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Joshua Thake.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Programme A, Swan Lake bill – London

★★★★★   The Trocks’ version of Swan Lake (or Lac, as it used to be known) restores some Soviet era removals. Benno, the hero’s best friend and supporter, is back, as are mime sequences, mostly mystifying the participants…

Raffaele Morra.© Zoran Jelenic. (Click image for larger version)

Raffaele Morra – Ballet Master and Rehearsal Director, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Next month – September – The Trocks open their 2018 UK tour which runs through to November and covers many towns and cities across the land. A good primer on all things Trockadero as Diane Parkes speaks to Raffaele Morra, whose been with the company these last 17 years…

Devon Teuscher in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

★★★★✰   Devon Teuscher has done her time, and the results are breathtaking…

Mikko Lampinen, Eero Vesterinen, Oskari Nyyssola and David Scarantinos in Morphed.© Darya Popova, courtesy Tero Saarinen Company. (Click image for larger version)

Catching up with Morphed – Tero Saarinen Soul Shifting in New York

Some dance can be really thought provoking and that seems to have been the case with Tero Saarinen’s “Morphed” – at least for Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer who recently caught up with the work at the Joyce in New York.

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2016 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2016 were presented today at a ceremony in London, hosted by Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the creative team behind the highly successful dance company, Boy Blue Entertainment.

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

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

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – London & UK Tour Bills – London

So a tip to the wise up front – see them in London while you can or catch them on their subsequent UK tour….

Robert Carter as Olga Supphozova in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Don Quixote

The Trocks (Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo) programme 2 opens shortly at London’s Peacock and Dave Morgan was at the photocall for us when they ran their Don Quixote…

Chase Johnsey and Giovanni Goffredo, as Yekaterina Verbosovich and Sergey Legupski, in Paquita.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Paquita and The Dying Swan

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Shevelle Dynott and Nancy Osbaldeston in Petrushka.© Dave Morgan (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev – London

The Tribute bill is a well-chosen one… The season has been so short that the dancers haven’t had time to grow into their roles. They look as though they’re remembering instructions rather than relishing the ballets.

Robert Carter at work.© Sascha Vaughan. (Click image for larger version)

Why it’s HOT to TROCK – 5 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo ballerinas reveal all

On the eve of a UK tour 5 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo ballerinas reveal all…

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Swan Lake.© Sascha Vaughan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Program A, Laurencia Mixed bill – New York

…it’s that ambiguity in their performances — the tension between seriousness and satire — that makes the company such a joy to watch.

Baltic Dance Theater in Jiri Kylian's No More Play.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Kylian/Weiss bill: Windows, No More Play, Six Dances – Gdansk

It is refreshing to see Jiri Kylian’s repertoire performed by a mostly modern company, and the two works of his that completed the programme were danced with an encouraging sense of theatrical flair.

Trocks in Walpurgisnacht.© Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) – Mixed bill (very) – Paris

The Cuban schooling of Hopuy is impressive and his variation was expertly danced, including the trademark Cuban flicking over of the take-off leg in a jeté en tournant…

Matthew Lawrence Blog – The Brand: Ballet. What Does This Invoke?

Take a test group of regular ‘Brits’ and show them a card with an apple computer emblem and, like a psychologist delving deep into their subconscious, ask them what comes to mind; Steve Jobs, iphone, ipad, creative, successful – they’d probably say. Now flash a card with ‘Ballet’ written on it.

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