June 2019
A picture supplied to illustrte RBS at the Young Talent Festival - Aurora’s Wedding from the 2018 Royal Ballet School Summer Performance.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – ROH, Young Talent Festival, mixed bill – London

★★★★✰   Royal Ballet School at the ROH Young Talent Festival with a mixed bill of over 10, new and old works…

Céline Gittens and Brandon Lawrence in Sense of Time.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – [Un]leashed: Lyric Pieces, Sense of Time, Peter and the Wolf – London

★★★✰✰   Overall, invigorating; a demonstration of the company’s healthy enthusiasm for innovation and playing with the form…

Norwegian National Ballet 2 in Some See Stages.© Erik Berg. (Click image for larger version)

Norwegian National Ballet 2 – ROH, Young Talent Festival, Quint Bill – London

★★★✰✰   Norwegian National Ballet 2 at the ROH Young Talent Festival with 5 works – Departures, Valse-Fantaisie, Pas de Sept from A Folk Tale, Some See Stages, Left from Write

Natalia Osipova in The Mother.© Kenny Mathieson. (Click image for larger version)

Arthur Pita, Natalia Osipova and Jonathan Goddard – The Mother – London

★★★★✰   The Mother takes already dark source material (a Hans Christian Andersen tale) and plunges even deeper into the nightmare scenario it proposes, giving everything a convincing Russian twist along the way.

Laura Halzack and Devon Louis in Tanowitz's all at once.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Junction, all at once, Promethean Fire – New York

★★★★✰   In her ‘all at once’, Tanowitz seems to have taken Taylor’s ‘Junction’ as her starting point. Like that work, it is a paean to awkwardness…

Misty Copeland and Cory Stearns in Manon.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Manon – New York

★★★★★   As someone who cries easily, it’s a wonder that Manon remains a favorite ballet of mine… Misty Copeland and Cory Stearns were passionate and persuasive in their respective roles as Manon and Des Grieux.

Devon Teuscher in Le Corsaire.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Le Corsaire – New York

★★★★✰   Days after the performance, I cannot get James Whiteside’s Ali out of my head. Devon Teuscher’s Medora is charming and warm, pulling off triple fouettées turns and her Italian fouettées with aplomb…

Dancers Maria Bruguet González, Esme Calcutt, Tuva Svendsen and Isabella Zych-Watson in Ashley Page's Meadowdown.© Alex Fine. (Click image for larger version)

Images Ballet Company – Interplay, Mirrors, On Lineage, Meadowdown – London

★★★✰✰   Images has done an excellent job of commissioning appropriate, innovative choreographers, allowing the company to exceed their expectations…

Naulaq LeDrew and Avatara Ayuso in No Woman's Land.© Adam Dreeseen. (Click image for larger version)

AVA Dance Company – ORIGINS Festival: No Woman’s Land – London

★★★★✰   Ava Dance Company’s essay on the tribulations of the Inuit people from the northern-most reaches of Canada is appropriately a mix of dance theatre and spoken text…

Junior Ballett Zürich in Wounded.© Gregory Batardon. (Click image for larger version)

Junior Ballett Zürich – Young Talent Festival: Echo of Elements, Wounded, Submerge – London

★★★✰✰   The twelve dancers are a mix of nationalities, attractive, lively and energetic, fortunately possessing the stamina required to get through a demanding programme.

Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter in Juliet & Romeo.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Juliet & Romeo – London

★★★★✰   Juliet and Romeo is a clever work on many different levels.

Bobbi Jene Smith in Mari.© Andrew Ogilvy. (Click image for larger version)

Mari – a film by Georgia Parris, Bobbi Jene Smith and Maxine Doyle

★★★✰✰   Mari sets out to examine the complex relationship between different generations of a family and uses contemporary dance in a sort of parallel world to express an emotional history.

Company of Elders at the 2019 Elixir Extracts Festival.© Ellie Kurttz. (Click image for larger version)

Company of Elders – Dare I Speak, Natural 2019 – London

★★★★✰   Over the years that I’ve seen them, this extraordinary company of quirky individuals have become more adventurous about what they perform and flexible in how they perform…

Sayaka Ichikawa, Mthuthuzeli November, Isabela Coracy and Cira Robison in Cathy Marston’s The Suit.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – The Suit, Ingoma – London

★★★★✰   Merging these two works onto the same bill created a powerful double-header of impressive and arresting dance theatre.

Jelly at the ready for TREMBLE.© Rimbaud Patron. (Click image for larger version)

Scene on Screen: Life behind the lens at Scottish Ballet

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. This second blog is titled “Scene on Screen: Life behind the lens at Scottish Ballet”

Margot Fonteyn as Ondine, 1958.© Roger Wood, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Margot Fonteyn, A Celebration – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet did themselves a lot of good with the last new bill of the season – a one-off celebration of Margot Fonteyn. There was much to be reminded of and be proud of.

Michael Trusnovec, Heather McGinley and Maria Ambrose in Rewilding.© Whitney Browne. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Brandenburgs, Rewilding, Cascade – New York

★★★★✰   One can only wish the Paul Taylor Company well in this period of change. The dancers, new and old, perform with a warmth and openness that is rare.

Kenneth Tindall© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Catching up with Kenneth Tindall on his new work for Northern Ballet (Geisha), other commissions and more…

Northern Ballet recently announced their 50th Anniversary Programme and central to it is Geisha, a new commission for Kenneth Tindall. To be premiered on 14 March 2020, we wanted to know more about Geisha and all the other things, of which there are many, that Tindall is up to…

Itziar Mendizabal in The Firebird.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Firebird, A Month in the Country, Symphony in C

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

San Francisco Ballet in Anima Animus by David Dawson.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Bound To, Anima Animus – London

★★★★✰   It’s been a treat to see so much new work made specifically for a company. The dancers are free, unburdened by the weight of history and expectation, with no comparisons to be made to famous past performers or interpretations. It’s all theirs.

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