★★★ The Washington Ballet new program titled Balanchine + Ashton showcased four works by the two great choreographers, who “forever shaped our art form,” as the company’s artistic director, Julie Kent, put it in her opening remarks.
★★★★ It’s comforting to know that at even my advanced age I can still be confounded even by hoary old Swan Lake.
★★★★ …undoubtedly one of the most visually stunning and dramatically meaningful Beauties you will ever find.
★★★★ The annual Icons gala provides the chance to see dancers who don’t often appear in London…
★★★★ How is the company looking? …the company looks good so far.
★★★★ In spite of all the problems with performing a proscenium arch ballet in an arena setting with a purpose-built stage, it is no less magical than any other production and in some ways, it works advantageously.
★★★★ The dancing is so enjoyable, the comedy so appealing, that any flaws in the story telling are easily overlooked.
★★★★ The Royal Ballet’s current production of The Sleeping Beauty, dating back to 2006, is a homage to Ninette de Valois and her faith that Marius Petipa’s Imperial Russian ballet should be the flagship of her British company.
★★★★ On the penultimate day of the fall season, I managed to catch a performance of New York City Ballet’s revival of Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace. The 1958 piece, which had its City Ballet premiere in 1966, was last performed here in 2000.
★★★ A 3 star production with 4 star performances…
★★★★★ As you would expect Diamonds was the highlight of the three part Jewels.
★★★ One of the earliest things I appreciated about Balanchine is that he made me feel okay about liking Tschaikovsky (as NYCB likes to spell it)…
★★★★ Now that we are all one more Nutcracker nearer death, as weary critic Richard Buckle used to bemoan, the Royal Ballet has given us a wintry bonne bouche of ballets to savour.
★★★ Come hell or high water, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will return to New York City Ballet, filling the theatre night after night. Balanchine made a ballet built to last, and it has not disappointed.
★★★★ Austin McCormick’s 青海福彩app官方下载 XIV continues to maintain the highest bar in balletic, baroque burlesque.
★★★★ Wright’s ending is the best ever, preserving the assurance of the Grand pas de deux that the future must surely be blissful.
★★ Although the first night audience was moved to a standing ovation, Swan Lake can and should be so much more than this stylised ritual…
★★★ A matinee in two halves: fine before the interval, with dire, dreary choreography in the second half. Thank goodness for the exhilarating Grand Défilé at the close.