Semperoper Ballett Dresden were another new visitor in the summer, with a programme of Forsythe works, some not seen here before. But Forsythe is a theme this year in himself.
Tag - Cathy Marston
The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 19th National Dance Awards…
★★★✰✰ This excellent ballet is clearly a “keeper” and a work I would like to see again and again.
★★★✰✰ The good news is that Queen of Spades is a good-looking crowd pleaser and the RDB dancers look fantastic in it - I can't emphasise that enough. Also good that it's a step up from his last commission, Frankenstein - thank goodness, really.
"I don’t know if we can make the world a better place, but we can definitely have the audience think about it."
★★★✰✰ Snowblind is a great narrative ballet – the source material is striking and Marston’s interpretation of it, equally so.
★★★★★ Another year and another terrific bill from Ballet Black, mixing two strong and sophisticated works from much sought after international choreographers. ...one of the company's finest nights.
Gallery by Dave Morgan...
★★★★✰ ...I was again struck by just how effortlessly a story can be communicated and emotions laid bare by ballet - it was a triumph.
★★★★✰ This is Northern Ballet firing on all dramatic cylinders - a fine show made great by the entire company.
She found that she came back to perform with the company she left five years ago with a different approach. ‘I know more about why I love to perform...'
Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year...
The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 17th National Dance Awards,
★★★✰✰ for BRB's troublesome fun packed Taming of the Shrew and ★★★★✰ Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre with Hannah Bateman in the lead...
★★★★✰ ...their final duet, when Rochester is blinded and broken, is truly touching...
Gallery by Dave Morgan...
★★★★✰ It's actually the best new narrative work I've seen Northern Ballet do in many years.
★★★✰✰ Rojo has succeeded in securing one really stimulating work in Broken Wings.
David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russees – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today.
My People is a mature work, developed in close collaboration with the composers, that deserves to be widely seen.