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J'aime Crandall in Raymonda.© Henrik Stenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Raymonda – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   All up, I think this production demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of “Raymonda” as a ballet. It certainly is a fabulous looking (and listening) calling card which might tour well…

Kizzy Matiakis (Merteuil), Jon Axel Fransson (Valmont) and Andreas Kaas (Danceny) in Dangerous Liaisons.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Dangerous Liaisons (premiere) – Copenhagen

★★★★✰   …I was again struck by just how effortlessly a story can be communicated and emotions laid bare by ballet – it was a triumph.

Justin Peck and Sterling Hyltin in The Cage.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All Bach and Hear the Dance: Russia bills – New York

More from the NYCB Winter Season with Marina Harss reviewing 2 bills made up of 6 works: Concerto Barocco, The Goldberg Variations, Symphonic Dances, The Cage, Andantino and Cortege Hongrois…

Ida Praetorius, Christina Michanek and Amalie Adrian in Act 3 of Napoli.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Napoli – Copenhagen

Most of this run of performances was sold out, or very nearly so, so the Copenhagen audience evidently appreciates what Hubbe is doing. To me, though, this latest revision of Napoli felt like a step too far…

Ida Praetorius as Eleonore in Kermessen in Bruges, with Louise Ostergaard, Josee Bowman and Fernando Mora.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version) cr Kermessen

Royal Danish Ballet – La Ventana, Kermesse in Bruges – Copenhagen

In fact delight was the keynote of the whole evening …I was very happy to see the whole company reclaiming their ‘joy in dancing’, the Bournonville essence which is fundamentally what keeps these old ballets alive.

Cathy Marston.© Philipp Zinniker. (Click image for larger version)

Cathy Marston – Choreographer and Company Director

5 Questions for Cathy Marston as she and Bern Ballett, the company she directs, prepare to show their latest work, Witch-hunt, at London’s Royal Opera House…

Nancy Reynolds interviewing Edward Villella about Tarantella and Rubies, GBF Video Archives, 2008.© Nancy Reynolds. (Click image for larger version)

Nancy Reynolds – George Balanchine Foundation – Director of Research

An in-depth interview with the lady who helps bring Balanchine back…

Gudrun Bojesen.© Henrik Stenberg. (Click image for larger version)

Gudrun Bojesen – Royal Danish Ballet – Principal

Gudrun Bojesen, the Royal Danish Ballet’s leading classical ballerina, is at an interesting stage of her career…

The Shades in La Bayadere.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – La Bayadere – Copenhagen

So far as I know, no major company has ever before attempted a time-shifted Bayadère, so Hübbe had the whole of history to pick from. He chose the later years of the British Raj…

Amy Watson, as a La BayadereShade, and Nikolaj Hubbe.© Jacklyn Meduga. (Click image for larger version)

Works & Process at the Guggenheim – Royal Danish Ballet’s new La Bayadere – New York

Hubbe – handsome and captivating as ever in tight black jeans and an Errol Flynn mustache – assured the Works and Process audience that the famously elegiac Shades scene has not been tampered with…

Special programme cover - Thomas Lund and Gudrun Bojesen in La Sylphide.© Huset Mydtskov. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Thomas Lund’s farewell: The Lesson/La Sylphide – Copenhagen

Several times during the evening I wondered how much anyone who happened never to have seen Lund before would have understood about him from this performance. They would have learnt about his peerless Bournonville technique, and about his ability to get under the skin of the character he’s playing…

Gudrun Bojesen as Marguerite in Lady of the Camellias. © Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Lady of the Camellias – Copenhagen

It’s said that for financial reasons there will be no more performances of Lady of the Camellias here after this run – that would be a little tragedy of its own: these dancers deserve the chance to grow in their roles and their audience deserves the opportunity to see them do it. Let’s hope some way will be found to make it happen.

From the book cover - Amy Watson in Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven. © Rene Erik Olsen.

Book – Royal Danish Ballet in Photographs

What a nice find! A casual Google search, a few weeks ago, led me to a book I’d never heard of but which has turned out to be doubly interesting as well as, already, a source of a lot of pleasure.

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