"Tchaikovsky" tag
Ashley Ellis and Eris Nezha in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Swan Lake – Boston

At my first performance, Ashley Ellis was a first-rate Odette/Odile, giving a nearly flawless performance. (I’m assuming that flawless performances transpire only in Heaven or some other extraterrestial locale.)

Tiler Peck in Theme and Variations.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tchaikovsky & Balanchine, Stravinsky & Balanchine bills – New York

One cannot help but be amazed by the number of exceptional women in the company, and by how differently they approach the steps, the music and the temperament of each ballet.

Marie Lindqvist and Arsen Mehrabyan (Mother, Father) in Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Swedish Ballet – Juliet & Romeo – London

Ek’s choreography, for both groups and individuals, is animated and detailed.

San Francisco Ballet in Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Caprice, Hummingbird, Symphonic Dances – Paris

Audience applause during the evening recognised that Scarlett’s Hummingbird was the starry centrepiece of the three Paris premieres.

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.

Vladimir Shishov and Jurgita Dronina as Prince Florimund and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.© Francesco Squeglia. (Click image for larger version)

Rome Opera Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – Rome

Finding myself in Rome for a few weeks, I decided to test the local waters and was happy to discover that the Rome Opera Ballet was performing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, with several casts. I chose a cast almost at random…

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in Rubies, © The George Balanchine Trust.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version

Boston Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – Boston

To close its 50th anniversary season Boston Ballet mounted a splendid production of Balanchine’s 1967 masterpiece Jewels.

Malandain Ballet Biarritz in Magifique.© Stas Levshin. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet’s Tribute to Hans van Manen & Malandain Ballet Biarritz in Magifique – Dance Open Festival in St Petersburg

The 13th Dance Open Festival invited two European and very differently styled neo-classical-cum-modern companies – Malandain Ballet Biarritz and Dutch National Ballet – to perform as part of their celebrations in St. Petersburg.

Sergei Polunin.© Bryan Adams. (Click image for larger version)

The 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN – 23-28 April 2014, St. Petersburg

The Festival is held from April 23 to April 28, 2014 on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Petersburg. The main focus of the 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN, which performances will be held on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, is on original contemporary choreography.

Maria Kowroski in George Balanchine's Diamonds from Jewels.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

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

In many ways, Jewels is Balanchine’s choreographic résumé – a retrospective and a vivid showcase of his aesthetics and creative genius…

Boris Eifman.© Eifman Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Boris Eifman – Artistic Director, Eifman Ballet

Graham Watts met up with the choreographer on a recent visit to St Petersburg to discuss his career and to ask what London audiences might expect from Rodin…

Isabela Coracy in A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Limbo, Two of a Kind – London

Now in its thirteenth year, Ballet Black’s specialness is not the colour of its performers’ skin but the quality and quantity of the works its director, Cassa Pancho, commissions: over 30 new ballets to date. Where else could ballet dancers experience such a cornucopia of creativity?

Janie Taylor and Sebastien Marcovici in Balanchine's La Valse.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Acheron, Afternoon of a Faun, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, La Valse – New York

George Balanchine’s favorite composers may have been Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, but it’s no secret that he also had an affinity for France and its music…

Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© V Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

The formula for the success of the Mariinsky’s Swan Lake is simple. The love story between a beautiful young woman turned into a swan and a prince is told in a direct, traditional manner. There is no symbolism or hidden meaning here, no exaggeration or melodrama.

The Snowflakes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

The Nutcracker – from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – New York

So far this season I’ve seen three “traditional” Nutcrackers: Ratmansky’s version for American Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland’s, and the familiar and much-loved 1954 staging by George Balanchine for New York City Ballet. All three have their charms…

The hunter (Derrick Arthur) and his prey (Daniel Pettrow) in Peter and the Wolf.© Jacklyn Meduga. (Click image for larger version)

John Heginbotham and Isaac Mizrahi – Peter and the Wolf – New York

What made this Peter so right-feeling was that all elements of the show — storytelling, music, stage action — were so well integrated.

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Company XIV – Nutcracker Rouge – New York

If you think about it, Nutcracker lends itself quite naturally to an erotic treatment. Coming of age story, voyage of discovery, fantasy playground filled with tantalizing delights

Ballet San Jose flyer for the 2013 Benefit Gala.© Ballet San Jose. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – 2013 Benefit Gala – San Jose

This was an evening not to be missed. Newly appointed Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, made sure that the quality of the eighteen guest artists for Ballet San Jose’s Gala Performance would tantalise even the most skeptical dance fan.

Poster image for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.© Image by Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – Washington

Throughout the piece, Bourne’s choreography is highly theatrical and vigorous but only intermittently compelling …the chief pleasure of the evening was the highly-spirited and convincing performance of the entire cast.

Michael Cook and Natalia Magnicaballi in Duo Concertant.© Linda Spillers. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Pas de Dix, Duo Concertant, Tempo di Valse, Agon – Washington

…offered a perfect Balanchine sampler, bringing together an assortment of ballets, full of unexpected juxtapositions, from very different periods of the choreographer’s long career.

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