"Royal Opera House" tag
Benjamin Ella, Tomas Mock, Kristen McNally, James Hay and Solomon Golding in Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Four Temperaments, Untouchable (Shechter premiere), Song of the Earth – London

It’s a truism that any startlingly new dance-maker without an early elite training will have based his (or her) choreography on their own physique…

Sunbee Han, Sooraj Subramaniam, Emily Pottage, Avatâra Ayuso and Richard Causer in Bayadere - The Ninth Life.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – Bayadere: The Ninth Life – London

Contemporary dance pioneer Shobana Jeyasingh takes a bold, inspired step along her chosen route of exploring marginality and difference with this latest Royal Ballet commissioned work.

Kristen McNally and Solomon Golding (both kneeling) in Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Four Temperaments, Untouchable, Song of the Earth

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Ballet de Lorraine in Shaker Loops.© Arno Paul. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet de Lorraine – Shaker Loops and Cover – London

Nancy-based Ballet de Lorraine arrives as a bit of an unknown quantity; led by Swedish ex-Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet principal Peter Jacobsson, its work is avowedly experimental…

Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Diamonds.© ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House – A Gala Celebration: Life Reimagined – London

Both Royal Ballet premieres, one by Kim Brandstrup, the other by Liam Scarlett, were surely keepers, bound to be seen again.

Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015 – London

This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.

Marcellino Sambe's Dez Days (in front: Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Luca Acri, Maria Barroso).© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015

Draft Works 2015 features pieces by Joshua Beamish, Valentino Zucchetti, Sander Blommaert, Erico Montes & Marcelino Sambe. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Ballet Black in Mark Bruce's Second Coming.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – To Fetch a Pail of Water?, Depouillement, Second Coming – London

All up, another win for Ballet Black – a strong double bill of consequence and contrast preceded by a short amuse-bouche.

Marianela Núñez in Swan Lake.© ROH, Alice Pennefather.

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

It is somewhat extraordinary that Anthony Dowell’s staging of Swan Lake is almost thirty years old, given the amount of reservations and mixed feelings it still elicits.

Damien Johnson and Kanika Carr in Mark Bruce's Second Coming.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Black in Second Coming and To Fetch a Pail of Water?

Two brand new Ballet Black works, by Mark Bruce and Kit Holder, photographed by Dave Morgan…

Sarah Lamb in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Swan Lake (Lamb / Acosta)

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

The Associates of Sadler’s Wells: Crystal Pite, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter – London

If the brand new works were something of a disappointment then Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling, created on her own company dancers in 2008, was the outstanding hit.

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Onegin – London

…Onegin remains a sparkling example of what a narrative ballet is and ought to be.

© Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards

2014 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2014 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Aakash Odedra in Murmur.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Aakash Odedra in Murmur

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Onegin (Soares / Nunez)

The opening night bill of Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez captured in reherasal by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Thiago Soares.© Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Thiago Soares – Royal Ballet Principal, on Onegin

On the eve of opening the latest Royal Ballet season of ‘Onegin’ Thiago Soares talks about one of his most inspirational roles, and a few other things too…

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks in First Fall by Brian Brooks.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – San Francisco

Ultimately, it mattered less what Whelan and her collaborators were doing, and more that they were doing.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl.© Phil Conrad. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita – The Little Match Girl – London

Arthur Pita The Little Match Girl London, Lillian Baylis Studio 13 December 2014 www.arthurpita.com www.sadlerswells.com This Christmas family show in the cosy space of the Lillian Baylis Studio (at Sadler’s Wells) is a…

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