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Instrument: Dancer

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TokyoBallet for Children: Cinderella

Ballet for Children: Cinderella
Prokofiev: Cinderella
Enrico Cecchetti; Lev Ivanov; Marius Petipa; Sachiko Ogura; The National Ballet of Japan; Asami Maki; Naoji Kawaguchi; Yui Yonezawa; Shun Iwaza

ViennaBernstein at 100: A Celebration

Bernstein
National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Barrett; Misty Copeland; Tony Yazbeck; Paquito D'Rivera; Erin Morley

KuhmoCrossover

Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Basie
Sergey Malov; Juhani Lagerspetz; Valeria Resjan; Nino Gvetadze

SalzburgL'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308New Production

L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
William Christie; Jan Lauwers; Lemm & Barkey; Sonya Yoncheva; Kate Lindsey

TokyoJapon Dance Project 2018xNBJ: Summer / Night / DreamWorld Première

Japon Dance Project 2018xNBJ: Summer / Night / Dream
Summer / Night / Dream
JAPON Dance project; Yasuyuki Endo; Mimoza Koike; Masahiro Yanagimoto; Takumi Hasegawa; Mylla Ek; Yukichi Hattori; Yurie Tsugawa

RigaBolero

Bolero
Ravel
Milana Komarova; Antons Freimans; Atila Egerhazi; Aleksandra Astreina; Krzysztof Pastor; Unknown; Latvian National Ballet; Farhads Stade; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Florains Verhejens; Bregje van Balen

BerlinRomeo and Juliet

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, choral symphony
Sasha Waltz; Sasha Waltz & Guests; Thomas Søndergård; Pia Maier-Schriever; Bernd Skodzig
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The Skating Rink: Shivers up and down the spine

Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
Tough, thrilling, ambitious and new: The Skating Rink is an exciting new major commission by Garsington, and its world première delivered on every level.
*****
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Two Gordon Getty operas get the Masterpiece Theatre treatment

Keith Phares (Roderick Usher), Jamielyn Duggan (Madeline Usher) and Dominic Armstrong (Poe) © Craig T Mathew
Two charming operas featured splendid singing in a haze of choreography, staging and projections in a setting that had the feel of being live in a surround sound movie theater. 
****1
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Williamson breaks new ground with BRB

Artists of BRB in Williamson's Embrace © Emma Kauldhar
It is good to see Birmingham Royal Ballet in such fine fettle. This triple bill is well conceived and deftly performed. Not always flawless in its execution, but a five star programme nonetheless.
*****
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BRB brings its Romeo & Juliet to London

César Morales and Momoko Hirata in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper
Like meeting the near-identical twin of that much-loved friend: BRB's fine performance of their unique take on Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet 
****1
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An evening of stars in Montreal

Myriam Simon and Constantine Allen in 7e Symphonie © Sasha Onyshchenko
It’s the end of the 17/18 season for most ballet companies and for many, this means rounding off with a glitzy gala night. I feel these performances always go in one of two directions: they’re either a Greatest Hits or a bit of a patchwork quilt. 
***11
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Alina Cojocaru charms as Aurora in ENB's Sleeping Beauty

Alina Cojocaru (Aurora) © Laurent Liotardo
A dutiful revival of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Sleeping Beauty from English National Ballet.
***11
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Kapitonova enchants in Ratmansky's Swan Lake

Viktorina Kapitonova (Odette) © Carlos Quezada
Ratmansky's staging is more than a reconstruction. It's a staging that's moving and joyful in its own right.
****1
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