"Anton Chekhov" tag
Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell in Les Patineurs.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Les Patineurs, Winter Dreams, The Concert – London

★★★★✰   Now that we are all one more Nutcracker nearer death, as weary critic Richard Buckle used to bemoan, the Royal Ballet has given us a wintry bonne bouche of ballets to savour.

Silvia Azzoni (Mermaid) and Carsten Jung (the Prince) in The Little Mermaid.© Holger Badekow. (Click image for larger version)

Hamburg Ballet – The Little Mermaid – Washington

★★★✰✰   It’s a somber and dark story; yet in Neumeier’s hands it gets even darker. Don’t expect Disney’s happily-ever-after – this Little Mermaid is certainly not for children.

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a Case.© T. Charles Erickson. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhail Baryshnikov / Big Dance Theater – Anton Chekhov’s Man in a Case – Washington

Baryshnikov has plenty of speaking lines, which he delivers with persuasion and notable dramatic skill… Yet his main strength here is his body language.

Cathy Marston.© Philipp Zinniker. (Click image for larger version)

Cathy Marston – Choreographer and Company Director

5 Questions for Cathy Marston as she and Bern Ballett, the company she directs, prepare to show their latest work, Witch-hunt, at London’s Royal Opera House…

Jiri Kylian and Michael Schumacher's Last Touch First. © Robert Benschop. (Click image for larger version)

Jiri Kylian and Michael Schumacher – Last Touch First – Pittsburgh

In the end, Last Touch First’s unusual slice of life suspended in space and time left one with many indelible images. Its riveting choreography…

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