"Sleeping Beauty" tag
Michaela DePrince in Balanchine's Tarantella.© VAM/ Siggul. (Click image for larger version)

Youth America Grand Prix – Gala 2016 – New York

★★✰✰✰   Like all galas, this was quite a mixed bag. Over 200 students trooped on and offstage in a veritable tornado of activity before the veteran YAGP dancers stepped out for the showstopping stuff…

Teresa Reichlen and Russell Janzen in Diamonds.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – New York

★★★✰✰   What do you do with a problem like Jewels? This 1967 blockbuster by George Balanchine is a hard one to pull off…

Uliana Lopatkina in The Dying Swan.© Jack Vartoogian. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, Program B – New York

★★✰✰✰ What’s going on in the head office at the Mariinsky Ballet?

New York City Ballet in the Scottish Reel section of La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

★★★✰✰ The Bournonville footwork and even the mime are there, but there’s little sense of joy or pathos of any kind.

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Most Incredible Thing (premiere), Polaris, The Blue of the Distance, Common Ground, Estancia – New York

★★★✰✰ “Incredible is Peck’s first narrative, and this fact was obvious Tuesday night, particularly in the opening scenes which lacked clarity…”

Sofiane Sylve in Scarlett's Fearful Symmetries.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Fearful Symmetries (premiere), Rubies, Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes – San Francisco

★★★✰✰ “But despite his high concept, Scarlett seemed to lose the thread halfway through, resorting to lascivious theatrics to complete the work…”

Yakatarina Verbosovich and Chase Johnsey.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Chase Johnsey, Dancer, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Yet again the Trocks had a fabulous critical reception during their Autumn UK tour and mentioned in nearly every review was Chase Johnsey, or in Trocks speak their petite ballerina Yakatarina Verbosovich. So what makes Chase/Yakatarina tick? Time for an interview…

Ashley Shaw and Adam Maskell in Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – London

It’s a modern and sometimes rather busy retelling, but it ends as every fairy tale should do…

Lauren King and New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Nutcracker – New York

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker… has been described as a “symphony of childhood”; it is that, and more.

Ashley Shaw in Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

James Hay.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

James Hay – Royal Ballet First Soloist

The Royal Ballet’s 2015/2016 season is providing big opportunities for James Hay, promoted to First Soloist in June…

Dores André.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Dores André – Principal, San Francisco Ballet

If it was up to me, I would pay more [salary] to the corps than to the principals. Half the ballet depends on them, and it is very hard to be in a good mood and trying your hardest every day when you are not getting the attention and the development that we get as principals and soloists.

Paloma Herrera in a studio photograph for Sleeping Beauty.© Juan Mathé. (Click image for larger version)

Paloma Herrera – former American Ballet Theatre Principal, dancer and teacher

Next year I want to dedicate more time to teaching, and finally bring out my clothing line, under the brand Paloma Herrera…

Alexei Ratmansky.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky – Simple and Wise, a Q&A about Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT

Q: What have you learned about Petipa from the notations? Ans: Looking at the notations changed my taste. Honestly, I just can’t stand seeing productions of the classics any more, because I know how far it is from Petipa’s intentions…

National Ballet of China in the Red Detachment of Women.© National Ballet of China. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of China – Peony Pavilion, Red Detachment of Women – New York

The National Ballet of China dancers are beautifully trained, surprisingly tall, willowy – even the men – and delicately featured.

Marianela Nuñez and James Whiteside in Cinderella.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

Two 2 casts reeviewed – led out by Stella Abrera and a guesting Marianela Nunez. But the star of Cinderella is the ballet itself – Ashton’s tribute to Petipa, to silliness, and to the power of childlike wonder…

Devon Teuscher in Pillar of Fire.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Pillar of Fire, Fancy Free, Theme and Variations – New York

There are times when a dance lover just can’t believe her good fortune and one of those times comes around once a year in New York…

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English National Ballet 2015/16 Season

Full press release of English National Ballet’s 2015/16 Season.

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Roman Zhurbin and Craig Salstein in Cinderella.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

To fully enjoy Ashton, one has to be willing to acquiesce to one’s own softer impulses, a sense of wonder and perhaps a little nostalgia, and to surrender the loveliness of small things.

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