April 2013
Hofesh Shechter Company in Uprising.© Andrew Lang, 2007. (Click image for larger version)

Hofesh Shechter Company — Uprising & The Art of Not Looking Back – London

Each revisiting seems to offer up more than the sum of its parts, giving these former works a new and exciting lease of life

Eastman and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Puz/zle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Eastman & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Puz/zle – London

This run is very brief. Let’s hope it returns.

Souleymane Badolo in Barack.© Ian Douglas. (Click image for larger version)

Souleymane Badolo – Boom!, Barack, Buudou, Badoo, Badolo – New York

He dances with his whole body, his head, his feet, his back, his chest, even the tips of his fingers. His movements are full of detail and texture and sensuality, peppered with sudden changes of tempo and force..

Fumi Kaneko and Sander Blommaert in Mayuri Boonham's Vāc II.© ROH / Andrej Uspenski, 2013. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Draft Works, Spring 2013 – London

The most unexpectedly delightful piece for me, and one looking rounded and finished in its 10 minutes, came from Mayuri Boonham… She joined Indian and ballet traditions…

Eastman and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Puz/zle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Eastman & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Puz/zle

20 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

© English National Ballet

English National Ballet – New Choreographers and New Music – Choreographics, A Letter To…

English National Ballet dancers turn choreographers when five of them get a chance to create new works in collaboration with students from the Royal College of Music…

Book cover - Daria Klimentova: Agony and Ecstasy My Life in Dance.© Metro Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Daria Klimentova – Agony and Ecstasy: My Life in Dance

“Vadim was the first partner to make me feel like I was 16, even though I was approaching 40 when we first danced together.”

Harriet Bone, Karolina Kraczkowska and Victoria Hoyland in Riccardo Buscarini's Athletes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Place Prize 2012/13 – works by Rick Nodine, Riccardo Buscarini, Eva Recacha, h2dance – London

It’s amazing just how disparate the dance is that can make it to the Place Prize finals where 200 hopefuls were whittled down to 16 and now to 4 in the nightly finals shows which run through to the 27th April when the winner is chosen.

Sofia National Ballet in Don Quixote.© Sofia National Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Sofia National Ballet UK Tour – July 2013

The Sofia National Ballet has announced an exclusive debut UK summer tour for 2013, performing in nine venues around the country.

Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Possokhov's Francesca da Rimini.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Criss-Cross, Francesca da Rimini, Symphony in Three Movements – San Francisco

Program 7 made me think a lot about this tricky issue of programming because this bill is a weird sandwich made with a delectable gourmet filling between slices of bland Wonder bread.

Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf in The Royal Ballet's Mayerling.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Mayerling – London

Watson’s Rudolf is at the end of his tether: sex is a drug, suicide his only release. …This formidable cast will be seen in a live cinema screening from the Royal Opera House on 13 June.

Veronika Part and Roberto Bolle in Symphony #9.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Symphony in C, Moor’s Pavane, Symphony #9 – Washington

…with choreographic masterpieces by George Balanchine and José Limón and a Washington D.C. premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s new work, this ABT program was in every way a balletomane’s dream come true.

Emma-Jane Maguire (Stephanie) and Bennet Gartside (Rudolf) in Mayerling.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Mayerling

45 pictures from 2 photocalls by Dave Morgan…

Nicolas Le Riche and Tamara Rojo in Le jeune homme et la mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Ecstasy and Death bill – London

Rojo has declared that her ambition as artistic director of ENB is to make audiences hold their breath. I certainly did during Le Jeune Homme et la Mort…

Amber Hunt and James Streeter in Petite Mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet, Ecstasy and Death bill

30 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Guillaume Cote and Heather Ogden in Romeo and Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Romeo and Juliet – London

The result is oddly old-fashioned – even more so than John Cranko’s version, which the Canadians had performed since 1964.

Martha Pasakopoulou in Eva Recacha's The Wishing Well.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Place Prize for Dance 2012/13

30 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Juliet and her nurse (Lorna Gedes, Heather Ogden) in Ratmansky's Romeo & Juliet.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – National Ballet of Canada in Romeo and Juliet

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Daniela Oddi and Mlindi Kulashe in My First Cinderella.© David Jensen. (Click image for larger version)

ENB2 – My First Cinderella – London

As I say ultimately the kids on the afternoon I was there had a good old time. But I’d like to think that something where the steps assume greater significance will show little people even more of the joy of dance.

Lorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz in Caniparoli's Ibsen's House.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Raymonda Act III, Ibsen’s House, Symphonic Dances – San Francisco

The highlight of the program is Lorena Feijóo’s return to the stage in more than one ballet during the evening. After being out on maternity leave for a year …is dancing better than ever.

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