"Washington" tag
Anastasia Matvienko in The Little Humpbacked Horse.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Little Humpbacked Horse – Washington

★★★★✰   Who knew the Mariinsky dancers are a group of profoundly entertaining comedians?

American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – Washington

★★★★✰   Making her debut in the role of Odette/Odile 28-year-old soloist Devon Teuscher emerged as a shining star in American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center Opera House last week.

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh in Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Cinderella – Washington

★★★✰✰   Yet for all its narrative surprises and witty designs, this Cinderella is a curiously underwhelming work when it comes to the choreography.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Danses Concertantes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Danses Concertantes, Gounod Symphony, Stars and Stripes – Washington

★★★★✰   Watching this immensely entertaining program one realizes that even a minor Balanchine ballet is still a great ballet.

Julie Kent and Washington Ballet.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

The Washington Ballet – 40th Anniversary Celebration – Washington

★★★✰✰   “Hi! I am Julie Kent, artistic director of the Washington Ballet.” Looking ravishing in her long strapless slivery-white gown, her hair immaculately styled, the new director of the Washington Ballet introduced herself to the audience of the fully-packed Eisenhower Theater…

Mariko Kida and Anthony Lomuljo in Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo.© Gert Weigelt. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Swedish Ballet – Juliet and Romeo – Washington

★★★✰✰   The production nevertheless intrigues the eye and is fueled by the exceptional dancing of the company’s talented and dedicated dancers.

Brooklyn Mack and Venus Villa in Hamlet.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Hamlet – Washington

★★✰✰✰   There is, however, one undeniably compelling personage in this somewhat flat production of Hamlet – the quiet and fragile Ophelia, as portrayed by Venus Villa…

Amar Ramasar and NYCB in Justin Peck’s The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Works By Balanchine, Martins, Peck and Wheeldon – Washington

★★★✰✰ The first of two mixed programs that New York City Ballet presented at the Kennedy Center Opera House in March offered a wide variety of works…

Washington Ballet in Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Media 4 Artists - Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – PRISM, State of Wonder, and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated – Washington

★★★✰✰ All the pieces on the program were united by a common thread – the athleticism, authority and technical prowess of the company’s dancers…

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…

Isabella Boylston in The Sleeping Beauty.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Sleeping Beauty – Washington

★★★★✰ “Ratmansky’s new staging is a Beauty like you have never seen before: it uncovers the original ballet’s genuine beauty, which faded over the years under the clutter of modern revisions.”

Harrison James, Hannah Fischer and Piotr Stanczyk in The Winter's Tale.© Karolina Kuras, courtesy NBoC. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – Washington

★★★★✰ Despite the monumental levels of snow in Washington nothing was going to stop Oksana Khadarina from seeing the National Ballet of Canada in Christopher Wheeldon’s “The Winter’s Tale”. And in two casts as well…

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”…

Violeta Angelova and Kirk Henning in the Scene d’amour from Romeo and Juliet, choreography by Maurice Bejart.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Emeralds – Washington

Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s new program, “Balanchine, Béjart, and the Bard,” presented at the Kennedy Center Opera House at the end of October, was dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It offered an appealing mix of four ballets

Suzanne Farrell.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Suzanne Farrell – Artistic Director

We talk to Farrell about her summer program, her approach to teaching aspiring ballet dancers, her studies and work with George Balanchine and also about her her company and its new season at the Kennedy Center, which runs 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015.

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.

Eifman Ballet in Boris Eifman's Rodin.© Souheil Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Rodin – Washington

“People say I think too much about women; yet, after all, what is there more important to think about?” So mused Auguste Rodin…

Eve Mutso as Blanche DuBois with Company dancers in Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire – Washington

This smartly-conceived and expertly-developed translation of prose to movement was a result of an artistic partnership between film and theater director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, well-known in Washington for her collaboration with the Washington Ballet.

NYCB in Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Symphonic Dances, Pictures at an Exhibition, This Bitter Earth, Everywhere We Go – Washington

New York City Ballet’s second bill in Washington was all about 21st-Century Choreographers, with works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck and Peter Martins.

Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in Swan Lake.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

This handsomely-crafted and well-danced Swan Lake marked an important milestone for the Washington Ballet and proved a huge achievement for its artistic director Septime Webre.

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