"Frederick Ashton" tag
Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Ann Whitley and Merle Park at the Voices of Spring masterclass.© Rachel Hollings. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: Voices of Spring, coached by Merle Park and Wayne Eagling

For anyone with an interest in the machinations of bringing a difficult pas de deux to performance standard, this was an experience to cherish.

Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov in Swan Lake.© Bill Cooper, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

★★★★✰   Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov’s account of Swan Lake is spellbinding… if Scarlett’s revision of the 1895 scenario makes even less sense than the original.

Viviana Durante Company in Unda.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Viviana Durante Company – Isadora Now triple bill – London

★★★★✰   Isadora Duncan’s spirit has been honoured, even if the impact of her presence remains elusive.

Katherine Barkman and Andile Ndlovu in Birthday Offering.© Victoria Pickering. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Balanchine + Ashton quad bill – Washington

★★★✰✰   The Washington Ballet new program titled Balanchine + Ashton showcased four works by the two great choreographers, who “forever shaped our art form,” as the company’s artistic director, Julie Kent, put it in her opening remarks.

Alina Cojocaru in Marguerite and Armand publicity image.© Moran Norman. (Click image for larger version)

Alina Cojocaru – Alina at Sadler’s Wells – London

★★★★✰   Alina Cojocaru’s choice of works for her brief season at Sadler’s Wells provided an insight into her priorities as she reflected on her career: live music-making and dance-making that has something to say.

San Francisco Ballet in London: Jennifer Stahl in Snowblind by Cathy Marston. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Some Memorable Performances of 2019 – London

Lynette Halewood with some reflections on London dance performances over the last year – the good and the less good…

Pierre Tappon, Nancy Nerantzi, Liam Riddick and Nathan Goodman in Isthmus.© Tony Nandi. (Click image for larger version)

Richard Alston Dance Company – Alston at Home – London

★★★★✰   Richard Alston’s title for his company’s last tour before it closes in 2020 is Final Edition. The autumn run ended with four performances at The Place, in a programme aptly called Alston At Home.

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

★★★★✰   The Royal Ballet’s current production of The Sleeping Beauty, dating back to 2006, is a homage to Ninette de Valois and her faith that Marius Petipa’s Imperial Russian ballet should be the flagship of her British company.

Foyer de danse: Ginevra Zambon and Kevin Emerton with Ursula Hageli.© Rachel Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: Foyer de danse and the Le Papillon solo

Ashton Rediscovered Masterclass: “Foyer de danse”, coached by Ursula Hageli & Christopher Newton, and the “Le Papillon” solo, coached by Wayne Eagling. Jann Parry with a detail report for DanceTabs..

CCN Ballet de Lorraine in For Four Walls.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

CCN Ballet de Lorraine and Compagnie Amala Dianor – The Future Bursts In bill – London

★★★★✰   The title of the latest triple bill in the Linbury studio theatre is taken from The Observer’s dance critic’s review of the Merce Cunningham Company’s arrival in Britain in 1964.

Sarah Lamb in Raymonda Act III.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Concerto, Enigma Variations, Raymonda Act III – London

★★★★✰   It is all too easy to assume that the first triple bill of the Royal Ballet’s autumn season celebrates its creative heritage from the 1960s. In fact, two of the ballets were made for other companies…

Anna Rose O’Sullivan in Concerto.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Pam Tanowitz.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Pam Tanowitz – Choreographer and Director

Pam Tanowitz, well known in New York, just created her first work outside the States – for the Royal Ballet. It’s been a critical success and Jann Parry (who gave the work 5 stars) finds out what makes her tick and why so many directors are seeking Tanowitz out…

Everyone Keeps Me by Pam Tanowitz: Fumi Kaneko, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Hannah Grennell and Beatriz Stix-Brunell.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Merce Cunningham celebration: Cross Currents, Monotones II, Everyone Keeps Me – London

★★★★★   Quite some achievement by Pam Tanowitz, to have followed treasured works by Cunningham and Ashton with one that pays homage to both, yet stands on its own as her distinctive tapestry of dance.

Cross Currants by Merce Cunningham: Mayara Magri, Matthew Ball and Francesca Hayward.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet Merce Cunningham celebration – works by Cunningham, Ashton and Pam Tanowitz

Featuring works by Merce Cunningham, Frederick Ashton and Pam Tanowitz. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Joseph Sissens in Charlotte Edmonds' jojo.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet dancers at the Joyce Ballet Festival – Program A, An Evening of Solos and Duets – New York

★★★✰✰   Program A consisted of a string of solos and duets representing a slice of the company’s choreographic trajectory, from Frederick Ashton through Kenneth MacMillan to Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor, and Charlotte Edmonds.

The Dancing Under The Southern Skies book cover, featuring Leanne Benjamin, in a photo © Jason Bell.© Australian Scholarly Publishing. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Dancing Under The Southern Skies: A History of Ballet in Australia – by Valerie Lawson

Although Valerie Lawson’s context is wide-ranging, she brings individuals into focus with personal details, shining a spotlight onto their roles in Australian dance history. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from Australian archives, her book gives vivid life to long-gone personalities.

Royal Ballet School in David Bintley's Flowers of the Forest.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Summer Show, ROH Main Stage – London

★★★★✰   The choice of works emphasised ensembles more than individuals. It was interesting to see large numbers of young men dancing together, as well as a more usual female corps de ballet.

The Royal Ballet School in Goyo Montero's Pulse.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet School – Holland Park bill (mainly Upper School) – London

★★★★✰   The show overall gave us a good slice of what ballet is in 2019, and just how adaptable the students need to be these days – exciting times for them and exciting for us in the audience as well.

Samara Downs and Lachlan Monaghan in Hobson’s Choice.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Hobson’s Choice – London

★★★★✰   Big-hearted, whimsical, suffused with equal parts romance and drollness, Hobson’s Choice is a gem of the BRB repertoire – long may it keep being revived.

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