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Diana Vishneva in Carmen Suite.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Carmen Suite, Infra, Grand Pas from Paquita – London

★★★✰✰   When Maya Plisetskaya commissioned a Carmen-based ballet from Alberto Alonso, co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, she wanted to shake up Soviet ballet conventions…

Ivan Vassiliev and Kristina Kretova in Sceherazade.© Marc Haegeman. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala – In the steps of the Ballets Russes – London

★★★★✰   The long gala (three and a half hours with one interval) was well organised, with no speeches and no protracted curtain calls.

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in La Belle.© Alice Blangero. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – La Belle – Monte-Carlo

★★★★✰   Maillot has succeeded in giving perhaps the most authentic retelling of Perrault’s story in dance with his tale of love overcoming the darkest evil…

Aleksandra Mijalkova (Cleopatra), Vasil Chichiashvili (Cesar) and Boban Kovachevski (Mark Antony) in Cleopatra.© Macedonian Opera and Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Macedonian Ballet – Cleopatra in rehearsal – Skopje

How do you review a world premiere that you have spent seven hours flying to, and then find that it has been postponed until you are back home after another eight hours of travel?

Ivan Vasiliev, Alexander Omar and Ekaterina Borchenko in Le Corsaire.© Doug Gifford. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Le Corsaire – Costa Mesa

★★★★✰   On Saturday, Nov. 19, at Segerstrom Hall, Southern California audiences experienced our era’s ultimate executor of Le Corsaire’s balletic thrills, Ivan Vasiliev…

Poster for the film Dancer staring Sergei Polunin.© West End Films. (Click image for larger version)

Film: “Dancer” – Sergei Polunin documentary

“Dancer” has been given a few screenings in London, most recently as part of the BFI London Film Festival, with Polunin and the director, Steven Cantor, in attendance for Q&A sessions…

Oxana Skorik in Raymonda.© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Raymonda – Washington

The Mariinsky Ballet brought Raymonda to Washington where Oksana Khadarina saw the opening night and gave it ★★★. A night later the performance got ★★★★ – different ballerinas, different result…

Cover of the Dance Open 2015 Gala programme.© Dance Open. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival 2015 Dance Open and Tsiskaridze at the Vaganova Academy – St Petersburg

Margaret Willis has just been in St. Petersburg, catching up with the Dance Open Festival and also visiting the Vaganova Academy where she had some words with director Nikolai Tsiskaridze…

Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake, Stepanova/Parish cast – London

Xander Parish, making his British debut at Saturday’s matinee, proved that he has been transformed into a true Mariinsky prince. His achievement is a reproach to the Royal Ballet, who failed to value him as a danseur noble.

Svetlana Zakharova in Swan Lake.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

It is even more disappointing that the troupe should open its run with a Swan Lake so lackluster… It’s not the dancers’ fault. At every level, the Bolshoi dancers move with thrilling force and fullness.

Perm Ballet in The Second Detail.© Anton Zavialov. (Click image for larger version)

Perm Ballet – Serenade, Concerto Barocco, The Second Detail – Paris

The Perm Ballet has become a regular fixture in France over the past six years… the company embarks every winter on a countrywide tour akin to a Ballets Russes expedition. This year, they visited 19 different venues…

Christopher Bordenave in Idan Sharabi's Spider on a Mirror.© Sandy Lee. (Click image for larger version)

Zhukov Dance Theatre – Enlight, Spider on a Mirror – San Francisco

At times the choreography doesn’t seem to fit this space… Nonetheless, the dancers do a remarkable job with what they are given.

Two Guest Artists – lana Salenko & Evgenia Obraztsova – Announced For The Royal Ballet’s Autumn Season

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, is delighted to announce that two Guest Artists will be performing with the Company this Autumn – Evgenia Obraztsova and lana Selenko

Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev together with Angelina Vorontsova and the company in The Flames of Paris.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – The Flames of Paris – St. Petersburg

There is a lack of egotism to Messerer’s work that is immensely appealing, too: unlike Nureyev or Grigorovitch, he never appears to be coercing the music or the steps into fitting his idiosyncratic vision.

Sergei Polunin and Kristina Shapran in Petit's Coppelia.© E Fetisova. (Click image for larger version)

Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet – Roland Petit’s Coppelia – London

The pleasure lies in the quality of dancing rather than interpretation. Petit was an expert at animating a stage, a musical-theatre choreographer who delivered what audiences expected…

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International Ballet Festival 2013 – Dance Open – St Petersburg

The 12th International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – was held over 4 days in St Petersburg. Margaret Willis (our Ms Expressivity) was there to report on much ballet and not a little award giving…

Valeria Martynyuk in Don Quixote.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Gala – Baden-Baden

The Mariinsky Ballet’s annual Baden-Baden tour is something of a balletomane’s winter retreat and, with mild weather to boot over Christmas, provided yet another opportunity this season to catch up with the St. Petersburg company.

Iana Salenko (with Marian Walter) in Elegie der Herzen. © Nikolai Krusser. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – St Petersburg

International Ballet Festival – Dance Open Performances: Bad Boys of Dance, Gala Tribute to Natalia Dudinskaya, Dance Open – Gala of International Ballet Stars St Petersburg, Oktyabrsky Concert Hall and others 14-16 April…

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