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Maia Makhateli, Daniel Camargo and ensemble in Swan Lake © Marc Haegeman
Amsterdam

A Swan Lake of awe inspiring beauty in Amsterdam

By , 16 March 2019
****1
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Polish National Ballet in Swan Lake © E Krasucka
Montreal

Swan Lake: if it ain't broke, don't fix it

By , 21 February 2019
***11
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Marianela Núñez (Kitri) and Vadim Muntagirov (Basilio) © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
London

Núñez and Muntagirov light up Don Quixote

By , 15 February 2019
***11
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Alexandria Marx and Dingkai Bai in What got you here © Hans Gerritsen
Gouda

A boisterous Junior Company showcases experimental choreography in Gouda

By , 05 February 2019
***11
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Mathilde Froustey in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote © Erik Tommason
San Francisco

A festive, spirited Don Quixote opens San Francisco Ballet’s 86th season

By , 25 January 2019
****1
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Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández in English National Ballet's Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo
London

A Swan Lake worth seeing again at the Coliseum

By , 03 January 2019
*****
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Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall © Annabel Moeller
London

Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker lights up London's Albert Hall

By , 28 December 2018
****1
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Waltz of the Snowflakes, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' Nutcracker © Veronyc Vachon
Montreal

A Christmas miracle: Les Grands Ballets' updated Nutcracker

By , 15 December 2018
****1
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Rina Kanehara and Jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker closes 2018 at the Coliseum

By , 13 December 2018
***11
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San Francisco Ballet in The Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker proudly carries on the tradition

By , 12 December 2018
****1
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Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
London

Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns to launch the festive season

By , 03 December 2018
****1
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Kansas City Ballet in The Nutcracker © Brett Pruitt
Kansas City

A Nutcracker in Wonderland from Kansas City Ballet

By , 01 December 2018
***11
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Nicoletta Manni (Dulcinea), Maria Celeste Losa (Queen of Dryades), La Scala's Don Quixote © Darren Thomas
Brisbane

La Scala's Don Quixote brings festive joy to Brisbane

By , 17 November 2018
****1
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Tatiana Melnik (Kitri), Hungarian National Ballet's Don Quixote © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
New York City

The Hungarian National Ballet debuts its Don Quixote in NY

By , 09 November 2018
****1
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Polina Semionova (Nikia) and Alejandro Virelles (Solor) in Ratmansky's La Bayadère © Yan Revazov
Berlin

Travelling through time: Ratmansky’s Bayadère premieres at the Staatsballett

By , 04 November 2018
****1
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Marianela Nuñez (Nikiya) in La bayadère © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
London

Marianela Nuñez shines in a star-studded, polished Bayadère at the Royal Ballet

By , 01 November 2018
****1
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The Little Humpback Horse © Zoran Jelenic
London

Les Ballets Trockadero's UK tour opens with a bang at the Peacock

By , 11 September 2018
***11
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St Petersburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake © KT
London

Stepanova shines over St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's London season

By , 29 August 2018
***11
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Alina Cojocaru (Aurora) © Laurent Liotardo
London

Alina Cojocaru charms as Aurora in a Sleeping Beauty lacking lustre

By , 06 June 2018
***11
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Viktorina Kapitonova (Odette) © Carlos Quezada
Zürich

Kapitonova enchants in Ratmansky's Zurich Swan Lake

By , 03 June 2018
****1
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Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel © Yan Revazov
Berlin

Polina and Friends gala wins Berlin balletomanes

By , 17 May 2018
*****
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Marianela Núñez (Odette) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

A keeper: Scarlett delivers a triumphant new Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet

By , 17 May 2018
*****
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Lia Cirio and Boston Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Liza Voll | Courtesy of Boston Ballet
Boston

An Imperial ballet for the 21st century in Boston

By , 11 May 2018
****1
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Wagga Wagga

Clara captivates in Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker

By , 09 April 2018
****1
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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s For Four © Rosalie O'Connor
Philadelphia

Sparkling Grace and Grandeur from Pennsylvania Ballet

By , 06 April 2018
****1
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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Swan Lake © Alexander Iziliaev
Philadelphia

Successful storytelling in Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan Lake

By , 08 March 2018
****1
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Momoko Hirata (Princess Aurora) and Mathias Dingman (Prince Florimund) © Bill Cooper
Southampton

All that glitters: an opulent Sleeping Beauty returns to Birmingham Royal Ballet

By , 31 January 2018
***11
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Sasha De Sola and Carlo Di Lanno in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

A Dazzling Return of San Francisco Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty

By , 23 January 2018
****1
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Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in Balanchine's Stars And Stripes (Ch: George Balanchine) © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

The Grit and Glamour of San Francisco Ballet's 85th Season Gala

By , 18 January 2018
***11
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© Veronyc Vachon
Montreal

Three reasons to see a Sunday matinée of Casse Noisette

By , 17 December 2017
***11
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Rubén Martín Cintas in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tommason
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker an oasis of delight

By , 13 December 2017
****1
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Guilherme Menezes (the Nutcracker) and Shiori Kase (Clara) in ENB’s Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet: The Nutcracker

By , 13 December 2017
****1
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Sophie Martin (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Christopher Harrison (The Nutcracker) © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a festive delight at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

By , 09 December 2017
****1
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© Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy of Boston Ballet
Boston

The Nutcracker: Boston Ballet's elegant take on a Christmas classic

By , 03 December 2017
***11
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Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Alexander Iziliaev
Philadelphia

Classics and Clichés: Penn Ballet's Sleeping Beauty

By , 20 October 2017
****1
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Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in Paquita © Jennie Walton
London

An evening of Contrasts from the Mariinsky Ballet

By , 08 August 2017
***11
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Xander Parish (Siegfried) © Natasha Razina
London

From Hull to St Petersburg: Xander Parish makes Mariinsky History

By , 27 July 2017
****1
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Viktoria Tereshkina (Kitri) and Kimin Kim (Basilio) © Jennie Walton
London

Tereshkina and Kim add fire to the Mariinsky Ballet’s dusty Don Quixote

By , 24 July 2017
***11
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Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin in Le Corsaire © MIRA
New York City

Skylar Brandt’s Surprise Corsaire Debut

By , 05 June 2017
****1
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Herman Cornejo in Don Quixote © Gene Schiavone
New York City

Trials and Tribulations at Kitri’s Wedding

By , 19 May 2017
***11
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Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Wheeldon's Cinderella © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Wheeldon’s Cinderella infuses elegance with the weird and wonderful

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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© Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Precision and Beauty in San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake

By , 31 March 2017
****1
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Swan Lake © Carlos Quezada (2016)
Zürich

A Swan Lake reconstruction: Ratmanksy's living theatre in Zurich

By , 18 March 2017
***11
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Edinburgh

Moscow City Ballet's Sleeping Beauty delights the Edinburgh Playhouse

By , 24 February 2017
*****
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Osiel Gouneo (Solor) © Wilfried Hösl
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Arts Festival Opens with Bayerisches Staatsballett’s Eye-Catching Bayadère

By , 16 February 2017
***11
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Misty Copeland (Odette) © Gene Schiavone
Washington

Human Swans, Patriarchal Villains and Misty Copeland with ABT on tour

By , 27 January 2017
****1
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© Ryan James Davies
Stirling

Ballet West's Swan Lake at MacRobert Arts Centre in Stirling

By , 20 January 2017
***11
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Sarah Lamb (Aurora) and Vadim Muntagirov (Florimund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Imperial grandeur: a sumptuous Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Ballet

By , 21 December 2016
****1
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© Laurent Liotardo
London

Confusion in the chocolate box: a return for Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker at ENB

By , 14 December 2016
**111
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Ruben Martin (Drosselmeyer) and company in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet brings on the holidays with Tomasson's elegant, classic Nutcracker.

By , 10 December 2016
****1
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