"The Nutcracker" tag
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…

An elated Matthew Bourne and Leanne Benjamin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Awards 2013 – Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne’s citations for outstanding achievement in dance

At Monday’s National Dance Awards two de Valois awards were given for outstanding achievement in dance. Here are Graham Watts citations for Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne, as given on the day.

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…

Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov in The Nutcracker.© Caroline Holden. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

Despite the frequency with which the work is performed, the company manage to retain a warmth and freshness in their presentation of it.

Sophie Martin and Constant Vigier in Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Hansel and Gretel (premiere) – Glasgow

Christopher Hampson’s production, set to Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera score, dances round traditional perceptions of good and evil, raising sinister notions about the invisibility of danger lurking in the real world.

Shiori Kase and Nathan Young in The Nutcracker.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

The Snowflakes in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

Another December, another Royal Ballet Nutcracker: anything new to report? Not much, no. And for once that’s probably the answer most people are hoping to hear…

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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

Lauren Cuthbertson and Cory Stearns in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan – Lauren Cuthbertson and Cory Stearns casting.

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan in Swan Lake.© Marina Panova. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan – Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet – Guildford

As its whistle-stop tour drew to its final week, the Russian State Ballet settled down for three consecutive days at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan in The Nutcracker.© Marina Panova. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Astrakhan – The Nutcracker – Dorking

The fact that the company’s 30-piece orchestra was there accompanying the dancers helped elevate the atmosphere to something special.

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.

Staatsballett Berlin in The Nutcracker.© Bettina Stoess. (Click image for larger version)

Staatsballett Berlin – The Nutcracker (premiere) – Berlin

Christmas is nearly here and Staatsballett Berlin are celebrating early with a brand new Nutcracker. Margaret Willis visits Berlin for us…

San Francisco Ballet in Morris' Beaux.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – From Foreign Lands, Beaux, Classical Symphony and Symphonic Dances – New York

In its second mixed bill here in New York, San Francisco Ballet once again impressed with its vitality and the depth of its bench, as well as with its pleasantly unified look.

Susan Jones.© Sarah Sterner. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Jones – Ballet Mistress, American Ballet Theatre

My father asked my original teacher in Rockville, Ms. Hood, whether it was viable for me to become a dancer, and she said she thought I could, even though I wasn’t blessed with beautiful legs and feet. But I had a lot of other assets…

Michaela DePrince.© Jade Young.

Michaela DePrince – Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet

An interview with Michaela DePrince ex Dance Theatre of Harlem and now with the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet. Marina Harss talks to her about life and motivations and, inevitably, about DePrince often being a different colour to most other dancers on ballet stages and the issues around that…

Megan Fairchild and Taylor Stanley in Peter Martins' Jeu de Cartes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tradition and Innovation & Just for Fun bills – New York

Jeu de Cartes, by Peter Martins, is jaunty and busy, a cross between the pas de deux in Balanchine’s Rubies, the trios in Danses Concertantes, and the non-stop action of Martins’ Fearful Symmetries….

Jeffrey Cirio in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Chroma, Serenade, Symphony in C – Boston

Chroma: Perhaps it’s meant as a kind of sherbet to clear the palate between the Balanchine pieces… In short, I found the ballet dazzling but soulless.

Dance Theatre of Harlem in Return.© Matthew Murphy. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Theatre of Harlem – April 2013 Revival bill – New York

Johnson has a challenge on her hands. So much potential and so much talent; but what is the mission?

Maria Kochetkova in Cranko's Onegin.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Onegin (3 casts) – San Francisco

I first saw Onegin with Marcia Haydée and Richard Cragun when the Stuttgart Ballett made its New York debut in 1969. So when San Francisco Ballet premiered it in the 2011-12 season I was happy to meet an old acquaintance again.

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