"National Ballet of Canada" tag
Emily Hoff in The Conservatory.© Johan Persson / RBS. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance 2017 – London

★★★★✰   It was a well-balanced programme, featuring different kinds of discipline for future corps de ballet dancers, and honouring veteran choreographers as well as contemporary ones.

Scottish Ballet in Crystal Pite's Emergence.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Emergence, MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) – London

★★★★✰   Both are pre-existing ensemble works, the performers virtually anonymous on stage, though named on cast sheets: the company is the star, not the soloists.

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh in Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Cinderella – Washington

★★★✰✰   Yet for all its narrative surprises and witty designs, this Cinderella is a curiously underwhelming work when it comes to the choreography.

Alexandre Riabko in Nijinsky.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Nijinsky – Melbourne

★★★✰✰   Even after his death, Vaslav Nijinsky suffered from the power and control of others…

Scottish Ballet in Crystal Pite's Emergence.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Emergence, MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) – Edinburgh

★★★★✰   Outside London Scottish Ballet’s sense of adventure makes them the UK company to watch…

Sonia Rodriguez in The Winter's Tale.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – New York

★★★✰✰   Every choreographer has their voice, and if Wheeldon’s current oeuvre satisfies you then this will too, but don’t expect a significant departure.

Svetlana Lunkina in Giselle.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Giselle – Toronto

★★★★✰   On opening night, Svetlana Lunkina in the title role gave one of those unique performances in which the ballerina completely disappears into her heroine, putting her entire living self into the role.

Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Taming of the Shrew (Birmingham) and Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre (Leicester)

★★★✰✰ for BRB’s troublesome fun packed Taming of the Shrew and ★★★★✰ Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre with Hannah Bateman in the lead…

Tanya Howard and Dylan Tedaldi in Le Petit Prince.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Le Petit Prince – Toronto

★★★✰✰   Since its publication nearly 75 years ago, de Saint-Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince,” a short illustrated novella about an improbable encounter between an aviator and a young space traveler, has captivated the hearts of millions of children and adults alike…

Gilbert Small and Nicole Ward in 16+ a room by Emily Molnar.© Chris Randle. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet BC – 16+ a room, Solo Echo, Bill – New York

★★★✰✰   Have you ever left a performance of contemporary ballet desperate for some color, some light, some human warmth?

Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz in Cranko's Onegin.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Onegin – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Created in 2010 for the National Ballet of Canada, this production of the late John Cranko’s 1965 ballet was a smash here in 2012; it was reprised in 2013 and it’s wonderful to have it back again so soon.

Brooklyn Mack and Venus Villa in Hamlet.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Hamlet – Washington

★★✰✰✰   There is, however, one undeniably compelling personage in this somewhat flat production of Hamlet – the quiet and fragile Ophelia, as portrayed by Venus Villa…

Alexander Ekman.© Peter Greig. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Alexander Ekman, Director / Choreographer, on Cacti and other things

One of the go-to international choreographers, particularly if you want something arresting and unusual, is Alexander Ekman. His “Cacti”, appropriately featuring a stage full of Cacti, is about to be presented by Royal New Zealand Ballet and Sydney Dance Company – Valerie Lawson catches up with a dance maverick…

Harrison James, Hannah Fischer and Piotr Stanczyk in The Winter's Tale.© Karolina Kuras, courtesy NBoC. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – Washington

★★★★✰ Despite the monumental levels of snow in Washington nothing was going to stop Oksana Khadarina from seeing the National Ballet of Canada in Christopher Wheeldon’s “The Winter’s Tale”. And in two casts as well…

Sophie Martin for David Dawson's new Swan Lake for Scottish Ballet.© David Eustace. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet Unveils Ambitious 2016/17 Programme – Company Premieres from David Dawson and Crystal Pite

Press Release: 15 Jan 2016 www.scottishballet.co.uk Scottish Ballet Unveils Ambitious 2016/17 Programme Building on a prolific period of creativity, Scottish Ballet sets out an ambitious programme for 2016/17, continuing to innovate and cultivate…

Karen Kain.© Aleksandar Antonijevic, courtesy NBoCanada. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Karen Kain – Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada

The much admired Karen Kain has been directing the National Ballet of Canada for 10 years now – Oksana Khadarina catches up with her as the company prepare to visit Washington with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Winter’s Tale”…

Georgina Pazcoguin and Meagan Mann in Justin Peck's New Blood, in costumes by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala, with 4 premieres – New York

Nobody surpasses New York City Ballet in sleekness and urbanity. The company is like a glistening skyscraper: sharp-edged, diamantine and, sometimes, a little cold…

DNB Junior Company in Blink by Juanjo Arques.© Michel Schnater. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet, Junior Company – 2015 Tour – London

The programme stretches and shows off the young graduates to good advantage in a well-chosen assortment.

Sonia Rodriguez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – New York

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a showy affair…

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

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