Le Baiser de la fée, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

★★✰✰✰   Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café saves a dispiriting evening by providing nimble demi-character dancing with a timely message, first delivered nearly 20 years ago.

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Cinderella.© Stas Levshin. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Cinderella – St. Petersburg

★★★★★   It seems appropriate that I’ve travelled to Russia to find a Cinderella interpreter of movement and spectacle to match up to the genius of Prokofiev’s music.

Maureya Lebowitz as Swanilda in Coppélia.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Coppelia and Three Short Story Ballets – Bristol and Birmingham

★★★✰✰   I went to Bristol to catch Coppelia and the specific lead casting of Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton – who have now totally transitioned from being rising stars to fully risen Principals.

Cira Robinson in Red Riding Hood by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – House of Dreams, Captured, Red Riding Hood – London

★★★✰✰   It’s rather a scandal that Ballet Black get no regular Arts Council support and yet proportionally they do far more to put new work out there and also before a public that is not your usual ballet crowd.

Sayaka Ichikawa and Damien Johnson in House of Dreams by Michael Corder.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Black in House of Dreams, Captured, Red Riding Hood

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Eugenia Brezzi - and Katya Bourvis, Hayley Blackburn in George Wiliamson's Threefold.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – Synergies bill – London

All in all, this was a programme that delivered what Karen Pilkington-Miksa and her team set out to achieve for which she (and they) deserve our considerable applause. …NEBT allows one more throw of the die but these young dancers still need a “double 6” to win contracts for more sustainable jobs.

Karen Pilkington-Miksa. © Joshua Lawrence. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Karen Pilkington-Miksa – Founding Director, New English Ballet Theatre

It’s a very special time when a new company is formed and about to give its very first performance – we caught up with the founding director…

New English Ballet Theatre – Inaugural performances, 4-8 July, London

Synergies is an exciting programme of world renowned choreography and four premieres by young emerging choreographers. NEBT’s dancers will perform alongside guest artists Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, only on the gala night of July 5th…

Melissa Hamilton and Edward Watson in Romeo and Juliet. © Bill Cooper and courtesy of ROH.

Royal Ballet – Melissa Hamilton debut in Romeo and Juliet – London

They were at last in tune with each other in the bedroom pas de deux, both despairing at his departure. Hamilton came into her own as an actress in her cumulative rage at her parents’ lack of understanding; her resentment at being forced to be Paris’s puppet was compelling. She’d changed from a helpless child to an inwardly defiant young woman…

Wayne Eagling Steping Down as English National Ballet AD

Press statement Monday 20 February 2012 English National Ballet announced today that Artistic Director Wayne Eagling will step down at the end of the season on 11 August 2012 as the Company’s Artistic…

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