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MunichRaymonda

Raymonda
Glazunov: Raymonda
Marius Petipa; Ray Barra; Bavarian State Ballet; Michael Schmidtsdorff; Klaus Hellenstein; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

LondonRambert: Life is a Dream

Lutosławski: Life is a Dream
Kim Brandstrup; Rambert Dance Company

LondonJean Abreu: Solo for Two

Solo for Two
Jean Abreu; Jean Abreu Dance

AlmereNarnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Grimm
Ernst Meisner; Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company

CopenhagenBallet de Luxe

The Royal Danish Orchestra; Garrett Keast

ZürichFaustWorld première

Michelle Willems (Gretchen) and Jan Casier (Faust) © Gregory Batardon
Lazar: Faust
Edward Clug; Ballett Zürich; Mikhail Agrest; Marko Japelj; Leo Kulaš; William Moore
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Ignition and internal combustion from Sydney Dance Company

Janessa Dufty and Izzac Carroll © Pedro Greig
The world premiere of Rafael Bonachela's first full-length work in six years, *ab [intra]* features astounding partnering and lives up to its claim of representing the energy of the creative dance process.
****1
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Polina and Friends gala wins Berlin balletomanes

Organised by Berlin State Ballet audience’s darling, the principal dancer Polina Semionova, the gala Polina & Friends and its stellar cast literally left the house roaring from enthusiasm.
*****
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Scarlett delivers a triumphant new Swan Lake

Marianela Núñez (Odette) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A new Swan Lake is a test for any ballet company. Expectations ran high, but Liam Scarlett's new production hit the target. 
*****
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Tuckett's Elisabeth is revived at the Barbican

Yury Yanowsky and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Tuckett's richly-integrated Elizabeth contains some superb performances but is often overwhelmed in this transition to a much larger space 
***11
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Bejeweled Bodies in Philadelphia

Jacqueline Callahan, Zecheng Liang and Nayara Lopes in George Balanchine’s Jewels © Alexander Iziliaev
Pennsylvania Ballet's wraps up season with Balanchine
***11
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An Imperial ballet for the 21st century

Lia Cirio and Boston Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Liza Voll | Courtesy of Boston Ballet
In keeping this production of The Sleeping Beauty in the repertoire, Boston Ballet is providing a vital service to the history of classical ballet, developing its dancers to their fullest potential, and providing Boston audiences with a chance to enter into a magical world of the most exquisite beauty.
****1
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