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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.

Lauren Cuthbertson in The Sleeping Beauty.© ROH / Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

….thanks and admiration to Francesca Hayward for a blithe, swift Songbird Fairy, probably the most pleasing I’ve ever seen…

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).

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote (Acosta production) – London

It’s especially challenging for the Royal Ballet, whose repertoire and style are built on the subtle understatement of Frederick Ashton and the deep psychological explorations of Kenneth MacMillan: hot-blooded Latin exuberance is not really their thing…

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…

Andrej Uspenski.© Andrej Uspenski, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Andrej Uspenski – Photographer, Royal Ballet First Artist

Words with the man and thoughts on the Behind the Scenes at The Royal Ballet book from Graham Watts. Details of his next book too – on Natalia Osipova…

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…

Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Nutcracker live screening in cinemas – Everywhere

There were revelations on-screen, too. …How many first-time spectators spot that the Biedermeyer-period Christmas cake in the Act 1 party provides the marzipan-and-icing set for Act II?

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.

Royal Ballet – Concerto, Las Hermanas, Requiem – London

It’s an interesting evening, showing both choreographer and company at their best and at somewhat less than that.

Nathalie Harrison and Elizabeth Harrod in Liam Scarlett's Viscera.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Viscera, Infra, Fool’s Paradise – London

After the urban angst of Infra, Fool’s Paradise concludes the evening on a sigh of pleasure. This triple bill is proof indeed that contemporary ballet is alive and thriving.

Marianela Nuñez in Liam Scarlett, Will Tuckett and Jonathan Watkins' Diana & Actaeon.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Titian 2012: Machina, Trespass, Diana & Actaeon – London

Seeing the programme twice confirmed my initial impression that Trespass is the best-wrought work. The other two ballets are interesting as concepts rather than as polished productions. But the programme’s emphasis on creativity and collaboration means that Monica Mason’s farewell contribution to the art form in which she has invested her considerable energy will carry on germinating ideas long after she leaves.

Melissa Hamilton and Edward Watson in Romeo and Juliet. © Bill Cooper and courtesy of ROH.

Royal Ballet – Melissa Hamilton debut in Romeo and Juliet – London

They were at last in tune with each other in the bedroom pas de deux, both despairing at his departure. Hamilton came into her own as an actress in her cumulative rage at her parents’ lack of understanding; her resentment at being forced to be Paris’s puppet was compelling. She’d changed from a helpless child to an inwardly defiant young woman…

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