★★★✰✰ I do wonder why ENB chose this particular (acceptable but sometimes subdued) recording to stream, when we are all suffering from live performance withdrawal symptoms and this company so often produces spectacular performances, sending audiences away in raptures.
Tag - Derek Deane
★★★★✰ It’s comforting to know that at even my advanced age I can still be confounded even by hoary old Swan Lake.
★★★★✰ For those of us that have been involved with the company, no matter how small a part, it is clear that the ‘happy family’ that is English National Ballet, reveres and appreciates all who have been part of its 70 year existence.
★★★✰✰ Peter Wright's glorious ballet might not shine quite so magically in its Bintley/Albert Hall version but the dancers certainly do...
★★★★✰ The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.
I thought this year's Royal Ballet School (RBS) performance on the main Royal Opera House stage was pretty damn' good.
IMHO, there is no better story-telling choreographer around today....
It is the final act that brings out the best in them. Vasiliev is abject, Cojacaru is truly touching, despairing and resolutely resolved to die.
Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…
Eight paragraphs of praise and I haven’t yet mentioned Alina Cojocaru! My advice to anyone yearning to see the special beauty of ballet is simple: take any chance you can to see Cojocaru dance.
Full Details of the 2014 / 15 Season...
...in the autumn of their dancing careers Acosta and Rojo put on a stunning display that brought many in the audience to their feet come the end.
Margaret Willis has been busy: in St. Petersburg at the Dance Open Festival Gala and 2 days later in Moscow at the Soul of Dance Ballet Gala. And important awards were given at both...
Daria Klimentová farewell performances in Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall - with Vadim Muntagirov
Derek Deane created a winner that always seems to sell well and which people, including me, don't grow tired of. But fill your boots this year - next year "Romeo and Juliet" returns as the ENB/RAH blockbuster
Award winning British choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett will all create new works for English National Ballet, as part of a programme of dance inspired by the centenary of the Great War.
"Vadim was the first partner to make me feel like I was 16, even though I was approaching 40 when we first danced together."
...the Mikhailovsky put on a wonderful display of classical excellence that we just don't routinely see in the UK.
....the performance done, Muntagirov was promoted live on stage by new Director Tamara Rojo to the highest rank in the company - Lead Principal. A pleasant surprise, but in fact no surprise at all - it was only ever a question of time.
To be honest I don't think her first announcements are a landmark in repertoire terms - but it was never going to be unless some ballet fairy deposited a few extra million in the company coffers to allow instant change.