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Devon Teuscher as Myrta in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – Washington

★★★★✰   I saw two performances; each of them demonstrated why Giselle is still so popular even 180 years after the ballet’s premiere.

Heather Ogden and Harrison James in The Sleeping Beauty.© Teresa Wood. (Click image for larger version)

The National Ballet of Canada – The Sleeping Beauty – Washington

★★★★✰   …undoubtedly one of the most visually stunning and dramatically meaningful Beauties you will ever find.

Noaya Ebe in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.© Karolina Kuras. (Click image for larger version)

The National Ballet of Canada – Works by Forsythe, Kylián and Ratmansky – Washington

★★★✰✰   The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, the opening dance of the first program, is Forsythe burrowing into the neoclassical cannon and a nod to the style and traditions of George Balanchine.

Mariinsky Ballet in Paquita.© Darian Volkova. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Paquita – Washington

★★★✰✰   This three-act three-hour-long Paquita is a brainchild of Smekalov, who is a second soloist with the company. He wrote his own libretto, largely borrowing from the Cervantes novella La Gitanilla…

Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia in Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Balanchine, Robbins & Reisen quad bill – Washington

★★★✰✰   Opus 19 feels at once nostalgic, mysterious and dreamy…

EunWon Lee and Gian Carlo Perez in Romeo and Juliet.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Romeo and Juliet – Washington

★★★✰✰   A strikingly beautiful ballerina, with a lissome body and expressive features, EunWon Lee is an ideal Juliet…

Suzanne Farrell Ballet, with Heather Ogden and Thomas Garrett, center, and the corps de ballet, in Chaconne, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. (phew!)Image © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances – Washington

★★★★★   As artistic director of her own troupe, Farrell was able to take her devotion to Balanchine and her aspiration to promote and preserve his legacy to a new level. For nearly 20 years, Washington audiences have enjoyed an annual mini-festival of Balanchine’s works…

Carmen de Lavallade immediately after receiving her Honors medallion.© John P. Filo/CBS. (Click image for larger version)

Carmen de Lavallade Honoured at The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honours

Dancer, choreographer, actress, teacher, director, writer, and mentor, Carmen de Lavallade is a true artist in every sense of the word – and a true legend.

Natalia Magnicaballi in Tzigane.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Feature – Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s Final Performances in Washington

This season the Suzanne Farrell Ballet is bidding farewell to its audiences with final performances at the Kennedy Center Opera House, December 7-9. There will be two programs, each featuring a selection of George Balanchine’s choreographic gems…

Mariinsky Ballet in La Bayadere - Kingdom of the Shades.© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – La Bayadѐre – Washington

★★★✰✰   Since its creation 140 years ago, La Bayadѐre has been one of the Mariinsky Ballet’s calling cards and the Russian company can make this enduring classic shine in all its stylistic glory and theatrical splendor.

Jessica Lang.© Kazu. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang – Catching up with the Choreographer and Director

Answer: “Do it!” Question: “What advice would you give to a young dancer who aspires to choreograph?”

Tiler Peck and the company in The Times Are Racing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – American Rhapsody, The Four Temperaments, The Times Are Racing – Washington

★★★✰✰   To watch works created by the 29-year old Justin Peck, resident choreographer of New York City Ballet, is to experience what it feels like to be young.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz in Ratmansky's Odessa.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Square Dance, Tarantella, Odessa, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes – Washington

★★★★★   Alexei Ratmansky’s Odessa left me breathless. The dancing (I saw both casts) was phenomenal on all levels: assured, expressive, and thoroughly dramatic.

Sarah Steele in Ethan Stiefel's Frontier.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Lilac Garden, The Dream, Frontier (premiere) – Washington

★★★✰✰   Ethan Stiefel’s Frontier, his first significant commission, had all the right ingredients… Yet the ballet, with its space travel theme, didn’t leave much of an impression…

Students of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in Garden of Dreams.© Teresa Wood. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Opening Night Celebration 2017 – Washington

★★★★✰   Ballet Across America – a festival that showcases the stylistic, creative and geographical diversity of American ballet – returned to the Kennedy Center this month…

Silvia Azzoni (Mermaid) and Carsten Jung (the Prince) in The Little Mermaid.© Holger Badekow. (Click image for larger version)

Hamburg Ballet – The Little Mermaid – Washington

★★★✰✰   It’s a somber and dark story; yet in Neumeier’s hands it gets even darker. Don’t expect Disney’s happily-ever-after – this Little Mermaid is certainly not for children.

Anastasia Matvienko in The Little Humpbacked Horse.© Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – The Little Humpbacked Horse – Washington

★★★★✰   Who knew the Mariinsky dancers are a group of profoundly entertaining comedians?

American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – Washington

★★★★✰   Making her debut in the role of Odette/Odile 28-year-old soloist Devon Teuscher emerged as a shining star in American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center Opera House last week.

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh in Cinderella.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Cinderella – Washington

★★★✰✰   Yet for all its narrative surprises and witty designs, this Cinderella is a curiously underwhelming work when it comes to the choreography.

Mariko Kida and Anthony Lomuljo in Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo.© Gert Weigelt. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Swedish Ballet – Juliet and Romeo – Washington

★★★✰✰   The production nevertheless intrigues the eye and is fueled by the exceptional dancing of the company’s talented and dedicated dancers.

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