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BWW Review: ROYAL BALLET LIVE: WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: ROYAL BALLET LIVE: WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - November 17, 2020

This latest gala from the Royal Ballet had been planned to be performed in front of a live and appreciative audience, drinking in their first in-person, post lockdown performance. Alas, the stars did not align, but the tenacity of the Opera house team means this “all guns blazing” display is still a...
BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ALL-DIGITAL SEASON, REP 2 Filmed at McCaw Hall Photo BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ALL-DIGITAL SEASON, REP 2 Filmed at McCaw Hall
by Sondra Forsyth - November 13, 2020

From November 12th to November 16th 2020, Pacific Northwest Ballet offers Rep 2...
BWW Review: STAATSBALLETT BERLIN'S GISELLE at Staatsoper Berlin Photo BWW Review: STAATSBALLETT BERLIN'S GISELLE at Staatsoper Berlin
by Vikki Jane Vile - October 31, 2020

I had been vividly envisioning my return to live theatre for seven months before attending Staatsballett Berlin’s performance of Giselle. However one scenario I had not accounted for was that my first show back, would also be the last for a while, as Germany is plunged into another “lockdown light” ...
BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ALL-DIGITAL SEASON OPENER “REP 1” Filmed at Mc Photo BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ALL-DIGITAL SEASON OPENER “REP 1” Filmed at McCaw Hall
by Sondra Forsyth - October 16, 2020

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BWW Review: THE ROYAL BALLET: BACK ON STAGE, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: THE ROYAL BALLET: BACK ON STAGE, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - October 11, 2020

The Royal Ballet returned to the stage for the first time in seven months on Friday night. Yes, I could contextualise about how this was bitter sweet and dampened by social distancing but, the dance was too stupendous to give any time to that so let's not and just marvel about how wonderful it was t...
BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Virtually With Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Ba Photo BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Virtually With Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Ballet.
by Brian Hilbrand - September 29, 2020

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Romeo and Juliet, the first of three new shows in the 2020 Season.  Pathwaves presented by SpartanNash, is the Symphonya??s reimagined 2020-2021 artistic seasons.  For the 2020 part of the season they are sharing the gift of music with the West Michigan community throu...
BWW Review: SEEING THROUGH DARKNESS at Art Gallery Of South Australia Photo BWW Review: SEEING THROUGH DARKNESS at Art Gallery Of South Australia
by Barry Lenny - September 25, 2020

It left me with a tear in my eye. It was marvellous....
BWW Review: EMERGING DANCER 2020, English National Ballet HQ Photo BWW Review: EMERGING DANCER 2020, English National Ballet HQ
by Vikki Jane Vile - September 24, 2020

English National Balleta??s Emerging Dancer marks the companya??s first live performance since lockdown and the opener to their newly curated Digital Season as a response to the current COVID-19 restrictions. The annual award sees six dancers from the most junior rank of the company perform a classi...
BWW Review: 'FROM AFRICA' LEAPS ACROSS THE SCREEN at THE 39TH BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Photo BWW Review: 'FROM AFRICA' LEAPS ACROSS THE SCREEN at THE 39TH BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL
by Cindy Sibilsky - September 01, 2020

All of these companies were planning to premiere their works live in the U.S. this year but shifted to adapt. One takeaway is clear, the continent of Africa is producing some of the most exciting and innovative dance worldwide while remaining true to their roots. From Africa at Battery Dance Festiva...
BWW Review: BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET'S CINDERELLA, Birmingham Hippodrome Photo BWW Review: BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET'S CINDERELLA, Birmingham Hippodrome
by Vikki Jane Vile - August 28, 2020

Birmingham Royal Ballet looks a lot different today than it did ten years ago when this performance for David Bintleya??s Cinderella was filmed. A return to a familiar classic makes for heartwarming quarantine viewing, as well as an opportunity to watch fine dancers who have since retired....
BWW Review: DIAVOLO Architechture in Motion Presents THIS IS ME: LETTERS FROM THE FRO Photo BWW Review: DIAVOLO Architechture in Motion Presents THIS IS ME: LETTERS FROM THE FRONT LINES
by Valerie-Jean Miller - August 07, 2020

DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion presents This Is Me: Letters From The Front Lines....
BWW Review: NEW WORKS 2020 (& BEYOND) Photo BWW Review: NEW WORKS 2020 (& BEYOND)
by Barbara Trainin Blank - August 04, 2020

Contemporary Dance is a collaborative style, including modern and ballet elements, as well as sometimes jazz and hip hop. This fusion is the trademark of Chamber Dance Project, the D.C.—based company, with founding artistic director Diane Coburn Bruning at its helm....
BWW Review: Naia Productions And La Compagnie Maguy Marin Present M at Virtual Photo BWW Review: Naia Productions And La Compagnie Maguy Marin Present M at Virtual
by Rose Marija - July 23, 2020

Maguy Marin, L'Urgence D'Agir (A Time to Act), 2019 is a powerful and riveting film, directed by David Mambouch, giving the viewer a fascinating glimpse into the career and unique choreographic mind of Maguy Marin. ...
BWW Review: CINDERELLA IN-THE-ROUND, Royal Albert Hall Photo BWW Review: CINDERELLA IN-THE-ROUND, Royal Albert Hall
by Vikki Jane Vile - July 10, 2020

There were few greater joys in dance in 2019 than English National Ballet's Cinderella-in-the-round, which played to full auditoriums for 10 days last summer in London. After recent events, it already feels like a lifetime ago, so it's a particular treat to relive it now, as the last of their series...
BWW Review: LIVE FROM COVENT GARDEN - DANCE, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: LIVE FROM COVENT GARDEN - DANCE, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - June 30, 2020

The third installment of Live from Covent Garden is the first to feature two ballet performances instead of one, and all the stronger for it. The result is a more rounded experience for arts fans and the choice of pas de deux more satisfying than those seen before. ...
BWW Review: MANON, Manchester Opera House Photo BWW Review: MANON, Manchester Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - June 27, 2020

The latest installment from English National Ballet's series of a?oewatch partiesa?? is Kenneth MacMillan's emotionally demanding Manon. This filming shows a recent performance from late 2018 in Manchester with a stellar cast, most notably Alina Cojocaru in the title role with excellent and memorabl...
BWW Review: Martha Graham's IMMEDIATE TRAGEDY in Honor of Juneteenth Photo BWW Review: Martha Graham's IMMEDIATE TRAGEDY in Honor of Juneteenth
by Valerie-Jean Miller - June 22, 2020

Inspired by archival remnants of Martha Graham's “Immediate Tragedy,” a solo she created in 1937 in response to the Spanish Civil War, and in collaboration with composer Henry Cowell, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Los Angeles-based Wild Up music collective, and The Soraya have created an inno...
BWW Review: LA FILLE MAL GARDEE, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: LA FILLE MAL GARDEE, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - June 14, 2020

The Royal Opera House continues to treat us to a fortnightly fix of ballet and what relief this latest edition is. After some rather sombre, heavier narrative works, the froth and joy of Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardée is balm for the soul. Balletomanes will want to pour over this 2005 record...
BWW Review: MAYERLING, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: MAYERLING, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - June 13, 2020

Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling is the vivid dramatisation of the life of Crown Prince Rudolph and his death alongside his young mistress Mary Vetsera in 1889. A staple of the Royal Ballet's repertoire since its premiere in 1978, it is known for the rigorous demands on the central male dancer, but is ...
BWW Review: AVIVA - DANCE FILM at Virtual Theatrical Premier Photo BWW Review: AVIVA - DANCE FILM at Virtual Theatrical Premier
by Amber Adams - June 09, 2020

AVIVA - DANCE FILM at Virtual Theatrical Premier this Friday, June 12...
BWW Review: ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET - SWAN LAKE, Liverpool Empire Photo BWW Review: ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET - SWAN LAKE, Liverpool Empire
by Vikki Jane Vile - May 28, 2020

The next lockdown treat courtesy of English National Ballet comes in the form of Derek Deane's Swan Lake. This production last ran over the 2018/19 Winter season with this particular performance seeing Principals Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez in the leading roles....
BWW Perspective: Video of PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S Dress Rehearsal of Kent Stowell' Photo BWW Perspective: Video of PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S Dress Rehearsal of Kent Stowell's SWAN LAKE Recorded at McCaw Hall
by Sondra Forsyth - May 23, 2020

During the 2020 global pandemic, PNB is offering audiences the opportunity to enjoy at no cost a series of limited-time-only videos in lieu of this season's cancelled live season....
BWW Announcement: PNB SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION: KENT STOWELL'S 'SWAN LAKE' Recorded Photo BWW Announcement: PNB SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION: KENT STOWELL'S 'SWAN LAKE' Recorded at McCaw Hall
by Sondra Forsyth - May 22, 2020

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BWW Review: ANASTASIA, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: ANASTASIA, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - May 17, 2020

The latest ballet to feature as part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse series is Kenneth Macmillan's Anastasia, the true story of Anna Anderson who claimed to be the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and the only survivor of the Russian Royal family's assassination in 1918....
BWW Review: THE ROYAL BALLET - THE WINTER'S TALE, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: THE ROYAL BALLET - THE WINTER'S TALE, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - May 03, 2020

The second opportunity for online audiences to enjoy some Royal Ballet repertoire over lockdown is Christopher Wheeldon's adaptation of The Winter's Tale. First premiering in 2014, it has proved popular with ballet fans and has subsequently been programmed in 2016 (this recording) and 2018....