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For dance and ballet fans, you can use our calendar to find a great selection of upcoming events and read reviews from top dance companies as well as smaller, lesser known artists and choreographers from around the world.
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Reviewed in New York

NYCB: 21st Century Choreographers

Teresa Reichlen and Company in Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit  © Paul Kolnik
This program was a good one to inspire your confidence about the future of choreography.
***11
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Reviewed in San Francisco

SFB: Sleeping Beauty

Sasha De Sola and Carlo Di Lanno in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty © Erik Tomasson
Watching this ballet, one is offered a glimpse of a past world and aesthetic, beautifully preserved.
****1
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Reviewed in London

Jakop Alhbon Company: Lebensraum

© Stephan van Hesteren
A stunning tribute to the surreal slapstick humour of Buster Keaton in stunning physical theatre 
****1
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Reviewed in Sydney

Michael Clark's Rock’n’roll Song has its Australian première

Daniel Corthon in Clarke's To a Simple Rock'n'Roll Song © Prudence Upton
The former wild child brings his acclaimed, and surprisingly pared back, triptych of modern dance to Sydney. 
***11
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Reviewed in New York

NYCB: All Balanchine

Dancers of NYCB in George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15 © Paul Kolnik
Judging by this show, New York City Ballet is doing fine in the aftermath of Peter Martins’s departure.
***11
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Reviewed in Berlin

Gauthier Dance: Nijinsky (Marco Goecke)

Rosario Guerra and Luke Prunty in Goecke's Nijinsky © Regina Brocke Klein
It is an excellent start for the Stuttgart based company, Gauthier Dance,  for the first time in Berlin, with Nijinsky by Marco Goecke.
****1
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The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

Louis XIV, represenetd as Louis Appolo © Wikicommons
It’s common knowledge that Louis XIV developed the foundations of classical ballet in the late 17th century, during his long and rather extraordinary reign as King of France. But was the French King the true mastermind of ballet technique? 

Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

Serge Lifar, dancer with Les Ballets Russes, and Director of the Paris Opéra Ballet © Wikicommons
Origins: from the Royal court of Louis XIV to neoclassicism.  The Paris Opera Ballet company has a long-standing History, dating back to 1662, and the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse by Louis XIV. At the time, the Academy’s mission was to develop the theatrical dance style performed in court, which noblemen and the King himself took part in.
Marie Taglioni in <i>La Sylphide</i>, 1832 © Wikicommons
Marie Taglioni in La Sylphide, 1832
© Wikicommons
Students of the Imperial Ballet School (St Petersburg) in Petipa's Fairy Tale , 1891 © Wikicommons

The influence of Italian virtuosity on Russian Ballet

From the courts of Italy during the Renaissance to the grandeur of the Russian Imperial Ballet, discover more about the influence of Italian virtuosity on Russian ballet
Carlotta Grisi and Marius Petipa, La Valse, Giselle © Wikicommons | Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France

A storybook world of ballet

From La Sylphide To Morris' contemporary The Hard Nut, fairytales are often at the centre of ballets' libretti
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Stepping into Tchaikovsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Ask anyone who claims to know nothing about ballet to actually name one, the chances are it will be one of Tchaikovsky's.
Tchaikovsky © Wikicommons

Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the Ugly Duckling of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was the second in the trilogy, completed in 1889, but has neither the dramatic thrust of Swan Lake nor the calorific sugar-coated charm of The Nutcracker in terms of popular appeal. 
Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) in the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker © Bill Cooper | Royal Opera House

The Nutcracker: casting a Christmas spell

Along with chestnuts, turkey and Carols from Kings, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. It has become a staple part of the festive season. 
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AmsterdamDon Quichotte

Don Quichotte
Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; Alexei Ratmansky; Dutch National Ballet; Marzio Conti; Jérôme Kaplan

BernTabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa
Various; James Wilton; Ishan Rustem; Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern

StockholmPuur

Puur
Various: Puur
Wim Vandekeybus; Royal Swedish Ballet

GenevaVoces (Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras)

Voces
Sara Baras; Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras

MunichThe Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew
Scarlatti: The Taming of the Shrew
John Cranko; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

ValenciaCompañía Antonio Gades

Compañía Antonio Gades
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Bright, Fast, Cool, Blue

Dores André and Ulrik Birkkjaer in Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes © Erik Tomasson
From the ethereal to the galavanting, the program offered a spectrun of emotions delivered with precise technique and abandoned energy. 
*****
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A ballet for all seasons: The Winter’s Tale returns

Ryoichi Hirano (Leontes) and Lauren Cuthbertson (Hermione) © Tristram Kenton
A strongly cast revival of The Winter's Tale by The Royal Ballet confirms one of Shakespeare's "problem plays" as perhaps being best suited to dance. 
****1
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From Ballet in Black to Pointed Parody

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas and Belle Beasley in Portugal's Behind the Mirror © Gregory Batardon
Made up of aspiring professional dancers from eight different nations, the Junior Ballett Zürich performs a programme of internationally renowned choreographers every two years.
***11
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NYCB: Martins / Walker / Ratmansky

Tiler Peck and Zachary Catazaro in Peter Walker’s dance odyssey © Paul Kolnik
Twelve years after its creation, we’re still talking about what’s going on in Russian Seasons and we’re still looking forward to what the next dancer in gold, or red, or green will do with the role.
***11
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NYCB: 21st Century Choreographers

Teresa Reichlen and Company in Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit  © Paul Kolnik
This program was a good one to inspire your confidence about the future of choreography.
***11
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Jakop Alhbon Company: Lebensraum

© Stephan van Hesteren
A stunning tribute to the surreal slapstick humour of Buster Keaton in stunning physical theatre 
****1
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