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Karina Gonzalez and Connor Walsh in Romeo and Juliet.© Jeff Busby. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Melbourne

★★★★★   This R&J gives the audience so much to admire, so much to be immersed in, and so much to delight in and even laugh over.

Stephen Petronio Company in Locomotor.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival at City Center – Programs 3 and 4 – New York

Fall For Dance is a genuine feast, a display of unparalleled variety and plenty. When well-balanced, nothing is sweeter… but occasionally the flavors clash, and the abundance overwhelms.

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)

Ako Kondo, Cristiano Martino, Robyn Hendricks and Amber Scott in Symphonic Variations.© Daniel Boud. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, Monotones II, Symphonic Variations – Sydney

After the long famine, Ashton’s ballets made a welcome return this week with the company’s triple bill under the umbrella title, The Dream.

Derrick Agnoletti and Aaron Rogers in Alexander Ekman's Episode 31.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – Incantations, Son of Chamber Symphony, Bells, Episode 31 – San Francisco

As always, it’s a pleasure to see the Joffrey Ballet, especially since 2007 when artistic director Ashley Wheater assumed his post and began a terrific revival of the company…

Gillian Murphy rehearsing La Bayadère.© Kate Longley. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – La Bayadère (Gillian Murphy, Kevin Jackson) – Sydney

The stars were indeed aligned when American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy arrived to guest with the Australian Ballet for two performances as the leading lady, Nikiya the temple dancer.

American Ballet Theatre in Les Sylphides.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Les Sylphides, Clear, Theme and Variations – New York

It’s good to see the company perform Sylphides again after a hiatus of eight years. The style hasn’t eroded. …The dancers believe in it.

Houston Ballet in Mark Morris's Pacific.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Houston Ballet – Pacific, Twilight, Solo, Play – New York

Houston Ballet made a quick visit to the Joyce in NY last week. Its single program included works by Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Hans van Manen and Stanton Welch – Marinna Harss reviews…

Joseph Caley and Elisha Willis in Aladdin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Aladdin – Birmingham

All up, I came out entertained and it’s a piece that will endure. And if all the company can conqueror Act 1 there will be smiling families all the way, I think – smiling at the drama and the movement.

Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels in Stanton Welch's Son of Chamber Symphony.© Herbert Migdoll. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – American Legends bill – Chicago

The second movement (of Son Of Chamber Symphony) is a sumptuous duet, performed by Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels, an on-stage pair made in heaven.

Junna Ige and Maykel Solas in Don Quixote.© Robert Shomler. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – Gala Performance – San Jose

…I’m not certain in which direction the company is headed. There is so much potential to be realised that it would be disappointing to see it ebb away.

HK Ballet in Castrati.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – An International Celebration of Ballet – Hong Kong

Hong Kong Ballet presented a diverse and well-balanced mixed programme in early November, consisting of two premieres and a revival of a major work.

Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones in Dyad 1929 (Infinity mixed bill). © Lisa Tomasetti. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Infinity Mixed Bill & Swan Lake – New York

How can a company make good impression with just a few performances of one or two programs? The pieces have to be representative, interesting, and show the company in a the best possible light. It’s not easy, as the recent Lincoln Center performances of Australian Ballet have shown.

Stanton Welch. © Pam Francis.

Stanton Welch – Houston Ballet – Artistic Director

And I also love the fact that the city built this huge building to recognize classical ballet. Here in Texas we have the biggest monument to classical ballet in North America. That’s very cool. It was funded completely by private giving — from people who love the art, people who love classical ballet. That’s so exciting!

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