October 2012
Scottish Ballet in William Forsythe's Workwithinwork.© Jim Markland, James Rowbotham Dance Photography.

Gallery – Scottish Ballet in Forsythe, Lawrance and van Manen triple bill

27 Pictures by Jim Markland, James Rowbotham Dance Photography

Rita Donahue and Mikhail Baryshnikov in A Wooden Tree.© Tim Summers. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group — Canonic ¾ Studies, A Wooden Tree, Silhouettes, Grand Duo — Sarasota

What was curious about A Wooden Tree is that it did not include much dancing in the traditional sense. It was as if Morris had decided to do an experiment: to make a dance with as little dancing as possible, practically a pantomime.

Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton in Swan Lake.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake (Gittens debut) – Birmingham

Anyway I’d never dream of missing a BRB Lac and usually get up to Birmingham for a matinee – and this time luckily to see Celine Gittens debut as Odette/Odile. There was a lot of hubbub around the performance…

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…

DVD cover.© Dancetime Publications. (Click image for larger version)

DVD – German Lineage in Modern Dance

This is not a DVD for casual enjoyment but it is a must-buy for anyone enthused by dance tradition and culture, students and teachers of contemporary dance and anyone with a strong academic interest…

Jonathan Powell and Terez Dean performing Adam Hougland's Cold Virtues.© Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Starshadows, No Vivire, Homeless, Cold Virtues, Oh Inverted World – San Francisco

I believe that the current dancers have greater technical proficiency and more years of stage experience than previous members , and with those elements, Ballet Master Amy London’s avid quest toward perfection can finally be realised.

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Karen Napier Announced As Chief Executive of English National Ballet

English National Ballet today announced the appointment of Karen Napier as Chief Executive, commencing 1 February, 2013. Karen is currently Associate Dean, Advancement, at London Business School.

Nancy Nerantzi and Liam Riddick in Martin Lawrence's Madcap.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Shimmer, Madcap, Darknesse Visible, Isthmus – London

Alston is going to develop Isthmus, thank goodness, as soon as he has the opportunity – it’s a stunner.

Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani & Thomas Whitehead in Swan Lake Mazurka.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Swan Lake

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Ashley Bouder in Year of the Rabbit.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Two Hearts, Year of the Rabbit, Les Carillons – New York

There should be more nights like this at New York City Ballet.

Cindy Jourdain and Arionel Varga in Love Tomorrow poster.© Minyahil K Giorgis. (Click image for larger version)

Film – Love Tomorrow – Raindance Film Festival winner

There is no attempt to make this a ‘ballet’ film with all the strange rituals and physical training normally attached to the art. There are short dance sequences: a bit of salsa in a Cuban bar…

Rambert Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin, joined by former Artistic Directors or their representatives, to bury time capsule at Rambert’s new headquarters on the South Bank. Back L-R: Tim Ellis, Mark Baldwin – Artistic Director, John Chesworth, Christopher Bruce, Val Bourne, Robert North and Richard Alston. Front L-R: Matilda Ellis and Prue Skene.© Simon Weir. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert Dance Company Celebrates New Home with Time Capsule

It’s finally happening: Rambert Dance company’s new headquarters on the South Bank is under way, its foundations well and truly sunk. Before the next phase of building goes ahead above ground, a time capsule in a stainless steel tube was buried in concrete

Lauren Cuthbertson & Nehemiah Kish at a La Valse curtain call as part of the Royal Ballet Tribute to Alicia Alonso, 15 October 2010. (more pictures)© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

London Children’s Ballet Masterclass with Lauren Cuthbertson

In the intimate setting of the Linbury Studio Theatre, Lauren was joined by fellow principal, Nehemiah Kish, for an exclusive Masterclass called “The progression of the pas de deux”. Captivating all with her wit and warmth…

Hee Seo (Giselle) & Cory Stearns (Albrecht) in Giselle.© Sunkyung Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – American Ballet Theatre in Giselle

30 pictures by Sunkyung Jang

Special programme cover - Thomas Lund and Gudrun Bojesen in La Sylphide.© Huset Mydtskov. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Thomas Lund’s farewell: The Lesson/La Sylphide – Copenhagen

Several times during the evening I wondered how much anyone who happened never to have seen Lund before would have understood about him from this performance. They would have learnt about his peerless Bournonville technique, and about his ability to get under the skin of the character he’s playing…

Shantala Shivalingappa in Shiva Ganga.© C. P. Satyajit. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 4: Shivalingappa, PNWB, Melnick, Ka Leo O Laka – New York

Every Fall For Dance program is a bit of a pot luck, which is part of the festival’s charm. This year it has been expanded to twelve of performances (each costing $15, up from $10 last year)…

Royal New Zealand Ballet 2013 line-up revealed

Award-winning international and local choreographers, an icon of New Zealand dance, a collaboration with Te Radar, a tour of heartland NZ, and a five city tour to China make up the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2013 programme: a year-long celebration of the RNZB’s 60th birthday.

Nathan Goodman in Martin Lawrence's Madcap.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Richard Alston Dance Company in Madcap and Darknesse Visible

27 pictures by Dave Morgan…

City Contemporary Dance Company in Fighter.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

City Contemporary Dance Company – Stripteaser 2012: dance meets fashion – Hong Kong

City Contemporary Dance Company’s Stripteaser 2012 offers four short works created by different choreographers, each working with – and supposedly drawing inspiration from – a local fashion designer.

Poster for Romeo and Juliet.© Bermuda Civic Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Bermuda Civic Ballet and its 40th Anniversary Romeo and Juliet

There couldn’t have been a better setting for this Bermudian Romeo and Juliet. It was dramatically and effectively staged, using the different heights of the ramparts of Fort Hamilton overlooking the harbour with a natural backdrop of stars and crescent moon.

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