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Tina Sutton.© Tina Sutton. (Click image for larger version)

Tina Sutton, writer and author of ‘The Making of Markova’

Tina Sutton’s book “The Making of Markova: Diaghilev’s Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon” is about to be released in paperback – Jann Parry talks to Sutton about unearthing one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century…

Luca Silvestrini in action.© Angelo Bellotti. (Click image for larger version)

Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director, Protein Dance

Deloitte Ignite 2014 is about to open and Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance are part of it. Time to catch up with Silvestrini because it’s not your ‘standard’ dance show…

Fania Grigoriou in Luca Silvestrini's Windows in Progress.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Protein Dance, at Deloitte Ignite 2014, with Windows in Progress

Gallery by Dave Morgan. ‘Windows in Progress’, by choreographer Luca Silvestrini, is part of Deloitte Ignite 2014, The Royal Opera House’s annual contemporary arts festival which runs from 5 – 28 September, this year based on the theme of myth.

Detail from the book cover of Constant Lambert - Beyond The Rio Grande.© Boydell & Brewer. (Click image for full version of cover)

Book – Constant Lambert, Beyond The Rio Grande – by Stephen Lloyd

Lloyd has written widely on English composers and is meticulous in combing together many fragmentary impressions of Lambert. The book weighs over 1.5 kilos, 419 pages of small print, most heavily annotated in smaller print still, with a further 150 pages of appendices.

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.

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