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Still from NYCB's promotional video for Justin Peck's The Decalogue.© NYCB. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – HERE/NOW Festival No. 6 & 8 including Peck’s The Decalogue (premiere) – New York

★★★✰✰   With his latest, The Decalogue, which opened on May 12, Justin Peck seems to have turned a new page…

Gina Storm-Jensen in Charlotte Edmonds' Meta.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in the Clore: Meta, Void and Fire

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Most Incredible Thing (premiere), Polaris, The Blue of the Distance, Common Ground, Estancia – New York

★★★✰✰ “Incredible is Peck’s first narrative, and this fact was obvious Tuesday night, particularly in the opening scenes which lacked clarity…”

Karen Kain.© Aleksandar Antonijevic, courtesy NBoCanada. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Karen Kain – Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada

The much admired Karen Kain has been directing the National Ballet of Canada for 10 years now – Oksana Khadarina catches up with her as the company prepare to visit Washington with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Winter’s Tale”…

Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sara Mearns in Kim Brandstrup's Jeux.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jeux + Polaris, The Blue Distance, Common Ground, New Blood – New York

Jeux, has a distinctly adult atmosphere and a highly cinematic look. Actually, the look might be the most interesting thing about it…

Georgina Pazcoguin and Meagan Mann in Justin Peck's New Blood, in costumes by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala, with 4 premieres – New York

Nobody surpasses New York City Ballet in sleekness and urbanity. The company is like a glistening skyscraper: sharp-edged, diamantine and, sometimes, a little cold…

DNB Junior Company in Blink by Juanjo Arques.© Michel Schnater. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet, Junior Company – 2015 Tour – London

The programme stretches and shows off the young graduates to good advantage in a well-chosen assortment.

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

Catarina Carvalho Michael-John Harper in Vuong 10 by Catarina Carvalho and Nina Kov.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in Random Works

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

The Genée 2013 medallists together with Darcey Bussell, Kevin O'Hare and Christopher Hampson.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 – Glasgow

The Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 was held in Glasgow this year – Jann Parry reports on the finals for us…

Emma Fisher, Ellen Yilma, Viola Vicini in Linear by Travis Clausen-Knight.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – Random Works, from 10 Choreographers – London

The most successful pieces of the evening are – perhaps not coincidentally – those least directly indebted to McGregor’s movement volcabulary and compositional style.

Fumi Kaneko and Sander Blommaert in Mayuri Boonham's Vāc II.© ROH / Andrej Uspenski, 2013. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Draft Works, Spring 2013 – London

The most unexpectedly delightful piece for me, and one looking rounded and finished in its 10 minutes, came from Mayuri Boonham… She joined Indian and ballet traditions…

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Ballet Black – Egal, Dopamine, One Played Twice, War Letters – London

Of this year’s 4 premieres, 2 very much connected with me and 2 didn’t.

Random Dance in Alex Whitley's Hertz.© Ravi Deepres, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne Mcgregor | Random Dance – Hertz, Alpha Episodes, Life’s Witness – London

McGregor’s influence is visible across the programme, not so much in the movement style but in the extreme formal abstraction of the work. A little form can go a long way…

Choreographers Alex Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet.© respectively ROH, ROH, Kiran West.

Choreographers Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet – Random Dance and the ROH, 10 years on

Interviews with Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet about their new pieces commissioned by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and the Royal Opera House…

Liam Scarlett, along with Melissa Hamilton and Sergei Polunin, at the 2009 National Dance Awards - where they were all nominated. © John Ross and taken from Graham Watts report of the Awards for Balletco. Click image for larger version, or one that fills the browser window.

Liam Scarlett appointed first ever Royal Ballet Artist in Residence

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, announced today that First Artist Liam Scarlett is appointed the first ever Artist in Residence of The Royal Ballet, a position that will allow him to focus solely on his choreographic work.

Bob Lockyer's Birthday Bash at The Place - Bob with Kenneth Tharp OBE (Chief Executive, The Place). © Richard Thompson. (Click image for larger version)

Bob Lockyer’s Birthday Bash – London

Bob Lockyer must be truly proud of his birthday gift: not a dud amongst the commissions he has brought about, sending three young choreographers on their way to a promising future.

Royal Ballet – Draft Works – London

Good to see Draft Works in the larger Linbury Theatre and as ever much fun to spot rising choreographic and dance stars closer than normal…

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