December 2015
Lauren King and New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Nutcracker – New York

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker… has been described as a “symphony of childhood”; it is that, and more.

Yasmine Naghdi in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan… in the leads are Iana Salenko and Steven McRae.

Svetlana Zakharova and Edvin Revazov in Lady of the Camellias.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Lady of the Camellias – live cinema screening

Dance on film is a tricky thing. On the one hand it provides a unique opportunity to see dance up close and to see foreign repertoires and artists; on the other, it lacks the intangible live chemistry that can electrify an opera house.

Ashley Shaw in Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims in Alvin Ailey's Revelations.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Toccata, After the Rain pdd, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Every fall, just after Thanksgiving, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater sets up shop at City Center, as sure a sign of the season as Christmas carols at the grocery store.

Megan Wright in Mainframe.© Benjamin Hersh. (Click image for larger version)

Katharine Hawthorne – Mainframe – San Francisco

Vintage Macintosh computers play a central role in Mainframe, a new evening-length dance-theater work by San Francisco choreographer Katherine Hawthorne.

Shelly Watson and Laura Careless in Nutcracker Rouge.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Nutcracker Rouge – New York

There are many alternative Nutcrackers out there, but hands down, Nutcracker Rouge has got to be one of the all-time best.

Leila McMillan's Family Portrait.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Leila McMillan’s Wild Card curated evening: this way, that way

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Emilia Gisladdottir in Carmen.© Jesus Vallinas. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Spain – Carmen – Cannes

More from the Cannes Dance Festival and director Brigitte Lefèvre definitely kept the best for the last night with Johan Inger’s full-length production of Carmen performed by the National Ballet of Spain…

Souleymane Badolo in Yimbégré.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Souleymane Badolo – Yimbégré – New York

What constitutes an African dance? What meaning lies behind the steps? Souleymane Badolo, born and trained in Burkina Faso and a resident of Brooklyn since 2009, has been exploring this question for years…

Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance.© Brian Doherty for Rapa Investments. (Click image for larger version)

Michael Flatley – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – New York

Somewhere between Liberace and James Brown, there exists an entity otherwise known as Michael Flatley. His flamboyance – the blousy, satin shirts, the glittering jackets – knows no bounds, nor does his insistent, swaggering virility.

Cannes Dance Festival – Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse: The Beast and Beauty, Lyon Opera Ballet: Kylian bill – Cannes

For the festival Brigitte Lefèvre chose an eclectic mixture of popular and audacious programmes from twelve different companies – mainly regional French companies… some smaller independent groups and international companies from Korea, Argentina and Spain.

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