"Northern Ballet Theatre" tag
Liam Lindsay and Amy McEntee in Christopher Bruce's Mya.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2017 Tour – London

★★★✰✰   At the end of the evening was what you might call the blockbuster piece of the tour – 30 minutes of Matthew Bourne in the form of Act II of his “Highland Fling”. Bourne’s take on “La Sylphide” is a wonderful piece of work, full of wit, style and pathos…

Dane Hurst, Estela Merlos, Mathieu Geffre and Hannah Kidd in Didy Veldman's The Happiness Project.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Umanoove / Didy Veldman – The Happiness Project – Bracknell

★★★✰✰   Veldman sure knows how to pick all the right ingredients for a dance show – but they really need presenting in a less cryptic way than they are here. But do go to see great contemporary dancers and a great violinist strut their stuff and enjoy it for that…

David Drew in his later years - here as the Duke of Courland in Giselle.© John Ross, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: David Drew, Royal Ballet Principal, with the company 56 years

David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russees – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today.

Delia Mathews (The Suicide) and Cesar Morales (The Stranger) in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – London

Gillian Lynne has made Helpmann and Benthall’s wartime collaboration into a gutsy dramatic ballet, probably with more choreography than Helpmann attempted.

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

Thomas Edwards and Bethany Pike in Mapping #3.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2013 Tour with Bhuller, Marney, Gable and others – London

While I wasn’t wowed by the closer, as I left I couldn’t stop talking about the Bhuller and Gable and wishing to see major companies put them both on in full. That and the usual thought: Another year, another fine night from Ballet Central – well done all.

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