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Shiori Kase and Joseph Caley in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

★★★✰✰   One of the ballet’s biggest departures from tradition is having the same dancer play Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The reasoning is unclear, but Kase proves versatile enough to pull it off…

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.

Akane Takada and James Hay in The Sleeping Beauty.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Sleeping Beauty – London

★★★★✰   The grand pas de deux was the triumphant highlight of the fairytale festivities. Hay expressed the prince’s pride and pleasure in his variations; Takada was demure and regal in hers…

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, A Month in the Country – Birmingham

★★★✰✰ When I think of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) under David Bintley I think of tradition with a capital T and the latest double bill underlines that in spades.

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet has been dancing this ever-popular Russian classic in various guises each holiday season for the past 50 years, delighting audiences and inspiring youngsters…

Alina Cojocaru in Swan Lake.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake (Cojocaru / Vasiliev) – London

It is the final act that brings out the best in them. Vasiliev is abject, Cojacaru is truly touching, despairing and resolutely resolved to die.

Snowflakes, led by Alison McWhinney, in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet Nutcracker London, Coliseum 11 December 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.ballet.org.uk You know that Christmas is really on its way when you see your first Nutcracker. And for…

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles in Swan Lake.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

Eight paragraphs of praise and I haven’t yet mentioned Alina Cojocaru! My advice to anyone yearning to see the special beauty of ballet is simple: take any chance you can to see Cojocaru dance.

Lauren Cuthbertson in The Sleeping Beauty.© ROH / Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

….thanks and admiration to Francesca Hayward for a blithe, swift Songbird Fairy, probably the most pleasing I’ve ever seen…

Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov in The Nutcracker.© Caroline Holden. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

Despite the frequency with which the work is performed, the company manage to retain a warmth and freshness in their presentation of it.

ENB logo (©) and cover for the piano reduction of excerpts from Adolphe Adam's Le Corsaire score from 1856. (From Wikipedia)

English National Ballet to Premiere Le Corsaire – Autumn 2013

English National Ballet will premiere a new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate), one of the great 19th Century classics, in October 2013. English National Ballet will be the first UK company to perform the complete work…

Laetitia Lo Sardo with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Faster.© Bill Cooper

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Grand Tour, Faster, The Dream – London

The programme included works both old and new but it was not an altogether successful mixture. The dancers looked most at home, and at their most sleek and impressive, in Faster, a work made on them this year by their Artistic Director, David Bintley, evoking the striving of competitors in the Olympics.

Zhang Si Yuan and Kostyantyn Keshyev in Giselle. © Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Giselle – Hong Kong

Keshyshev made a remarkable debut as Albrecht, partnering Zhang Si Yuan who was also dancing Giselle for the very first time. Both dancers were so confident, and assured, that it was hard to believe that they were actually making debuts…

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