"The Great Gatsby" tag
Tobias Batley in Jonathan Watkins' 1984.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – 1984 – London

★★★★✰   …an excellent reminder of how enduring Orwell’s work is, and how powerful a channel ballet can be for complex human emotions like distrust and defeat.

Tobias Batley as Gatsby, Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Guiliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby.© E. Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – London

David Nixon must be able to lay claim to being the most prolific creator of full-length narrative ballets at work today…

Javier Torres and Dreda Blow in The Great Gatsby.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Northern Ballet in The Great Gatsby

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Septime Webre.© Dean Alexander, courtesy The Washington Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Septime Webre – Artistic Director, Washington Ballet

We catch up with Septime Webre, choreographer and artistic director of Washington Ballet. So what makes him get up in the morning? Oksana Khadarina finds out…

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.

Sona Kharatian and Jared Nelson in Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises.© Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises – Washington

…Webre saves the best for last. …watching the bare-knuckle boxing brawl in the end of the ballet, instigated by the disgruntled Robert Cohn, is worth the price of admission alone.

Tobias Batley (Jay Gatsby) and Martha Leebolt (Daisy Buchanan) in The Great Gatsby.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – London

The ballet succeeds most in its incidental scenes – though everything is presented fortissimo. Most clever is the way in which Nixon depicts Myrtle and George Wilson …The performances of Benjamin Mitchell and Victoria Sibson were the strongest of the evening.

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