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Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear. © Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Obsidian Tear, Marguerite and Armand, Elite Syncopations – London

★★★★✰   The ostensible link between the three works in this mixed bill is that they are by the Royal Ballet’s resident choreographers, past and present: Frederick Ashton. Kenneth MacMillan and Wayne McGregor. But none is typical of the choreographers’ work…

Matthew Ball and Marianela Nunez in Wayne McGregor's Multiverse.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Wayne McGregor bill: Chroma, Multiverse, Carbon Life – London

★★★✰✰   Multiverse: McGregor and his dramaturg may know what they want to convey about life and the universe(s) but despite the dancers’ efforts, the result is baffling.

Gary Avis and Francesca Hayward in The Invitation.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Obsidian Tear (premiere), The Invitation, Within the Golden Hour – London

★★★★✰   The range of roles shows the Royal Ballet dancers, up-and-coming soloist, established principals and character artists, at their very best.

Tamara Rojo.© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)Taken from: What Lies Beneath - portraits of dancers by Rick GuestAvailble at: rg-books.com

“What Lies Beneath” – A book of dancers portraits by Rick Guest

“I wanted to make a series of portraits of the dancers themselves, as opposed to dancers dancing, to show the character that underpins their performance, to see the determination and sacrifice that it…

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in his Carmen.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Carmen, Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky pas de deux – London

Acosta’s Carmen is far from a disaster, propelled by committed performances and Tim Hatley’s dramatic designs…

Sarah Lamb in Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Raven Girl, Connectome – London

In this revival of Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl, Watson becomes something more than a postman…

Cover of the Dance Open 2015 Gala programme.© Dance Open. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival 2015 Dance Open and Tsiskaridze at the Vaganova Academy – St Petersburg

Margaret Willis has just been in St. Petersburg, catching up with the Dance Open Festival and also visiting the Vaganova Academy where she had some words with director Nikolai Tsiskaridze…

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

Vadim Muntagirov, making his debut as Jack, is any girl’s dream of a dancing partner.

Edward Watson, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Alexander Campbell in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Ceremony of Innocence, The Age of Anxiety, Aeternum – London

The programme was so underwhelming that I went twice in succession, to see whether alternative casts could make a difference.

Hannah Grennell in Unearthed.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Deloitte Ignite 2014, Royal Ballet and others – Sampling the Myth bill – London

The best of the videos and best piece of the night was Kim Brandstrup’s Leda and the Swan using the much-loved Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen

Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood in the pas de deux from Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Sampling the Myth bill – Deloitte Ignite Festival 2014

Gallery by Dave Morgan. ‘Sampling the Myth’ is part of Deloitte Ignite 2014, The Royal Opera House’s annual contemporary arts festival which runs from 5 – 28 September, this year based on the theme of myth….

Vladimir Malakhov and Beatrice Knopp in Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me.© Sergei Andreetsev. (Click image for larger version)

Two Russian Galas – Dance Open in St. Petersburg, Soul of Dance in Moscow

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…

Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton and Marcelino Sambe in Alexander Whitley's All That is Solid Melts Into Air.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Alexander Whitley – All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, The Measures Taken – London

But this is a really enterprising and unusual use of the Linbury space that leaves you with an intense curiosity to see what Whitley does next.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company in Whitley's The Measures Taken.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alexander Whitley: The Measures Taken and All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Featuring The Royal Ballet and Alexander Whitley Dance Company. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Sergei Polunin.© Bryan Adams. (Click image for larger version)

The 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN – 23-28 April 2014, St. Petersburg

The Festival is held from April 23 to April 28, 2014 on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Petersburg. The main focus of the 13th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN, which performances will be held on stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, is on original contemporary choreography.

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in David Dawson's The Human Seasons.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Chroma, The Human Seasons, The Rite of Spring – London

The Royal Ballet’s autumn season triple bill offered very different ways of presenting bodies in space: anatomical studies in an architectural limbo (Chroma); flying figures in constant flux (The Human Seasons); a tribal community following ritual patterns (The Rite of Spring).

Carlos Acosta in Scheherazade.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection – London

his diverse selection of 17 works (including musical interludes) is a gala in all but name and this one could have been sub-titled “Gems of The Royal Ballet” for all nine dancers hail from that company…

The Raven Girl and the Raven Prince (Sarah Lamb, Eric Underwood) in Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Raven Girl, Symphony in C – London

At this stage, Raven Girl seems a work in transition. Its longueurs need tightening, an inexplicable ‘19th century couple’excised, solos for important characters expanded, and more light thrown on the goings-on.

Pictures, all by Rick Guest, l-r: Edward Watson, Laura Morera.© DRick Guest, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Dancers of The Royal Ballet – A Photographic Exhibition – FREE Opens 25 January

Now Is All There Is – Bodies in Motion, is an exhibition of 34 stylized images of Royal Ballet dancers taken by photographer Rick Guest.

Choreographers Alex Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet.© respectively ROH, ROH, Kiran West.

Choreographers Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet – Random Dance and the ROH, 10 years on

Interviews with Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet about their new pieces commissioned by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and the Royal Opera House…

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