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Nathalia Arja in Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances.© Sasha Iziliaev. (Click image for larger version)

Miami City Ballet – Opening Night Gala: Serenade, Symphonic Dances – New York

★★★★✰   This is dancing that makes one hungry for more.

New York City Ballet in Peter Martins’ staging of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – Washington

★★★✰✰ In his staging of La Sylphide, Martins not only removes the intermission, thus shortening the performance time, he also accelerates the pace of the events. It feels as if the story rushes at you with…

Kim Brandstrup.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Kim Brandstrup – Choreographer

It’s a busy time for Kim Brandstrup with premieres at Rambert, New York City Ballet and, later in spring, a full-evening work for Royal Danish Ballet. Jann Parry interviews one of the most thoughtful and reflective of choreographers…

New York City Ballet in the Scottish Reel section of La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

★★★✰✰ The Bournonville footwork and even the mime are there, but there’s little sense of joy or pathos of any kind.

Sylvie Guillem. © Gilles Tapie. (Click image for larger version)

2015 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Simone Damberg Wurtz and Miguel Altunaga in Kim Brandstrup's Transfigured Night.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – Transfigured Night, Frames, Rooster – Birmingham

Transfigured Night is a piece I could watch many times and find new things in…

Luke Schaufuss and Sarah Thompson in La Sylphide.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Queensland Ballet – La Sylphide – London

Australian audiences are lucky to have La Sylphide in Queensland Ballet’s repertoire…

Sarah Thompson in Schaufuss' La Sylphide.© David Kelly. (Click image for larger version)

A Heads-Up on Queensland Ballet, La Sylphide and company director Li Cunxin

Jann Parry on the award winning Peter Schaufuss “La Sylphide”, not seen in the UK in decades, and Li Cunxin’s Queensland Ballet who are bringing it to London this summer. Includes an interview with Cunxin…

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz in La Sylphide.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sylphide, Bournonville Divertissements – New York

At first glance, it’s hard to think of two choreographers more unalike than August Bournonville and Balanchine…

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Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella (+ The Enchanted Wanderer) – New York

…the Ukrainian-born soloist Anastasia Matvienko was a pliant, loose-limbed Cinderella who danced with uninhibited ease and looked perfectly at home in Ratmansky’s goofy interpretation of the character.

Susanne Grinder and Ulrik Birkkjaer in Napoli.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet’s Soloists and Principals – Bournonville Celebration – New York

To watch Bournonville is to see visages of Marie Taglioni or Carlotta Grisi lifted straight from a lithograph, complete with the sloping shoulders, the torso tipping from the waist and the demure demeanor. As to the men, Bournonville gave them stuff to do,..

Gudrun Bojesen in La Sylphide.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet’s Soloists and Principals – Bournonville Celebration – London

…we really are short-changed in not seeing these dancers more regularly.

Ulrik Birkkjaer and Gudrun Bojesen in La Sylphide.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Danish Ballet’s Soloists and Principals in Bournonville Celebration

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

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English National Ballet 2014/2015 Season

Full Details of the 2014 / 15 Season…

Jacqueline Clark, Yuhui Choe, Leticia Stock and Francesca Hayward in Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Serenade, Sweet Violets, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse – London

It’s always good to get back to mixed programmes after one of the Royal Ballet’s long runs of blockbusters, and better still when the first item on the bill is Balanchine’s timeless Serenade.

Cedric Lambrette, Benjamin Buza, Alexandra Lo Sardo and Alban Lendorf in Manon.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Manon – Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Ballet’s production of Manon is a rather different affair from the Covent Garden original which I fled from sometime in the 1990s and have never revisited….

Ida Praetorius, Christina Michanek and Amalie Adrian in Act 3 of Napoli.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – Napoli – Copenhagen

Most of this run of performances was sold out, or very nearly so, so the Copenhagen audience evidently appreciates what Hubbe is doing. To me, though, this latest revision of Napoli felt like a step too far…

Sarah Van Patten and Anthony Spaulding in Hans van Manen's Variations for Two Couples.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – 2014 Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

The best all-round piece of the evening is Hans van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples, from the exquisitely concise choreography by this still-relevant master…

Femke Mølbach Slot as Kate and Gregory Dean as Hank in Come Fly Away.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet & School – Come Fly Away, The Fable Maker – Copenhagen

…assuming that the company acquired Come Fly Away in the hopes of selling a lot of tickets and bringing in new audiences, it’s been a terrific success: the whole run is sold out …and I imagine that the standing ovation the night I was there is repeated every time.

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