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Sayaka Ichikawa and artists of Scottish Ballet and Ballet Black in House of Birds.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time bill – London

★★★★✰   All credit to Viviana Durante (supported by Royal Ballet, Ballet Black and Scottish Ballet dancers) for contributing to the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death with recreations of his early work.

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh in Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Cinderella – Washington

★★★✰✰   Yet for all its narrative surprises and witty designs, this Cinderella is a curiously underwhelming work when it comes to the choreography.

Natalie Trewinnard in Snow White.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

BalletLORENT – Snow White – London

★★★★✰   It’s taken me a while to catch up with Lorent but my goodness I won’t miss much from here on.

Hilly Bodin as Snow White and Courtney Giannone as The Prince in Snow White.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Snow White – New York

★★★✰✰ “But it turns out that the pleasures of excess are really not enough to hold one’s interest if the underlying material is thin.”

Maiko Tutsumi, Victoria Ananyan, Matthew Golding and Maria Chigai in Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version

Dutch National Ballet – Cinderella – London

Wheeldon has two problems to contend with in Cinderella: Prokofiev’s prescriptive score and Ashton’s definitive choreography from 1948…

Ballet Black in Mark Bruce's Second Coming.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Black – To Fetch a Pail of Water?, Depouillement, Second Coming – London

All up, another win for Ballet Black – a strong double bill of consequence and contrast preceded by a short amuse-bouche.

balletLORENT in Rapunzel.© Ravi Deepres. (Click image for larger version)

balletLORENT – Rapunzel – Edinburgh

Earthy and gothic character-driven dance from balletLORENT

Sophie Martin and Constant Vigier in Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Hansel and Gretel (premiere) – Glasgow

Christopher Hampson’s production, set to Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera score, dances round traditional perceptions of good and evil, raising sinister notions about the invisibility of danger lurking in the real world.

Leane Cope and Steven McRae in Liam Scarlett's Hansel and Gretel.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Hansel and Gretel – London

It is a mixed experience: too long and overworked in places, a dark vision, unevenly realised, with some striking and chilling moments.

Maria Kochetkova in Wheeldon's Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Cinderella – San Francisco

If extravagant productions are the way to bring in new audiences and fill the till then they are justified for those reasons alone. However, they don’t necessarily leave a rich legacy for future generations.

Christopher Wheeldon rehearsing his new Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

Christopher Wheeldon – Choreographer

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is currently at the San Francisco Ballet preparing for the American premiere of his Cinderella. He has a rehearsal in forty-five minutes so we quickly set off to discuss his latest full-length ballet and many other things…

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