June 2019
Natalia Osipova in the film Force of Nature Natalia.© Justine Waddell, Asterisk Films. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova Film – A Force of Nature Natalia

★★★★★   This is a superbly made film… It draws a portrait of a supreme artist, a woman with exceptional humility, all sensitively handled with warmth and humour.

Benjamin Freemantle in Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem by Trey McIntyre.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem and Anima Animus

Works by Trey McIntyre and David Dawson. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alina Cojocaru in Cinderella.© Ian Gavan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Cinderella – London

★★★★✰   A spectacular show, full of colour, humour and romance…

Francesca Hayward in Ondine.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet’s Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration

The Royal Ballet pays tribute to its Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Margot Fonteyn, with a special celebratory performance to mark the centenary of her birth. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sasha De Sola and Angelo Greco in Scarlett's Hummingbird.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Bespoke, Hummingbird and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – London

★★★★✰   the overall impression was of the wholly American spirit of the company – peppy, vivacious, determined and running at full-tilt.

Gary Avis in The Firebird.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

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

★★★★✰   Three short but densely packed ballets infused with a strong Russian flavour were at the heart of the Royal Ballet’s last bill of the season.

Devon Teuscher and James Whiteside in Jane Eyre.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Jane Eyre – New York

★★✰✰✰   For all Marston’s qualifications, I found her Jane Eyre to be a dreary affair, theatrically dutiful and choreographically thin.

Northern Ballet 50th Anniversary flyer with Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Rachael Gillespie and Pippa Moore.© Guy Farrow. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Programme for 2020

Northern Ballet has just announced details of its 50th Anniversary Season for next year. The plans include a big Gala and new full evening works by Kenneth Tindall (Geisha) & Drew McOnie ‏(Merlin). Here are the full headlines and dates on one page…

Meaghan Grace Hinkis.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Royal Ballet Soloist

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, the Royal Ballet soloist, is about to make her debut as Vera in Frederick Ashton’s “A Month in the Country”. 5 quick questions about that and her dancing life…

Carmela Mayo in Björk Ballet by Arthur Pita.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – The Infinite Ocean, Snowblind, Björk Ballet – London

★★★★✰   Ballet companies across the globe are in a new age of commissioning …but none can match the pioneering zeal of this, the oldest American ballet company.

Lyubov Andreyeva and Dmitry Fisher in The Pygmalion Effect.© Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – The Pygmalion Effect – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Yes, the narrative has its inherent challenges, but the choreography, performances and design all riveted with drama, intensity and humour.

Antonia Naouele and Ahmed Soura in Kalakuta Republik.© Doune Photo. (Click image for larger version)

Faso Danse Théâtre – Kalakuta Republik – London

★★★✰✰   Without help, which was certainly not forthcoming in the programme, most of the action was a mystery in relation to Kuti and the Kalakuta Republik.

Sofiane Sylve, Tiit Helimets in The Infinite Ocean by Edwaard Liang.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – San Francisco Ballet in The Infinite Ocean, Snowblind and Björk Ballet

Works by Edwaard Liang, Cathy Marston and Arthur Pita. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

American Ballet Theatre in In the Upper Room.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Tharp Trio: Brahms-Haydn, Deuce Coupe, Upper Room – New York

★★★★✰   Thirty years after its creation, In the Upper Room is still the ultimate Twyla Tharp piece, an expression of American dynamism and New York style.

Mathilde Froustey, Ulrik Birkkjaer, Yuan Yuan Tan and Sasha De Sola in Chamber Symphony.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy – London

★★★★✰   A gleaming triptych of imaginative and remarkably demanding choreography. The production is textured in every aspect, plumbing deep wells of emotion and revelling in a multiplicity of tones, tempers and movement styles.

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