"The Nutcracker" tag
Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Dancers leaping downstage from left, Tori Jahn, Colleen Soltys and Alysia Chang in Graham Lustig's Nutcracker.© Dan Dion. (Click image for larger version)

Oakland Ballet Company – The Nutcracker – Oakland

★★★✰✰   Set in early-20th-century Vienna, this Nutcracker is welcoming and unpretentious, and it moves as briskly as a storybook.

Aaron Loux and Billy Smith in The Hard Nut.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – New York

★★★★✰   Few alternative takes on tradition survive this long and The Hard Nut remains as subversive as it is satisfying.

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat in Nutcracker.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Nutcracker

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Hope Boykin's r-Evolution, Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Four Corners, Untitled America, r-Evolution, Dream, Revelations – New York

★★★★✰   There is no limit to how often one can see Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece Revelations. The elation is always the same.

Reina Fuchigami, Arancha Baselga and Ruth Brill in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Lauren Cuthbertson in The Nutcracker.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★★★   The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker has undergone various changes since its gala premiere in 1984, not least in the central roles of Clara and Drosselmeyer…

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and James Hay in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Gary Harris.© Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Gary Harris on life and setting Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia for the Royal Ballet

Gary Harris has had one of the most varied ballet careers you can get… dancer, teacher, ballet master, artistic director, designer and notator. Now he’s working with the Royal Ballet to bring back Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia – Jann Parry went for a chat.

Gary Avis and Friends Flyer - 2016

The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis & Friends – Dance for Suffolk

Led by Gary Avis and a Royal Ballet all-star cast, the company will perform an especially created programme of Royal Ballet classics, hosted by BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke.

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Most Incredible Thing (premiere), Polaris, The Blue of the Distance, Common Ground, Estancia – New York

★★★✰✰ “Incredible is Peck’s first narrative, and this fact was obvious Tuesday night, particularly in the opening scenes which lacked clarity…”

Hilly Bodin as Snow White and Courtney Giannone as The Prince in Snow White.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Snow White – New York

★★★✰✰ “But it turns out that the pleasures of excess are really not enough to hold one’s interest if the underlying material is thin.”

Yakatarina Verbosovich and Chase Johnsey.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Chase Johnsey, Dancer, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Yet again the Trocks had a fabulous critical reception during their Autumn UK tour and mentioned in nearly every review was Chase Johnsey, or in Trocks speak their petite ballerina Yakatarina Verbosovich. So what makes Chase/Yakatarina tick? Time for an interview…

Lawrence Rines.© Vikki Sloviter Portrait Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Lawrence Rines – Boston Ballet, Corps de Ballet

“I feel as though now that I’m older, working smart is the best thing as a dancer and artist. It’s not about NOT trying as hard as when I was younger, but really thinking about things.”

Karen Kain.© Aleksandar Antonijevic, courtesy NBoCanada. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Karen Kain – Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada

The much admired Karen Kain has been directing the National Ballet of Canada for 10 years now – Oksana Khadarina catches up with her as the company prepare to visit Washington with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Winter’s Tale”…

Peter Todd, Sir Peter Wright, Marion Tait and Kit Holder celebrating the BRB Nutcracker's Silver Anniversary.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Celebrating the Birmingham Royal Ballet / Peter Wright Nutcracker at 25

Birmingham Royal Ballet have been celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Sir Peter Wright’s great Nutcracker production and the company’s move to Birmingham that same year.

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

San Francisco Ballet – Nutcracker – San Francisco

The first time I saw San Francisco Ballet’s current production of The Nutcracker, a little boy sitting in front of us turned to his mother and whispered, “It’s magic!” Eleven years later, to the very day, it’s still a magical experience.

Mark Morris's The Hard Nut.© Julieta Cervantes. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut – New York

As with the Balanchine version, the Hard Nut’s success is a foregone conclusion.

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet has been dancing this ever-popular Russian classic in various guises each holiday season for the past 50 years, delighting audiences and inspiring youngsters…

Alison McWhinney in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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