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World Ballet Day – Global First: Five World-Class Ballet Companies, One Day of Live Streaming on Wednesday 1 October

Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day, each of the five ballet companies – Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters…

Bohemia in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Winter’s Tale – London

Wheeldon has honed his craft in making a story ballet, much better constructed than his Alice in Wonderland. His core characters account for themselves in revealing solos and his pas de deux are no longer over-ingenious.

Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in The Winter’s Tale

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

The Snowflakes in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

Another December, another Royal Ballet Nutcracker: anything new to report? Not much, no. And for once that’s probably the answer most people are hoping to hear…

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).

Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in Romeo and Juliet.© ROH/Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet (Cuthbertson and Bonelli) – London

Cuthbertson isn’t one of those tiny doll-like Juliets who can get through the first scene on sweetness alone. Instead she gives hints of gaucheness …you’’d bet heavily against her wardrobe being mainly pink.

Noureev & Friends Gala poster.© Noureev & Friends. (Click image for larger version)

Noureev & Friends Gala – Paris

Graham Watts was at the Palais Des Congres for us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s birth…

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadere.© Tristram Kenton, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Bayadere – London

First thing to say is that it’s a peach of a production, coherent, dramatically satisfying… It still feels fresh and vibrant… The three leads did well… Elsewhere it was a mix of good and ragged steps…

Sarah Lamb in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

…though I don’t believe it’s a great work of art, there’s no denying that it’s fun.

Royal Ballet in Raymonda Act III.Dancers, l-r (men first): Brian Maloney, Johannes Stepanek, Valeri Hristov, Alexander Campbell, Dawid Trzensimiech, Kenta Kura, Eric Underwood, Valentino Zuccheti, then ladies - Melissa Hamilton, Helen Crawford, Fumi Kaneko, Yasmine Naghdi, Yuhui Choe, Emma-Jane Maguire, Itziar Mendizabal, Hikaru Kobayashi.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Firebird, In the Night, Raymonda Act lll – London

It’s the Royal Ballet’s varied and unique repertoire that has kept me loyal to the company through some very thin times as well as the golden seasons, and this programme is a nice example of what a flick through its back – catalogue can produce.

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…

Lauren Cuthbertson & Nehemiah Kish at a La Valse curtain call as part of the Royal Ballet Tribute to Alicia Alonso, 15 October 2010. (more pictures)© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

London Children’s Ballet Masterclass with Lauren Cuthbertson

In the intimate setting of the Linbury Studio Theatre, Lauren was joined by fellow principal, Nehemiah Kish, for an exclusive Masterclass called “The progression of the pas de deux”. Captivating all with her wit and warmth…

Royal Ballet – Birthday Offering, A Month in the Country, Les Noces – London

It is a fine selection which illustrates the variety of the Royal’s heritage works, which must beg the question how well are they are danced now…

Leticia Stock in Ballo della regina. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Sylphide & Ballo della Regina – London

Balanchine famously described a choreographer’s job as being like a chef’s, and his Ballo della Regina perfectly fulfils the role of amuse-bouche in the Royal Ballet’s latest double bill, waking us up and sharpening our appetites for the more serious fare of Bournonville’s lovely La Sylphide. It’s the fourth ballet the company has tried out in this role and I think it’s the most successful.

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. © Johan Persson, courtesy ROH.

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

But if some grasp of the narrative can be assumed rather than supplied, Wheeldon still needs to make us care about his characters. He does succeed in making Alice a warm-blooded, strong-willed character, and Lauren Cuthbertson works extremely hard in the role to give us a lively, resourceful and energetic heroine. Jack is less strongly drawn. Federico Bonelli is certainly handsome enough for any teenager to fall for…

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