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Boston Ballet in Alexander Ekman's Cacti.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Program A: The Second Detail, Resonance, Cacti – New York

Like the best comedians, Ekman is as facetious as he is profound, leaving the viewer with plenty to ponder post-performance.

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in Rubies, © The George Balanchine Trust.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version

Boston Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – Boston

To close its 50th anniversary season Boston Ballet mounted a splendid production of Balanchine’s 1967 masterpiece Jewels.

Boston Ballet in Alexander Ekman's Cacti.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Pricked: Etudes, D.M.J. 1953-1977, Cacti – Boston

The evening ended with Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, one of the most wildly original, hilarious dances I’ve ever seen. If the Keystone Cops had taken up ballet, this is what they’d have looked like.

Maude Sabourin (Her Majesty of the Night) with Asier Edeso and Bruno Roque (Archangels of Darkness) in LAC.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo – LAC (after Swan Lake) – London

All up it’s an entertaining and chic-looking take on Swan Lake, and one where you don’t have to know the original to enjoy it. But I’m glad I have seen a pukka Swan Lake or three…

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in Cinderella.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Cinderella – Boston

Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella is one of the great ballets of the 20th century and a triumph of his career.

Whitney Jensen and Jeffrey Cirio in Elo’s C. to C. (Close to Chuck) Reborn.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – C. to C. (Close to Chuck) Reborn, Resonance, Bella Figura – Boston

Elo’s Close to Chuck …this is a wonderful ballet and, I predict, a permanent addition to the repertory.

Junor Souza as Ali in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

Anna-Marie Holmes’s latest staging of Le Corsaire has proved to be a triumph for English National Ballet…

Dusty Button in William Forsythe’s The Second Detail.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2013 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Ballet San Jose flyer for the 2013 Benefit Gala.© Ballet San Jose. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – 2013 Benefit Gala – San Jose

This was an evening not to be missed. Newly appointed Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, made sure that the quality of the eighteen guest artists for Ballet San Jose’s Gala Performance would tantalise even the most skeptical dance fan.

Boston Ballet in La Bayadere.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – La Bayadere – Boston

As for the whole ballet, it’s a 19th century expression of the racist Orientalist view that says India is a land of groveling slaves and despotic rajahs, unbridled lust and pervasive corruption, abundant opium and yielding odalisques. …Once past all that, however, it’s a lavish and thrilling spectacle with abundant pleasures for eye and ear.

Alina Cojocaru and Vadim Muntagirov in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire (premiere) – Milton Keynes

A first night of superlatives and Tamara Rojo’s done the country (not just London) a terrific service in her first full-evening commission. You’d be daft to miss Le Corsaire as it tours the UK. Bravo all.

Ye Lim Choi and Sung-Woo Han in Giselle, Act 2 Pas de Deux:.© Sunkyung Jang. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Seoul International Dance Competition, 10th Anniversary Gala

20 pictures by Sunkyung Jang

Lia Cirio and Lasha Khozashvili in Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Polyphonia, Bella Figura, The Second Detail – London

I hope the company return to London, and if they do, I hope they bring some other Forsythe work.

Boston ballet in William Forsythe's The Second Detail.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boston Ballet in Polyphonia, Bella Figura, The Second Detail

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Boston ballet in Serenade.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Boston Ballet in Serenade, Afternoon of a Faun, Plan to B, Symphony in Three Movements

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.

Oregon Ballet Theatre's Damian Drake, Paul DeStrooper and Alison Roper in Almost Mozart.© Blaine Truitt Covert. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Richmond Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet – Washington

It’s a celebration of American ballet from coast to coast and a vivid snapshot of its diversity of style and repertory.

Studio picture of Kirven James Boyd and Rachael McLaren.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Minus 16 quad bill – Boston

The whole thing (Minus 16) wasn’t a piece of choreography so much as a choreographed event, and hands down one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen.

Misa Kuranaga and Boyko Dossev in George Balanchine's Coppélia © The George Balanchine Trust.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Coppélia – Boston

Boston audiences were very lucky in their first two Swanildas. Opening night, Misa Kuranaga was a vision of loveliness…

Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle in Marcelo Gomes' Apothéose.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

Symphony in C, a luminous outpouring of legs and arms, crisp geometries, bobbing rhythms, and articulate patter-like conversations for the feet, is a vivid reminder of why one goes to the ballet at all. Luminosity and classical logic, laced with wit and intelligence.

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