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Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Tiler Peck in Little Dancer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Stroman/Kennedy Center – Little Dancer – Washington

This is a musical that will certainly delight all dance lovers: the theme of ballet permeates the show from start to finish.

Maki Onuki and Corey Landolt in Christopher Wheeldon's in Polyphonia.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Petite Mort, 5 Tangos, Polyphonia – Washington

The Washington Ballet hit all the right marks with its 70th anniversary season opening program at the Sidney Harman Hall in October.

Emily Wagner amd Ruka Hatua-Saar in Karole Armitage's Life Story.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance – Work by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Alexander Whitley – London

It’s not often we get such high quality performances of live music for contemporary dance. Here their playing was wonderfully focused and alive…

David Prottas (bottom) and Taylor Stanley in All That We See.© Matthew Murphy. (Click image for larger version)

BalletCollective – The Impulse Wants Company, Dear and Blackbirds, All That We See – New York

Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective company is a work in progress and unusually has a resident writer, Cynthia Zarin. Marina Harss, at New York’s Skirball Center, sees where they are all at…

Hee Seo and Marcelo Gomes in Liam Scarlett's With a Chance of Rain.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Gala: Rondo Capriccioso, With a Chance of Rain, Thirteen Diversions – New York

Liam Scarlett’s “With a Chance of Rain” premiere – It seemed Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo might never detach from each other in the final pas de deux…

New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's Chaconne.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Chaconne, Interplay, After the Rain, Everywhere We Go – New York

“…it’s hard not to get the impression that New York City Ballet is on a roll.”

Gonzalo Garcia and NYCB, opening section of Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version

New York City Ballet – Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition premiere – New York

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, is there a ballet choreographer working today who is more imaginative, more wholly himself, than Alexei Ratmansky?

Tiler Peck in Theme and Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tchaikovsky & Balanchine, Stravinsky & Balanchine bills – New York

One cannot help but be amazed by the number of exceptional women in the company, and by how differently they approach the steps, the music and the temperament of each ballet.

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Liam Scarlett's Funérailles.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala – New York

It’s as pointless to complain about ballet galas as it is to grumble about the weather. They serve a purpose…

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Nacho Duato's Gnawa.© Todd Rosenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Fall for Dance at the Delacorte Theatre – New York

For the second year in a row, the Fall for Dance Festival began with a pair of performances at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, one of the most enchanting spots in the city.

Detail from the book cover of Constant Lambert - Beyond The Rio Grande.© Boydell & Brewer. (Click image for full version of cover)

Book – Constant Lambert, Beyond The Rio Grande – by Stephen Lloyd

Lloyd has written widely on English composers and is meticulous in combing together many fragmentary impressions of Lambert. The book weighs over 1.5 kilos, 419 pages of small print, most heavily annotated in smaller print still, with a further 150 pages of appendices.

Mariinsky Ballet in Concerto DSCH.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH – London

“This is how ecstasy is danced.” Kimin Kim in Concerto DSCH.

Vicktoria Tereshkina in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – London

Viktoria Tereshkina has a warm personality and this enhances her dancing. She has long thin limbs and offers expansive port de bras, while her legs whip up effortlessly but with control.

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.

Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham in Christopher Wheeldon's Within The Golden Hour.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Maelstrom, Within the Golden Hour, Glass Pieces – Paris

Great to see so many of San Francisco Ballet’s dancers enjoying themselves and enthusing their audience in a steamy summer evening in Paris.

Svetlana Zakharova in Swan Lake.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

It is even more disappointing that the troupe should open its run with a Swan Lake so lackluster… It’s not the dancers’ fault. At every level, the Bolshoi dancers move with thrilling force and fullness.

Boston Ballet in Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Program B: Symphony in Three Movements, L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune, Plan to B, Bella Figura – New York

…the dancers seem able to handle whatever comes their way. It’s a quality that will serve them well in their travels.

Tara-Brigitte Bhavani & Romany Pajdak in Ludovic Ondiviela's Untitled, Draft Works 2014.© Tristram Kenton / ROH, 2014. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2014 – London

At the outset I have to say I thought this year was one of the better years and we should all feel encouraged at the creativity on show.

Laura Mead and Kirk Henning of Jessica Lang Dance performing Scape with the National Symphony Orchestra.© Kyle Manfredi. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Program 3, National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES: symphony + dance season – Washington

JLD is a relatively young troupe, but it consists of nine experienced and established dancers, some of them well-known and admired in Washington. Take for example, Clifton Brown…

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