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Vadim Muntagirov, Marianela Nunez, Bennet Gartside and artists of the company in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake (Scarlett premiere) – London

★★★★★   Liam Scarlett has devised a visual and emotional treat for audiences, fully justifying Kevin O’Hare’s faith in him as a director and choreographer.

MacMillan Celebrations – Gloria (NB), The Judas Tree (RB), Elite Syncopations (RB+Guests) – London

★★★★✰   Elite Syncopations: Dancers from all five major British ballet companies took part, some doubling up roles in identical outfits so that identifying dancers was confusing. The stand-out solo in both the casts I saw was to the Calliope Rag, Monica Mason’s original role…

Akane Takada in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.© Robbie Jack. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Opening the New bill – Hull

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s away-day to Hull, this year’s UK Capital of Culture, was dramatic in its scale: 17 pieces presented over three hours…

Roberta Marquez in Emeralds, part of Jewels.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – London

Fascinating to see the Royal Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s Jewels not long after the Bolshoi’s account at the Royal Opera House in summer. Unlike the Russians, the Royal Ballet dancers understand the different period conventions of the three ‘acts’…

Zenaida Yanowsky.© Andrej Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)Taken from: DANCERS: Behind the Scenes with the Royal Ballet by Andrej Uspenski. Published by Oberon Books: www.oberonbooks.com

Andrej Uspenski, pictures from his book ‘Dancers: Behind the Scenes at The Royal Ballet’

Some images from Andrej’s book to wet your appetite, all courtesy of Oberon Books. Based on these we very much look forward to reviewing the book…

A Nutcracker Snowflake (Sabina Westcombe).© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

Most of the dancers on stage tonight were not even born when the Royal Ballet’ s current Nutcracker production was new, and many of the audience too may imagine that it’s been a feature of the Christmas season forever…

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