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Patrick de Bana.© and courtesy MuzArts. (Click image for larger version)

Patrick de Bana, Choreographer, on creativity and working with Svetlana Zakharova

“It’s like a game of tennis – I hit the ball and she returns it.”. Margaret Willis catches up with choreographer Patrick de Bana to talk about his choroegraphic life and latest project – contributing to Svetlana Zakharova’s show Amore – which tours to the UK in November.

Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue.© Shanghai Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue – Shanghai Ballet’s stars of Echoes of Eternity

After a successful season of Patrick de Bana’s Jane Eyre, back in 2013, Shanghai Ballet returns to the London Coliseum with the same choreographer’s Echoes of Eternity – we catch up with the stars of it – Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue.

Wu Husheng (Emperor) and Qi Bingxue (Lady Yang) in Echoes of Eternity.© Shanghai Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Shanghai Ballet – Echoes of Eternity – Shanghai

★★★✰✰   De Bana’s choreography was especially effective in the group scenes and not least in the descriptive expression of the organised chaos of warfare…

Cover of the Dance Open 2015 Gala programme.© Dance Open. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival 2015 Dance Open and Tsiskaridze at the Vaganova Academy – St Petersburg

Margaret Willis has just been in St. Petersburg, catching up with the Dance Open Festival and also visiting the Vaganova Academy where she had some words with director Nikolai Tsiskaridze…

Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Kings of the Dance – Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Remanso and others – London

Wonderful how Petit’s youthful melodrama (Le Jeune et la Mort) still works its power, performed with commitment and coached by an expert – Luigi Bonino, one of Petit’s favourite dancers

Poster image for Jane Eyre.© Shanghai Ballet Company. (Click image for larger version)

Shanghai Ballet Company – Jane Eyre – London

“It is performed with great commitment…” says Lynette Halewood of a Jayne Eyre ruthlessly pruned for dance…

Alexandra Timofeyeva and Ilya Kuznetsov in The Firebird.© Valeria Komissarova. (Click image for larger version)

Les Saisons Russes of XXI Century – Le Spectre de la rose, Firebird, Scheherazade – London

But altogether, this was an evening of historical curios that lacked consistent vibrancy.

Kings of the Dance / Ardani Artists Management – New York

…so I will just conclude with noting that another depressing thing about the evening’s kitsch-ridden choreography was that it didn’t quite obscure the occasional glimmers of brilliance that reminded us that these men are, indeed, among the world’s best, despite this tawdry presentation.

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