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[updated July 30, 2011]


San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
May and June 2011 Reviews

Ballet, as we know it today, exists in part because of Bournonville. There are steps that he created; teaching techniques that he developed; and an esthetic that he carefully and diligently fostered still present in today's classical and contemporary repertoire. We all owe a great deal to this artistic master. And, the Bay Area was fortunate and blessed to see his beloved company, The Royal Danish Ballet, as presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall.

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
April 2011 Reviews

Royal Danish Ballet - US Tour

'A Folk Tale'
by Carmel Morgan
June 8, 2011 - JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, Washington, DC

New York City Mixed Bills
by Jerry Hochman
June 14 and 19, 2011 - David H. Koch Theater, New York, NY

'The Lesson', 'La Sylphide'
by Colleen Boresta
June 19, 2011 - David H. Koch Theater, New York, NY

See also, Healther Desaulnier's May-June Bay Area Dance round up here

A Moveable Interview with Jonathan Chmelensky
by Toba Singer
Chmelensky, who is French, comes from a Venezuelan-Czech-U.S.family of ballet dancers. He trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, the Escuela Nacional des Artes in Havana, and besides dancing with the Royal Danish, is an after-hours DJ...

View from St. Petersburg

June Gala Concerts
by Catherine Pawlick
June 20 and 23, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Stars of the White Nights Festival - 'Swan Lake'
by Catherine Pawlick
June 18, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Stars of the White Nights Festival - 'Jewels'
by Catherine Pawlick
June 12, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Stars of the White Nights Festival - 'Carmen Suite', 'Symphony in C'
by Catherine Pawlick
June 8, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Mariinsky Ballet - Romeo and Juliet
by Catherine Pawlick
May 21, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Following debuts in “Don Quixote” and “Swan Lake” last week, Saturday night witnessed one more Mariinsky debut this month when second soloist Maria Shirinkina appeared as Juliet alongside principal dancer Vladimir Schklyarov in “Romeo and Juliet.”

Mariinsky Ballet - La Bayadére
by Catherine Pawlick
April 27, 2011-- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
It has been several years since Daria Pavlenko graced the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre – or any other stage for that matter – as the lead in a full-length ballet.  Maternity leave followed by a serious injury were the cause for the interruption for spectators who love and adore her, but the long draught ended on April 27...


Blast From the Past...

Due to an unexpected publishing hiatus in late 2010 and early 2011, we ended up with many excllent, but out of date submissions.  As we have time, we'll link to them below.

A Remembrance of Uwe Scholz
by Saul Marziali
November 2010

Ballet Nice: Preview of 'Marco Polo'
by Saul Marziali
November 2010

Ballett Basel: 'One of a Kind'
by Saul Marziali
Octoeber 10, 2010, Basel Opera House, Basel, Switzerland

English National Ballet: 'Romeo and Juliet'
by David Mead
November 2, 2010, Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, UK

Tanztheater Wuppertaal Pina Bausch : 'Iphigenie auf Tauris'
by David Mead
Octoeber 27, 2010, Sadler's Wells Theater, London, UK

Wayne McGregor/Random Dance: Far
by Lauren Butler
November 17, 2010, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK

Oregon Ballet Theatre - 'Sleeping Beauty'
by Dean Speer
October 9, 2010, Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR

Hoghe and Linyekula - 'Sans titre'
by Mark Franko and Juliet Neidish
September 18, 2010, Dance Theatre Workshop, NY, NY

SITI Company and Martha Graham Dance Company - 'American Document'
by Rosella Simonari
June 11, 2010, Joyce Theater, New York, NY


Portland's Parsons: A Comversation with Chauncey Parsons
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
Self image comes in waves – I try to keep it on the level of self-respect and to keep my self, my ego, in check, as you always realize you could be so much more. It’s always an emotional roller coaster and a fine line that is hard to find at times.

Interview with the RDB's Shelby Elsbree & Jon Axel Fransson
by Kate Snedeker
On the morning of the Erik Bruhn Competition, I had the pleasure of talking with the competitors from the Royal Danish Ballet, Shelby Elsbree and Jón Axel Fransson.  Elsbree, who is originally from Florida, joined the company in 2009, while Fransson...

Report From the Dance Critics' Association Conference 2011
by Dean Speer
The overall, arching theme of this year’s DCA Conference was not on procreation but rather on re-creation – of reconstruction and revivals in dance, centered around Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new production of the 1841 Romantic classic, “Giselle.” 

Interview with Ballet Nacional de Cuba's Grettel Morejon
by Toba SInger
Reviews of the recent Ballet Nacional de Cuba U.S. tours have consistently praised the work of company First Soloist Grettel Morejón, who is 22 years old. A tight rehearsal and performance schedule didn’t allow time for a formal interview, but I was able to chat with Morejón over dinner...


Hofesh Shechter Company- 'Political Mother - The Choreographer's Cut'
by David Mead
July 12, 2011 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
After the successful restaging of his “Uprising”/”In your rooms” programme at the Roundhouse two years ago, Hofesh Shechter has given the same treatment to his worldwide 2010 hit “Political Mother”.

Royal New Zealand Ballet -Triple Bill
by Davd Mead
July 14, 2011 -- Barbican Theatre, London, UK
With Peter Schaufuss’ Ballet and their guests Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev dancing Ashton’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Coliseum, and the Bolshoi about to descend on Covent Garden, a trip to the Barbican to see the relatively unknown Royal New Zealand Ballet ....

Sylvie Guillem - '6000 miles away'
by David Mead
July 5, 2011 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
To steal a line from a song, “There’s something in the way she moves”. ‘She’ is Sylvie Guillem who stormed back to the stage in “6000 miles away” (a reference to Japan, a country she loves), an evening of dance that held the Sadler’s Wells audience spellbound from beginning to end.

Moving On: UK School and Graduate Company Round-Up
by David Mead
Summer 2011 -- UK
There was plenty of interest in this year’s vocational school and graduate company shows, including some sparkling performances of well-known works as well as some promising student choreography.

Mariinsky Ballet - 'Anna Karenina'
by Jerry Hochman
July 11, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
It is a puzzling work at best, and despite the heroic efforts of Diana Vishneva and Yuri Smekalov, it is one of Mr. Ratmansky’s pieces that, to this viewer, is less than the sum of its parts.

'Giselle' - movie review
by Dean Speer
July 12, 2011 -- Federal Way, Washington
Ballet and dance viewed on film and similar mediums like television or even over the Internet such as You Tube, tends to flatten out and dull what is a three-dimensional, sharp, and kinetically felt art that, traditionally, is best experienced live.

Mariinsky Ballet - 'The Little Humpbacked Horse'
by Colleen Boresta
July 13 (m), 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
The Little Humpbacked Horse is based on a Russian fairytale written by Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov in 1834. Ballet versions of this story were choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon and Marius Petipa in the nineteenth century...

Mariinsky Ballet - 'Carmen Suite', 'Symphony in C', 'The Little Humpbacked Horse'
by Jerry Hochman
July 15, 16 (m, e), 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
All eyes were on Diana Vishneva as the partial curtain hiding her from view rose, and “Carmen Suite” began. She looked even more stunning than usual.

English National Ballet - Triple Bill
by David Mead and Ana-Abad Carles
July 21, 2011 -- London Coliseum, London, UK
Roland Petit may be a ballet legend in much of Europe, but in Britain his often expressionist work is little known. Top marks, then, to English National Ballet Artistic Director Wayne Eagling for bringing three of his most noted creations to the London stage.

The Limon Dance Compay - Mixed Bill
by Elizabeth McPherson
July 12, 2011 -- Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay Collehe, NY, NY
The Limón Dance Company has existed without the leadership of José Limón for 39 years. Limón’s work has always been the main staple repertory for the company. Without him choreographing over the past four decades, Carla Maxwell, as director, has deftly guided the company through changing times. It is a tricky navigation.

American Ballet Theatre - 'The Sleeping Beauty'
by Jerry Hochman
July 5, 6 and 9, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
In its original incarnation, “The Sleeping Beauty” lasted more than three hours (reportedly close to four hours including intermissions). Artistic directors and choreographers have been playing with “The Sleeping Beauty” ever since...

American Ballet Theatre - 'The Sleeping Beauty'
by Colleen Boresta
July 6, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
American Ballet Theatre’s current production of The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Kevin McKenzie, Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov, received a great deal of negative criticism when it premiered in 2007. Critics and audience members alike complained that ABT’s Sleeping Beauty had too many Disneyesque features.

American Ballet Theatre - 'Swan Lake'
by Colleen Boresta
July 2, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
Due to the incredible performances, especially of the two principal dancers, the July 2nd evening performance of Swan Lake retains its magic. As good as guest artist Polina Semionova was as Kitri in ABT’s Don Quixote...

American Ballet Theatre - 'Swan Lake'
by Jerry Hochman
July 1 and 2 (M, E), 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
At times, a performance that is hyped almost beyond reason becomes evaluated as a consequence of its hype, regardless of the actual quality of the performance. Either it was great because it was supposed to be...

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Bill
by David Mead
June 22, 2011 -- Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK
David Bintley may have still been something of an emerging choreographer back in 1987 when he made “Allegri diversi”, but it is full of the musicality for which he is now known. It also shows the influence of Ashton on the young choreographer.
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Martin Creed - Work No. 1020
by David Mead
June 14, 2011 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
The first few minutes are engaging of Martin Creed’s “Work No. 1020” are engaging. He ambles on stage ... he even apologises for the show, which as it turns out is a most appropriate comment.
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Pacific Northwest Ballet - Day of Dance
by Dean Speer
June 18, 2011 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s last shows of June were really all about change – the natural evolution of careers, the growth of artists, the reassurance of artistic hegemony, and of the inspired making and imparting of art.
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Pacific Northwest Ballet - Season Encore
by Dean Speer
June 12, 2011 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
With eight dancers leaving the
roster – Ariana Lallone, Jeffrey Stanton, Stanko Milov, Olivier Wevers, Chalnessa Eames, Stacy Lowenberg, Josh Spell and Barry Kerollis -- it was a full show of ballet excerpts that paid tribute to each ...
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Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Giselle'
by Dean Speer
June 9, 2011 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
This round, in addition to enjoying Jeffrey Stanton’s Hilarion, we were treated to Lesley Rausch as the title heroine, Batkhurel Bold as Albrecht, former PNB soloist Melanie Skinner as Giselle’s mother, Lindsi Dec as Myrtha, Chalnessa Eames and Sarah Ricard Orza as Myrtha's attendants, Moyna and Zulmé...

American Ballet Theatre - 'Coppelia'
by Colleen Boresta
June 18, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
Coppelia is a great introduction to the ballet for those both young and young-at-heart. American Ballet Theatre is currently using this concept as part of their advertising campaign in The New York Times. There were many children at the June 18th matinee of Coppelia, all of them (thankfully) very well behaved.

American Ballet Theatre - 'Coppelia'
by Jerry Hochman
June 17, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
Ms. Osipova played Swanilda with a little Kitri added: she was a pixie with an attitude. Indeed, the role suits Ms. Osipova well – Swanilda is supposed to express emotion, which Mr. Osipova does appropriately and successfully, without overdoing it.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Coppelia'
by David Mead
June 14, 2011 -- Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK
What a wonderful evening! It’s all part of the English tradition of course, but Birmingham Royal Ballet has always been rather good at those full-length story ballets packed with demi-character roles, and in Peter Wright’s production of “Coppélia” they show just why.

American Ballet Theatre - 'The Bright Stream'
by Colleen Boresta
June 11, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
In the 1990s the choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, rediscovered The Bright Stream. He rechoreographed the work and, beginning in 2003, it was again danced by the Bolshoi Ballet. The Bright Stream was a big hit and has remained so ever since.

American Ballet Theatre - 'The Bright Stream'
by Jerry Hochman
June 11 an 15, 2011 -- Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Bright Stream” is a puzzlement. It’s a comic story ballet, where the story is more silly than funny, and unlike many other comic story ballets, it has no classical pedigree, no hidden message, and not a serious bone it its body. But it also has some wonderful choreography, beautifully executed...

English National Ballet - 'Strictly Gershwin'
by David Mead
June 9, 2011 -- Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
The first half of the “Strictly Gershwin” is called “Gershwin on Broadway”, the second “Gershwin in Hollywood”, but Deane falls way short of recreating either. In fact, and as the title implies, the show has far more connection with television light entertainment. It is bright and breezy.

New York City Ballet - 'Jewels'
by Jerry Hochman
June 4, 2011 -- David Koch Theatre, New York, NY
“Emeralds” was led by Abi Stafford and Sebastien Marcovici, and Jenifer Ringer and Jonathan Stafford, and also featured Ana Sophia Scheller, Antonio Carmena, and Erica Pereira; “Rubies” by Ashley Bouder, Gonzalo Garcia, and Teresa Reichlen; and “Diamonds” by Maria Kowroski and Charles Askegard. There was not a less than stellar performance from any of them...

Jasmin Vardimon's 'Yesterday'
by Ana Abad-Carles
June 9, 2011 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Jasmin Vardimon's “Yesterday” was created in 2008 as a collage of previous works the choreographer had created in order to mark the company's tenth anniversary. Memory was the theme behind the work and the choreographer used the idea of how memories are revived in our minds in sometimes disconnected ways, as the link that put all her different parts together.

New York City Ballet - Dancers' Choice
by Jerry Hochman
June 12, 2011-- David Koch Theatre, NY, NY
For the past two years, New York City Ballet has concluded its Spring season with what it calls a “Dancers’ Choice” performance to benefit the Dancers’ Emergency Fund... The entire show is run by the dancers, who select the pieces and the performers. With lower than usual ticket prices and a house abundantly populated by dancers, the evening had the feel of a gala for the common balletomaniac.

Menhir Company - 'Nina and the Clouds'
by Rosella Simonari
May 21, 2011-- Teatro Kismet, Bari, Italy
Can a modern fable be told through a dance theatre performance? The Italian Menhir Company has the answer to this question and it is a remarkable yes. Since its inception in 2007, the Company has created dance theatre performances directed to young audiences and their last production, “Nina e le nuvole” [Nina and the clouds], is another successful kinetic storytelling

Romeo and Juliet

A selection of our past Romeo & Juliet reviews from around the ballet world. The image gallery will be updated as our editors are available!

American Ballet Theatre
by Jerry Hochman
July 10, 2010 matinee, Metropolitan Opera House, NYC, NY

Pacific Northwest Ballet
by Dean Speer
February 2, 2008, McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Love in Death
by David Mead
February 2006

National Ballet of Canada
by Kate Snedeker
March 11, 2009, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, ON

New York City Ballet
by Elizabeth McPherson
May 10, 2007, NY State Theatre, NYC, NY

Pennsylvania Ballet
by Lori Ibay
June 10, 2005, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA

Bolshoi Ballet
by Cassandra
July 26, 2004,The Royal Opera House, London, UK

Kirov Ballet
by Catherine Pawlick
June 20, 2006, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley
by Dean Speer
March 10, 2006, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, CA

Royal New Zealand Ballet
by Kate Snedeker
May 13, 2004, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, UK

Tulsa Ballet
by Gretchen Collins
September 29, 2007, Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, OK

Universal Ballet
by Jeff Kuo
August 7, 2004, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA

editors' choice

· National Ballet of Canada - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
June 4- 23, Toronto, Ontario
The National Ballet of Canada presents the North American premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's highly praised take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

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