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Diana Vishneva and the 4 seasons in Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella – London

Vishneva as Cinderella has an endearing ability to share her happiness with the audience and casts a warm glow over the entire production.

Diana Vishneva in Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Cinderella

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Mariinsky Ballet in Concerto DSCH.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH – London

“This is how ecstasy is danced.” Kimin Kim in Concerto DSCH.

Diana Vishneva (Marguerite) and Konstantin Zverev (Armand) in Marguerite and Armand.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Vicktoria Tereshkina in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – London

Viktoria Tereshkina has a warm personality and this enhances her dancing. She has long thin limbs and offers expansive port de bras, while her legs whip up effortlessly but with control.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Arthur Pita's Facada.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – Solo for Two: Mercy, Passo, Facada – London

Overall, while an interesting night for them and those who know them, it wasn’t a night that would garner them lots of new fans all hailing them as magnificent. For that you still need to catch them, if you can, doing their fireworks in the likes of Don Quixote…

Uliana Lopatkina and Andrey Ermakov in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2 Casts in various extracts – Vicktoria Tereshkina, Uliana Lopatkina, Vladimir Shklyarov, Filipp Stepin. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake, Stepanova/Parish cast – London

Xander Parish, making his British debut at Saturday’s matinee, proved that he has been transformed into a true Mariinsky prince. His achievement is a reproach to the Royal Ballet, who failed to value him as a danseur noble.

Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Swan Lake

2 Casts in various extracts – Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov, Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish. Gallery by Dave Morgan.

Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish in Romeo and Juliet.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mariinsky Ballet in Romeo and Juliet – Tereshkina/Parish Cast

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Arthur Pita's Nobody's Baby, The World's Greatest Show.© Roy Tan. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – Nobody’s Baby, The World’s Greatest Show – London

We don’t give stars but this is a 4- or even 5-star show… Classy work indeed.

Carlos Acosta and Pieter Symonds in Miguel Altunaga's Derrumbe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Cubania – London

It’s not a perfect show by any means, but come the end you still love Acosta, his spirit and his smile. He remains a potent name, doing potent things for ballet, like filling the ROH…

Wendy Whelan in Joshua Beamish's Waltz Epoca.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Wendy Whelan in Restless Creature

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Carlos Acosta and Pieter Symonds in Miguel Altunaga's Derrumbe.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Carlos Acosta in Derrumbe, part of the Cubania bill

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Chisato Katsura and Reece Clarke in Raymonda Act III.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Annual Main Stage Performance – London

Question… What’s the biggest audience noise you will ever hear in ballet? Answer… The roar of the audience at the end of the Royal Ballet School show at the Opera House.

Steven McRae (with Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball, Luca Acri and Tomas Mock) in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Dream, Connectome, Concert – London

In the Royal Ballet’s last programme for this season two old favourites frame the first performances of Alastair Marriott’s latest work, Connectome. It’s a well-balanced evening and gives the new piece every chance to shine.

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Connectome.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Dream, Connectome (premiere) and The Concert

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton and Marcelino Sambe in Alexander Whitley's All That is Solid Melts Into Air.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Alexander Whitley – All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, The Measures Taken – London

But this is a really enterprising and unusual use of the Linbury space that leaves you with an intense curiosity to see what Whitley does next.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company in Whitley's The Measures Taken.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alexander Whitley: The Measures Taken and All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Featuring The Royal Ballet and Alexander Whitley Dance Company. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Jacqueline Clark, Yuhui Choe, Leticia Stock and Francesca Hayward in Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Serenade, Sweet Violets, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse – London

It’s always good to get back to mixed programmes after one of the Royal Ballet’s long runs of blockbusters, and better still when the first item on the bill is Balanchine’s timeless Serenade.

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