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Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball in Joshua Beamish's Burrow.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015 – London

This year‘s highlight was an exuberant piece from Marcelino Sambé which provided a lively closer to an otherwise rather downbeat programme.

Marcellino Sambe's Dez Days (in front: Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Luca Acri, Maria Barroso).© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet – Draft Works 2015

Draft Works 2015 features pieces by Joshua Beamish, Valentino Zucchetti, Sander Blommaert, Erico Montes & Marcelino Sambe. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Marianela Núñez in Swan Lake.© ROH, Alice Pennefather.

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

It is somewhat extraordinary that Anthony Dowell’s staging of Swan Lake is almost thirty years old, given the amount of reservations and mixed feelings it still elicits.

Sarah Lamb in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Swan Lake (Lamb / Acosta)

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Onegin – London

…Onegin remains a sparkling example of what a narrative ballet is and ought to be.

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2014 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2014 took place today in London at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Onegin (Soares / Nunez)

The opening night bill of Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez captured in reherasal by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Thiago Soares.© Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Thiago Soares – Royal Ballet Principal, on Onegin

On the eve of opening the latest Royal Ballet season of ‘Onegin’ Thiago Soares talks about one of his most inspirational roles, and a few other things too…

Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in rehersals for An American in Paris.© Matt Trent Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Wheeldon – An American in Paris – Paris

As in his narrative ballets, Wheeldon crams in too many ideas. What he does supremely well is to convey emotions beyond words in his pas de deux and solos.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Tommy Franzen and Duwane Taylor in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation Dance Company – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

…a show that is all about simply feeling good and being part of an event rather than just a spectator.

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

Vadim Muntagirov, making his debut as Jack, is any girl’s dream of a dancing partner.

Sarah Lamb and Ricardo Cervera in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in the lead. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – London

Royal Ballet Don Quixote London, Royal Opera House 25 November 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.roh.org.uk New directors of old ballets are often tempted to make them relevant to today by…

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Thomas Whitehead and Kristen McNally in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Don Quixote

Gallery by Dave Morgan… the cast is led by Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta,

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Dance Proms 2014 – Royal Albert Hall, London

I’ve never been to Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall before. Which is amazing given it has a cast of over 400 dancers, has been running since 2011 and, as I discovered, is such an uplifting and feel-good affair.

Mad Hatters Dance Off with Steven McRae, Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet and Turbo from ZooNation.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Mad Hatters Dance Off – Royal Ballet vs ZooNation

The Mad Hatter from The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a dance-off against The Mad Hatter from ZooNation’s brand new hip-hop dance show The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Edward Watson, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Alexander Campbell in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ceremony of Innocence, The Age of Anxiety, Aeternum – London

The programme was so underwhelming that I went twice in succession, to see whether alternative casts could make a difference.

Tristan Dyer, Laura Morera, Bennet Gartside and Steven McRae in Liam Scarlett's The Age of Anxiety.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Ceremony of Innocence and The Age of Anxiety

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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