"Yuri Grigorovich" tag
Poster for Mulan.© Hong Kong Dance Company. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – Mulan – Hong Kong

The production provides a welcome showcase for the power and virtuosity of the company’s men who are on magnificent form, led by the splendid Chen Jun.

Anna Tikhomirova (Fairy Audacity) in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

…but the production isn’t so interested in motivation, more in grand effects, and those were delivered. It was a glittering, ostentatious performance, though not one to catch the heart.

Alexei Ratmansky.© Fabrizio Ferri. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky – Balletic Musings, a Continuing Conversation

Do you perceive a difference between the musicality of American dancers and that of Russian dancers? AR: There is a huge difference in the musicality. I often found Russian dancers unmusical… But they have other qualities…

Bolshoi Ballet - Kingdom of the Shades in La Bayadere.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – La Bayadère – London

Grigorovich’s staging of Act III is masterly. He has the fakirs lull Solor into an opium-induced sleep in a setting that lifts away to reveal a rocky arch. Within it Solor sees a vision of Nikiya enticing him into a ballet blanc nirvana

Svetlana Zakharova and Alexander Volchkov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Grigorovich’s production is not concerned with dramatic plausibility or characterisation, which may account for Zakharova’s Odette remaining a remote vision and her Odile a cool doppelganger rather than a temptress.

Laszlo Seregi.© Hungarian National Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Tribute to Laszlo Seregi, Choreographer & Hungarian National Ballet director – London

Laszlo Seregi died on 11th May 2012 at the age of 83 and, one year on, the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Covent Garden hosted a tribute to his memory.

Poster image for the 2012 festival. © Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana 2012. (Click image for larger version)

23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2012

The festival was as intensive as ever, with three performances running on seven days, four on one day, some concurrently. The range and quality of dance overall was impressive.

Eifman Ballet dancers in Anna Karenina. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – Anna Karenina – London Coliseum

Boris Eifman is described in his company’s programme notes as a ‘choreographer-philosopher’ who wants to ‘draw spectators into the inexhaustible world of human passions’. His aim is to reinterpet the work of past geniuses to bring out their relevance to us today. …Eifman is the Ken Russell of St Petersburg.

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