January 2020
Guillaume Quéau, Edit Domoszlai, Daniel Davidson and Juan Gil in Aisha and Abhaya.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, ROH and Rambert. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Aisha and Abhaya

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Lauren Lovette and Joseph Gordon in George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky & Balanchine bill – New York

★★★★✰   New York City Ballet is off to a fine start when it opens the winter season with a very well-danced all Balanchine, all Stravinsky program.

Araminta Wraith and Jerome Barnes in The Snow Queen.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Snow Queen – Glasgow

★★★★✰   Bruce Marriott takes a second look at Scottish Ballet’s new Christmas hit – one day, two shows, many different dancers…

Rambert in Aisha and Abhaya.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, ROH and Rambert. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Aisha and Abhaya – London

★★✰✰✰   Rambert dancers on stage perform with great energy and commitment but the whole thing doesn’t manage to live up to its ambitious objectives…

Natalia Osipova in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Onegin – London

★★★★✰   The ballet works as a conflicted love story centred on the heroine, Tatiana. When Natalia Osipova dances the role, she brings home how Russian the character is.

English National Ballet in Etudes.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala – Etudes

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Vuyani Dance Theatre in Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro.© John Hogg. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma – Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro – New York, Joyce Theater

★★★★✰   The dance style is a fusion of many elements of South African dance, other African and African diaspora influences, and modern and postmodern dance. It can be both liquid and percussive and has a complexity that is hard to take apart.

Isaac Hernandez, Shiori Kase, Joseph Caley & ENB artists in Harold Lander's Etudes.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – 70th Anniversary Gala – London

★★★★✰   For those of us that have been involved with the company, no matter how small a part, it is clear that the ‘happy family’ that is English National Ballet, reveres and appreciates all who have been part of its 70 year existence.

Gabrielle Revlock's Nuptial Blitz.© Dave Ratzlow. (Click image for larger version)

Gabrielle Revlock – SEX TAPE, Nuptial Blitz – New York

★★★✰✰   Revlock “is a dance-maker whose work often depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships using a vocabulary that embraces the pedestrian, abstracted by degrees.”

Natalia Osipova and Gary Avis in Onegin.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Onegin

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz in pas de deux from Possokhov's Bells.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

★★★★✰   ‘Spellbound’ delivered in every regard – opulent grandeur, terrific people watching and above all, marvelous dance.

Edisa Weeks in 3 RITES: Liberty.© Leo Jimenez for 651 ARTS. (Click image for larger version)

DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks – 3 RITES: Liberty – New York

★★★★✰   DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks’ “3 RITES: Liberty” is a solo that graphically shows why the Declaration of Independence did not, & does not, mean “liberty” for many African Americans…

Francesco Gabriele Frola in Le Corsaire.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

★★★★✰   It’s not the kind of work that will persuade anyone that ballet can be a subtle, nuanced and poetic art, but it is cracking entertainment and a treat in a dreary month.

Faye Driscoll in Thank You For Coming: Space.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Faye Driscoll – Thank You For Coming: Space – New York

★★★✰✰   A sense of very controlled chaos accumulates. I’m sometimes reminded of the videos and installations of the artist Bruce Nauman. Her actions and interactions, including snatches of willfully, wonderfully contorted dancing…

Yijing Zhang as the Snow Fairy and Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

★★★★✰   In spite of all the problems with performing a proscenium arch ballet in an arena setting with a purpose-built stage, it is no less magical than any other production and in some ways, it works advantageously.

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