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Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova in Narcissus and Echo.© Alastair Muir. (Click image for larger version)

Project Polunin – Icarus, The night before the Flight; Tea or Coffee; Narcissus and Echo – London

★★✰✰✰   I begin this notice with a codicil. Let this preamble show my unbounded admiration for the spirit and rationale of Project Polunin.

Aleksandra Mijalkova (Cleopatra), Vasil Chichiashvili (Cesar) and Boban Kovachevski (Mark Antony) in Cleopatra.© Macedonian Opera and Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Macedonian Ballet – Cleopatra in rehearsal – Skopje

How do you review a world premiere that you have spent seven hours flying to, and then find that it has been postponed until you are back home after another eight hours of travel?

Poster for the film Dancer staring Sergei Polunin.© West End Films. (Click image for larger version)

Film: “Dancer” – Sergei Polunin documentary

“Dancer” has been given a few screenings in London, most recently as part of the BFI London Film Festival, with Polunin and the director, Steven Cantor, in attendance for Q&A sessions…

Maya Plisetskaya.© Ensemble Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya – London

★★★✰✰ Every gala needs a revelation, and this one was provided by Sergio Bernal, a Spanish dancer who dominated the stage in an imperious farruca solo from Antonio’s flamenco version of The Three Cornered Hat…

Julio Bocca.© Leo Barizzoni. (Click image for larger version)

Julio Bocca – Director Ballet Nacional SODRE in Montevideo

Julio Bocca, much loved but now no longer dancing, has a new life in Montevideo, running Ballet Nacional SODRE. Marina Harss talks to a busy man rebuilding his company – fast…

Brent Whitney and Katie Gibson in Forsythe's Slingerland Duet.© Eduardo Patino.

Ballet NY – Othello, What Ever, Slingerland Duet, Orange – New York

Ballet NY’s 2015 season offered a mixed bill of promising diversity… (but there is a but)

Mikhail Lobukhin in Spartacus.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – New York

If there’s one thing you can say for Yuri Grigorovich’s 1968 ballet Spartacus, it’s that it gets its point across loud and clear.

Svetlana Zakharova in Swan Lake.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

It is even more disappointing that the troupe should open its run with a Swan Lake so lackluster… It’s not the dancers’ fault. At every level, the Bolshoi dancers move with thrilling force and fullness.

Poster for Mulan.© Hong Kong Dance Company. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – Mulan – Hong Kong

The production provides a welcome showcase for the power and virtuosity of the company’s men who are on magnificent form, led by the splendid Chen Jun.

Maria Alexandrova in The Flames of Paris.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Flames of Paris – Moscow

The Bolshoi Ballet are touring ‘The Flames of Paris’ to London this summer – but Natasha Rogai recently caught up with it in Moscow for us. So what shape is the company in?

Laszlo Seregi.© Hungarian National Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Tribute to Laszlo Seregi, Choreographer & Hungarian National Ballet director – London

Laszlo Seregi died on 11th May 2012 at the age of 83 and, one year on, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Covent Garden hosted a tribute to his memory.

Valeria Martynyuk in Don Quixote.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Gala – Baden-Baden

The Mariinsky Ballet’s annual Baden-Baden tour is something of a balletomane’s winter retreat and, with mild weather to boot over Christmas, provided yet another opportunity this season to catch up with the St. Petersburg company.

Poster image for the 2012 festival. © Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana 2012. (Click image for larger version)

23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2012

The festival was as intensive as ever, with three performances running on seven days, four on one day, some concurrently. The range and quality of dance overall was impressive.

Members of the Bolshoi Ballet perform Oath of the Ushers.© Moanalani Jeffrey. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Dancers – Napa Valley Festival del Sole – San Francisco

I don’t regret spending two afternoons in the warm sun before the unbelievably early performances ( 6 and 6:30 curtain times), but overall, the dancing, no matter how artistic or technically accomplished, is seriously hindered by the productions and/or venues.

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