"Royal Opera House" tag
Jonathan Goddard, Christopher Akrill and Clemmie Sveaas in Before the Interval.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – HeadSpaceDance in If Play is Play… bill

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Bohemia in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – London

Wheeldon has honed his craft in making a story ballet, much better constructed than his Alice in Wonderland. His core characters account for themselves in revealing solos and his pas de deux are no longer over-ingenious.

Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Winter’s Tale

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Yasmine Naghdi at the launch of The Royal Ballet Pointe Shoes Competition.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Tower of Royal Ballet Pointe Shoes to Launch New Competition

Competition entrants will be invited to guess how many shoes are contained within the tower to enter the chance to win a pair of tickets to a Royal Ballet in Rehearsal Insight Event…

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Mariinsky Ballet – London season including Casting

Casting Released for Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, DSCH, Cinderella (and remember all casting can change…)

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…

Olivia Cowley, Fairy of the Crystal Fountain, in The Sleeping Beauty.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty

Gallery by Dave Morgan of the Yuhui Choe and Ryoichi Hirano cast

Eric Underwood, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Tetractys -The Art of Fugue, Rhapsody, Gloria – London

The Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill has a happy beginning and a sad ending and in the middle there’s Wayne McGregor’s new piece, Tetractys, an emotionally-neutral blank sheet on which you can write your own feelings – or more likely, your own thoughts.

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, Rhapsody, Gloria

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Giselle, live cinema broadcast with Osipova, Acosta – London

The Royal Ballet are pushing their cinema relay performances as a way of getting ‘out there’- so what’s it like to see Osipova and Acosta out in the sticks? Margaret Willis gives her view and talks to others on the experience…

Leanne Cope and James Hay 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

…we get a cleverly staged and very well danced psychodrama, scary both in what we see and what we further imagine. There are, though, two fundamental problems which hold the piece back from complete success.

Natalia Osipova and Hikaru Kobayashi in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

It looks as though Natalia Osipova is to become Sylvie Guillem’s successor at the Royal Ballet, giving her idiosyncratic interpretation of a role whether or not it aligns with the company’s existing production.

Natalia Osipova in Giselle, Carlos Acosta in background.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Giselle – Osipova / Acosta

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

John Craxton, 1997.Photograph by Matthew Thomas, © estate of John Craxton.

John Craxton Exhibition – Cambridge

John Craxton, the celebrated designer of Frederick Ashton’s Daphnis and Chloe, is the subject of an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge…

Roberta Marquez in Emeralds, part of Jewels.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – London

Fascinating to see the Royal Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s Jewels not long after the Bolshoi’s account at the Royal Opera House in summer. Unlike the Russians, the Royal Ballet dancers understand the different period conventions of the three ‘acts’…

Will Kemp (Ratty), Cris Penfold (Toad) and Clemmie Sveaas (Mole) in The Wind in the Willows.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Opera House production – The Wind in the Willows – London

The’ Wind in the Willows’ is the Royal Opera House’s first transfer to the West End. I hope other shows will follow…

Zenaida Yanowsky in Rubies, part of Jewels.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Jewels

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

The Snowflakes in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

Another December, another Royal Ballet Nutcracker: anything new to report? Not much, no. And for once that’s probably the answer most people are hoping to hear…

Lauren Cuthbertson and Cory Stearns in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan – Lauren Cuthbertson and Cory Stearns casting.

Baltic Dance Theatre in The Rite of Spring.© Krzysztof Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rite of Spring – Warsaw

This is as powerful as dance theatre gets and a bill that connects and chimes with us all.

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