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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.

Maya Plisetskaya.© Ensemble Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya – London

★★★✰✰ Every gala needs a revelation, and this one was provided by Sergio Bernal, a Spanish dancer who dominated the stage in an imperious farruca solo from Antonio’s flamenco version of The Three Cornered Hat…

American Ballet Theatre in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle (Abrera debut) – New York

The American Ballet Theatre season continues with Giselle where Marina Harss saw Stella Abrera’s company debut. The response to the performance was understandably enthusiastic.

Polina Semionova and David Hallberg in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – New York

Few nineteenth-century story ballets are as satisfying as Giselle, with its simple and poetic plot, compact structure and starkly contrasting moods. This week I watched four Giselles, with four distinctly different casts…

Veronika Part and Cory Stearns in The Moor's Pavane.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Theme and Variations, The Moor’s Pavane, A Month in the Country, Piano Concerto #1 – New York

On Sunday, American Ballet Theatre’s two-week fall season draws to a close. By most measures, it’s been a success…

Polina Semionova and James Whiteside in Bach Partita.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Bach Partita, Gong, The Tempest – New York

Throughout the Bach Partita, Tharp’s movement is technical, precise, and highly articulated. As with Balanchine, the bodies are always distinct, framed in space.

American Ballet Theatre in Les Sylphides.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Clear, Theme and Variations – New York

It’s good to see the company perform Sylphides again after a hiatus of eight years. The style hasn’t eroded. …The dancers believe in it.

Twyla Tharp.© Richard Avedon. (Click image for larger version)

Bringing Twyla Tharp’s Bach Partita Back

Because of the ephemeral nature of choreography, it’s unusual for a ballet that has lain dormant for decades to return to life. But this fall, it will…

Polina Semionova in Sylvia.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia – New York

Like a Fabergé egg with a tiny golden bird inside, Sylvia is decadent, a bit indulgent, but delightful.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.

Hee Seo in Romeo and Juliet.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet – New York

American Ballet Theatre are dancing Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Marina Harss reviews 2 casts: Polina Semionova / David Hallberg and Roberto Bolle / Hee Seo…

Natalia Osipova in Piano Concerto #1.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Ratmansky Shostakovich Trilogy – New York

I have to say that after seeing the Shostakovich Trilogy twice, and picking up many more details …I found it very compelling indeed, especially the opening and closing ballets.

Julie Kent in A Month in the Country.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – A Month in the Country premiere and bill – New York

Has there ever been a more sensitive, sympathetic chronicler of that inner flutter brought on by the onset of love than Frederick Ashton? It seems unlikely, on the evidence of ABT’s premiere of A Month in the Country…

Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle in Marcelo Gomes' Apothéose.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

Symphony in C, a luminous outpouring of legs and arms, crisp geometries, bobbing rhythms, and articulate patter-like conversations for the feet, is a vivid reminder of why one goes to the ballet at all. Luminosity and classical logic, laced with wit and intelligence.

Polina Semionova in Romeo and Juliet.© and provided by HK Leisure & Cultural Services Department(Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Hong Kong Arts Festival Season – Hong Kong

The season began with a high-energy mixed bill which showed the company on sparkling form.

Sabina Yapparova, Polina Semionova, Marat Shemiunov in Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness – London, Coliseum

His choreography is busy, occasionally predictable, but more often inventive, strong on musicality and both remarkably fluid and emotionally charged; stretching the dancers both literally and in terms of their artistic diversity.

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Don Quixote (Osipova / Vasiliev) & Giselle (Semionova / Matvienko) – London

…the Mikhailovsky put on a wonderful display of classical excellence that we just don’t routinely see in the UK.

Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes in Alexei Ratmansky's Symphony #9.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – New Ratmansky, Symphony #9 – New York

Tonight’s premiere of Ratmansky’s newest work for American Ballet Theatre, Symphony #9, was cause for celebration. In fact, it left me feeling almost lightheaded, and terribly eager to see it again, as soon as possible.

American Ballet Theatre – Firebird, Thirteen Diversions, Apollo – New York

Sometimes the second time is the charm. This seems to be especially true when it comes to new ballets by Alexei Ratmansky. Often, they’re not easy to take in on first viewing, indigestible as an over-rich meal. But then, something in us changes, our eye evolves.

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