Author: Bruce Marriott

Bruce Marriott is editor of DanceTabs

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Javier Andreu and Aaron Venegas in Laplane's Dextera.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Dextera, Elite Syncopations – Inverness

★★★★✰   It’s the company’s 50th Anniversary season and rather than start it, as you might expect, in Glasgow or Edinburgh, they opened in Scotland’s most northerly city, Inverness, with a special premiere and a full-on party for all.

Saburo Teshigawara in The Idiot.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Some dance in London – thoughts on Saburo Teshigawara, Diana Vishneva’s CONTEXT Festival & Introdans

Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato in ‘The Idiot’ at The Print Room (★★★✰✰), Diana Vishneva’s CONTEXT Festival of Russian contemporary choreography at Sadler’s Wells (★★★✰✰), Introdansm ‘Dutch Masters’ bill at ROH (★★★★✰)

Sophie Laplane.© Eve McConnachie. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Sophie Laplane – a Scottish Ballet Artist in Residence – about her new work, Dextera

Sophie Laplane, former company dancer, is now a Scottish Ballet Artist in Residence and her first main stage commission opens the companies 2019 season in Inverness on the 28 March, before touring to Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. We catch up with her about the new work and what else she is up to…

Abigail Prudames (Victoria) and Pippa Moore (older Princess Beatrice) in Victoria.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Victoria (Marston premiere) – Leeds

★★★✰✰   Where the ballet takes off is when there are only two or three major characters on stage and then Marston clearly shows intentions and emotions and the dancing becomes rich and telling, clever and gorgeous.

Cathy Marston.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cathy Marston on her new work for Northern Ballet, Victoria, the creative process and more…

Marston has been working at Northern Ballet creating Victoria for the company (premiere this month) and we wanted to find out more, also catch up on other commissions and discuss just how she works creatively and manages to juggle it all so effortlessly…

James Cousins.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Choreographer James Cousins about his new Touring Programme of Duets – Epilogues

James Cousins is unusually touring a bill of three contrasting duets – called Epilogues it has a London run at The Place from 6-8 March 2019.

Christopher Wheeldon and the BalletBoyz in the studio working on Us.© George Piper. (Click image for larger version)

Pictures Feature – BalletBoyz latest double bill, Them/Us, in the studio & on tour

The BalletBoyz latest double bill features new work by Christopher Wheeldon and a piece devised by the company dancers themselves. We have pictures from the studio and, hot off the press, some final production shots…

Araminta Wraith and Luke Schaufuss in Cinderella.© Rimbaud Patron. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Cinderella – Glasgow

★★★★✰   This is my second review of Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella this winter. Why? Well, it’s a production I like and I wanted to see more dancers in it, silly!

Momoko Hirata and César Morales in The Nutcracker.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Autumn delights: La fille mal gardée & The Nutcracker – London & Birmingham

★★★★✰   I look forward to the changes inevitably coming to BRB, but I can’t believe any new director will turn their back on such repertoire gems as La fille mal gardee and their Peter Wright Nutcracker.

Scottish Ballet in Cinderella.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Cinderella – Edinburgh

★★★★✰   The cast I saw at the first performance of this year’s Christmas touring season were the best (Ugly) Step-Sisters I’ve ever seen – take a bow Constance Devernay and Aisling Brangan.

Dane Hurst.© Nic Guttridge. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Dane Hurst about his creative life and dancing in Didy Veldman’s The Knot…

I’m really enjoying being different things throughout the year. Sometimes a dancer, then choreographer and teacher and most recently I had a go at acting again in a feature film by Clara Van Gool…

Chris Hampson.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet’s Director, on celebrating the companies 50th anniversary in 2019 & future plans

Scottish Ballet have just announced plans for their Fiftieth Anniversary in 2019, including three world premieres – we have the full press release and touch-base with CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson about the celebrations and what happens beyond…

Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Javier Torres in Morgann Runacre-Temple's The Kingdom of Back.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Kingdom of Back, Mamela…, The Shape of Sound – Leeds

★★★★✰   A good night of new work for Leeds coupling a rising star from outside with local and much-loved company talent.

Jenna Lee.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Jenna Lee, freelance choreographer, on her creative world and working with New English Ballet Theatre…

We talk to Jenna Lee about her work – The Four Seasons – for New English Ballet Theatre’s autumn tour this September and October. That and about her wider choreographic practice…

Nederlands Dans Theater in The Statement.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Nederlands Dans Theater – Shoot the Moon, Woke up Blind, The Statement, Stop-Motion – London

★★★★✰   World-class dancers… it’s the dancers’ polish and power that raises all they do up another level.

Paul Lightfoot.© Rahi Rezvani. (Click image for larger version)

5 questions for Paul Lightfoot, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater is paying London’s Sadler’s Wells a short visit (26-29 June) with an interesting bill of works by Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke & the duo Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon.

Woyzeck: Thomas Pickles surrounded by the community ensemble.© Graeme Braidwood. (Click image for larger version)

Leo Butler, Roxana Silbert and Rosie Kay – Woyzeck – Birmingham

★★★✰✰   As Woyzeck productions go this was rather different featuring just two professional actors, supported by a community company of over 80 who supplied the other named roles but for the most part super-colourful reality and dancing. For me, it’s their show and the big reason to see the staging.

Janis Claxton.© Janis Claxton Dance. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Janis Claxton, Choreographer, about POP-UP Duets’ world success and her approach to creating dance

Edinburgh based Janis Claxton Dance are half way through their latest tour of the critically acclaimed POP-UP Duets and currently performing at the renowned Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, with further festival…

The 2018 ENB Emerging Dancer finalists: Precious Adams, Fernando Carratalá Coloma, Giorgio Garrett, Daniel McCormick, Francesca Velicu and Connie Vowles.© Karolina Kuras. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2018 Competition – 5 Questions to 6 Finalists

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition is unique in British ballet in throwing the spotlight on more junior dancers or “tomorrow’s stars” as ENB put it. This year’s competition is on the 11 June and ahead of the that we talk to the finalists – Precious Adams, Fernando Carratalá Coloma, Giorgio Garrett, Daniel McCormick, Francesca Velicu and Connie Vowles…

Kizzy Matiakis in the lead image for The Queen of Spades.© Camilla Winther. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – The Queen of Spades – Copenhagen

★★★✰✰   The good news is that Queen of Spades is a good-looking crowd pleaser and the RDB dancers look fantastic in it – I can’t emphasise that enough. Also good that it’s a step up from his last commission, Frankenstein – thank goodness, really.

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