Reviews
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.

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.

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.

Sara Baras.© Santana de Yepes. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras – Sombras – London

★★★★★   Baras’s improvisations were not outpourings of emotion, but concentrated bursts of pure skill, passionately channelled.

Isabella Boylston in The Sleeping Beauty.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Sleeping Beauty – New York

★★★★✰   This production proposes that Sleeping Beauty is not really the story of a love quest – as it’s often depicted – but rather a fable about order and disorder, harmony and disharmony, the balance between good and evil.

Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh in Sadir: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs and the Officers of the Raj.© Courtesy Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh. (Click image for larger version)

Akademi, Sama Art and Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh – Sadir Āttam – Cambridge

★★★★✰   The subtitle for the night was “Sadir: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs and the Officers of the Raj”. Sadir dance is a controversial precursor to Bharatanatyam, the classical dance style of South Asia…

Igor Tsvirko in Spartacus.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – Brisbane

★★★★✰   the man of the moment on opening night was Igor Tsvirko as Spartacus whose stamina, elevation, turns, partnering, and fouettés were staggering in their execution.

Alyona Kovalyova and Jacopo Tissi in Diamonds.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – Brisbane

★★★★★   As you would expect Diamonds was the highlight of the three part Jewels.

Samara Downs and Lachlan Monaghan in Hobson’s Choice.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Hobson’s Choice – London

★★★★✰   Big-hearted, whimsical, suffused with equal parts romance and drollness, Hobson’s Choice is a gem of the BRB repertoire – long may it keep being revived.

Natalie Alleston in Jeanguy Saintus' The Rite of Spring.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Left Unseen and The Rite of Spring – London

★★✰✰✰   Phoenix Dance Theatre’s The Rite of Spring came with tantalising credentials: the company’s first collaboration with Opera North, and a UK debut for the Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus…

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…

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