July 2019
Bolshoi Ballet in Spartacus.© Elena Fetisova. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – London

★★★★✰   The messages of Grigorovich’s Spartacus may have changed over the half-century since its creation but new generations revel in its theatricality – and the bolshoi power of its performers.

Helen Pickett.© Mihaela Bodlovic. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Helen Pickett about her “Crucible” for Scottish Ballet and the Edinburgh International Festival…

As part of their 50th anniversary Scottish Ballet presents the world premiere of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, choreographed by Helen Pickett, from 3 – 5 August at the Edinburgh International Festival ahead…

The Dancing Under The Southern Skies book cover, featuring Leanne Benjamin, in a photo © Jason Bell.© Australian Scholarly Publishing. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Dancing Under The Southern Skies: A History of Ballet in Australia – by Valerie Lawson

Although Valerie Lawson’s context is wide-ranging, she brings individuals into focus with personal details, shining a spotlight onto their roles in Australian dance history. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from Australian archives, her book gives vivid life to long-gone personalities.

Claire Cunningham.© Peter Dibdin. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Claire Cunningham and her new Elvis inspired work “Thank You Very Much”

Interview – Claire Cunningham’s latest work “Thank You Very Much” uses the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and Elvis tribute artists as a springboard to explore impersonation, identity, acceptance and the challenges of being yourself. Josephine Leask finds out more from the lively Cunningham…

Isaac Bates-Vinueza and Alysia Chang in Seiwert's Verses.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – SKETCH 9: Perspective bill – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The SKETCH series, from Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, is one of my favorite summer dance events in San Francisco. The company dancers are always terrific, both technically and artistically.

Lucie Mirkova.© Dani Bower Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham’s DanceXchange Launches Ambitious Plans to Support New Artists

Diane Parkes talks to Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at Birmingham’s DanceXchange, about their forward thinking new approaches to artist development including linking with others across the UK to do better for new artists…

Olga Pericet.© Paco Villalta. (Click image for larger version)

Olga Pericet – The Thorn That Wanted to Be a Flower, or The Flower That Dreamed of Being a Dancer – London

★★★★★   The Cordoban star Olga Pericet’s poetically titled show revealed, wonderfully, a personality too big for flamenco to hold.

Royal Ballet School in David Bintley's Flowers of the Forest.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Summer Show, ROH Main Stage – London

★★★★✰   The choice of works emphasised ensembles more than individuals. It was interesting to see large numbers of young men dancing together, as well as a more usual female corps de ballet.

The 2019 Gala Flamenca.© Juan Conca/David Mudarra. (Click image for larger version)

Mercedes Ruiz, Eduardo Guerrero and María Moreno – Gala Flamenca – London

★★★★★   As the gala’s artistic director, Liñán brought together four great talents (three dancers and a singer), backed up by an outstanding group of musicians…

Rocio Molina in Fallen From Heaven.© Simone Fratini. (Click image for larger version)

Rocío Molina – Fallen From Heaven – London

★★★★✰   Fallen From Heaven (Caido del Cielo) is referenced as the celebration of being a woman, and it is certainly all about one woman.

The Royal Ballet School in Goyo Montero's Pulse.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Holland Park bill (mainly Upper School) – London

★★★★✰   The show overall gave us a good slice of what ballet is in 2019, and just how adaptable the students need to be these days – exciting times for them and exciting for us in the audience as well.

Sorella Englund in La Sylphide, from a 2015 visit to London.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ulrik Birkkjaer and Royal Danish Ballet dancers – Bournonville Legacy bill – New York

★★★★✰   You can tell the Danes are in town by the fact that the Joyce Theater has been packed night after night this week.

Olga Smirnova in Swan Lake.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

The Bolshoi Ballet in London, Summer 2019 – All you need to know (and more!)

The Bolshoi Ballet are in London this summer with Spartacus, Swan Lake, The Bright Stream and Don Quixote. One of the world’s greatest companies, here are Jann Parry’s thoughts on an important visit…

Brandon Cournay, Lauren Grant, Billy Smith and Mica Bernas in Sport.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Sport, Empire Garden, V – New York

★★★★✰   Mark Morris Dance Group are currently at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival performing a triple bill coupling a new work, “Sport”, to the much admired “Empire Garden” and “V”.

Chloe Keneally in Kenneth Tindall's Solo for C.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – 2019 Summer Performance, Celebrating 30 Years – London

★★★✰✰   English National Ballet School is celebrating 30 years since its inception in 1989 – it had just 12 students in that inaugural year. The numbers are ever increasing and there is evidence of significant talents among the graduates this year.

Iain Mackay.© Richard Battye. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Iain Mackay, Director of Yorkshire Ballet Seminars

This years Yorkshire Ballet Seminars take place from 13 July to 2 August 2019 – time for a word with Director Iain Mackay about what makes them so special and his plans…

Flyer image, including picture of Theresa Ruth Howard, based on a MoBBallet Instagram post. (Click image for larger version)

ROH Young Talent Festival Symposium on Exposure, Access and Opportunity

The Young Talent Festival at London’s Royal Opera House included an important Symposium, hosted by Theresa Ruth Howard, under the title “Exposure, Access and Opportunity: Exploring the Cultural Barriers to Ballet.” Deborah Weiss with a comprehensive report on a stimulating event…

Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, 2018/19. For the names of dancers see this DNB webpage. © Altin Kaftira, courtesy DNB Website. (Click image for larger version)

Dutch National Ballet Junior Company – ROH, Young Talent Festival, Quint bill – London

★★★✰✰   Dutch National Ballet Junior Company at the ROH Young Talent Festival with 5 works – No Time Before Time, Fuse, What Got You Here, Fingers in the Air and In The Future.

Savion Glover.© and courtesy Savion Glover. (Click image for larger version)

Savion Glover – Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe – New York

★★★✰✰   Light on tap and heavy on concept, the show is inspired by an imaginary conversation between Glover and Gregg Burge – a multi-talented artist lost too young (23 years ago this 4 July) to brain cancer.

Tilda Marriage Massey in Ballet Shoes.© Alice Pennefather. (Click image for larger version)

London Children’s Ballet – Ballet Shoes – London

★★★✰✰   The great achievement of LCB is to mount professional productions, complete with full orchestra, without charging parents for the privilege.

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