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Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote (Acosta production) – London

It’s especially challenging for the Royal Ballet, whose repertoire and style are built on the subtle understatement of Frederick Ashton and the deep psychological explorations of Kenneth MacMillan: hot-blooded Latin exuberance is not really their thing…

Leane Cope and Steven McRae in Liam Scarlett's Hansel and Gretel.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Hansel and Gretel – London

It is a mixed experience: too long and overworked in places, a dark vision, unevenly realised, with some striking and chilling moments.

Emma-Jane Maguire (Stephanie) and Bennet Gartside (Rudolf) in Mayerling.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Mayerling

45 pictures from 2 photocalls by Dave Morgan…

Cesar Morales, Iain Mackay and Nao Sakuma in Aladdin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Aladdin – London

Don’t expect big emotional highs and lows or deeply defined characters, just a clear narration of a story that everyone knows. So if we judge it on these terms how does it do?

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…

Fundraising day for the Frank Freeman Scholarship fund - poster.© Royal Academy of Dance. (Click image for larger version)

RAD ‘Celebrating Dance 2012’ – Fundraising for the Frank Freeman Scholarship Fund

Dance students can participate in ‘Celebrating Dance 2012’ – a day of dance to be held at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) on Sunday 11 November to fundraise for the Frank Freeman Scholarship fund.

Jin Yao and Kostyantyn Keshyshev in Cinderella.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Cinderella – Hong Kong

I saw the first cast led by Jin Yao, the top ballerina in the company. Her acting was superb, and her dancing too had a warm glow throughout.

Desmond Kelly at the launch of Ballet Hoo!.Courtesy of Birmingham Royal Ballet ©. (Click image for larger version)

Desmond Kelly – Artistic Director Elmhurst and Governor of the Royal Ballet Companies

My nickname in BRB used to be Bastard – and something happened with Ballet Hoo! – I don’t know whether it’s my age, or the kids we worked with, but it made me realise that you can get the best out of dancers and students by coming in on a certain level and talking to them on a certain level – not always shouting. I do shout still, I do get very angry…

Leticia Stock in Ballo della regina. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Sylphide & Ballo della Regina – London

Balanchine famously described a choreographer’s job as being like a chef’s, and his Ballo della Regina perfectly fulfils the role of amuse-bouche in the Royal Ballet’s latest double bill, waking us up and sharpening our appetites for the more serious fare of Bournonville’s lovely La Sylphide. It’s the fourth ballet the company has tried out in this role and I think it’s the most successful.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote. © Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Don Quixote – San Francisco

Kochetkova and Domitro, together and separately, dance extraordinarily well. They don’t have the elusive chemistry that she has with Boada, but they still are very much in tune with each other, both musically and artistically, and make a very satisfying partnership.

Iana Salenko (with Marian Walter) in Elegie der Herzen. © Nikolai Krusser. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – St Petersburg

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open Performances: Bad Boys of Dance, Gala Tribute to Natalia Dudinskaya, Dance Open – Gala of International Ballet Stars St Petersburg, Oktyabrsky Concert Hall and others 14-16 April…

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in La Fille mal Gardee. © John Ross.

Royal Ballet – La fille mal gardee – London

Every review of La Fille mal Gardée should start with an acknowledgement that, however excellent the performance may have been, the greatest credit belongs to Frederick Ashton, who more than 50 years ago put this happy masterpiece together in a few weeks of cheerful collaboration with his dancers.

Bob Lockyer at 70. © Elliott Franks at www.elliottfranks.com. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Bob Lockyer at 70, Mr Dance when the BBC did dance

In a life at the BBC the director, Bob Lockyer, was an outstanding champion of dance for the camera. Now 70, he is still indefatigable in his enthusiasms

NYCB in Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite. © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – All American bill – Washington

Fortunately, Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, the final dance of the evening, was anything but tedious. One of the greatest entertainers in ballet, Robbins knew how to keep his audiences awake, engaged, and excited.

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.

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Interview: Tamara Rojo – Artistic Director designate – English National Ballet

I want to bring more of the public to the artform and see the enjoyment it brings. I suppose I believe I have something to say!

Sylvie Guillem in William Forsythe’s Rearray. © Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem – 6000 Miles Away – New York

The crowd erupted in cheers. Ek’s piece hints at another side of Guillem, a goofier, simpler human being beneath the veneer of the icon. If it feels a little coy, well, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. It’s a smart, well-calibrated program in every sense.

Johan Kobborg as Walter Sickert, Steven McRae as Jack in Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets. © Bill Cooper, courtesy of ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Polyphonia, Sweet Violets, Carbon Life – London

‘Sweet Violets’, though over-ambitious, is the best stab at a psychologically complex narrative ballet the company has commissioned for years.

Edward Watson in Carbon Life. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Carbon Life, Sweet Violets, Polyphonia

32 Pictures by Dave Morgan

Tamara Rojo and Fei Bo in Beijing. © CNN International / Fusion Journeys.

CNN TV: Tamara Rojo Embarks on a ‘Fusion Journey’

This exciting new CNN series ‘Fusion Journeys’ meets principal dancer at the Royal Ballet London, Tamara Rojo, and follows her on a challenging journey to learn a totally new dancing style in Beijing,…

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