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Natalia Osipova and Vadim Muntagirov in La Bayadère.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Bayadère – London

★★★★✰   In the past, the Royal Ballet’s version, last performed five years ago, has sometimes seemed insubstantial. Not so this time, with a luxury cast in full dramatic mode: Vadim Muntagirov, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova and Gary Avis…

News – Royal Ballet Promotions, Joiners and Leavers, 2017/18 Season

Hightlight – Yasmine Nagdhi promoted to Principal dancer. Full press release with all Promotions, Joiners and Leavers

Osbert Lancaster's front screen for Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Fille mal gardée – London

★★★★✰   Early arrivals for the opening night of the Royal Ballet’s autumn season could watch Peregrine the pony being escorted to the stage door in readiness for his role in La Fille mal gardée…

Thomas Whitehead in Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Frankenstein – London

★★★✰✰   Liam Scarlett treats Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, as essentially a domestic drama.

Sarah Lamb in Giselle.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

★★★★✰ Lamb’s mad scene is all the more effective by starting as though she’s a broken porcelain doll, uncomprehending. She retreats into her herself in disbelief at Albrecht’s treachery.

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

The Royal Ballet – Don Quixote – Washington

At 42, Acosta is still a powerful presence. A much-loved artist around the world, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest male dancers of his generation.

Benjamin Ella, Tomas Mock, Kristen McNally, James Hay and Solomon Golding in Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Four Temperaments, Untouchable (Shechter premiere), Song of the Earth – London

It’s a truism that any startlingly new dance-maker without an early elite training will have based his (or her) choreography on their own physique…

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…

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,

Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela's Cassandra.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet / Ludovic Ondiviela – Cassandra – London

Ondiviela has established himself as a choreographer on a bigger scale than before, though still in need of an outside eye as he goes freelance. And he has found a future star in Olivia Cowley.

Edward Watson in Arthur Pita’s Volver, Volver.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet and other Dancers – Gala for Ghana – London

Royal Ballet and other Dancers Gala for Ghana London, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, 2 February 2012 Original programme details www.ashanti-development.org Sunday’s gala evening of music and dance raised money for the…

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Giselle, live cinema broadcast with Osipova, Acosta – London

The Royal Ballet are pushing their cinema relay performances as a way of getting ‘out there’- so what’s it like to see Osipova and Acosta out in the sticks? Margaret Willis gives her view and talks to others on the experience…

Natalia Osipova and Hikaru Kobayashi in Giselle.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Giselle – London

It looks as though Natalia Osipova is to become Sylvie Guillem’s successor at the Royal Ballet, giving her idiosyncratic interpretation of a role whether or not it aligns with the company’s existing production.

Chance to Dance young dancers in The Rite of Spring.© Sim Canetty-Clarke, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Mini-Gallery – ROH Chance to Dance pupils in The Rite of Spring

6 pictures of a unique Rite of Spring danced by thirty 9-10 year olds. Pictures by Sim Canetty-Clarke, courtesy the Royal Opera House.

Russian Ballet Icons – Nijinsky Gala – London

Though this year it was Nijinsky’s turn to be reclaimed as a Russian icon, the contents of the gala had little to do with him. Very probably the choice of items – mainly pas de deux – depended on which dancers were available to perform whatever was in their repertoire.

Marianela Nuñez & Thiago Soares in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

And in the next act she (Nunez) did just that, giving us one of the best Odiles I remember seeing. She looked as if bamboozling innocently trusting princes was her favourite thing in the world, the most fun she’d ever had…

From the Gala flyer: Kei Akahoshi in Water.© Daniel Jones. (Click image for larger version)

Ashanti Charity Gala with New Works & Dancers from RB and ENB – 30 September 2012

A Dream of Africa 2012 Gala, Sunday September 30th 2012 @ 7.30 at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS

Royal Ballet – Draft Works – London

Good to see Draft Works in the larger Linbury Theatre and as ever much fun to spot rising choreographic and dance stars closer than normal…

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