May 2012
Virginie Caussin and Sergio Diaz in Snow White. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ballet Preljocaj in Snow White

27 Pictures by Dave Morgan

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote. © Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Don Quixote – San Francisco

Kochetkova and Domitro, together and separately, dance extraordinarily well. They don’t have the elusive chemistry that she has with Boada, but they still are very much in tune with each other, both musically and artistically, and make a very satisfying partnership.

Svetlana Zakharova and Eris Nezhai in Concerto DSCH. © Rudy Amisano. (Click image for larger version)

La Scala Ballet – Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH – Milan

La Scala Ballet is often dismissed as a company without depth, a haven for international guest artists living on a steady regime of full-length ballets. And yet Makhar Vaziev, who left the Mariinsky to take the helm in Milan in 2008, has been taking on more ambitious projects, one baby step at a time…

Robert Parker in Take Five. © Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Three Short Works (with 2 premieres) – Birmingham

Good to see BRB presenting 2 premieres as part of International Dance Festival Birmingham… A good afternoon.

NIDMS Logo. © Dance UK

NIDMS – National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

What a ridiculous position we are in when 80% of professional dancers suffer an injury each year that stops them working… With so many dancers being touched by injury each year this initiative should have a profound impact on the profession and seems long overdue…

Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet Exhibition

The exhibition ‘Monica Mason: A Life With The Royal Ballet‘ opened in February, but only last week did I see it properly – at a private view, which also happily involved some speeches…

Sona Kharatian (The Queen of Hearts) in The Washington Ballet's Alice (in Wonderland). © Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Alice (in Wonderland) – Washington

With Alice, Septime Webre has a smash hit on his hands. The new ballet has broken all records for the ticket sales (all performances were sold out far in advance, including the standing tickets); and it is already the Washington Ballet’s most successful production to-date…

Diana Vishneva and Andrei Merkuriev in Subject to Change. © Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Festival – Diana Vishneva bill – St Petersburg

A highlight of the Mariinsky Festival this year was a performance dedicated to the Mariinsky prima ballerina, Diana Vishneva…

Ballet Revolucion. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Revolucion – London

The dancers and musicians of Ballet Revolución are superb and this will be a fun evening for anyone who wants to see a Now That’s What I Call Music compilation album brought to life by K-Tel in a toe-tapping cabaret dance show.

Samira Saidi. © ENBS. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – Samira Saidi is new Director (of Dance)

English National Ballet School is delighted to announce that it has appointed Samira Saidi as its new Director of Dance. Samira will be joining the school in August, following an illustrious career including twenty years dancing with Birmingham Royal Ballet and also tutor at Elmhurst School…

Ask la Cour, Rebecca Krohn, Janie Taylor and Ashley Bouder in Serenade. © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Opening Night of Spring Season – New York

It’s becoming something of a New York City Ballet tradition to start off the season with, if not a whimper, then let’s say a less-than-stellar performance. Perhaps it’s a kind of exorcism, a ritual cleansing. Maybe that’s why the gala usually takes place a few days later…

Carlos Molina in Don Quixote. © Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Don Quixote – Boston

And I’ll close with more praise of Maina Gielgud. I’ve never seen a ballet she’s set that hasn’t been absolutely first-rate. Boston Ballet has performed her Giselle for many years now and it’s easily my favorite Giselle, just as this production is now my favorite Don Quixote.

Cathy Marston. © Philipp Zinniker. (Click image for larger version)

Cathy Marston Leaving Bern Ballett

Konzert Theater Bern (previously Stadttheater Bern) announces change in artistic direction of the Dance Department – Bern Ballett. From the August 2013 there will be a new Director of Dance at Konzert Theater…

A Little Princess - the programme cover. © London Children's Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

London Children’s Ballet – A Little Princess – London

All power to LCB for doing what they do so very well and presenting young dancers in such a professional context.

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