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Anastasia Turchina in Don Quixote.© Marina Vatanskaya, Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan – Don Quixote – Guildford

The company, based on the shores of the Caspian Sea, successfully toured the UK in 2013 and has returned again with 37 (from its full company of 65) dancers, offering the popular favourites including its latest “Don Quixote”, which made for a most enjoyable evening.

Simone Damberg Wurtz and Miguel Altunaga in Kim Brandstrup's Transfigured Night.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Transfigured Night, Frames, Rooster – Birmingham

Transfigured Night is a piece I could watch many times and find new things in…

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2015 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards,

David Drew in his later years - here as the Duke of Courland in Giselle.© John Ross, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: David Drew, Royal Ballet Principal, with the company 56 years

David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russees – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today.

Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton in Swan Lake.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Opening night cast of Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton reviewed + some thoughts on Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence…

Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence in Swan Lake.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake (Mathews and Lawrence) – Birmingham

Some partnership work because the dancers are so different and others, as here, work because they share a style and approach – unaffected, nuanced, true and richly musical.

Sara Mearns in Peter Martins' Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

Martins’ Swan Lake tries to be too many things to too many people.

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – London & UK Tour Bills – London

So a tip to the wise up front – see them in London while you can or catch them on their subsequent UK tour….

Matt Donnelly, Lana Jones and Lisa Bolte in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty.© Kate Longley. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – Melbourne

With a feast of baroque extravagance that would please the Sun King himself David McAllister’s new Sleeping Beauty for the Australian Ballet is destined for a long life in the company’s repertoire.

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…

Irina Kolesnikova in La Bayadere.© Konstanin Tachkin. (Click image for larger version)

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre – La Bayadere – London

I’m rather conflicted about the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) La Bayadere. On the one hand I recognise some great dancers and dancing when I see it and on the other hand none of it really added up to create a truly satisfying whole.

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

St Peterburg Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – London

Kolesnikova supplies such poetry and ardour in her finely judged delivery of the role that it is definitely worth seeing for that alone…

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…

Irina Kolesnikova in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – St Peterburg Ballet Theatre, with Irina Kolesnikova, in Swan Lake

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Zenaida Yanowsky.© Rob Moore, ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Zenaida Yanowsky – Principal, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet’s Zenaida Yanowsky talks about her long career and also about the joys of working with Carlos Acosta – part of which is appearing with him in ‘Cubania’ this summer…

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.

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Dance at Latitude Festival 2015 – Who’s Who

July has just arrived and with it comes Latitude, the annual music and arts festival at Henham Park in Southwold – you might know it as ‘the one with the techni-coloured sheep’…

Misty Copeland in Swan Lake.© Darren Thomas, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake (Copeland/Whiteside) – New York

Copeland has earned her place center-stage, and it seems more likely than ever that she will be promoted to principal.

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Marcelo Gomes – Principal Dancer and Choreographer, on London’s Ardani Gala and The Car Man

Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theatre’s much-admired star is about to be busy on other things and in London too. He’ll be staring in The Car Men but first we see him dance in his own choreography at the Ardani Gala 17/18 July. 5 Questions to him…

Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi in Romeo and Juliet.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet (Copeland/Hammoudi) – New York

The million-dollar question for any dancer on the cusp is this: can they carry an evening-length story ballet? The answer, on the evidence of Copeland’s début in Romeo and Juliet, is yes.

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