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Cirque Éloize in Hotel.© Pierre Manning. (Click image for larger version)

Cirque Éloize – Hotel – London

★★✰✰✰   Yes, these are incredibly talented artists, doing exceptional things, but their circus skills were presented within an envelope that needed a lot more theatrical clarity.

Vanessa Alvarez.© Thursford Christmas Spectacular. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions for Vanessa Alvarez – circus artiste

Graham Watts talks to Vanessa Alvarez the foot-juggling star of the @Thursford Christmas Spectacular…

Company XIV in Nutcracker Rouge.© Mark Shelby Perry. (Click image for larger version)

Company XIV – Nutcracker Rouge – New York

★★★★✰   Nutcracker Rouge is a lush, flesh-fueled frenzy of sensuality and spectacle. McCormick’s gift for erotic elegance is mesmerizing. Any raunch manages to be a good dose of the subversive while also being good plain fun.

Bianca Fota and Dawid Trzensimiech in Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.© Cristian Lazarescu. (Click image for larger version)

Romanian National Ballet – Classical Symphony, Petite Mort, Marguerite and Armand, Tango, Radio and Juliet – Bucharest

Johan Kobborg took over as Director of Bucharest National Ballet just over a year ago. Time for Graham Watts to go and see how they are looking – in two very different bills…

Cirque Eloise in Cirkopolis.© 2012 Productions Neuvart/Valerie Remise.

Cirque Eloise – Cirkopolis – London

The whole ensemble had a refreshing zest for performance …Although perhaps lacking in theatrical drama…

Morgane Le Tiec & Brett Taylor in Night Box. © Benjamin Von Wong. (Click image for larger version)

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (BJM) – Les Chambres des Jacques, Night Box – Erie

BJM didn’t disappoint, delivering a solidly entertaining and impeccably-danced program packed with both the bizarre and the familiar. …the Erie audience gave the company a well-deserved standing ovation.

Johan Kobborg as Walter Sickert, Steven McRae as Jack in Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets. © Bill Cooper, courtesy of ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Polyphonia, Sweet Violets, Carbon Life – London

‘Sweet Violets’, though over-ambitious, is the best stab at a psychologically complex narrative ballet the company has commissioned for years.

TeZukA artwork. © Tezuka Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Arts Festival – Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Local audiences also saw the return of the Lyon Opera Ballet. Their mixed programme consisted of two ballets by Benjamin Millepied, a ballet by Maguy Marin, and best of all, Balanchine’s masterpiece, Concerto Barocco, staged by Nanette Glushak.

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