This was a pleasant night, pleasant for its broad content but especially pleasant because mixed bills and choreographic variety are not something normally associated with Northern Ballet. It's a time of great hardship for all the major companies as grants are pegged back and I hope the company will continue its journey in introducing more variety like this.
Reviews of Dance and Ballet Performances
Symphony in Three Movements: This collaboration of two of the giants of 20th century art (Balanchine, Stravinsky) was clearly a marriage made in heaven, and thanks to Boston Ballet’s newest production, we got to attend the nuptials.
The local audiences warmly welcomed the long-overdue return of the Hamburg Ballet which was appearing for the third time in the festival. For this 40th anniversary festival the Hamburg company brought both a plotless ballet and a narrative ballet by its renowned choreographer, John Neumeier.
This is turning out to be a very good season for Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth. We saw a deeply moving interpretation from Scottish Ballet at Sadler's Wells a couple of months ago, and last night, as the second half of a Royal Ballet double bill, it again looked like a masterpiece.
After all the fuss about Sergei Polunin abruptly leaving the Royal Ballet, guess who stole the Men in Motion show? Daniel Proietto, in the AfterLight solo Russell Maliphant made for him in 2010. Admittedly, you could read the 15-minute solo as a warning of the fate awaiting a troubled dancer deprived of the support of a company of colleagues
Somova is going to become one of the world's greatest dancers within a very few years and it is a great honour to have been able to watch the progress of her early career.
Balancing spectacular dancing with stirring drama, the Mariinsky dancers delivered a riveting, unforgettable performance. I left the Opera House with wonderful memories...
Good to see Draft Works in the larger Linbury Theatre and as ever much fun to spot rising choreographic and dance stars closer than normal...
As has happened so often before, this collaboration by two individuals who are outstanding innovators in their own art, didn't quite add up to the sum total of that brilliance.
The production stands or falls by the strength of the central performances, and on this occasion we were fortunate indeed.